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More Weeds, More AIS In Northwoods Lakes

A near perfect growing season has made gardeners happy, but it also means a large growth of aquatic invasive species in our lakes.Oneida County AIS coordinator Michele Sadauskas says they've noticed abundant weed growth this summer and more vegetation being hauled up onto landings..."...at the same time we're getting some feedback from the wardens that people aren't paying a lot of attention what is coming off their boats and they're leaving some of that vegetation on the boats..."Sadauskas...
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More than 1,000 Vilas county homes are getting surveys this week from the county to get feedback about some key issues.

Vilas County Community Resource Development Educator Christopher Stark says as the population changes in the county, they would like to find out more about resident's opinions. He says it's called the Community Connections Survey. One question concerns fastest speed Internet service...

"....we'll be interested to know the answers to that because we're not aware of any comprehensive countywide survey has been done on just that subject...."

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A near perfect growing season has made gardeners happy, but it also means a large growth of aquatic invasive species in our lakes.

Oneida County AIS coordinator Michele Sadauskas  says they've noticed abundant weed growth this summer  and more vegetation being hauled up onto landings...

"...at the same time we're getting some feedback from the wardens that people aren't paying a lot of attention what is coming off their boats and they're leaving some of that vegetation on the boats..."

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The state is holding an initial meeting soon to develop a plan to restore pollinators to areas hard hit by the loss of this critical link in the food chain.

A meeting is set for the Arlington Ag Research Station on Wednesday, August 12.

Department of Ag, Trade and Consumer Protection spokesperson Donna Gilson says it's no secret pollinators, mainly honey bees, have been declining for a number of reasons....

LUHS Officials Say They've Slowed A Fighting Problem

Jul 31, 2015
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Some in the community still believe there are daily fights at Lakeland Union High School. Nothing could be further from the truth, says Assistant Principal Justin Szews.

He shed some light on the true situation. Six years ago sixty-five students were called on the carpet for fights. This past school year it was just twenty students. That’s a seventy percent drop in student referrals, Szews said. The number of fights is down seventy-four percent.

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Two loons within the space of a month were snared by fishing tackle on Two Sisters Lake in the town of Newbold. Both birds survived, but needed outside help.

Mark Naniot from Wild Instincts animal rehab near Rhinelander was called to help each loon...

"....the male ended up getting hooked in the upper bill. We worked with the Loon Research Team. We were able to capture the Loon and remove the hook out it's mouth. One thing we were concerned about is the chicks had just hatched that day..."

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A Tomahawk woman will get a break from prosecutors IF she testifies against her ex-husband on a first-degree murder charge.

33 year old Latoya Wolf had been charged with party to first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Kenneth Wells under the Davenport Street bridge in Rhinelander. Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek announced the terms of the plea agreement...

"....the state's recommendation is for a 25 year sentence, bifurcated into 12 years of initial confinement, followed by 13 years of extended supervision..."

Forest County Relay For Life Is A Success

Jul 30, 2015
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The American Cancer Society's "Relay For Life" events are taking place in various Northwoods communities over the summer.

An event held in Crandon last Friday raised nearly $15,000.

Event Chair, Stacey Jameson along with American Cancer Society’s Kristen Herbes organized the event.

Eight teams participated and the three top teams were Laughing Loons,  My Wish,  and Team Julie.

Sara Austin of Crandon... talks about what  Relay for Life means..

Langlade County Fair Underway

Jul 30, 2015
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Langlade County's  Fair is  in full swing at the Langlade County Fairgrounds on Highway 45 on Antigo’s northside.

Country Nights and Carnival lights is the theme for this year’s event. Live music is featured daily through Saturday with no charge for gate admission.

There will be lots of action in the grandstands beginning with IRA Sprint car Races on Friday night, Action Auto Demo Derby on Saturday night and ending on Sunday evening with the Tractor Pull. Grandstand admission varies daily by the event.

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A change for families getting food through the state Women's, Infants and Children Nutrition program known as "WIC".

The program is for families at 185 percent of poverty or below to purchase nutritious food.

WIC Director Patti Hauser says in the past all the benefits were distributed via paper. Starting soon, WIC recipients will be getting Electronic Benefit Transfer cards, similar to a debit card. When checking out at the store, they swipe the card through a reader. She says this change will help keep better control on benefits...

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