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Church Abuse Suit Against Green Bay Diocese SettledSubmitted: 03/20/2013
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GREEN BAY - The Diocese of Green Bay has settled a lawsuit by two brothers who accused them of fraud.

Todd and Troy Merryfield said the diocese withheld information of a former priest's prior sexual misconduct.

Reverend John Feeney later was convicted of sexually abusing the brothers in the late '70s when they were boys.

A judge dismissed the lawsuit, based on the agreement.

Bishop David Ricken issued a statement apologizing to the Merryfields and all victims of child sexual abuse.

Under the settlement, the Merryfields will receive 700-thousand dollars.

Reverend Feeney has ties to the Northwoods.

In the late sixties and early seventies, Feeney worked at Holy Family Rectory Church in Elcho.

He also worked at the parish in Pickerel, in Langlade County.


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Northwoods county struggles keeping young people despite better than average unemployment rate.Submitted: 09/20/2014

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PARK FALLS - Northern Wisconsin struggles keeping its young people. That leads to fewer young families and shrinking communities in the area, but rural communities are trying to reverse that trend.

Park Falls Area Community Development Corporation Administrator Frank Kempf says Price County wants to help young people find good work in their area, but the problem is finding the jobs that young people are going after.

"The young people who are leaving to go to work, and we just don't have the jobs to bring them back to stay here and live here with the jobs that they want," Kempf said.

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Wisconsin still struggling with obesity,almost 30% of adults obese, ranks 22nd nationwideSubmitted: 09/20/2014

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ACROSS WISCONSIN - Nearly one in three adults in Wisconsin is considered obese according to a report by the Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. According to the data and trend, the state isn't slimming, but the increase has almost leveled off over the last few year.

Wisconsin ranks 22nd in the U.S. and still lags behind states like West Virginia and Mississippi. Thirty-five percent of people there are considered obese.

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Packers purchase strip mall near LambeauSubmitted: 09/20/2014

GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers franchise is gobbling up more land around Lambeau Field.

Brown County real estate records show the business entity created by the Packers, Green Bay Development, has purchased a strip shopping center for $725,000.

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Man seriously injured in motorcycle crash Submitted: 09/20/2014

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MARATHON COUNTY - A 51-year-old Mosinee man was sent to a hospital with serious injuries after a motorcycle crash Saturday.

The crash happened on County Road WW at US 51 in Marathon County around 11:30 a.m.

The Wisconsin State Patrol says the motorcyclist was driving east on County Road WW when he tried to avoid a stopped car in front of him. The motorcycle crashed leaving the rider and the motorcycle in oncoming traffic.

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Hundreds wear purple, walk to raise money for Alzheimer's researchSubmitted: 09/20/2014

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RHINELANDER - Doctors think more than 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer's disease by 2050. Researchers hope to find a cure to get rid of the disease.

Hundreds of people hit the streets of Rhinelander to raise money for Alzheimer's research today. The Walk to End Alzheimer's also helps fund programs and services to help families affected by the disease.

Event organizers believe the walk gives families who feel hopeless a way to be proactive.

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Bad weather takes a toll on local vineyardsSubmitted: 09/19/2014

TRIPOLI - A cool summer and a lot of rain hurt grape growing conditions this year. Some winemakers in the Northwoods don't have enough grapes to make wine and they worry the harsh weather may have hurt their vineyards.

"Here's a couple of vines that we lost," explained David Welbes, owner of Brigadoon Winery. "They died."

Many vineyards in the Northwoods don't look good this year. The bad weather has made it nearly impossible for grapes to grow into a healthy crop.

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Northwoods program offers college courses for students with intellectual disabilitiesSubmitted: 09/19/2014

RHINELANDER - Some Northwoods groups work hard to make sure everyone can experience college.

The Jump Start program in Rhinelander teaches job skills to people with intellectual disabilities. The program is held at Nicolet College.

Nicolet College, Northland Pines and Rhinelander School Districts and Headwaters work together on the program.

Students learn skills for jobs during the fall semester.

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