The First Thanksgiving

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Have you ever wondered what the first Thanksgiving might have been like if held in Wisconsin? In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist examines that very question.

It seemed simple enough; I was going to refresh my memory on the first thanksgiving and write something about it. I vaguely recalled a story that in 1620 the pilgrims at Jamestown were struggling to survive and feed themselves, the Indians taught them how to farm and find food, and to celebrate a successful first year and a good fall harvest they put on a meal to celebrate and give thanks.

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Nov 22, 2017

Rep. Shankland Introduces Clean Water Legislation

Nov 22, 2017
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MADISON, WI (WSAU) -- State Representative Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) recently introduced what she's calling "Clean Water Legislation".

The bill would provide $100,000 annually for the DNR to administer private well testing in a grant program working with local governments.

Rep. Shankland says she's talked to many people affected by unclean drinking water in the state.

Roads, Airports Busy As Holiday Weekend Begins

Nov 22, 2017
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AAA is estimating nearly 51 million Americans are traveling for Thanksgiving this year making it the busiest holiday travel weekend in over a decade.

Airports are going to be busy as well, including the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport says Director Joe Brauer. He says the two flights are full in both directions to Minneapolis-St. Paul and Rhinelander.

Brauer says if you are flying, be even more prepared....

Local Newscast 11-21-17

Nov 21, 2017

Great Headwaters Trails

The 11-mile biking and hiking trail is about 80 percent complete, and the folks who are working to have a connecting biking and hiking path between Conover and Phelps are hoping to get the needed funds to finish the trail, conceived 7 years ago.

Great Headwaters Trails spokesperson Jeff Currie says this past summer another 5.5 miles was added. .

Demmer Memorial Library

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With electors voting to build a new town office complex in Three Lakes, the next-door Demmer Memorial Library is also moving forward with their renovations. Don Sidlowski reports...

Wisconsin State Lab Ramps Up For CWD Testing

Nov 21, 2017
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MADISON, Wis. - With the nine-day gun deer hunt now under way in Wisconsin, it's expected half a million hunters will take to the woods.

Food safety experts says Thanksgiving is by far the busiest meal of the year to prepare and it's also a time where you could make family and friends sick with a food borne illness.

Amy Springer of  the Vilas County Health Department says there are some simple things to help keep anyone from illness..

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Dementia Caregivers Have New Tool To Help

November is National Caregivers Awareness Month Health and state officials have released an online guide for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's and other demenitas. The guide is called "Dementia Capable Wisconsin: A guide for family caregivers." Approximately 110,000 people in Wisconsin are living with dementia. Department of Health Services spokesperson Kristen Felten says the guide helps family members, friends, and loved ones so they can offer the best support and also stay healthy...

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