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Saving the Family Farm: Passing the Operation on to the Next Generation

Updated: 11/15/2013 - For Wisconsin's dairy farmers, farming isn't just a job, it's a way of life. For many farming families, like the Prahl family of Granite Vu Farm, LLC. near Nutterville, it's the only life they've known. "Bob, my husband's, great-grandfather homesteaded it in 1879. We have a thing that says it's on lease from the Lord, because we've been very blessed for the last 134 years to keep it in the family," said Mary Jo Prahl.

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Saving the Family Farm: A Look at Large Dairy Farms and Why they Draw Controversy

Updated: 11/13/2013 - Chances are, when you think of a traditional dairy farm, you picture a barn with maybe 60 to 100 cows inside. "They're not as economical as they used to be, you've really got to be efficient to run a farm that size," said Marathon County Extension Dairy Agent, Heather Schlesser. While there are efficient farms on the smaller scale, the reality is your traditional farms seem to be getting bigger.

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'Preppers' in Brighter Spotlight after Natural Disaster

Posted: 11/05/2012 - You may have seen the National Geographic show "Doomsday Preppers," and wondered if it really is all that common. It turns out; there are preppers all over the nation, including central Wisconsin.

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Colonoscopy: Easy, Painless Way of Preventing Cancer

Posted: 10/31/2012 - Since I'm closing in on 50, I decided to have my first colonoscopy. The folks at the Marshfield Clinic were kind enough to let us take a camera along in on the procedure, just to show how easy and painless it is. And to get the word out on how effective it is in preventing colon cancer.

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Great Gardens: Hospice House Garden

Updated: 07/08/2012 - The yard is a place where many of us get away to find some peace and quiet. Some traquility to unwind from the hustle and bustle of life. There's one greenspace in the area where those mini get-aways take on even more importance, the Hospice House Garden in Wausau.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Political Ads Spar over Jobs Numbers

Posted: 05/22/2012 - It’s turned into a war of numbers between Democrats and Republicans in the weeks leading up to the recall election. Both Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett are using different numbers to highlight Wisconsin’s progress on the jobs front.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Think Twice Before You Plug in Headphones

Posted: 05/21/2012 - Before you plug headphones into your iPod, think twice about it. You could be affecting your hearing for years to come. It all comes down to how loud you’re playing those tunes. And the younger you are the worse it can be.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Attack Ad Targets Barrett’s Record as Milwaukee Mayor

Updated: 05/18/2012 - In an effort to discredit Tom Barrett’s ability to govern the state, a political attack ad from the Right Direction Wisconsin PAC, targets the mayor’s record in Milwaukee. The ad blames Barrett for the increases in government spending, taxes and unemployment rates.

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Charges Unlikely in 1995 Hit-and-Run Death

Updated: 05/16/2012 - “There’s a girl lying in the ditch that was hit on a bicycle.” Those chilling word were spoken to a 911 Wood County dispatcher 17 years ago.

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State Trying to the Prevent the Spread of Asian Carp

Posted: 05/15/2012 - They're aquatic invaders from the Far East that are making inroads in the Midwest. Asian carp are threatening the fishing and boating industries in the Great Lakes Region. We take a look at what the state is doing to prevent the spread of the invasive species.

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Photos Taken on Your Phone May Reveal your Location to Others

Updated: 05/09/2012 - Chances are if you own a smartphone, you’ve taken a photo and posted to a social media website. What you may not know is that embedded data in the picture can allow a stranger to pinpoint your exact location.

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SPECIAL REPORT: NewsChannel 7 Breaks Down Truth of Equal Pay Attack Ad

Posted: 05/04/2012 - NewsChannel 7 took a closer look at a recent political attack ad targeting women voters, to find out what’s true, what’s misleading and what’s completely false. The TV ad is from Rep. Donna Seidel (D-Wausau), who's running for the 29th Senate District seat against Rep. Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon). The ad jabs at Petrowski on several points. The major one is the recent repeal of a 2009 provision of Wisconsin Fair Employment Law.

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1983 Homicide Case still Priority for Investigators

Updated: 05/02/2012 - It's been nearly 30 years since 20-year-old Jeanette Baneck disappeared while walking home from the North Central Health Care in Wausau in late February in 1983. There were few clues and little evidence surrounding Jeanette’s disappearance.

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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Vital to Abuse Victims

Updated: 04/30/2012 - In 2011, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, or SANES, at Ministry St. Clare's Hospital in Weston treated 52 patients who had been abused. Sixty-five percent of them were children.

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Looking at the Meth Problem in Wisconsin

Posted: 02/15/2012 - Meth is known by law enforcement as one of the most addictive drugs available, but what is it? Why is it so addictive? What effects can it have on its users. We answer those questions while looking at the state's meth problem.

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Recovering Addict Talks About Dangers of Meth

Updated: 02/22/2012 - 26 year old Courtney Erickson of Chippewa Falls granted us an interview during her 7 month stay in the Clark County Jail for meth charges. She tells us, she lost 8 years of her life to the drug, but believes she's kicked her addiction for good. She's speaking out now, to help others who are dealing with the same issues.

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Cold Case: The Murder of Ken Juedes

Updated: 11/24/2011 - More than five years after the murder of 58-year-old Ken Juedes, no arrests have ever been made. And the one person of interest that detectives have identified tells us they're focusing on the wrong person.

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Cold Case Series: Deidre Harm

Updated: 11/03/2011 - As part of a special series of reports on cold cases, NewsChannel 7 is investigating several unsolved homicides throughout North Central Wisconsin.

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Still No Charges in 2002 Langlade Co. Homicide

Updated: 10/13/2012 - On Oct. 12th, 2002, Cathy Nameth spent the day running errands, and capped it off at her parents' cottage on Loon Lake. A location her husband David says, was her favorite place on earth, but a place where her life would end.

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