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A bill spurred by a nationwide push to get more people with disabilities employed recently received a public hearing in both houses of the Wisconsin  legislature.

Called "Employment First", the legislation requires the several agencies that work with people with disabilities to collaborate better and develop a joint plan to assist people with disabilities to find employment in the community.

The Senate sponsor of the bill is Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst. He outlines how the bill works... 

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A bill that would have sexually violent persons or SVP's placed in the county where they committed their crime passed the state assembly on Tuesday.

A local couple plans to renovate Crandon’s shuttered nursing home after buying it last week.

Peg and Jim Houle bought the former AGI Healthcare in Crandon, which announced its closing last April.

Thirty-seven residents needed to find new homes, and 60 workers needed new jobs after the closure.

Forest County Economic Development Partnership Executive Director Mark Ferris helped coordinate the sale: “We have the demographics that  certainly require that type of facility in assisted living-slash-independent living facility.  There’s no question.”

How to Participate in this Year's Bird Count

Jan 18, 2018

Do you enjoy watching birds at a backyard feeder?

In this week's episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist talks about two backyard bird feeder surveys that take place every winter.

The Rhinelander Mayoral Candidate Forum was held Wednesday night, hosted by the Northwoods Tobacco Free Coalition and Northwoods Community Outreach Prevention and Education (COPE). Both host organizations and audience members asked questions.

As the only candidate officially running for mayor of the City of Rhinelander, Alex Young did most of the talking.

Forest County Deputy On Leave While Shooting Investigated

Jan 18, 2018

A deputy with the Forest County Sheriff’s Department is on administrative leave while an officer-involved shooting is investigated. 

Deputy Craig Justice shot a wanted sex offender when the Texas fugitive pointed a shotgun at him January 4th.  He originally responded to a report of stranded motorist.  When 31-year-old Brandon Cude realized Justice knew he was wanted, he pointed the weapon at the deputy and the deputy shot him to death. 

State investigators say they will turn over their findings to the Forest County district attorney for a decision about filing charges.

White Spectrum Broadband in Wisconsin?

Jan 17, 2018
Wisconsin State Legislature

A new wireless Internet technology could be coming to Wisconsin if the state assembly allows it.

Senator Patrick Testin of Stevens Point explains:

"White space channels that are broadcasted over the airwaves... it's believed that that can also be used to provide internet right to your homes. Essentially, individuals that would use this technology would almost kind of have like their own WiFi modem in their household."

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It may be the dead of winter, but larger boats plying the waters of Lake Minocqua has one lakeshore owner upset.

Wakesurfer enthusiasts promised to better police themselves after Jerry Mader urged the town board Tuesday to restrict boats under power to 200 feet from the shoreline -- double the current state law.

Mader said wakeboard boats in particular are creating havoc when their large waves smash against the shoreline, causing erosion and endangering even the ducks feeding along the banks. Nor is it just wakeboard boats that are the culprit, he said.

UPDATE: Cause of Fire at Dolhun Field "Undetermined"

Jan 17, 2018

According to the State Fire Marshal and Woodruff Fire Department Tuesday afternoon, the cause of the fire in Woodruff Monday night is officially “undetermined."


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Growing Number Of Snowmobile Deaths Brings Advice From DNR

One person died late Wednesday night near Milwaukee, and five others have been killed in the Northwoods, as the snowmobile season is fully underway. The latest report finds a 29 year old Port Washington man died on the Milwaukee River near Fredonia. A crash Saturday evening in Price county killed two people and three crashes in Iron county have claimed lives. The DNR's Off-Highway Vehicle Administrator Gary Eddy says snowmobilers should ride within their ability and experience level which...

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