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A florist cuts lush, green stems to the proper bouquet length in a well-lit work area.

Nearby, her coworker snips sharp thorns off of a rose about to go into an arrangement.

At the same time, Josh Jameson takes yet another phone call, chatting easily with a customer.

Jameson manages Flowers from the Heart on 5th, situated on 5th Avenue in the center of Antigo’s downtown.

Last year, the flower shop opened downtown and then moved to this new, bigger space next door just three weeks ago.


After a year of little to no major events, communities are excited to welcome people back.

As the number of cases level off and more people get vaccinated, local communities are excited to bring back these events.

Rhinelander’s 4th of July Parade theme this year is ‘Remember: United We Stand’, according to parade chairman Dale Schlieve.

Big Employer in Central Wisconsin to Come Under New Ownership

May 13, 2021

Last week Domtar was in talks for a possible merger with, or outright sale to, Canada's Paper Excellence.

On Tuesday, both companies confirming a deal for Domtar's sale.

The value of the agreement is $3 billion dollars.

"This agreement brings stability and a long term commitment to realizing our plan for growth, which benefits our employees and the communities where we operate," said Tammy Waters, Manager of Communications and Government Relations at Domtar.


Gov. Tony Evers is acknowledging that the federal government's decision to send Wisconsin $700 million less in stimulus dollars than expected could result in less money for broadband expansion and pandemic response.

The state was in line to receive $3.2 billion, which Evers planned to use to bolster small businesses, expand broadband and shore up the state's pandemic response.

But the state learned on Monday it will receive only $2.5 billion.

Office of the Secretary of Defense

Now is the time to get your COVID-19 vaccine if you haven’t already done so, according to Governor Tony Evers.

In a COVID update with the Department of Health Services on Wednesday, the Governor urged people to get vaccinated.

  • Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa President John Johnson addresses stereotypes, racism and common misconceptions in this year’s State of the Tribes address
  • Wisconsin receives $700 million less than initially expected in federal COVID relief funding
  • Ironwood secures Michigan DNR grant to improve Norrie Park and the Montreal River Walk Trail
  • The Brewers and Bucks both raised fan capacity to 50 percent Tuesday

Wisconsin Public Service

The names are in for this year’s batch of Peregrine Falcon chicks born at WPS and WE Energies power plants this spring.

Every year, WPS solicits names suggestions and puts them to a vote. This year the names tied to scientists, front-line workers, and first responders.

WPS said they’re among the many heroes and helpers of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With thousands of votes cast across Wisconsin, the winners of this year’s contest are (in order):

·         Fauci in honor of health care workers

Minocqua Restaurant Looks to Expand Outdoor Dining

May 12, 2021

A downtown Minocqua restaurant is looking to spread its wings and drum up some more business.

Owners of the Wild Turkey Smokehouse went before the Minocqua plan commission Tuesday with a request for a conditional use permit to place 25 portable tables on the grassy area on the north side of the restaurant. Wild Turkey is located at the corner of U.S. Highway 51 and Front Street.

The national anthem would have to be played before all sporting events held at Wisconsin venues that received any public funding.


That’s a stipulation of a mostly symbolic bill passed by the state Assembly yesterday.


The Assembly passed the proposal on a bipartisan 74-22 vote.


The measure now heads to the Senate.


Democrats derided it as a political stunt that was unworkable.

Wisconsin will receive $700 million less than initially expected in federal coronavirus relief money and it will arrive in two payments a year apart.


Gov. Tony Evers and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Tuesday called that news problematic.


The state was informed Monday of the split in payments, and that it will receive $2.5 billion in total.


Evers and Baldwin on Tuesday asked U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to reconsider dividing the payments into two.


MI Bills Would Allow Driver’s License, ID Cards for the Undocumented

May 12, 2021 News Connection

Undocumented people in Michigan would regain the right to apply for a driver's license or ID card, if two bills introduced Tuesday in the state Senate were to pass.

They're called the Drive SAFE bills, which stands for Safety, Access, Freedom and the Economy.

Sainavya Upparapalle, a 17-year-old member of Michigan's immigrant community from Troy, said the current rules are a huge burden on families such as hers, because her driver's license became invalid when the family's visa came up for renewal.

Wisconsin Historical Society

History can be a challenging undertaking.  To uncover evidence, a historian must be part journalist and part detective. But when historical recollections devolve into myth the historian must become a revisionist and upset local legends to tell a story accurately.  Such is the case of Willie Dickinson and Old Man Mudge in Florence. 

City of Ironwood

Built as one of the Civilian Conservation Corps camps during the Great Depression, Norrie Park is one of Ironwood’s oldest parks.

It features hiking and biking trails, a playground, and access to the Montreal River.

“It is really a beloved park by the community. It’s on the southern part of the city and it’s actually right next to the ABR ski trails. It does get quite a bit of traffic,” said Tom Bergman, Ironwood Community Development Director.

Ironwood recently secured more than $111,000 in grant funding from the Michigan DNR to make improvements to Norrie Park.


Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is threatening to go after Enbridge's profits from a Great Lakes oil pipeline if it isn't shut down. The Democratic governor issued the warning Tuesday in a letter to Enbridge, a Canadian oil transport company. Last November, Whitmer ordered the company to close the line by Wednesday. She agrees with environmentalists and native tribes that a section of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac is vulnerable to a spill. Enbridge says the pipeline is safe and won't be shut down unless a federal court or agency requires it.


More Wisconsin families would be able to send their children to a private school using a voucher paid for by taxpayers under a bill passed by the Assembly on Tuesday. Eligible families would only have to make incomes below three times the federal poverty level. Conservative supporters say the change is needed given increasing interest in sending students to private schools during the pandemic. The change is opposed by the statewide teachers union and groups representing public school administrators, school boards and rural schools.