LAC DU FLAMBEAU - All students at the Lac du Flambeau Public School will get breakfast and lunch for free this year. A federal program will reimburse the school for all free meals given to students.
The program is called the Community Eligibility Provision. It's part of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Schools can participate in the Community Eligibility Provision if they have a high poverty rate.
Ninety percent of Lac du Flambeau Public School students already got free meals last year. Twenty-three students needed to pay a reduced price and 25 needed to pay full price.
School leaders think it's not always easy to pay for school meals, especially since the price goes up ten cents every year. The price for a school lunch last year was $1.80.
School leaders believe this program will help out a lot of families.
"It's going to mean more money for families to spend on things that are needed," said Lac du Flambeau district superintendent Larry Ouimette. "They can spend that money on food for home, school supplies, clothes, and those types of things."
School leaders think this program will make sure all students eat healthy meals to give them energy at school. They think the school will also benefit from the program.
"It's a four-year program, which means we won't have to apply for it again next year. We know that program will be in place for us. That helps us budget for our school district and makes it a little bit easier," said Ouimette.
The Lac du Flambeau Public School will also be using a new food provider this year. School leaders hope these changes will help students eat more nutritious food.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Salvation Army hopes to raise $40,000 in its bell ringing campaign again this year. It reached that goal during the holidays a year ago.
Volunteers kicked off the bell ringing drive at Trig's and Shopko on Friday. Eighty-six percent of money raised stays in the Rhinelander area to help families in emergencies.
"We're very excited that we're keeping our goal at 40 (thousand dollars) this year, and we're hoping that people are continuing to be generous in helping us reach that goal," Rhinelander Salvation Army Kettle Coordinator Kim Swisher said. "People are friendly, they're excited, they're like, 'Oh, it's bell ringing time!' [That] always means the holidays. We're excited about that."
You'll see volunteers at Trig's and Shopko through the holidays. Bell ringing starts at Walmart next week.
UPDATE: The suspected shooter from a homicide in Tomahawk has been identified as Eric Lee Moen, 32. Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins confirmed Moen is being held in the Lincoln County Jail for a 1st-degree intentional homicide charge.
The Lincoln County Clerk of Courts reports Moen is being held on a $1 million cash bond. He has yet to appear in court, but an initial appearance has been set for Monday at 1:30 p.m.
Online court records show Moen was convicted of various traffic offenses. He was also convicted of misdemeanor battery in Portage County from a 2002 case.
Elvins plans to release more information Friday afternoon.
Tomahawk police identified the victim in the city's first shooting homicide in years. Friday morning, Police Chief Al Elvins announced Charles K. Ramp, 52, was shot and killed outside his home on W. Mohawk Drive Thursday night.
Police arrested the suspected shooter, a 32-year-old man from Wausau, but did not identify him. The suspect was found about 130 miles away in Lake Hallie, which is near Eau Claire.
ROSENDALE, WI - An explosion and fire at a cheese plant in Fond du Lac County sent one person to the hospital.
The sheriff's office says 36-year-old Travis Klotzbach, of Brandon, was using a cutting torch on an empty 55-gallon barrel in the auto shop at Knaus Cheese near Rosendale when the explosion happened just after 7 a.m. Friday.
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