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BC-WI--Wisconsin Weekend Exchange Digest, WI

February 7, 2019

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



MILTON, Wis. _ Gary Shackelford of north Rock County looked at the sky last March 11 and saw a remarkable gathering. Circling over his neighbor’s pond, bald eagles swirled in an aerial ballet. He walked closer to get a better view and began counting. Sixteen. Maybe more. Most were young and did not yet have their distinctive white heads. Many of us have never seen such a majestic kettle, which is the term for a group of eagles soaring together. By Anna Marie Lux, The Janesville Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1039 words.


POYNETTE, Wis. _ The butcher shop, grocery stores and other retailers that years ago helped create a thriving hub of commerce have vanished from this village’s downtown. The library is here, along with a chiropractic office, a couple of beauty salons, the Frontier Bar and, a few yards away, the Harmony Bar, where bobble heads line the front window. United Community Bank shares an intersection with a Karate America, Village Hall and A Thousand Words Photography, while the Poynette Inch United Methodist Church and the First Presbyterian Church, established in 1867, anchor both ends of Main Street. By Barry Adams, Wisconsin State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1422 words, photos.



WESTBY, Wis. _ The Coon Valley and Westby area took a sucker punch _ make that punches _ to the stomach this summer when nearly a foot of rain fell, then ripped through the usually tranquil valleys. Many of us witnessed what it did to the houses and businesses of Coon Valley as well as surrounding farms. Lives were, and remain, forever changed. What many folks likely didn’t know is what it did to Timber Coulee, the longtime home of the Snowflake Ski Club. It ripped away a number of the club’s walk bridges, and caused some damage to the club’s world renowned 118-meter ski jumping hill. By Erik Daily, La Crosse Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1036 words, photos.


GREEN BAY, Wis. _ Discuss the need for information technology professionals around Wisconsin and the nation, and many businesses will tell you they can’t find enough. That has educators working to prepare students and adults for careers in the in-demand profession, sometimes one hour at a time. Three hundred people around northern and eastern Wisconsin were given a hands-on introduction to the in-demand career possibilities in information technology through the Hour of Code program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. By Nathan Phelps, Press-Gazette Media. SENT IN ADVANCE: 661 words.

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