West Nile Virus Identified in Wisconsin Birds

Jun 22, 2017

A dozen birds in eight counties have tested positive for West Nile Virus; that’s according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.


West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne illness mosquitos contract from infected birds. Rob Deede, a public health nurse for the Oneida County Health Department, says be aware of strange bird deaths.



The name of the woman who died in a shooting incident Wednesday in Crandon has been released to media outlets.

WJFW TV reports Medical Examiner Larry Mathein said the person who died was 25 year old Savanna Larson of Lac du Flambeau. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday in Fond du Lac.

The names of the person's taken into custody following the shooting have not been released.

Law enforcement was called about 4:00 p.m. Wednesday to 200 East Cobb Boulevard where Larson's body was found and the persons were taken into custody.

New Medicare Card to Protect Against Identity Theft

Jun 22, 2017

  New Medicare cards that do not include social security numbers are being phased in to help prevent identity theft. Frank Frassetto, the administrator for the Division of Trade and Consumer Protection, says the new cards will be sent in the mail and the change will be automatic. He says no action will be required by the cardholder and says instead of a social security number, the card will include a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier that will be used for billing and checking eligibility and claim status.


Lawsuit Sheds Light On Lincoln Hills Problems

Jun 22, 2017
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For the first time, a public court proceeding is shedding at least some lightThursday on the alleged abuses of juvenile offenders at Lincoln Hills.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of the teenage inmates -- and it seeks to end the use of pepper spray and solitary confinement at the Lincoln Hills' boys facility and a similar one for girls, both at Irma in Lincoln County.

U-S District Judge James Peterson of Madison could decide soon whether to stop the pepper spraying and other actions while he considers the merits of the lawsuit.


As the GOP healthcare replacement bill comes to light, Senate Democrats this week criticized the way Republicans were getting their Affordable Health Care replacement bill to the public.

Among the Democrats testifying this week was Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin. Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow called the hearing to hear about the impact cuts in health care funding might have.

Baldwin says the cuts proposed, especially in Medicaid and related programs, could disproportionately hurt rural America....

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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?


A woman has died from a shooting incident in Crandon.

The Forest County Sheriff's Department reports a call at about 4:00 p.m. Wednesday at 200 East Cobb Boulevard in Crandon.

When law enforcement arrived, they found an unidentified 25 year old woman dead.

Three persons were taken into custody at the residence.

The Sheriff's Department reports they think the incident was isolated to the residence and there is no danger to the general public. The investigation is continuing..

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Oneida county is in the running to acquire two parcels in the town of Enterprise that officials say are rare high value parcels that could be prime recreation, forestry and public uses.

County Forest Director John Bilogan says the side-by-side properties owned by the Haug and Houle families are available to buy. Bilogan says the properties fit within the current county forest block about seven miles south of Rhinelander off Highway 17 near Johns Memorial Drive. Two lakes Bilogan describes as pristine, Gillette and Wickham are on the properties.


State realtors are seeing a bit of a flattening rate when it comes to home sales, but prices continue to inch up as inventories in urban areas are very tight. In rural areas like the Northwoods, more homes are available.

Wisconsin Realtors Association economist David Clark says sales statewide for May compared to last year saw an uptick. But for the first five months Clark says the rate of growth was leveling off....

LUHS Electors Approve Residential Lot Purchase

Jun 21, 2017

MINOCQUA – The Lakeland Union High School campus grew a bit physically after electors Monday, June 19th approved the purchase of an adjacent residential lot with a single-family house for $134,500.

Subject to electors’ approval, the school board last month agreed to the land purchase.

Board members were swayed by arguments that the district needs it as a hedge against future needs, albeit they are unknown at this time. Among possible uses: varsity and co-curricular events, practice facilities, and event parking.


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A Conversation About Palestine

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Six Day War and the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. Elaine Strite of Harshaw lived in the Middle East for 27 years and wore many hats: She lived in Egypt for fifteen years where she was an English teacher and founded an incoming generating project for women, Lebanon for two years, and ten years in Palestine. Last week, I sat down with Elaine to hear her thoughts on the occupation. She immediately cleared any confusion regarding her...

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