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BC-WI--Wisconsin Weekend Exchange Digest, WI

November 7, 2018

Here are the Wisconsin AP Member Exchange Features for Nov. 10-12:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-TAVERN TURNED CHURCH

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. — A closed tavern in Wisconsin that appeared slated for demolition has been given new life as it has reopened as a church. River City Community Church has leased the Chippewa Falls building, moving into the building in August that was known as The Lodge for the past decade. Chris and Jaci Uttecht, co-leaders of the church, said their congregation was founded earlier this year with a group of about 20 meeting in their home. It quickly grew, and they began looking for space. By Chris Vetter, Leader-Telegram. SENT IN ADVANCE: 789 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-ADVOCATE HONORED

WHITEWATER, Wis. — A University of Wisconsin-Whitewater official is being recognized for his advocacy work for LGBTQ students. Brent Bilodeau is a driving force on campus to make all students feel welcome, safe and included. This month, he received the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for work to improve the lives of LGBTQ students. Bilodeau is interim vice chancellor for student affairs and an enthusiastic member of the Chancellor’s Committee for LGBT Issues. By Anna Marie Lux, The Janesville Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 678 words, photo.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-WATERTOWN REDEVELOPMENT

WATERTOWN, Wis. — Redevelopment in downtown Watertown is bringing challenges, concerns and optimism to the area. The Watertown Redevelopment Authority is spending an estimated $2.2 million to purchase and provide relocation funds to the businesses so that the block can be cleared to better showcase the river and bring new energy to the historic downtown. At the same time, a developer is being sought to invest $8 million to $12 million into a hotel or mixed-use project adjacent to the square. By Barry Adams, Wisconsin State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1540 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-COMFORT DOG

BELOIT, Wis. — Beloit Memorial High School students have been reading up a storm thanks to Mary the comfort dog. Mary, a golden retriever from the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry offered through St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Janesville, visits special education teacher Beth Cox’s classroom twice a month. Last year, student Mauricio Ramos proposed the idea of having students read to a dog. By Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 568 words, photo.

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