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Semi-annual "Point In Time" Count Completed In Northwoods

Volunteers were out looking until the wee hours of Thursday morning(7/28) for people without adequate shelter in the Northwoods. Twice each year the Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness, or N*WISH, Continuum of Care, go to places to see if people needed shelter. Lori Hallas of Rhinelander gives us the results... "So far the reports indicate no one last night was found on the street last night, which, you know is a good thing. We had teams going out in covering areas in Forest,...
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The Gathering Waters Conservancy of Madison has named a northern Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula cooperative for a conservation award.

The Partners in Forestry Cooperative was awarded the Rod Nilsestuen Award for Working Lands . The Conservancy says Partners In Forestry has been instrumental in protecting thousands of acres of forest land in and around Vilas County.

Partners in Forestry Director Joe Hovel of Conover says the benefits of land conservation are intertwined...

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Volunteers were out looking until the wee hours of Thursday morning(7/28) for people without adequate shelter in the Northwoods. Twice each year the Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness, or N*WISH, Continuum of Care, go to places to see if people needed shelter.

Lori Hallas of Rhinelander gives us the results...

As Economy Grows, More Jobs, Fewer Unemployed

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Wisconsin's local unemployment rates are generally higher than the previous month, but lower than one year ago.

According to newly released state figures, all 12 Wisconsin metro areas saw their seasonally unadjusted jobless rates go up from May to June -- but all 12 rates were lower than the previous June.

State Labor Economist Scott Hodek says more people are working here...

Court Approves Sale of Kcare Assisted Living

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Sale of the mortgaged Kcare Assisted Living facilities in Lac du Flambeau, Lake Tomahawk, and Minocqua operated by Tim and Patricia Koenig was approved in Vilas County court Thursday(7/28) and will remain operational according to the successful buyer, Lakeshore Assisted Living of Ashland.

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Improving access to mental health services for veterans and family members is the focus of a meeting next week in Iron Mountain.

Brad Nelson of the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center says they're hosting their fourth annual mental health summit....

Wisconsin DNR

The legislature will decide in a few months whether it is viable to move the DNR's Division of Forestry out of Madison to a northern community closer to the state's large forests.

Rhinelander, Wausau and Hayward have been identified as finalists should the move be approved in the upcoming budget.

Executive Director of Oneida County Economic Development Corporation Roger Luce is asking Oneida county residents to support Rhinelander's application. Luce says the group supported both Minocqua and Rhinelander's initial application before Rhinelander was named a finalist.

Northland Pines Approves Drug Testing Policy

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The first review of a random drug testing policy for students grades nine to twelve was approved Monday by the Northland Pines school board to begin this school year and only take place with parent-guardian signed permission.

In discussion since last January, the policy will now be voluntary with signed permission on file with the district office and would remain on file until either the student is no longer enrolled, or the permission is revoked.

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The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for community members to star in the next Explore Rhinelander commercial. Executive Director, Bill Clow says they want to use area residents to represent Hodag Country. 

“We’re revamping our Explore Rhinelander website and as part of that we want to do some videos and we thought it’d be much more appropriate if we used local people. And so we’re kind of doing an audition where we have people send in short videos no longer than fifteen seconds of their reaction to a mischievous Hodag prank.”

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An Eagle River man has been identified as the person killed Tuesday in Lincoln county after a high speed chase that began in Antigo.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department identified the person killed as 50 year old Scot A. Minard of Eagle River.

The Sheriff's office says Antigo Police made a traffic stop Tuesday morning. The officer was allegedly shot at by Minard, who left at a high rate of speed.

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The Vilas County Health Department reports the presence of bacteria has closed a swimming area near Eagle River.

Eagle Lake Beach, located north of Eagle River off Chain O Lakes Road, is closed until further notice due to the presence of bacteria leading to unsafe swimming conditions.

No other information is available.

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