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New Scam Targets Babysitters, NanniesSubmitted: 03/31/2013
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MADISON - Wisconsin consumer protection specialists are warning about a scam targeted at nannies or babysitters.

The scheme works like this: The client posts an ad online for a babysitter or nanny. The potential employer makes arrangements and sends you an initial check for $1,800 and asks you to cash it and wire back the remaining money.

But, the check isn't good and once your bank figures that out, you'll be on the hook for the total amount. Consumer protection specialists say once the money has been wired, it's gone for good.



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TOWN OF SKANAWAN - A pair of proposed gravel pit mines could significantly change one area in Lincoln County. The mine sites would cover approximately 125 acres in the Town of Skanawan, southeast of Tomahawk. Experts believe the area has an extremely rich deposit, but some people worry the project will hurt the environment and grow larger than what the county could approve.

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WAUSAU - Eighty-one Wisconsin veterans are back home from the trip of a lifetime.

They all participated in the 19th Never Forgotten Honor Flight to Washington, DC.

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GREEN BAY - Seventy people need a new place to stay after a fire at a Green Bay apartment complex.

All residents of the Sand and Sun apartments evacuated safely.


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MILWAUKEE - Police have arrested four protesters who sat in the middle of a downtown Milwaukee intersection during a demonstration calling for more diversity at Marquette University.

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MERRILL - The Community Warming Center in Merrill finished up its first winter season a few weeks ago. The center provides a place to stay for people in need from November through April.

The guest's ages ranged from 22 to 45 years old. The center is run through the Merrill United Way. The Warming Center's director said its first year went much better than expected.

"It's kind of like building the field of dreams and not knowing if anyone will come to play, or to stay in our case," said Merrill United Way Executive Director Dee Olsen. "But what ended up happening was the community was responsive and we ended up with 11 guests throughout the season with 90 user nights."

The center is already preparing for the next season. They have new blankets and pillows ready for their next year.

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EAGLE RIVER - Many people enjoy freshly roasted coffee. But, the process to roast those coffee beans can be a science.

"We start with green coffee. It comes in 130 to 155 pound sacks of coffee," said owner of Eagle River Roasters Dan Beihoff.

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Local kids help protect batsSubmitted: 04/27/2015

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RHINELANDER - Seventh graders in Rhinelander will help protect bats this summer. That's thanks to help from the U.S. Forest Service.

Kids in Rhinelander Monday learned about endangered bats across Wisconsin on Monday. A bat expert with Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest showed the importance of keeping bats healthy. The students helped local scientists by building new homes for the bats.

"Ms. Swaney showed us a presentation about the bats with a speaker and now we're building them," said 7th grader Jackie Wells.

"They have predators and it will kind of keep them safe in their little bat homes," said 7th Grader Connor Lund.

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