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Phase one is just finishing, phase two is about to begin, and phase three is yet to be determined. Those are the steps as Ascension-Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff soon begins the $5 million second phase of renovation.

Work centers on outpatient service areas including rehabilitation services, cardiac rehabilitation, wound care and the emergency department.

President of Ascension-Howard Young, Sandy Anderson, gives an example how it will benefit patients...

Town of Minocqua

Bicyclists in Minocqua will now have the option of using a short segment of the Bearskin Trail without having to pay a full fee for using the trail.

Minoqcua officials announced a lease agreement with the state DNR for a 1,600 foot segment between Doctor Pink Drive and the Bearskin trailhead near the Minocqua Post Office.

Town Chair Mark Hartzheim says the public often uses the segment to observe the scenery, but in doing so, can be subject to a user fee asked by the state...

How the Strange Summer Weather is Affecting Tourism

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With record-breaking rainfall and cool temperatures, this summer has been an unusual one. Chamber of commerce directors across the Northwoods have different opinions regarding the effect of the weather on tourism. Unsurprisingly, communities that primarily rely on outdoor activities have been the hardest hit, as Three Lakes Chamber Director Skip Brunswick describes.

Vilas County Sheriff's Dept.

A long time member of the Vilas County Sheriff's Department has been promoted.

Sheriff Joe Fath reports Gerard Ritter has been promoted to Captain. Ritter is a 16 year veteran, and previously was assigned as a Lieutenant in the patrol division.

Captain Ritter  will manage patrol operation with the office and join the command staff. Fath says Ritter has received extensive training over his 16 years.

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Summer time means ticks are active now and the Deer tick can transmit Lyme disease.

Dr. Steven Nichols from Aspirus Family Physicians says you can lower your chance of getting bit by avoiding tall grass, wearing long sleeves and pants, using insect repellent with 10-20 percent DEET and checking for ticks after being outdoors....

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The Northwoods hasn't seen unemployment numbers like this for nearly two decades.

Here's state labor economist Mitchell Rupp of Wausau talking about the unemployment percentages in the Northwoods...

"....Forest is at 4.0, Langlade is at 3.4, Lincoln and Oneida are at 2.9, Vilas is at 3.4(percent)...."

Iron county has the state's highest rate at 5.3 percent. Price county is at 3 percent.

Vilas Co. Facing Tough Road Repair Decisions

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The Vilas County highway committee faced the cost of road repair and construction during a recent meeting.

Road costs continue to be an issue not only for the state but also for county governments with limited resources and staff to effectively maintain public travel expectations.

The committee received plan proposals from highway commissioner Nick Scholtes who asked what level of service does the county provide and what level of service does the public want?

Tobacco Laws Compliance Checks to Begin

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Tobacco compliance checks will be beginning in the area to prevent the sale of tobacco to minors.Community Health Specialist Maria Otterholt says that the Wisconsin Wins tobacco checks will be used in conjunction with a new website that will educate tobacco retailers on the laws regarding tobacco.

 

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