STEVENS POINT - The Spudmobile is Wisconsin's newest addition in potato education.
The Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association unveiled the Spudmobile at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in Stevens Point last week.
"It was a big project, 4 years of planning and development. It cost a lot of money and we don't want it to sit parked. We want to get it out there and get people touring through it and seeing it on the road," said Tamas Houlihan.
The traveling billboard will be used to educate everyone about the potato industry.
"It took a vision and a committee to do this and it's all educational, for adults and children. It tells the story about potatoes and how they grow and how sustainable we are," said vegetable farmer Nick Somers.
Inside the Spudmobile you'll find different potato varieties, an interactive game board and potato recipes to take home.
They want to travel to grocery stores, schools and events across Wisconsin.
"People don't realize that we rank third in the nation in potato production. We also want people to buy local. We think locally grown produce tastes better, it's fresh and there's really no reason to be buying Idaho potatoes when you can buy potatoes that are grown right here in Wisconsin," said Houlihan.
To get the Spudmoble to a location near you, just contact the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association.
The Spudmobile will be in the Northwoods at the end of the month. You can see it at Rhinelander's Potatofest August 30.
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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