PLOVER - Cars stalled out and roads closed in Plover due to flooding the village has never seen before, according to Administrator Daniel Mahoney.
The village shut down about a two-mile stretch of Highway 54 from Foremost Drive east to I-39. It also closed 12 other roads in the area (a full list is below).
"Please be aware that this flooding is an historic event that the Village of Plover has not experienced before," Mahoney wrote in a media update.
According to Brandi Makuski with the Point/Plover Metro Wire, the flooding started affecting the southern part of the village on Thursday night.
Mahoney is requesting people who live in Plover limit their water use through the weekend to help the village wastewater system catch up. That includes cutting back on clothes washing, dishes, baths and showers.
The Red Cross, State Patrol, DNR, and United Way are all helping Plover and Portage County with the flooding.
Full list of current road closures (as of 2:21 p.m. Friday)
CTH 54 from Foremost Drive to I39 CTH B (Plover Road) from Post Road to I39 Hoover Avenue from CTH B to Cedar Drive Elm St at Willard & Newby Hickory Dr between Post & Seventh Nottingham Dr entire length Crabtree Ave entire length Lexington Pl, Pendleton Pl, Worthington Pl entire length Kensington Pl north of Forest Mirage Cir entire length Key Ln entire length Adams St between Magnolia & Plover Springs Twin Towers Drive
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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