MADISON - The state Assembly wants to regulate how much food stamp users spend on junk food. Tuesday, they passed a bill that sets distinct limits.
Republican Representative Dean Kaufert of Neenah authored the bill. It would require people enrolled in the state's food stamps program to spend at least two-thirds of their monthly benefits on designated items such as milk, bread and vegetables.
They could spend their remaining benefits on any authorized food.
Kaufert says people who use taxpayer-funded food stamps should use them responsibly to eat healthy. But Democrats argue it may be difficult and expensive to implement new rules and the proposal will not help create jobs.
The bill passed 68-26 Tuesday. It now heads to the Senate.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
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