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Mother Nature isn't helping as Wisconsin Public Service and other crews are working around the clock to restore power. WPS spokesperson Matt Cullen says the outages are extensive....

"...we've been able to restore service to more than 97,000 customers since the storms began at noon on Sunday. Our crews are continuing to work as they face extensive damage that includes numerous broken power poles several downed trees and downed wires...."

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Donald Trump made his second visit to Wisconsin as president Tuesday afternoon -- and discussed the importance of jobs and education during a speech at Waukesha County Technical College.


All spring gas prices were nudging upward but that has changed.

A spokesperson for the gas price watchdog website Gasbuddy.com says we have a shot at reaching historic gas prices this summer.

Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan refreshes our gas pump memories...


A Three Lakes resident is competing in a grueling cross-country competition named the Trans Am Bike Race.

Jon Lester began the journey several days ago in Oregon and has been near the top of the leader board.

Ken Krall contacted his spouse Sally Lester to get an update...

Children's Advocates: Medicaid Cuts Would Hurt Wisconsin

Jun 13, 2017
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Wisconsin News Connection is here.

MADISON, Wis. - Medicaid plays a bigger role in providing health coverage to people living in small towns and rural areas than it does in metropolitan areas, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Children and Families. And with its many small communities, that means Medicaid is a major factor in the well-being of Wisconsinites, the report shows.


Vilas County forest timber sales approved recently   on 14 parcels covering 581 acres will produce $478,000 income which is similar to bids totaling $472,000 last year and is in line with the allowable cut in the county forest plan, according to forest administrator John Gagnon.

Gagnon said they have been struggling with aspen harvests in trying to split up stands to offer aspen every year. Young aspen stands are a preferred timber type for many native species such as deer and ruffed grouse.


After 10 years of discussion, the vote was to approve....

"....the motion has been made and seconded. There will be no further discussion to the issue All those in favor of the motion say aye..(all aye) Opposed(silence) motion carried(applause).....

Monday, June 12 Evening Newscast

Jun 12, 2017

Daryl Youngstrum

A Northwoods institution is returning. ArtStart and several partners have announced the return of School of the Arts to the Northwoods.

School of the Arts began in 1964, an idea of the late UW-Madison professor Robert Gard to bring the arts to rural Wisconsin. For more than 50 years, the week-long sessions were held in Rhinelander.

In 2015, the University of Wisconsin Continuing Studies program announced the end of the program.

ArtStart spokesperson Ashley McLaughlin talks about the revival....

National Allliance On Mental Illness

After hearing they had secured a place to operate, a local mental health organization has secured a start date to begin drop-in hours.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Northern Lakes has been offered space downstairs at Trinity Lutheran Church on Stevens Street in Rhinelander.

Board President Mick Fiocchi says they've been working for three years to get the drop in center going, serving Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties...


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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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