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Library Building Committee Takes More Time to Save MoneySubmitted: 01/31/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm


BOULDER JUNCTION - The Boulder Junction building committee hoped to have plans for a new community center finalized today. But its decided to take an extra two weeks to make more cost saving changes to the plans.

Last fall the town voted "yes" to the 14,000 square foot plan. Since then an architect has come up with a design the committee thinks will please everyone.

"The best thing about the design is it's simple but very attractive. We decided we needed to make it as cost effective as possible. We're trying to follow a theme of a railroad depot because of our area's railroad history and logging history," says Cherie Sanderson, Boulder Junction Library Director.

The final plan will now go to contractors for bids in early March. The building committee will award the bid by April.

"It all depends on how everything goes from step A to Z. But hopefully by next fall. We're not stating a specific month at this point because we really don't know until we accept bids how close we are to being on schedule," says Sanderson.

The library will begin formal fundraising in when they've awarded a bid. They're hoping to raise $250,000 or more to help offset the cost to taxpayers. They're raised $50,000 already.

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WESCOTT - The body of a man who jumped in a Shawano County lake to rescue his 10-year-son has been recovered.

The body was found after authorities resumed a search of Shawano Lake early Thursday.

Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber says the boy was tubing on the lake without a lifejacket Wednesday and lost his grip while trying to get back on a pontoon boat.  Bieber says the boy's father jumped in the water, and the boat carrying the boy's grandfather and 9-year-old brother drifted away.

Sheriff's officials found the 10-year-old boy in the water near a buoy.

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Authorities say a man has gone missing in Shawano Lake in northeastern Wisconsin after he jumped in the water to rescue his 10-year-old son, who was later found safe.

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WAUSAU - The Wausau School District will use a large grant to renovate the school's planetarium. The current Wausau School District planetarium was built in the late 1960s, and it needs some upgrades.

The school just received a $230 thousand grant to complete the project. It is expected to take two years to complete.

"The first year is running the software, showing it, using it in our classrooms in our curriculum," said planetarium director Chris Janssen. "Finding out, 'is this going to work 100% of the time?' Year two then is going to be the actual, physical structure upgrades. The dome will get replaced, seats, cement contractors will come in and tilt the floor and so-on."

The planetarium can hold 54 people, and organizers are hoping to keep it that way.

"For curricular needs, when you have two classes come in, and the classes are about 26 kids each, you gotta have that sweet spot of about 50-54 seats. When you tilt the floor, you lose some space, so I really want to try and keep it at about 50 seats."

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MARSHFIELD - Marshfield will break ground for its new library tomorrow morning. The ceremony and small dig is thanks to years of work.

The city will build the new library on the corner of Maple Avenue and Veterans Parkway. That's practically Kitty-corner to the current library, which will become a community center.

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RHINELANDER - In 2003, two bikers found the body of Kenneth Wells in the Wisconsin River behind Trig's in Rhinelander.

At first, police believed Wells drowned. But, more than a decade later, investigators took another look at the case—and this time they called it a homicide. 

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RHINELANDER - A Norther Lights Tour scientist explained Rhinelander's role in potato breeding and genetic studies on Wednesday night.

Every year about 50,000 varieties of potato are tested to see if they could be commercially sold.

Only about one in a 100,000 will become a named potato variety.

"The Rhinelander agriculture research station on Highway C is really where that process starts by making the cross pollination, raising those plants for the first time in a greenhouse and then evaluating them in the fields there for a couple years," said UW- Madison Assistant Professor of Horticulture Jeffry Endelman.

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MADISON - A convicted sex offender from Rhinelander can keep pictures of children he cut out of magazines.

A state appeals court dismissed new charges against Albert Chagnon Thursday.

Prosecutors charged the 33-year-old last year with 23 counts of intentionally photographing a minor without consent. Chagnon was about to be released from prison when a guard discovered a notebook in his pants containing photographs of fully-clothed young girls cut out of magazines or newspapers, including the Lakeland Times.

Chagnon argued that the charges should be dismissed because he didn't take the photographs. The 4th District Court of Appeals agreed with him Thursday, saying state law doesn't cover Chagnon's conduct.

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EAGLE RIVER - Gov. Walker's administration often promises to lower property taxes.

And this year, it has.

But the cuts are pretty small. Wisconsin's budget agency predicts the average home will save $1 this year and $2 next year . 


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