WAUSAU - Governor Evers' announcement on Tuesday choosing the two locations to replace Lincoln Hills apparently caught people in those communities off guard.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the Milwaukee Common Council President felt the decision was made without much, if any, local input.
Evers selected sites on the north side of Milwaukee and Hortonia, which is a small community near Appleton, for two youth detention centers. It was in line with a bill signed last year that requires Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Schools in Irma to close by 2021.
Evers told Newswatch 12 on Wednesday that many lawmakers were part of the statewide commission that settled on those sites last year. Evers was also a member while he was still serving as state school superintendent.
"Maybe they may have forgotten in the meantime, but at the end of the day those two areas of the state are where we're going to have our first two," Evers said.
Evers went on to say Wisconsin might look at building a third regional center, but that hasn't been decided yet. For his part, the governor pledged to work with local lawmakers to clear up any misunderstanding.
RHINELANDER - A man died near the entrance of Nicolet College in Rhinelander on Thursday afternoon.
Neither the campus nor the public were in danger, according to the Oneida Co. Sheriff's Office. Due to the circumstances of the man's death, Newswatch 12 is not releasing more information, but there appears to be nothing suspicious about the death.
Police got a report at 3:55 p.m. about a man lying face down near the entry drive to Nicolet College. Emergency responders took him to St. Mary's Hospital, but he died.
The Oneida Co. Sheriff's Office, Rhinelander Fire Department, Pelican First Responders, and Oneida Co. Medical Examiner's Office were involved in the response.
The Oneida County Beekeepers Association promotes beekeeping in the Northwoods.
It does its part to save the bees, and wants to encourage to do the same. It works to recruit new beekeepers, as well as teach people the importance of honeybees in our everyday lives.
"Bees are essential for our food supply," said Oneida County Beekeepers Association member, John Bigley. "If we lose the bees, we lose most of the food supply. So, we got to keep them healthy. We have to ensure that they are pollinating not only the flowers, but the fruit trees and vegetable gardens."
The organization is holding a class on June 1st for anyone who is interested in learning how to become a beekeeper.
It's also an advanced class for beekeepers to learn more about bee tips and tricks.
ARBOR VITAE - Do you know where your food comes from? Kindergarteners at Arbor Vitae-Woodruff elementary do. They have been growing their own fruits and vegetables all year. On Thursday, their work culminated in a final celebration as part of the first-ever Wisconsin School Garden Day.
Each kindergartner was partnered with a fifth grader to help them with planting and weeding.
Organizer Adriane Morabito said it is important for young people to know where their food comes from.
"It teaches them important skills like empathy, compassionate, and kindness," said Morabito. "It also helps them eat healthy."
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