THREE LAKES - You could soon get to your favorite websites faster in parts of Central and Northern Wisconsin.
The state will use $4.2 million from the federal government to boost broadband at libraries in Wisconsin.
That includes the Demmer Memorial Library in Three Lakes. Demmer Memorial Library Director Janet Dixon says the upgrade will make their internet three times faster for the same price they pay now.
"Our patrons are doing a lot of research on our computers now and sometimes they're awfully slow and we would really like to have that consistent speed for them," Dixon said.
More than 350 libraries across Wisconsin will get the internet speed boost.
Dixon says the fiber broadband will get their connection from 3mbps to 10mbps. She believes the upgrade will help rural areas avoid falling behind in technology and opportunity.
"I think the speed is important for them (patrons)," Dixon said. "So we want to be able to provide that even though we're up here in the Northwoods, we want to have good internet service."
Workers will start laying the broadband fiber lines in April. That means libraries could get the broadband boost by November. State Superintendent Tony Evers is excited for the project.
"More than 60 percent of our public libraries report inadequate Internet connection speeds to serve library patrons," Evers said in a press release. "Many of our libraries are the only public Internet access in their small, rural communities. Our libraries provide online education resources for students of all ages including BadgerLink services for job seekers and information on government services so this upgrade of Internet connectivity will be a welcome improvement across the state."
Planning for the project started in 2013 and is a part of improving the state's BadgerNet broadband connection.
MADISON, WIS. (AP) - Madison officials say Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents violated city policy by detaining at least six immigrants without letting police know ahead of time.
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says the department has a working relationship with ICE, but the federal agency did not follow protocol. Koval says ICE has agreed to call the assistant police chief before making arrests in Madison. This time the agency called the Dane County Communications Center.
Koval says the arrests were made at separate workplaces and are not considered to be part of a raid. He says the community is in "hyper-warp distress mode."
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin says ICE told city officials the people arrested are believed to have committed serious crimes, but he does not know the specifics of the investigation.
WOODRUFF - Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport hosted a fun-filled day for family and friends on Saturday.
This comes about five months after one of its helicopters crashed, killing three Spirit employees.
Regional manager Charles Kotke said those men were in mind today,
"Today is a day of bringing people together, as well as a celebration of our 25 year anniversary," said Kotke. "This team did an amazing job getting us back to caring for our patients and doing what we need to do to care of our community."
Flight paramedics showed off the aircrafts to people and the helicopter was a big hit.
"They definitely like to look at the aircrafts. See how we transport patients from point A to point B," said Northern Region Supervisor Ryan Short.
Next Saturday, Spirit is celebrating with more associates. The second part of the celebration will be in Stevens Point.
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