Historic Ironwood Theatre receives COVID-19 Emergency Support Grant // WJFW TV-12, WJFWDT 12.1 and Newswatch 12

– The S&P 500 is trading above its record closing high Wednesday after a rebound for stocks helped the index erase the last of the historic losses taken due to the pandemic. The index was up 1.6% in afternoon trading, with big technology stocks once again leading the way. At its depths, the S&P 500 had been down nearly 34% when worries about the recession were at their height. But massive aid from the Federal Reserve and Congress helped prop up the market. That’s allowed investors to look ahead a to a future when a vaccine will hopefully help the economy get back to normal.

WAUSAU – In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Wausau, in cooperation with EMCS, Inc., has moved public involvement efforts for the proposed North 6th Street project online.

PORTLAND, MAINE – Producers of maple syrup, a major agricultural product in northern U.S. states, are now eligible for financial relief to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

WAUKESHA – At an event with U.S. Congressman Bryan Steil (WI-01) in Waukesha, Wis., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a $137 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the City of Waukesha, Wisc. to help implement the Great Lakes Water Supply Project. 

RHINELANDER – Northcentral Technical College announced an upcoming opportunity for prospective students to discover what their online learning program is like.

Thrive Online is designed to provide learners with an overview of online classes at NTC and the tools that are used most often.

The events are free, open to the community, and will be held through zoom on the following dates:

RHINELANDER – To keep our waters clean and safe for recreation the DNR offers grants that are available to a wide range of groups like local lake associations and nonprofits.

The surface water grant program allows local groups to conduct projects to keep water healthy.

DNR lake biologist Scott Van Egeren says the program is a commitment to protecting and restoring our surface waters.

“The major goals of this program are to protect high-quality lakes and rivers, especially in the Northwoods. It is to also prevent nutrients and other polluted runoff from reaching the water,” said Van Egeren.

One specific example of how these grants have helped the water quality is the Grindstone Lake Association in Hayward.

The group has seen a slight decline of water quality in Grindstone Lake. So, in turn they were able to purchase a former cranberry bog.

OAKLAND, CALIF. – Looks like the machines aren’t ready to take over just yet.

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