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BC-WI--Wisconsin Weekend Exchange Digest, WI

May 22, 2019

AP-Wisconsin stories for May 25 and May 27. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact 414-225-3580.

For use Saturday, May 25, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-HISTORIC BAR

LA CROSSE, Wis. _ In a city with never-ending bar options, Del’s Bar in La Crosse sticks out. It’s been open since 1933 in a historic brick building downtown. Step inside on any given day and you’ll find regulars who have been coming in for 40 years, college students and tourists chatting with each other around the oval shaped bar. By Maureen McCollum, Wisconsin Public Radio. SENT IN ADVANCE: 901 words.

EXCHANGE-UW HEALTH-LOCAL FOOD

MADISON, Wis. _ For the past four years, UW Health has touted its wide-ranging commitment to local farms and sustainable sourcing. UW’s goal to source 20% to 30% of its meat, cheese and produce in an “environmentally, economically and socially responsible” way was rare enough to merit stories with headlines like “Wisconsin hospitals want more local food for patients’ plates.” Yet this past winter, many of the small scale, local producers praised by UW Health in recent years received letters of termination. By Lindsay Christians, The Capital Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2177 words.

For use Monday, May 27, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-FIANCE DONATES KIDNEY

JANESVILLE, Wis. _ Josh Groetken donated his kidney to his fiancee, Ashley Friis, last month. The transplant ended Friis’ nearly two-year search for a kidney. Friis has atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome, a rare disease that causes red blood cells to break down and kidneys to fail. She was diagnosed with the disease in 2009. By Ashley McCallum, The Janesville Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 778 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-GRASS TENNIS COURTS

NEKOOSA, Wis. _ When famed golf course developer Mike Keiser and his two sons decided in 2013 to buy 1,700 acres in central Wisconsin, the idea was to take advantage of the massive amount of sand left behind thousands of years ago from receding glaciers. Their Sand Valley Golf Resort now has three courses, and a fourth is under development. Now the Keisers are touting a new amenity that’s creating a buzz not in golf circles but those who use a racket and dream of Wimbledon. By Barry Adams, Wisconsin State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1413 words, photos.

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