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Report: Wisconsin schools behind US in offering breakfastSubmitted: 02/16/2019
Report: Wisconsin schools behind US in offering breakfast
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MADISON - A report says Wisconsin last year saw a slight decrease in the number of students who received breakfast at school through a federally subsidized nutrition program.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Washington-based nonprofit Food Research and Action Center found Wisconsin's participation in the School Breakfast Program is trailing the rest of the country.

The School Breakfast Scorecard says Wisconsin saw low-income student participation in the program decrease by about 400 students in the 2017-2018 school year. The report says that about 83 percent of Wisconsin's schools participated in the program that year.

The findings rank the state low compared to 38 states, where 90 percent or more schools participated in the program.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction spokesman Thomas McCarthy says the biggest barrier to providing breakfast is funding.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 03/25/2019

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We'll bring you new details on problems Rhinelander City Council members are having with City Administrator Daniel Guild.

We'll update you on plans for the Kalmar Senior Center in Eagle River which collapsed last month due to heavy snow.

And you'll hear from Attorney General Josh Kaul who was in Wausau today to announce that Wisconsin has joined multi-state investigations of opioid distributors.


We'll bring you all this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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RHINELANDER - Country music filled the Hodag Banquet Center this afternoon as part of the Hodag Country Band Pickoff Contest. A panel of judges determined the winner of the contest. Host of The Morning Hodag WHDG, Mike Michalak said six talented bands competed this year.

"A lot of them local but we've got them from Appleton, we've got them from Stevens Point, [and] we've got them from Upper Michigan," said Michalak.

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MILWAUKEE - Some Wisconsin dairy farmers are crediting creativity and investments in innovation for their success after seeing hundreds of peers leave the industry last year.

Laura Daniels farms near Dodgeville. Daniels tells WUWM-FM that her farm has been working to determine better breeding choices. She looks at butter-fat and protein in the milk to select cows that make quality cheese.

Fennimore dairy farmer Peter Winch says he bought robotic milkers last year for his 240 cows. Each machine can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but Winch says the milkers give his family a break and reduce his reliance on workers

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MOSINEE - Police recovered a body in the Wisconsin River in Mosinee on Sunday afternoon, but very few other details have been released.

According to Mosinee Police Chief Ken Muelling, a report of a body in the river south of the Highway 153 bridge came in around 12:50 p.m.  The Marathon County Dive Team recovered the body with help from the Wausau and Mosinee fire departments.

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RHINELANDER - Wisconsin taxpayers spend more on the Department of Corrections than the UW system. A group of ex-inmates are on a mission to change that. They believe the state can spend less on criminal justice while also improving the system. Two activists visited the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Rhinelander Sunday to talk and answer questions. 

Alan Schultz spent much of his teens and early twenties in and around the Wisconsin prison system. In his mid-twenties he left for good, without any help.

"I wouldn't really credit the system here with helping me," said Schultz.

Schultz joined Ex-Incarcerated People Organizing, or EXPO, a few years ago. Their goal is to reform the criminal justice system in Wisconsin. The US Census Bureau estimates Wisconsin has 3 percent more residents than Minnesota. Yet Schultz told me Wisconsin has twice as many inmates. In fact, Wisconsin's adult inmate population in Jan 2018 was 23,208. Minnesota's was 9,963.

"Stopping us from getting any decarceration has been driven by some of the representatives from [the northern] part of the state," said Schultz.

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MADISON - Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has received more than 1,000 letters, phone calls and emails about his plans to revive issuing pardons.

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RHINELANDER - One person went to the hospital Sunday afternoon after a two car crash on Highway 47 near Northwestern Drive.

A red Toyota SUV and a blue Jeep crashed around 3:30 pm, but emergency crews could not say which was at fault at this time.

One person from the Toyota was transported to Ascension St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander with minor injuries.

There was no alcohol involved according to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office, Oneida County Ambulance and Newbold Fire Department responded.

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