ANTIGO - A middleman between Langlade County potato farmers and food producers never paid for more than $200,000 dollars worth of potatoes.
That's why Thomas Lundgren is charged with in five felony counts.
Lundgren had been buying potatoes from five different farmers and selling them to producers for years.
"What's claimed is that the individual took items - potatoes in this case - from several farmers in Langlade County, promised to pay for them, and didn't," says Langlade County District Attorney Scott Moller.
The problems started in 2011.
One of the farmers got fed up with not being paid for potatoes.
"Eventually, he went down to the Stevens Point area, where I understand this individual had his business, hoping to get paid, and found the business closed with the shades drawn and the door locked," says Moller.
Prosecutors say he defrauded farmers out of three-quarters of a million dollars in Portage County.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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