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Economic Development the Goal of Better CoverageSubmitted: 04/03/2013
Economic Development the Goal of Better Coverage
Story By Lex Gray

THREE LAKES - Three Lakes wants to bring more people to their town.

The draw is great technology.

That's the philosophy behind the town's push to provide high speed internet and cell phone coverage to all of its residents.

Town chairman Don Sidlowski has been working toward that goal for five years.

He hopes that better access will bring in more permanent residents.

"If you want to not only survive but thrive in the 21st century, you have to give people access to the tools they need, and that comes through the internet," Sidlowski said. "In order to have all the benefits of the city, you need access to that high speed internet."

Internet and cell phone coverage are a major part of what Sidlowski calls the "Three Lakes Model."

It's his plan for economic development - but it's not just for the benefit of future residents.

"The other part of it is because your citizens just deserve it," Sidlowski said. "They need to have the same kind of access that people can have from other places in the big cities, and that's really the underpinning for putting this technology into place."

Wisconsin Rural Partners awarded Three Lakes for their development of the network.

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But Sunday, the theatre lobby was filled with turkeys, corn and potatoes.

Owner of the cinema, George Rouman says he has been donating Thanksgiving meals to those in need since 1995.

Goldie Kalas was lucky enough Sunday to receive the 5,000th meal donated by the cinema since it started 22 years ago.

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For a noon kickoff game most Packer fans start preparing a few hours before.

"It's actually a full weekend for me it'll start Friday night into Saturday," said Green Bay Police Department Operations Commander Paul Ebel.

Ebel is the Operations Commander for the Green Bay Police Department and needs a 48 hour head start to cover all his responsibilities.

" If something does happen at the stadium it's one of those things when they turn around and say okay what do we do and that's my role," said Ebel.

Ebel's is in constant communication with departments like the FBI and SWAT team during home games while he patrols with odor detecting dogs.

" It's a little bit more stressful than people think. I also look at world events, what's going on in the world and how we're postured for security," said Ebel.

Since starting his position about four years ago.

Recent attacks around the world changed how Ebel views safety at Lambeau Field.

"There are standards on conduct the NFL has. If you're rude and obnoxious to fans inside the stadium you'll be asked to leave," said Ebel.

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Little said the man saw a deer while sitting in his truck. He went to grab his rifle, and as he was manipulating the gun it went off. A bullet went through the man's upper right leg and lower left leg, exiting out the driver-side door.

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Walker voted for the moratorium when he was in the state Assembly but is expected to sign a GOP bill that lifts the prohibition. The bill comes as Aquila Resources Inc. is considering potential mining sites in Taylor and Marathon counties.


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Women could sample up to 15 of 24 different wines at 12 participating businesses. Along with the wine tastings, women who paid the $20 ticket also got coupons for each shop.

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