STEVENS POINT - Wisconsin grows a lot of potatoes. Only two states, Idaho and Washington, grow more.
The top people in the industry met this week in Stevens Point to get up to date on how to put the state's spuds on everyone's dinner table.
"We run the gamut in being number three in the nation in potato production. It's pretty important here," says Ron Krueger. Krueger manages Felix Zeloski Farm in Eagle River.
He's one of hundreds from around the state attending the 2014 Grower Education Conference.
The event isn't just for potato growers. A group of researchers also gave presentations at the event on potato genomics.
"We have several different variety discussions on what type of consumer preferences are and the direction that's going, and then what direction are our new varieties are going," says Executive Director of Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Associate Duane Maatz. "Are we trying to match things up for a better potato chip or a better French fry or a better table potato."
Leaders say a good understanding of consumer needs is what makes Wisconsin one of the top potato producers in the country.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
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