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North Lakeland Discovery Center YCC Lodge Renovation Underway to Become Year-Round Facility

Construction Manager Dick Logan is proud of the progress at the YCC Lodge at the North Lakeland Discovery Center. “There was no heat in the building before,” explained Logan as toured the space in the midst of a renovation. Logan is a retired DNR employee who has always wanted to find a way to support the Discovery Center. “I told my supervisor at the time, ‘When I retire I’m going to get really involved’ well I had no idea,” said Logan. He is now overseeing the renovations at the lodge and...

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  • UW Trout Lake station plans open house Friday
  • North Lakeland Discovery Center working to become a year-round facility
  • Hurley's Paavo Nurmi Marathon cancelled for this year
  • Wisconsin at center of lawsuit targeting federal debt relief for farmers of color

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More groups are calling on Wisconsin’s attorney general to remove the head of the state’s Natural Resources Board before its August meeting.

Fred Prehn, whose six-year term expired on May 1, has refused to vacate his position, citing a state law that allows him to continue to serve until the state Senate confirms his replacement.

Republicans control the Senate and have yet to schedule a confirmation hearing.

Kaul received two letters from a total of eight group last week complaining that Prehn's presence on the board is hurting public trust.

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Enbridge Energy says an anchor will be recovered from the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac after it became detached from a cable during maintenance of an oil pipeline.

The incident involved an Enbridge contractor. Enbridge says there was no risk to Line 5.

The pipeline crosses the bottom of the straits connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.

Enbridge wants to build a tunnel in the water to house the pipeline.

It has a permit from the state but needs approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Construction Manager Dick Logan is proud of the progress at the YCC Lodge at the North Lakeland Discovery Center.

“There was no heat in the building before,” explained Logan as toured the space in the midst of a renovation.

Logan is a retired DNR employee who has always wanted to find a way to support the Discovery Center.

“I told my supervisor at the time, ‘When I retire I’m going to get really involved’ well I had no idea,” said Logan.

He is now overseeing the renovations at the lodge and construction of the new nature center, Discovery Hall.

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Wisconsin is at the center of a lawsuit targeting federal debt relief for farmers of color.

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Organizers of Wisconsin’s oldest marathon could not reach the finish line this year.

Hurley’s Paavo Nurmi scheduled for August has been cancelled.

Race Director Rita Franzoi made the announcement in a post on the Paavo Nurmi Facebook page.

She says the race faced a new set of obstacles this year.

Franzoi says the event typically has over 400 volunteers from start to finish.  She said some are still unsure how involved they want to be with community events and social gatherings.

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Inspired by a Curious North question, this week’s Wildlife Matters finds the Masked Biologist pondering what might be causing a snapping or popping sound in and around lily pads. The answer may surprise you.

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Sitting on the southern shore of Trout Lake in Boulder Junction, the UW Trout Lake Station is the home base for many researchers studying water in the Northwoods.

The station works in collaboration with the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

For the 10th year, Trout Lake Station is holding an open to house to invite people to come learn what research projects are taking place.

Workers have discovered three bodies at the entrance to a quarry in far western Wisconsin, and authorities say they're investigating the deaths as a triple homicide. La Crosse County Sheriff Jeff Wolf called the deaths a “targeted act” but declined to say how the three died. Wolf says two workers discovered the bodies shortly before 5 a.m. Friday at the Milestone Quarry near West Salem. He says authorities are working to identify the victims and autopsies will be conducted. No one is in custody and there are no suspects.

Nearly three dozen athletes with ties to Wisconsin will be going for the gold as the Olympics get underway in Tokyo. The Badger State athletes will represent Team USA in competition that includes trap shooting, track and field, rowing and sailing. Alie Rusher, from West Bend, will be participating in the quadruple sculls rowing event. She says the coronavirus pandemic gave her an extra year to train, allowing her to work with Olympian rowers past and present. COVID-19 concerns meant the games were postponed from last year.

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