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1. Jacksonville boat show back on after dispute with city
The Southeast U.S Boat Show will now take place in May after a dispute between show organizers and the city of Jacksonville, Fla.
The show had originally been scheduled for this past weekend, but was canceled when show organizers found themselves locked out of Jacksonville's Metropolitan Park. City officials said the park had been booked for another event because show organizers had owed the city money from the 2016 show.
2. Mercury Marine funding Wisconsin creek cleanup
Mercury Marine is spending $24.8 million to dredge and clean a Wisconsin creek, which was contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls by a former Mercury facility nearby, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
PCBs (which are now banned) were in hydraulic fluids used in equipment inside the former die-casting factory in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Fluids that leaked onto floors were rinsed into drains that emptied into a storm sewer, the paper said.
This is the second year of a two-year of the cleanup of Cedar Creek. Mercury has previously spent $30 million on other clean-up efforts in the community.
3. Minnesota lake a test lab for combating invasive species
Minnesota's Lake Koronis is serving as a place to test out efforts to remove starry stonewort, a grasslike algae, Minnesota Public Radio reports.
Using state and local funding, along with private donations, the local lake association developed a pilot program to test a number of different treatments for the algae, which has spread to eight Minnesota lakes.
"All the information we can gain at this point is vital. These Koronis test plots really provide a lot of information that can really be followed up on in more places to refine the approach that's used in management," Dan Larkin, an extension specialist at the University of Minnesota's Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center told MPR.
4. All Out Marine opens as new Wisconsin Tracker dealer
A new boat dealer, All Out Marine, opened last weekend in Allenton, Wisconsin. The dealership will carry Tracker and related brands and will focus on being a "family-oriented" business, the company said.
5. How working less could mean more money
A six-hour workday may actually end up saving money, making employees healthier, less-stressed and more productive, based on a study in Sweden, Bloomberg reports.