MARSHFIELD - Almost 50 years passed before farmers across the state could grow one of their favorite plants. But recently, the hemp plant was legalized for farmers to grow and make into things like CBD oil, or even a snack.
People gathered in Marshfield Saturday to learn a little more about hemp.
One woman, Teri Koepke, said her life was completely changed because of it. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2016.
"In December I was told I wouldn't be alive in February," said Koepke.
But Koepke used hemp to reduce cancer cells in her bloodstream.
"I would absolutely say it saved my life. 100 percent," said Koepke.
James Naumann, Greenleaf Events LLC owner, helped put on the event. He said it's to educate the public on what hemp can do for people like Koepke.
"We got right on the front of this because it is a situation that can help so many," said Naumann. "We don't want people to have that stigma and be worried they'll be busted by the law or pass a drug test. And we want people to feel better, of course!"
He also wanted to bust commons myths like hemp making people high.
"I could ingest this entire container and I would never get high from it," said Koepke.
The most important thing to both of them is reconnecting people with this plant after 50 years.
"Being able to share these products with people that is changing their lives as well as my own; I don't think there is a better thing I can offer in the world than being able to help," said Koepke.
The next hemp expo will be in March in Milwaukee.
Naumann said he plans on hosting more throughout the state to keep educating people on the benefits of this plant.
NORTHWOODS - Jeff Schweizer doesn't need electricity to camp, but he knows it's a great convenience.
"If it's raining out you got the TV, you got the microwave," said Schweizer.
He and his group of friends used their generators Tuesday night because Franklin Lake Campground in Forest Co. doesn't have direct electrical access.
"Generators make a lot of noise," said Schweizer. "It's nice to have it quiet. When you have electricity you don't have those generators. It's just really enjoyable to be at a campground with electricity."
BIRON, WIS. - A nearly $200 million paper mill project in Wood County will get state support while helping to create more than two dozen jobs.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced $1.7 million in tax credits Wednesday for ND Paper in Biron, which is just north of Wisconsin Rapids.
ND Paper plans to convert a machine from making white paper into corrugated material for boxes. The company will also build a recycled pulp, water treatment, and fiber recovery plants. The total cost of the project is $189 million.
MADISON - Wisconsin-based convenience store chain Kwik Trip has removed some vegetable trays from its stores after several reported illnesses in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Health officials say the Del Monte vegetable trays, which included broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip, have been linked to salmonella bacteria. So far, it has sickened three people in Wisconsin and one in Minnesota. Symptoms of salmonellosis are similar to the flu.
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