WAUSAU - Getting a good technical education calls for the best equipment.
Now, students at a Wausau Technical college will get to use the best thanks to a generous donation.
Northcentral Technical College got two huge grants from the B.A. and Esther Greenheck Foundation.
The first grant is $250,000 and is guranteed.
The second grant is $300,000, but will only be donated if the college can raise the money to match it.
Dean Darren Ackley says it's very expensive to update the labs, But the president has been progressive in developing the centers.
"That's why when we get these grants to put the equipment in, it's very beneficial for us," said Ackley.
"It's the only way we can really make these things happen is through our industry partners."
The center is hoping to get a high tech 3-D printer.
This will help the students see if they're building something correctly.
"There's so much high tech tools that we need here and technology that's really going to benefit our learners that prepare them to go out and increase the knowledge and skill level in the workforce." Ackley said.
The money will go toward equipment for the College's new Manufacturing Center.
Classes will be running all this semester and next fall.
RHINELANDER - People in Rhinelander will be able to cast their November election ballots starting on Friday. It's the earliest people in Wisconsin have ever been able to vote.
The absentee ballots are stacked and ready for Friday at the Rhinelander City Clerk's office. To make the early voting process go as smoothly as possible, you will need to come prepared.
"When you come in make sure that you're registered. That is important. Make sure you're registered in the city if you're coming into us," said Clerk Valerie Foley.
Registering is easy; all you need is a photo ID and proof of residence. The registration form takes a couple of minutes, and then you will be able to fill out an election ballot.
"I think it is going to be a very busy day. I think people are pretty interested in the issues. And I think a lot of them would like to get and make sure they can vote if they're not certain they're going to make it to the polls in November or not," said Foley.
The clerk's office has already sent out about 200 ballots to people who have requested them.
Now, it is preparing for the early voter in-person rush.
If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote or where to go for early voting, the clerk's office suggests voters visit myvote.wi.gov for more information.
The Boulder Junction Town Board voted two to one Tuesday night to move forward with a town plaza plan. The plan will now go to a design phase.
The board estimated the cost of the design phase to be between $30,000 to $50,000, but it was dropped to about $25,000 at the meeting.
Town Chairman Dennis Reuss and Town Supervisor Dennis Duke voted in favor, with Town Supervisor Denny McGann voting against the plan.
A little more than $1 million may not seem like a lot of money to a city like Madison or Milwaukee. But for a town of fewer than one thousand people, it's a lot. The Boulder Junction Town Board could vote Tuesday whether or not to move onto the next phase of a $1.26 million town plaza project.
Dennis Duke has a vision of what Boulder Junction could look like in a few years.
"This one has a much more artistic flair, this has a more engineering flair if you will," said Duke while looking at potential design plans.
THREE LAKES - The DNR hopes it won't find more Northwoods deer with chronic wasting disease.
Last year, a deer on a game farm near Three Lakes tested positive for the deadly disease. Although it hopes that incident is isolated, the DNR wants more data on the health of the Northwoods deer herd.
The agency is urging hunters near Three Lakes to give their deer heads to the DNR for CWD testing.
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