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BC-WI--Wisconsin Weekend Exchange Digest, WI

October 2, 2018

Here are the Wisconsin AP Member Exchange Features for Oct. 6-8:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-BOYFRIEND’S HEROIN DEATH

WHITEWATER, Wis. —A Wisconsin woman is struggling to move forward a year after her boyfriend died of a heroin overdose. One year after Josh Syck was found in a portable toilet in the fetal position dead from a heroin overdose, Jessica Gault’s apartment still is filled with reminders of her boyfriend — drawings, photographs, hats from sports teams and superheroes he loved. By Jonah Beleckis, The Janesville Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2906 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-FLOODING-VILLAGE’S FUTURE

GAYS MILLS, Wis. — A Wisconsin village is questioning the future of low-lying areas after flooding. The record rains hit particularly hard north of Gays Mills, swelled the Kickapoo River and caused two dams to fail near Cashton and Westby. The water moved downstream flooding La Farge, Viola, Readstown, Soldiers Grove, Gays Mills and Stueben. Damage is estimated in the millions of dollars and includes agricultural losses like crops, barns, machinery, fences and livestock. By Barry Adams, Wisconsin State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1255 words, photos.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-GARDEN-HONORING WIFE

BELOIT, Wis. — A Beloit resident wants to help the city get healthy and commemorate the life of his late wife by planting fruit trees, flowers and a produce garden at the Beloit Boys and Girls Club and McNeel Elementary School. Kevin Abb said Lorrie Finley Abb loved to garden, and the two shared a passion for it from when they were married in 1983 to when she suddenly passed away in 1996 due to a brain aneurysm at the age of 34. By Austin Montgomery, Beloit Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 443 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-HIGH SCHOOL CYCLISTS

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — A Wisconsin park recently hosted a cycling competition. State competitors from grades 6-12 recently christened the twists and turns of paths at Lowes Creek County Park for the first ever mountain bike race the Wisconsin High School Cycling League has hosted in Eau Claire. By Erica Jones, Leader-Telegram. SENT IN ADVANCE: 642 words, photos.

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