EAGLE RIVER - Elementary school kids could spend more time in gym class if state legislators get their way.
The gym bill would require all Wisconsin elementary school kids to get half an hour of physical education every day.
Some teachers and doctors believe this will prevent obesity.
But some argue it would hold kids back from learning other skills.
"Our teachers do an excellent job at teaching life skills. Cross country skiing, they do skating, golfing, snowshoeing. If we had to do it five days a week for 30 minutes, we wouldn't have time to teach those things anymore," said Eagle River Principal Tony Duffek.
Students at Eagle River Elementary school have 45 minutes of gym class three times a week.
They also have recess every day.
Administrators believe it's more important for students to learn math and science during that time.
They also say it's up to parents to make sure their kids have physical activity.
"At some point, the responsibility has to be within the homes and with the parents. And looking at what kind of physical activity can these students get on the weekend," said District Administrator Mike Ritchie.
Eagle River Elementary students can also participate in physical activity programs before school starts.
RHINELANDER - People don't like to pay for things they don't use and don't own, which makes Rhinelander's discovery all the more tricky. The city has been plowing a private alley for more than three decades.
The rocky and narrow alley runs between Pearl and Rose Streets near Hodag Park.
The city public works director realized the mistake about two months ago. The 12 homeowners there own the land, which means every time a Rhinelander plow goes through, it's trespassing.
LANGLADE COUNTY - Lake property owners in the Northwoods often care deeply about the health and well-being of their lakes. The people who live around Rolling Stone Lake in northern Langlade County are just one example.
The lake has a weed cutter machine, a large storage and maintenance building, and public land. Members around the lake pay a little extra tax for those things. But the lake district will also raise thousands of dollars this weekend. They're hosting a picnic, rummage sale, raffles, and bake sale for their lake.
"It's really the best-kept secret in the Northwoods, I think," said Char Waite, a member of the Rolling Stone Lake Protecting and Rehabilitation District. "It's quiet. It's a great lake to fish. It's a great lake to boat. We just love it here."
PHILLIPS - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett wants all city police officers to wear body cameras by the end of next year. He made that proposal this week after tension between police and the public in places like Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Ferguson, Missouri.
One Northwoods police department has been using the cameras for years. Phillips police officers have worn body cameras since 2008. They turn them on while responding to many situations in the city.
WISCONSIN - Gogebic Taconite will no longer pursue mining in northern Wisconsin. The company scrapped its plans for a huge iron ore mine in Iron and Ashland Counties this spring.
But state Democrats aren't forgetting about the mining issue. They're proposing a bill which they say would close a loophole in the state's 2013 mining law. That law relaxed the permitting process for iron mines.
The Democrats' bill would make it illegal to fill or destroy the bed of a lake, stream, reservoir, or flowage to mine the materials underneath. Bill author Rep. Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire) said right now, mining could be done legally under flowages and reservoirs.
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