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BC-WI--Wisconsin Weekend Exchange Digest, WI

June 6, 2018

Here are the Wisconsin AP Member Exchange Features for June 9-11:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-EXPANDING WISCONSIN DELLS

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. —A recent Wisconsin report says tourism is a more than $1 billion industry in Wisconsin Dells and accounts for about 10 percent of the state’s tourism revenue. The study released by the state Department of Tourism this month says resorts like Kalahari, Mount Olympus, Wilderness, Chula Vista and Great Wolf have helped turn the community into a year-round destination. But spas like the Sundara are focusing on grown-up getaways. Sundara’s $13 million expansion project includes adding more suites. By Barry Adams, Wisconsin State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,305 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-RIVERWAY ANNIVERSARY

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. — A new documentary of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway has been made as it marks 50 years. In 1968, efforts to protect the St. Croix led to the passage of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The documentary called “The Wild and Scenic St. Croix” is commemorating that action and to reinvigorate the commitment that led to the river’s protected status. The film debuted June 6. By Mary Divine, St. Paul Pioneer Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2,322 words, photos.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-FARMERS-IMPROVING WATER EQUALITY

MONROE, Wis. —Producer-led watershed groups are getting funding through a Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection program. Watershed groups are meant to improve water quality and began receiving state funding in 2016. A handful already were in place before then, and the Legislature felt a statewide program would get more farmers interested in conservation efforts, said Rachel Rushmann, a DATCP nutrient management coordinator. By Jim Dayton, The Janesville Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,523 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-CHEESEMAKING BROTHERS

ELKHORN, Wis. —Two Wisconsin brothers’ family farm has become focused on dairy and beef. Ron and Frank Henningfeld’s grandparents bought the 240-acre farm in 1942. Frank estimates the farm has about 175 cows at any given time with 68 milking cows they milk twice a day. Last year, Frank Henningfeld also started his own company, Hill Valley Dairy, based in Lake Geneva. By Christina Lieffring, The Journal Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 745 words, photos.

The AP, Milwaukee

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