MARINETTE COUNTY - One of the state's largest employers is struggling to recruit recent high school graduates for some of the best-paying jobs in the region.
Marinette Marine Corp. says it is holding open 40 positions in its training program for welders and other shipyard jobs, hoping to attract recent grads from the area around Marinette and nearby Menominee, Michigan.
The company said it has reached out to nine schools, but so far only seven recent graduates have applied for the training, which begins in July.
A typical employee at the shipyard can earn $30,000 to $40,000 a year. Some earn more than $60,000 with overtime.
Yet, like many companies, Marinette Marine is struggling to persuade people to enter the skilled trades, including welding, pipe fitting and electrical work.
MINOCQUA - These plants may look pretty but they're taking over our rivers and lakes. Michele Sadauskas is Oneida County's Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator. She is working to map and control the yellow iris, the plant you see here. She and two other conservation workers spent the day weeding Stacks Bay.
"They invade our wetlands. They're a really robust, aggressive plant. What they do is they crowd out our native species and make actually the wetland a lot less diverse," says Michele Sadauskas, Oneida County AIS Coordinator.
Removing yellow iris is a slow process. It takes three hours of work just to properly map and control 20 feet of shoreline.
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