EAGLE RIVER - Our busy lives can make eating healthy a challenge. Not to mention, the right food often comes with a bigger price tag.
But some farmers hope to make it clear it doesn't have to cost more. Sugar Camp Farmer Brendan Tuckey spoke at Eagle River's Peace Cafe today. He's produced only organic crops for three years. He just wants people to give the local guys a chance.
"There's starting to get a movement of farmers markets and local producers that are very willing to supply people with the highest quality foods they can possibly get. We just need people to recognize that and investigate us and possibly buy from us."
But Tuckey says quality isn't the only thing that's better about his crops. He thinks shopping closer to home can also help the economy.
"It's part of our mission as farmers to educate people on how they can be healthier. How their consumer choices are affecting other people in their community and also around the world."
Tuckey plans on delivering his message to other cities in the Northwoods.
CRANDON - Forest County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Justice was justified in shooting and killing 31-year-old Brandon Cude on Jan. 4, Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono ruled Friday.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice released the results of its investigation in the case, and Simono's decision, Friday afternoon.
The DOJ documents detail how Cude swung a shotgun at Justice at close range. The deputy had just learned Cude had felony warrants against him, and Justice was trying to arrest Cude. Justice fired four shots on the scene, a rural road south of Crandon.
"He didn't get a shot off?" a fellow officer asked Justice after the shooting.
"No. He tried, though. Pulled that sucker out and pointed it right at me," Justice replied in an exchange recorded on a body camera.
MINOCQUA - Only about one-third of students showed up to classes at Lakeland Union High School Friday morning, with many staying home after police verified a shooting threat.
More police officers were on hand at the school Friday morning.
On Thursday evening, Minocqua Police Chief Dave Jaeger confirmed the discovery of shooting threats in the ladies' bathroom near the LUHS auditorium. The threat noted an attack would be similar to Wednesday's school shooting in Parkland, Fla., which killed 17 people.
EAGLE RIVER - Vilas County officers can now respond to active shooter calls better prepared.
All deputies and patrol offices now have access to steel-plated body armor, something only the Vilas County SWAT Team had before.
"We want to make sure our staff are fully protected," said Vilas County Sheriff's Office Captain Gerard Ritter. "I never want to see anything happen to any one of my staff. And we should outfit them with the protection they need."
Before the new body armor, Ritter said officers and deputies only had access to soft body armor.
"The weave material is designed to stop or slow down a projectile," said Ritter.
Officers will still wear the soft-bodied armor every day, but in active shooter situations, officers can now essentially double up on protection, protection once only offered to the SWAT Team.
"There has been an increase in active shooter incidences across the United States," said Ritter.
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