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State Budget Increases Funding to UW SystemSubmitted: 02/21/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

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WAUSAU - UW System schools learned they'll be getting $181 million more from the state over the next two years.

Governor Scott Walker plans to reverse spending cuts from the last biannual budget. It doesn't quite make up for the entire amount cut two years ago from the UW System. But local administrators say this budget is a huge step in the right direction.

The money will go to the 26 universities in the UW System. The goal is to train students for high-demand jobs.

The Dean of UW-Marathon County says this is an "education budget"

"It invests in the UW in several key areas. In particular job creation and workforce development. So it provides us with some resources specifically, in specific areas to enhance work in fields such as business, healthcare, science and engineering," says Dr. Keith Montgomery.

The state budget includes $20 million in incentive grants. Dr. Montgomery says that could help UWMC work more with four-year universities.

He also thinks the UW System will use the money to help keep tuition prices down.

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State seeks feedback on unemployment insurance systemSubmitted: 09/01/2014

RHINELANDER - More than 50,000 people in Wisconsin apply for unemployment benefits every week.

Now, the state Department of Workforce Development wants to know how it can improve the unemployment insurance system.

"Our Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council really likes to get out there and hear firsthand from those who deal with that system directly. We're looking for their suggestions and their ideas on what we might do to make the system even better," said Dave Anderson, the Assistant Deputy Secretary for the state Department of Workforce Development.

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Two photographic exhibits to open next week at ArtStartSubmitted: 09/01/2014

RHINELANDER - The artists paired together in ArtStart's next exhibition couldn't have much different backgrounds.

Next Friday, the Rhinelander gallery will open with two very diverse displays.

"We have two photographic exhibitions opening. One is a solo artist, so the whole gallery will be their work, and the other is an artist who worked with teens as a kind of therapy program, photography and art as therapy," said ArtStart Development Director Melinda Childs.

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Merrill businesses find counterfeit billsSubmitted: 09/01/2014

MERRILL - Someone might be making counterfeit bills in the Merrill area.

Several businesses told Merrill Police they were paid with counterfeit money in the last few weeks.

There are many simple ways to tell if a bill is real or fake.

We have a guide, and you can access it by clicking below.

Within the past year, businesses in Antigo and bars in Rhinelander have had problems with counterfeit money.

Contact the Merrill Police Department if you have any information.

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Wisconsin apple growers say crop is looking goodSubmitted: 08/31/2014

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MADISON - Wisconsin apple growers expect their crop this autumn to be good or a little above average.

Growers were concerned after last year's unusually heavy harvest. But this year's crop is shaping up to be more in line with the yield of previous years.

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Sausage Fest brings in large crowdsSubmitted: 08/31/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - People in Eagle River had the chance to experience a unique event Sunday.

The Eagle River Lions Club held its first inaugural Sausage Fest. The family friendly event started off with a 5k run, music from the Bill Hassey Orchestra and of course sausages as far as the eye can see.

Leaders for the event say they wanted to do something similar to Oktoberfest.

"We put together a group about two years ago to think of some kind of activity to do locally in the community that would be a lot of fun to get people to come out and just enjoy a good day at the park," said Eagle River Lions Club Treasurer Jake Weinand. "There's a lot of other local clubs in the small towns in Northern Wisconsin that do similar things like this. We've been kind of envious of them. We've been around since 1949, we just didn't have anything like this."

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Store owners see increase in customers during Labor Day weekend Submitted: 08/31/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - Labor Day weekend brought in a lot of tourists to the Northwoods. Some spent their time shopping for accessories and clothes, but others shopped for fishing gear.

Customers at Eagle Sports in Eagle River shopped for the best bait so they could get back on the water. One person from out of town bought a fishing license before heading back home.

The Eagle Sports manager, Tod Tyler, says they've seen an increase in customers compared to last week.

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Farmers see younger generations more involved in farmers' marketsSubmitted: 08/31/2014

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RHINELANDER - Farmers' markets give people a chance to buy local, healthy food. Some farmers think they've been selling more crops this year because more people want to eat healthier food.

Shoppers at the Hodag Farmers' Market can ask farmers different question about how they grow their vegetables. Some farmers think people like knowing exactly what's going into their food. They think a lot more younger people have become interested in farmers' markets because they can get all their questions answered.

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