MANITOWOC - More than 300 libraries around the state will be receiving new high-speed Internet connections this year, allowing more patrons to surf the web without slowing down the experience for others.
An HTR Media report (http://htrne.ws/1bdRGpm ) says the libraries are being upgraded to fiber-optic connections.
Library officials say the upgrade will make patrons happy, and will also simplify the process of maintaining hardware.
Cherilyn Stewart is the director of the Manitowoc Public Library.
She says the current system has multiple routers that are complicated to maintain.
She says the new system will eliminate those issues, and will also provide increased bandwidth.
The cost to upgrade from copper to fiber-optic infrastructure is being paid in part by the state's Technology for Educational Achievement program.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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