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SHEBOYGAN FALLS - Anaerobic digester project underway at Majestic Meadows
Digested Organics LLC has begun construction on its first fully Integrated Manure Management System at the Majestic Meadows Dairy in Sheboygan Falls.

The IMMS will process 20,000 gallons of manure per day, effectively harvesting energy through biogas generation, concentrating nutrients for more targeted crop use, and reclaiming clean water for farm use and surface water discharge.

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SHEBOYGAN FALLS - Pine Haven opening next phase of Sheboygan Falls campus
Pine Haven Christian Communities will open the second phase of its Haven Drive campus in Sheboygan Falls on Aug. 3, including a full spectrum of memory care services to meet the changing needs of seniors.

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HOWARDS GROVE - Champion Storage expands facility near Howards Grove
Champion Storage and Rental, LLC, recently completed the construction of a new 8,000-square-foot storage building at its Rangeline Road location near Howards Grove.

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MARSHFIELD - Central City Vapors adds to growing trend
Patti and Jubel Arnold say they opened Central City Vapors earlier this year after their daughter and husband visited them and could not find electronic cigarette products in the Marshfield area.

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RACINE - County exec: Bringing water, sewer to I-94 key to business growth
Jonathan Delagrave admits there has been a learning curve in his first 100 days as Racine County executive.

But he says he’s made steps forward in key areas, including ideas he campaigned on prior to winning the April 7 general election.

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS - Local tavern, banquet hall closes, building for sale
The doors of Good Time Charlie’s are closed — and won’t be opening again.

“It’s time to quit,” said owner Chuck Belke of Wisconsin Rapids, who celebrated his 75th birthday on July 23.

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BURLINGTON - Love Inc.’s executive director will retire after 13 years of service
After 13 years of service, expanding a nonprofit from one thrift store to dozens of community programs, Bill Schoessling will take some rest.

Schoessling, the executive director of Love Inc., will retire at the end of the year from his leadership role of the Burlington-based service organization and chain of five thrift stores.

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BELOIT - Redone First National Plaza debuts at Fridays in the Park
Visitors to the First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) Plaza at Fridays in the Park were pleased this week with the newly transformed space.

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RIPON - Ripon cookie plant closure to cost 285 jobs
ConAgra Foods will lay off 285 workers at one of its two cookie plants in Ripon this fall, a finalized layoff count showed Thursday.

ConAgra Foods, which produces Rippin’ Good Cookies, announced in a notice to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development it would close its West Ripon facility, 420 E. Oshkosh St. The company expects to lay off 285 employees over the next six months. Layoffs could begin as early as Oct. 17.

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SHEBOYGAN - Sheboygan street funding debate may get own committee
Sheboygan’s constant gripes with the local roads are finally getting some attention.

The city’s Strategic Fiscal Planning Committee voted 4-1 Wednesday to create the “State of Our Streets” committee, which will focus on finding a solution to the constant gap in funding for road resurfacing and repair in the city.

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SUPERIOR - Duffy keeps rural hospitals a priority
U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Weston, is calling on fellow lawmakers to save a federal subsidy for rural hospitals from President Barack Obama’s budget ax. One of eight Wisconsin hospitals poised to lose funding is Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospital of Superior.

The "Critical Access Hospital" designation was created in 1997 as a way to keep small, rural hospitals from closing by giving higher reimbursements for Medicare and Medicaid patients. Obama’s proposed federal budget pulls the Critical Access Hospital designation for facilities that are within 10 miles of another hospital, like Superior, and reduces reimbursement rates.

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MARSHFIELD - UW Colleges’ top priority: Education despite cuts
If there is one thing Keith Montgomery wants the public to know about the latest changes to the University of Wisconsin Colleges system, it’s this: They stop at the classroom door.

“Students will see the same high level of education services, and they will see that at the reasonable tuition that we have in the UW Colleges,” said Montgomery, dean of UW-Marathon County and interim dean of UW-Marshfield/Wood County.

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NEENAH - Neenah schools add mental health coordinator
When the school year starts, Neenah students will have one more resource to connect them with the mental health services they need.

The Neenah Joint School District hired Mike Altekruse as its first-ever mental health coordinator. Altekruse will put programs and services for youth mental health needs into place, such as prevention and early intervention. But, first he will evaluate what’s available now and take a district-wide look at what more can be provided.

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MADISON - Exact Sciences wants people in their 40s to use its cancer screening test
People as young as 40 could be taking the Cologuard test for colorectal cancer in a few years, if Kevin Conroy, CEO of Exact Sciences Corp., the Madison company that developed the test, has his way.

Right now, health officials recommend colon cancer tests start at age 50. But expanding the use of the non-invasive, stool-based DNA test to those in their 40s or those considered high risk is one item on Exact’s agenda, Conroy told Exact’s annual shareholders meeting Thursday.

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BARABOO - New plan proposed for Baraboo retirement home
A developer is working to convert a long-vacant Baraboo retirement home into senior apartments.

Richard Fritz, who owns several properties in Baraboo and in the Madison area, wants to revive the Anne Elizabeth Reese Memorial Home on Ninth Street. His plan for the facility won preliminary support Tuesday from the Plan Commission.

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