VILLAGE OF GILMAN - Police in Taylor County found the body of a man who walked away from a mental health treatment facility several weeks ago.
John R. Shest, 21, was found partially buried in the snow south of Gilman on Thursday.
Shest was last seen leaving the Corner Store in Gilman on Feb. 24, having just bought alcohol. Earlier that day, Shest walked away from the Phoenix House in Gilman.
Deputies and the Gilman Police Chief looked for Shest, but couldn't find him that day. The TCSO continued to try and find Shest, but they did not receive any leads.
Sheriff Larry Woebbeking says the investigation points to Shest walking down the railroad tracks to try and stay hidden.
The Phoenix House has two wings with a total of 20 beds.
"Our goal will always be to get our clients healthy and to get them back home, wherever that may be," the Phoenix House's website's 'about us' section explains. "We never want to keep a client for any longer than we absolutely have to. We want to teach our clients how to live with a mental illness and how to stand on their own two feet."
The sheriff's office does not believe foul play was a factor in Shest's death.
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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