Wisconsin regulators eye changes to policies

Wisconsin regulators eye changes to policies for consumer-generated electricity Wisconsin regulators are asking utilities to change the way they calculate the value of electricity produced by independent generators, such as the Angelo Dam in Monroe County. PETER THOMSON, LA CROSSE TRIBUNE ARCHIVES CHRIS HUBBUCH Wisconsin utility regulators are exploring policy changes that could change how…

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Schools change substitute teacher guidelines

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – For generations, when teachers have called out, substitutes have stepped in.However, in Portsmouth, the pandemic has forced the public school system to change when substitutes are used. Jessica Duren, the executive director of human resources for Portsmouth Public Schools, said, “Typically, if a teacher was going to be out for any significant…

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Morel mushroom foraging season is creeping up

The treasured fungi, popular with searchers in the bi-state, will be targeted again this spring for its fine-dining appeal. ST. LOUIS — Spring is showing signs of arrival, so if we’re lucky, it won’t be long until Missouri’s moist woodlands, underbrush and creek beds will give up their hidden treasure, the elusive morel mushroom. Morels,…

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St. Louis is hotbed for ‘designer’ games

Wooden dice and gold-foiled playing cards. St. Louis is hotbed for fantastical, elaborate ‘designer’ games 1 of 5 John Coveyou, center, founder of Genius Games, LLC, plays a prototype of a table game on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, that his company created with production assistant Daniel Davalos, left, and Steve Schlepphorst, right, the development manager…

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Group plans to build new home for storm victim

HOPE, Ark. – Homeowners in southwest Arkansas are still recovering from last month’s winter storm, and for one homeowner, the recovery is extensive.The heavy snow caused a roof to collapse on David Williams’ home in Hope. So, now a local ministry is stepping up to help build a new house.Meanwhile, Williams is living in a…

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Man watches pandemic unfold from Antarctica

A Maine native found himself in one of the most remote places on Earth as the coronavirus pandemic hit last year.U.S. Antarctic Program weather observer Jeff DeRosa spent much of 2020 at the South Pole. It wasn’t his first time spending time there.“My first time wintering, I thought to myself, ‘There’s no way I’m doing…

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