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Wisconsin adds clean energy jobs amid national dropSubmitted: 04/14/2019
Wisconsin adds clean energy jobs amid national drop
Story By Associated Press

MADISON -  A new report says Wisconsin added nearly 1,800 new clean energy jobs last year despite a slowing of jobs growth in the industry nationwide.

National advocacy groups Environmental Entrepreneurs and Clean Energy Trust have released a study that found a 2.4% increase in Wisconsin jobs in the clean energy industry last year, compared to 2017.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the energy efficiency and renewable energy generation sectors saw the most growth in Wisconsin last year.

The report says the number of renewable energy jobs across the country declined in 2018 partly due to President Donald Trump's tariffs on imported solar panels.

Tyler Huebner is executive director of advocacy group RENEW Wisconsin. Huebner says the state's solar industry isn't as affected by the tariffs because it relies on small installations.

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WAUSAU - Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation and its impact on community health, the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Valley Fair has canceled the 2020 Fair.

Numerous other events have already been canceled, and it is evident that the risk of community spread of COVID-19 will still exist through the summer.

Following the guidance of the Marathon County Health Department, the CDC and WEDC, we have determined it would not be safe to hold an event of this size.

Details on the MASS program (Market Animal Show & Sale of Marathon County, Inc.) will be available in the coming weeks.

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EAGLE RIVER - Up North Beerfest and the National Championship Musky Open Tournament have both been postponed until the summer of 2021 due to concerns of the spread of COVID-19.

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, along with the Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin jointly made the decision to delay the annual fishing tournament.

The Chamber made the difficult decision to postpone the beer festival.

Up North Beerfest will return June 11-12, 2021. The Musky Open will next be held August 20-22, 2021.

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MADISON - The percentage of positive COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin continues to decline.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Friday that 3% of all test results were positive.

That continues a downward trend over the past two weeks.

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MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis agreed Friday to ban chokeholds by police and to require officers to try to stop any other officers they see using improper force, in the first concrete steps to remake the city's police department since George Floyd's death.

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MADISON - A Rainbow Pride Flag will fly at the State Capitol Building in Madison for the month of June.

Gov. Tony Evers ordered the flag be flown over the East Wing of the capitol through June 30.

The flag order is to recognize June as Pride Month.

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MINOCQUA -
Protesters marched through the streets of Minocqua earlier this evening in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

More than 100 people showed up to the unity march in downtown Minocqua.

They carried signs protesting both police brutality and systemic racism.

The protest was entirely peaceful and protesters expressed solidarity with victims of racism.

"I feel very deeply sorry for the fear that minority groups live in and have for decades and centuries," said protester Bob Billimack.

There was no obvious police presence at the march.

Minocqua police chief Dave Jaeger told Newswatch 12 the organizers contacted him ahead of time to inform him of their plans.

He also says that he believes the protesters have a right to make their voices heard.


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RHINELANDER - Today, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest opened picnic areas and beaches across most of the Forest as well as developed dispersed campsites.

In addition, restrooms and garbage receptacles will be available and fees will be charged at sites that are open and have full services.

Please note that some developed dispersed campsites in the Lakewood-Laona Ranger District remain closed due the July 2019 blowdown.

The Forest has two sites operated through a concessionaire permit that will also be opening.

The Two Lakes Campground will be open on a first-come, first-serve basis starting today and resume reservations on Sunday, June 7.

Group campsites at this facility will remain closed.

The Lost Lake Cabins will open, and reservations will be honored.

Visitors are encouraged to check their reservations and/or contact the concessionaire with questions.

In addition, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is lifting the campfire ban in Langlade and Oconto counties following recent rain events and current conditions.

The Forest will continue to monitor the fire danger in the July 2019 blowdown area and reassess restrictions as necessary.

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