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- You won't find any pesticide sprays at one Antigo apple orchard, but you will find pigs. ANTIGO Grandview Orchard and Nursery Stock sits on the highest point in Langlade County. Lisa Rettinger bought the orchard two years ago with the plan to manage it naturally. She's still in the transition process of going organic, but she doesn't use chemical pesticides. Orchard pigs do some grazing and eat wind-fallen apples. Solo cups and milks gallons make for moth and maggot traps. Lisa does most of the work by herself every day; much of her work is observation of the orchard. "Going through the orchard, what is going on, monitoring pest traps, and looking at the leaves, looking at the whole orchard," says Lisa. Grandview's season will be done at the end of the month. You can find Lisa at the Wausau Indoor Farmers Market through the winter. Click below for more info.
- The state Senate's agriculture committee has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would allow Wisconsin farmers to grow hemp. MADISON The panel voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the proposal. The vote clears the way for a full floor vote in the Senate.
- State Representative Cory Mason is expected to leave the Legislature after winning election as Racine's next mayor. RACINE Mason, a Democrat, led Alderman Sandy Weidner 5,356-4,392 in unofficial returns Tuesday night. Mason told The Journal Times he was excited at the prospect of "really rebuilding the middle class" in the area.
- Cross Country teams enter the postseason this weekend. Rhinelander runners are hoping to have their best race yet. RHINELANDER Their season has been leading up to this weekend's sectional meet in Waupaca. Rhinelander's top runner, Alayna Franson, knows what the state meet feels like and is hoping to get back there. As the cross country season comes to a close and the air gets cooler, the competition heats up. "I'm just hoping to stay with the front pack, get a good time, close to whoever is in the front," said Franson.
And for senior runner Alayna Franson, that means the battle to get to the state meet is on.
"I have really high hopes for myself, high goals, I want to make it to state hopefully place at state," said Franson.
- Lumber, logging, and the Connor family make up a lot of Laona's history. But some people say the rural town could be losing a lot of its history. LAONA A group of people want to preserve that history and it's starting with one building.
- Chris Sandstrom knows that, like hockey, his task is all about precision. RHINELANDER "Trying to guess this doesn't work too well," said Sandstrom, kneeling on the ground at Rhinelander Ice Arena on Tuesday morning. Sandstrom and a small crew have spent the last two days carefully preparing every inch of the rink. "You can't make a mistake. If you make a mistake, it can't be redone," he said.
- Rhinelander's former police chief just finished the FBI's "crown jewel" of training. Mike Steffes -- who is now the Deputy Administrator of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Law Enforcement Services --completed the three-week "National Executive Institute" in September. MADISON The academy is designed for executives that lead more than 500 sworn officers and serve populations of 250,000 or more.