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Lincoln Hills bill passesSubmitted: 03/22/2018
Lincoln Hills bill passes
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MADISON - The state Assembly has put the final stamp of approval on a plan to close Wisconsin's troubled youth prison.

The chamber passed an $80 million juvenile justice overhaul plan unanimously Thursday that calls for closing the prison outside Irma by 2021 and replacing it with smaller regional facilities. The measure now goes to Gov. Scott Walker.

The measure cleared the Assembly unanimously in February and passed the Senate unanimously on Tuesday. The bill had to come back to the Assembly for a final vote, though, because the Senate included new language that requires the Legislature's budget committee to sign off on any spending on new juvenile facilities after the youth prison closes. Both houses must pass the identical bill before it can go to the governor.

Federal investigators have been probing allegations of guards abusing inmates the prison for the past three years.

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Newbold Town Hall gets repairsSubmitted: 07/20/2018

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NEWBOLD - Last year, members of the Newbold Town Board discovered their building needed some repairs.

The sides of the town hall started to pull away from the building, becoming a safety hazard.

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS - 25 years later and the movie The Sandlot still brings a lot of smiles.

2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the classic film.

To celebrate, actors from the movie are on a mini tour around the U.S.

Scotty Smalls and Tommy Repeat Timmons joined the Wisconsin Rapid Rafters Thursday evening.

"It's hard to believe," said Shane Obedzinski, who played Tommy "Repeat" Timmons in The Sandlot. "It feels like it was yesterday. But it's awesome. We are very very grateful."

The Sandlot actors stopped in Wisconsin Rapids to throw the first pitch at the Rafters game and meet their fans.

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DES MOINES - Forecasters say at least five tornadoes touched down as an unexpected swarm of destructive storms hit central Iowa.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Johnson said Friday that it will take days to determine the strength and total number of the twisters that hit three town on Thursday afternoon.

The storms injured at least 17 people , flattened buildings and forced the evacuation of a hospital.

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MINOCQUA - People buying brats in Minocqua Thursday and Friday did more than just filled their stomachs. They helped the area homeless at the same time. 

Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing (NATH) hosted a brat sale fundraiser at the Trig's in Minocqua. The money raised will go towards the Frederick Place, which provides safe housing to those in need. 

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MERCER - Two Mercer School Board members, Karl Anderson and Christa Reinert, are facing backlash for questioning finances of the district and the behavior of some of its leaders. 

"I get [an] upset stomach thinking about the things that are going on," said Anderson.

Anderson was elected to the five-person board this spring. He ran to support fellow school board member Christa Reinert and to try to correct some of the wrongs he saw happening in the district. 

"Some of the facts that have been coming out seem to be waking people up," said Anderson.

Those facts are misuse of taxpayer money, improper raises, and intimidation techniques, which were observed during this interview when a man in a car drove by yelling profanities.

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NORTHWOODS - Local lawn care services hope the rain we saw Friday will give them more business.

We've had 41 days of hot, humid weather this summer. That's more than double than last year.

Those temperatures are taking a toll on our yards.

Owner of "Brian's Fairway Look" Brian Perschon feels right at home behind a lawn mower.

"I just love cutting grass. I love doing it. It's not really work for me," said Perschon.

Perschon noticed the once glossy, green grass is now dry and yellow
Perschon uses fertilizer on the lawns he mows to avoid having to deal with dull grass.

"If you take care of it, it'll take care of you," said Perschon.

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RHINELANDER - Rainy skies couldn't dampen the sound of music in Rhinelander Friday afternoon.

The ArtStart summer "eat to the Beat" concert series kicked off Friday with instrumentalist Chris Skinner playing the electric chapman stick. 

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