RHINELANDER - Automakers put more technology in every new car they design.
Nicolet automotive technician students can now train on a high-tech car thanks to a generous donation.
State Farm Insurance donated a 2012 Ford Fusion to the college. The car was totaled by flood damage. It lets students work on the latest technology featured in newer models.
"When you start dealing with the body electrical systems, this car is just a gold mine of electrical accessories, so the students are going to benefit so much from the donation," says Nicolet College Automotive Instructor Chris Kolasa.
Brenda Labonte is one of three female students in Nicolet's Automotive Technician program. She says computerized cars take more than mechanics to repair.
"So many people out there are leaning toward the newer vehicles, the ones that have more technology in them," says Lobonte. "That benefits us so that way we can help them further."
Kumbier Towing from Minocqua and Quality Collison of Rhinelander helped get the car to Nicolet College from Milwaukee.
MILWAUKEE - A Wausau-based company that makes architectural metal finishing took home a big honor Thursday night. Linetec won the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce's Manufacturer of the Year Award in the Large Company category.
The annual awards program celebrates Wisconsin companies that are well respected, serve their communities, and make Wisconsin "a better place to live, work, and play", according to a press release from the WMC.
MINOCQUA - A Lakeland Union High School student could face punishment for putting a shooting threat in a bathroom last week.
According to a press release, the Minocqua Police Department believes the girl officers talked to today is likely the person who left graffiti referencing the Parkland, Florida school shooting in an LUHS girls' bathroom on Thursday.
MERRILL - Trinity Lutheran School in Merrill doesn't have room for any more kindergarten students next year.
Its class is already full, partly because some families can send their kids to Trinity for free.
For the third straight year, Trinity will participate in Wisconsin's private school choice program.
This year, the state pays tuition for about 30 of Trinity's 120 total students.
"Parents like the Christian base, obviously. That's the main reason people send [their kids] here," said School Administrator Kathy Yahr. "They're keeping them here more now because of the opportunities that we offer."
WAUSAU - Police arrested a Florence County man in connection to a Wausau homicide case this week. Online court records show Lee Franck, 56 doesn't face homicide charges, but instead domestic abuse counts.
According to the Wausau Pilot and Review paper, the criminal complaint shows Franck got into an argument with Lyle Leith a few days before the 77-year-old was found dead at his Wausau home on Kickbusch Street.
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