TOMAHAWK - Finding good broadband service can be difficult in the Northwoods. But a series of workshops opens the discussion on how to improve that service.
The 6th annual Northwoods Research Summit was held today in Tomahawk. The summit focus was "Broadband: A Look Into the Future".
"We wouldn't be a very good economy without roads, and airports, and water, and electricity, and all of those things. And in the 21st century, we need good broadband coverage," says Joe Hegge, Event Coordinator.
The summit stressed the importance of having fast, reliable broadband service. Workshops were hosted on how to improve broadband in the Northwoods.
"We brought in a number of experts that can speak to local perspective, statewide perspective, and even the national perspective," says Joe Hegge.
Anyone was welcome to the workshops. And many found them valuable.
"The experience that's here at this conference, gives us some confidence that at least the things that we're considering have been tried elsewhere. We know what worked and didn't work, what kinds of things are expensive and affordable, and then we can use those options to piece together a matrix that will work," says Bob Martini, Oneida County Supervisor.
The summit was hosted by Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation with nearly 60 people in attendance.
MARATHON COUNTY - The suspect in a Wisconsin shooting spree that left four people dead has been identified, and court records show one of the victims was his wife's divorce lawyer.
A person close to the investigation identified the suspect Friday as 45-year old Nengmy Vang. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak ahead of authorities officially identifying Vang.
WAUSAU AREA - Organizations in the greater Wausau area set up funds remembering and honoring the victims of Wednesday's shootings.
A Marathon Savings Bank fund will support the families of the two bank employees shot. Dianne Look had worked at Marathon Savings Bank for almost 19 years, and Karen Barclay had been there for more than six years.
ST. GERMAIN - A school bus doesn't feature a lot of amenities. Seats, windows, and that's about it. But a company out of St. Germain thinks buses, and other big vehicles, make the perfect kitchens.
Caged Crow Fabrication is owned by Josh Romaker. He moved to the Northwoods about three years ago. Around the same time a woman in Madison approached him to help refurbish an old camper. He decided to make it into a food truck instead.
"We took on the challenge and that first build was featured on US Today and some magazines and our phone just started ringing. We've got them in Denver, Salt Lake City, New Jersey," said Romaker.
That was just the beginning for Romaker's company, Caged Crow Fabrication in St. Germain. They now specialize in food trucks of all kinds.
"If a customer wants a food truck that looks like a barn or a steam train or a school bus conversion, we really stick to the unique food truck builds," said Romaker.
The 1982 bus that Caged Crow Fabrication is working on now will be complete in a little over a month. The team made up of just a few workers has one rule- they never build the same thing twice. And they take their time.
"We have a sign on the wall here that says 'quality over quantity'. I think our reputation right now is really based on the attention to detail and I think we want to keep that up," said Romaker.
If you're interested in checking out more work from Caged Crow Fabrication, follow the link below.
WASHINGTON - UPDATE: 3-24-17, 4:00pm: Ryan bemoans collapse of health care bill:
Speaker Paul Ryan says the collapse of the House Republican health care bill means former President Barack Obama's health care law will be around for the foreseeable future.
The Wisconsin Republican addressed reporters minutes after GOP leaders abruptly shelved the legislation, averted likely defeat for the bill. But it still dealt a damaging setback to President Donald Trump, Ryan and an entire party that has long said it wants to annul Obama's statute.
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