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A structure in Manitowish Waters is a total loss after a fire Wednesday morning.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports a homeowner at 4755 Lavigne Road called about 8:30 a.m. to report smelling smoke after lightning had struck close by.

Firefighters believe the fire started in the basement after the lightning strike.

Manitowish Waters firefighters were joined by departments from Winchester, Boulder Junction,Lac du Flambeau, Arbor Vitae, and Hurley along with several other emergency responders.

No injuries were reported.

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A proposal by the Trump Administration would cut the long-running Land and Water Conservation Fund by a large amount. The fund has been around in a bipartisan manner since 1964 and needs to be renewed within the next year by Congress. The fund has provided core dollars for many conservation-related actions in Wisconsin and Michigan.

We hear from Tom Cors of the Nature Conservancy about what the fund means and the latest developments in the debate over reauthorizing the fund...

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The father of a child who died in April in a town of Newbold residence north of Rhinelander is now facing charges along with his wife.

40 year old Trung T. Tran has been charged with Intentionally Neglecting a Child and Physical Abuse/Failure to Prevent Bodily Harm to a Child.

Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom set Tran’s bond at $10,000 cash. Trung Tran will next be in court October 24.

Minocqua Fishing Pier Study Advances

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MINOCQUA – With one dissenting vote, the Minocqua Town Board Tuesday authorized spending upwards of $7,800 for an engineering study of the deteriorating fishing pier adjacent to the U.S. Highway 51 bridge.

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The UW-Madison Rhinelander Agricultural Research Station, the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association and Trigs stores in cooperation with area food pantries are hosting an event Friday and they need the public's help.

" A Night on the Farm" helps fight local hunger says Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hansen. The public is invited to pick potatoes at the Ag Station. Hanson says the majority of potatoes go to help local food pantries..

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he impact of tourism in Oneida county is great, and 2017 looks to be a good year.

Those points were delivered at the county board meeting Tuesday when state Tourism regional specialist Jeff Anderson and Krystal Westfahl of the Minocqua Chamber talked about more people are coming here. Tourism has a $20 billion dollar impact statewide.

In Oneida county, business sales through tourism were just under $300 miliion, a three percent increase from the year before, Anderson said...

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Safety has risen to the top of the priority list in Oneida County.

At Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, Chair David Hintz said there have been two serious  safety-related claims made in the past few years. A sheriff's deputy was injured on the job, as was a highway worker. Hintz says the deputy eventually returned to work, but the highway worker has not returned to work.

Hintz says those incidents resulted in the county paying more for Worker's  Compensation...

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One of 18 walks in this region to raise funds to battle Alzheimer's disease happens Saturday in Rhinelander. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S, and the only one in the top 10 causes that can't be cured, prevented or slowed.

Abbe Klein from the Greater Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association says the Walk To End Alzheimer's is their largest fundraiser each year...

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Group Raises Alarm Over Daily Fantasy Sports Bill

A bill circulating in the legislature has troubled a group opposed to more gaming in Wisconsin. They say the bill would be the largest increase in gambling in Wisconsin history. Representative Tyler Vorpagel of Plymouth circulated a co-sponsorship memo for a bill proposing to legalize and regulate Daily Fantasy Sports games. The bill would legalize online gambling. Lorrie Pickens from the group Citizens Against Expanded Gambling says there's no specific law making daily fantasy sports illegal...

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