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.
WAUSAU - Students at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau got to see Tibetan monks create a work of art steeped in Buddhist history.
The Mandala Sand Art is an ancient Tantric Buddhist tradition dating back thousands of years.
The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery are on an international tour called Mystical Arts of Tibet where they create mandalas in front of an audience.
"The colored patterns we are using, we are following the scriptures, the Buddhist scriptures. It's a very old tradition, more than 2,500 years ago," says Geshe Loden, head of the Mystical Arts of Tibet.
The monks' last visit to Northcentral Technical College in 2011 was so popular, they were invited back.
"At NTC we feel like it's important to offer our students a variety of different programming, and one of the things we feel our responsibility to do is expose our students to other cultures, other religions, other ideas," says Director of Student Development Shawn Sullivan.
The monks work hours at a time placing sand delicately in the lines of the intricate pattern.
The mandala will take them four days to complete, but the beautiful creation won't last long.
"After finishing this, making the mandala, we consecrate this completed mandala, and we dismantle it to symbolize the impermanence of all the conditioned things, all the phenomena," says Loden.
The monks' tour raises money for more than 3,000 monasteries in India. They also do it to raise awareness about the plight of Tibetans.
"Lord Buddha had started this, and that tradition keeps going on."
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