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Dozens attend peaceful unity march in MinocquaSubmitted: 06/05/2020

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MINOCQUA -
Protesters marched through the streets of Minocqua earlier this evening in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

More than 100 people showed up to the unity march in downtown Minocqua.

They carried signs protesting both police brutality and systemic racism.

The protest was entirely peaceful and protesters expressed solidarity with victims of racism.

"I feel very deeply sorry for the fear that minority groups live in and have for decades and centuries," said protester Bob Billimack.

There was no obvious police presence at the march.

Minocqua police chief Dave Jaeger told Newswatch 12 the organizers contacted him ahead of time to inform him of their plans.

He also says that he believes the protesters have a right to make their voices heard.





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PHELPS - Today, the Robbins family broke ground on their new home, courtesy of Habitat for Humanity.

"This is really exciting," said Dave Havel of the Northwoods Habitat for Humanity chapter. "With all of the issues we've had as a nation as a community. It's really great that we're moving forward and able to help this local family here in Phelps."

Excavation will start in the next few weeks - the next step in what both Rebecca and Cory call their dream home.

"They'll never know what this means to this family," said Rebecca Robbins. "They'll never know what this means to us. I have shed a few tears already and I'm sure a lot more to come. They'll just never know what this means to our family."

It will mean some freedom for Rebecca's daughter Jade.

"I will finally have my own room, after sharing a room with my older brother, then sharing one with my little brother," said Jade Robbins.

Cory works with Select Builders, the local contractor out of Eagle River hired by Habitat for Humanity.

"I can't believe I can do this," said Cory Robbins. "I mean, I've always dreamed of owning my own home and now I'm actually going to help build it."

This will be the 23rd home that Habitat for Humanity has helped build in the Northwoods, and the first one in Phelps.

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RHINELANDER - Today, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest opened picnic areas and beaches across most of the Forest as well as developed dispersed campsites.

In addition, restrooms and garbage receptacles will be available and fees will be charged at sites that are open and have full services.

Please note that some developed dispersed campsites in the Lakewood-Laona Ranger District remain closed due the July 2019 blowdown.

The Forest has two sites operated through a concessionaire permit that will also be opening.

The Two Lakes Campground will be open on a first-come, first-serve basis starting today and resume reservations on Sunday, June 7.

Group campsites at this facility will remain closed.

The Lost Lake Cabins will open, and reservations will be honored.

Visitors are encouraged to check their reservations and/or contact the concessionaire with questions.

In addition, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is lifting the campfire ban in Langlade and Oconto counties following recent rain events and current conditions.

The Forest will continue to monitor the fire danger in the July 2019 blowdown area and reassess restrictions as necessary.

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STEVENS POINT, WI - On Friday, June 5th after an approximately 10-month investigation, police detectives executed a search warrant at a residence in the town of Dewey in Portage County. 

The search was a result of a several months long investigation into fraudulent activity conducted by a local home builder.

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MADISON - The percentage of positive COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin continues to decline.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Friday that 3% of all test results were positive.

That continues a downward trend over the past two weeks.

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MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis agreed Friday to ban chokeholds by police and to require officers to try to stop any other officers they see using improper force, in the first concrete steps to remake the city's police department since George Floyd's death.

The changes are part of a stipulation between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which launched a civil rights investigation this week in response to the death of Floyd. The City Council approved the agreement 12-0.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - City workers and local artists painted the words "Black Lives Matter" in enormous bright yellow letters on the street leading to the White House, a highly visible sign of the District of Columbia's embrace of a protest movement that has put it even further adds with President Donald Trump.

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KAUKAUNA - The father of two young children found dead in Kaukauna in February has been arrested in their deaths.

Police say Matthew Beyer, of Manitowoc, is in custody on possible charges of two counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

5-year-old William and 3-year-old Danielle Beyer were found dead Feb. 17 in a Kaukauna duplex.

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MADISON - Organizers of the World Dairy Expo in Madison have canceled this year's event because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Event organizers said they made the decision Thursday because of COVID-19 travel restrictions and health orders issued by the City of Madison and Dane County. 

The event  described as the Super Bowl of dairy  attracts tens of thousands of people from around the world. 

In 2019, the event attracted more than 62,000 people from nearly 100 countries.

 Organizers say the event will return in the fall of 2021.

 But the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports there are no plans to reschedule for this year.

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