Thursday, April 27 Evening Newscast

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Lincoln County Sheriff's Department

Merrill and Tomahawk police along with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department have arrested a suspect in a string of church burglaries in Merrill and other burglaries in Tomahawk.

This week a search warrant was executed at a residence on South 2nd Street in Tomahawk. The suspect, Jon Schenk, Jr. was arrested for a probation violation.

During the search, investigators allegedly found evidence of the Easter week Merrill church burglaries, but also  other burglaries  in Tomahawk and Lincoln county. Merrill Police Chief Corey Bennett says many items were seized.

Tinker Air Force Base

Friday(4/28) is Arbor Day, a day set aside to appreciate the many things trees provide us in our lives.

The state designates this week as Forest Appreciation Week as a lead up to Friday's Arbor Day observance. Jeff Roe is the DNR's urban forestry team leader. In honor of Arbor Day, the Division of Forestry donated 33,000 tree seedlings to Wisconsin fourth-grade classrooms to help young people learn about the important role trees play in Wisconsin's natural beauty and economy. Roe says events are going on around the state.

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Local unemployment continues to trend downward.

The monthly Department of Workforce Development report finds Price county with the Northwoods lowest rate at 4.3 percent. Iron county has the state's highest rate at 7.9 percent.

Preliminary March unemployment rates decreased in all areas over the year when compared over the year to March 2016 and over the month compared to February 2017. The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.4 percent in March, dropping to its lowest rate since April 2000.

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The key fundraiser for the Oneida County Humane Society is this weekend in Three Lakes.

The annual "Furball" event coordinator is Humane Society treasurer Sue Otis. She says this is the fourth annual event....

"....the Furball is the Humane Society's biggest fundraiser that we do every yearm this is our fourth annual. We have music, we have a program, lots of nice raffle items, auction items, both silent and live.. This year we are doing a family-style dinner....."

Otis says the event helps them serve the animals brought in...

LUHS Board Awards Field Turf Contracts

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Lakeland football and soccer teams will be playing on synthetic field turf next fall after the school board Monday, April 24th approved contracts with two companies that will oversee and install the new field system.

Wednesday, April 26 Evening Newscast

Apr 26, 2017

Wisconsin DNR

As bears emerge from their winter slumber, the number of human-bear conflicts rise sharply this time of the year.

A DNR biologist gives advice how to help avoid a problem. Brad Koele in Woodruff says Black bears normally avoid human contact, but with fewer food sources, they like to come around property for some easy pickings...like bird feeders or where you store your garbage.....

Lakeland Consortium Receives First Fab Lab Grant

Apr 26, 2017
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Lakeland Union High School (LUHS) and its two elementary school partners aren’t the only school districts to be awarded fabrication laboratories (fab lab) grants this week by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, but they are the first consortium to receive one.

Energy Savings, Solar Power Approved by NP Schools

Apr 26, 2017
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Energy conservation proposals costing over half million dollars and construction of solar panel connections at Eagle River and Land O' Lakes schools were approved by the Northland Pines school board this week that show significant savings.

The Upper 90 project is expected to cost $663,000 with an estimated energy savings of $106,000 per year by sealing all gaps, cracks, and roof-wall intersections and converting all interior and exterior lighting to L-E-D lights.

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