ANTIGO - We saw several Northwoods school districts ask taxpayers for more money in recent referendums.
But Antigo didn't take that route.
Instead, the school district took on budget reductions head on tonight.
Two important items were up for discussion tonight.
First up- More than 1 million dollars needs to be cut from the 2013-14 budget.
That means eliminating jobs within the district.
The board unanimously voted to cut four teaching positions.
That includes a 5th grade teaching position at East Elementary, a 4th grade position at a city school, an elementary position at Mattoon Elementary and second grade job at North Elementary.
Superintendent Steve Smolek says this isn't the first time they've had to make tough decisions.
"This district has been doing this for almost 20 years now since the revenue cap. Since the situation came into play in 1993 so we've been down this road quite often, so, in the interim, this is kinda what we're looking at," said Smolek.
Also on tonight's agenda was filling the spot left by the death of school board member Miles Stanke.
He was currently serving his first term on the board and was a retired teacher and former Antigo mayor.
He passed away February 13.
In the past, the school board has taken applications from community members, interviewed them and selected a replacement.
The board decided they will post the position on April 3rd.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Just a few years ago, crumbling cement, steps, and seats filled Lac du Flambeau's Indian Bowl. Now, a major reconstruction project is halfway done. It will hopefully give people from all over a chance to learn about Native American culture and traditions once again.
"We increase that sense of pride in our community," said Director of Planning and Development Emerson Coy.
Coy still remembers how the old Indian Bowl used to look like.
"It was used in bad shape before that and it was sad," said Coy.
MADISON - A $3 billion tax break bill for Taiwan-based electronics giant Foxconn Technology Group is poised to pass the Wisconsin Assembly on a bipartisan vote.
Democratic state Rep. Cory Mason said during debate Thursday that he intends to vote for the bill. He is the first Democrat to publicly say he will back the measure that is being championed by Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Republicans.
SAYNER - A needle and thread means more to Pat Andersen than just sewing.
"I started quilting when I was 19 so it's been a passion of mine for a long time," said Pat.
Quilting gives her a community of ladies in the Northwoods.
"Sayner needs something like this, it needs something for the women to do," said Pat.
After moving to Sayner with her husband Don last spring, the two decided to buy the building that now houses Plum Lake Quilts. Pat needed somewhere to put her long arm machine and that eventually turned into a little retail business.
"I mean little and then it grew a little bit and it grew a little bit more," said Don Andersen.
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