Wisconsin briefs: Great Lakes Cheese to add jobs

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Great Lakes Cheese company plans to add 125 new jobs

The city could gain 125 new jobs and an upgraded cheese packaging plant for Great Lakes Cheese Co. by 2021. 

The cheese company already employs 200 people at a plant on DeVoe Street, along Wausau's northeast riverfront. And it hopes to expand in Wausau's far west business park with city incentives.

Wausau's Economic Development Committee unanimously recommended the city provide Great Lakes Cheese up to $6.4 million from a special tax district for the project. Committee members discussed the deal in a closed session and then approved it in an open meeting.

The city would also have to build a street to the property with lighting by November 2017, according to the proposed terms.

The city would sell Great Lakes Cheese its new, 60-acre property for $1. And Great Lakes Cheese would sell its existing DeVoe Street plot to the city for $1, according to the draft development terms. 


Walker signs fish farm, gas price bills 

Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that loosens fish farm regulations. 

Under the Republican bill, fish farms no longer need permits to discharge material into a wetland if the wetland was created for fish farming. Natural water bodies can serve as fish farms and farms wouldn't need permits to construct or enlarge artificial water bodies connected to a navigable waterway. New permit conditions will be prohibited unless needed to meet water quality standards. 

Walker signed the bill Friday at Star Prairie Trout Farm in St. Croix County. 

The governor signed another bill at the farm that allows small gas stations to advertise prices by the half-gallon The bill is designed to accommodate stations with non-digital pumps that don't go beyond $1.99 or $2.99. 


Free dumpster and pickup for agricultural plastics recycling

Revolution Plastics will be distributing dumpsters in Clark County on Tuesday, July 18 for on-farm agricultural plastics recycling. Those who are interested in a dumpster are asked to register to pick one up on that day. 

The dumpsters are free and the company provides free on-farm, regular collection service for the plastic. This service is available for Clark County residents and the surrounding areas. 

Registration is required in order to pick up a dumpster on July 18. Due to limited numbers of dumpsters being available and collection schedules, it is anticipated that this opportunity will only be offered Summer 2017 and is limited.

Agricultural plastics that can be placed in the dumpster include Sileage Plastics such as used bale wrap, ag/grain bags, most bunker covers and oxygen barrier film and Ag Plastics such as irrigation tape and tubing, greenhouse, hoophouse, fumigation and other cover films.  

Those interested in a dumpster need to complete the brief registration at revolutionplatics.com or by calling 1-844-490-7873 in order to receive a dumpster on July 18th.

If you require assistance registering, please contact the Clark County Extension office at 715-743-5121. 


Walker announces $3.9 million in youth apprenticeship state grants

Governor Scott Walker announced $3.9 million in Youth Apprenticeship (YA) grant awards, which will go to 33 consortiums throughout Wisconsin to help more than 4,300 high school juniors and seniors gain academic and technical instruction with mentored on-the-job training in an occupational area of interest over one or two years.

Milwaukee Public Schools is among the grantees that received up to $225,000 in funding to serve 250 students, representing a five-fold increase in youth participation from the current school year. 

Local YA programs are operated by regional consortiums that may include: school districts, Wisconsin Technical College System institutions, employers, registered apprenticeship programs and participating labor organizations, chambers of commerce and other workforce and economic development organizations.

Participating students may select in an occupational area of interest for their YA job training across 11 DWD-approved career clusters, including Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Art, Audio/Visual Technology and Communications; Finance; Health Science; Hospitality and Tourism; Information Technology; Manufacturing; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; Transportation, Distribution and Logistics; and Marketing.


3 teens hurt when SUV crashes into buggy

Three teenagers were injured when an SUV crashed into their horse-drawn buggy in St. Croix County.

The State Patrol says an 18-year-old woman was thrown from the buggy and knocked unconscious. She was airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Two others in the buggy, a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl, were taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital.

The crash happened about 12:30 a.m. Monday on Highway 128 near the Town of Wilson.

Authorities say the SUV's driver, a 33-year-old Glenwood City woman, was not seriously injured and did not show signs of impairment.