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BC-WI--Wisconsin Weekend Exchange Digest, WI

January 2, 2019

Here are the Wisconsin AP Member Exchange Features for Jan. 5-7:



JANESVILLE, Wis. _ A local artisan who led the revamp of the once-threatened Oak Hill Cemetery chapel is turning his focus to a new idea: tiny homes that could offer temporary housing for local homeless people. Richard Snyder of Janesville said he has reached out to the city with a plan to build several 200-square-foot tiny homes on a vacant city lot. Under Snyder’s plans, a cluster of five to seven tiny homes on a single lot could offer homeless people low-maintenance shelter and a sense of community as they try to find a path out of homelessness. By Neil Johnson, The Janesville Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 865 words, photo.


KIEL, Wis. _ Kerry Henning is on a quest. It’s a search for a bloody mary-flavored cheese. It’s not quick or easy: He’s wrestling with getting the right tomato flavor. Flavored cheeses can take months and years to perfect — and sometimes don’t come to fruition at all — but the eight family owners of Henning’s Cheese aren’t afraid to chase new tastes in a rural Manitowoc County cheese plant. The first tasting is about 30 days after it’s made and flavors will change in the coming months and years. Taste is checked again at three and six months. By Nathan Phelps, Green Bay Press-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 857 words, photos.



LA CROSSE, Wis. _ A new employee at Mayo Clinic Health System has made quite the impression. Patients stop her in the hallway to greet her and roll down their windows when she walks by in the parking lot to offer a quick hello. Her photo ID says Luna Morgan, but the golden haired canine is known simply as Luna to staff and patients, joining the Mayo team in November as a facility dog. The sweet-natured yellow Labrador has quickly won over staff and patients in numerous departments with her gentle bedside manner, sleepy-eyed visage and arsenal of commands. By Emily Pyrek, La Crosse Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 765 words, photos.


MADISON, Wis. _ Understory, a Madison startup whose ultra-local weather sensors can tell if a hailstorm that pelted your roof or a downpour that flooded your street left damage in its wake, is heading into a year of explosive growth. Understory generates real-time weather data for use by insurance companies, agriculture and emergency government. People in five U.S. metro areas and farmers in Argentina are getting access to the specialized weather impact reports, ranging from home-by-home wind or hail damage to the prime time to pluck crops from farm fields. By Judy Newman, Wisconsin State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1168 words, photos.

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