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 In Wisconsin reports on the mission of Native American AmeriCorps members, a medical breakthrough for people who can suffer brain damage from what they eat, training for high-tech manufacturing workers and see how climate change could impact ice fishing.

Tribal AmeriCorps
Thursday, February 10, 2011

The national community service program AmeriCorps has been recruiting volunteers across the country since 1993.  Now, for the first time Wisconsin's Native American tribes have been awarded a grant to place volunteers on their reservations.  The volunteers have special insight into the needs of these communities because they grew up on the reservations.  In Wisconsin takes you to the Lac du Flambeau Public School to show you the life changing mission of these Tribal AmeriCorps members.

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PKU Trial
Thursday, February 10, 2011

A medical breakthrough at the UW Madison Waisman Center could help people with the metabolic condition known as PKU stay on the strict diet required to prevent brain damage. Follow a patient as he tries a new diet, eating foods discovered by UW scientists, and find out what the change means to him and potentially thousands of other people that have PKU.  New advances in the past year have increased their eating choices as you’ll see in this update to our original report.

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Metal Casting
Thursday, February 10, 2011

Could the field of manufacturing be the hot job market of the future?  U-W Platteville professor Kyle Metzloff says there's already a demand for workers. Metzloff teaches the Metals Manufacturing Senior Design Class, and says that while factory after factory closed down in the 1980's, demand is now surging for people with skills in high-tech, precision manufacturing. This week, reporter Andy Soth shows you how students are getting training for a hot job and a history lesson to boot.

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Climate Wisconsin: Ice Fishing
Thursday, February 10, 2011

UW researchers have been collecting ice data since 1855. Looking to the future, Wisconsin's average winter temperatures are expected to increase 7 to 9 degrees in the next 45 years. Discover how climate change could affect the future of ice fishing. "Climate Wisconsin: Ice Fishing" is part of an educational multimedia project created by the Educational Communications Board, featuring stories of climate change.  The ECB’s Climate Wisconsin project is also featured as part of our environmental reporting project called QUEST. For additional information go to QuestWisconsin.org.

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Frozen Goose Pond
Thursday, February 10, 2011

In Columbia County the geese gather around open water on what's appropriately called Goose Pond. This kettle depression made by the retreating glaciers is a favorite winter spot for waterfowl, but it's not always an easy landing for swans.

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What's up next on In Wisconsin
Thursday, February 17, 2011

In Wisconsin explores the story of DJ Douglas a woman forced to disguise her identity to live in a man’s world, we go scavenging for an all natural dinner in the forest and in the heart of our capitol city, you’ll see Chief Oshkosh’s vision for a sustainable forest and take a winter walk through the UW Abroretum.

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Turkey Vultures

Every year, Devil’s Lake State Park provides the setting for an amazing show as swarms of turkey vultures gather before their annual migration to Central and South America. In fact, Devil’s Lake State Park is one of the largest staging areas in the entire Midwest for these birds. You’ll watch as turkey vultures congregate, soar, float, and sun here in incredible numbers.  

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