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Slower than anticipated
1:14 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Wisconsin's Economic Indicators Show Growth

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Even though unemployment in the Northwoods remains stubborly high compared to other parts of the state, an economist says leading indicators are pointing up.

Scott Hodek is based in Eau Claire for the Department of Workforce Development.

Hodek says they look at the numbers like the manufacturing work week and inventories...

 

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Site of historic battle
1:31 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

LDF Tribe Purchases Strawberry Island

President Tom Maulson(with papers) and the LDF Tribal Council at the transfer of Strawberry Island to the tribe.
Credit LDF Tribal Communications

In 1745, the Ojibwe defeated the Lakota Sioux in a battle at a place called Strawberry Island, now on  the Lac du Flambeau Chippewa reservation in Vilas county. It ended the Sioux dominance in this region. The island had been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, but to the Chippewa, it was a place of significant cultural and spiritual meaning that they did not own, until Monday.

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Thursday afternoon fire
11:49 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Name Of Antigo Fire Victim Released

The name of the woman who died in a house fire in Antigo has been released. The Antigo Fire Department says 85 year old Thelma Bula died in the fire at her home on Arctic Street about 2 p.m.

When fire crews arrived on the scene, heavy smoke was pouring from the home. It took over four hours to control the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Rate drops in other counties
2:40 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Jobless Rate Higher In Northern Counties

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While Wisconsin's overall unemployment rate continues to drop, Northwoods unemployment continues above state average. In Iron county's situation, they have the highest unemployment rate in the state.

State numbers released Thursday show Iron county at 13.2 percent, Vilas is fourth highest at 9.5 percent, Forest is at 8.1 percent, but Oneida, Lincoln and Langlade counties are lower in the 7 percent range. Price county is at 5.3 percent. Wisconsin's average is 5.8 percent.

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Eighteen Years As Chief Deputy
2:03 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Governor-Appointed Vilas County Sheriff Says He'll Run For Election

Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says he’ll run for election to the office next year.  Fath was appointed sheriff upon the death of Frank Tomlanovich in June.  To remain sheriff, he’ll have to be elected in November. 

Fath says he has been planning to run for over two years – even before his appointment. 

He says during most of his 18 years as chief deputy, federal law required chief deputies to abandon their posts before running for sheriff.  That provision was recently changed.

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Bewley wants "balanced bill"
5:46 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Mining Bill Favors Only One Side: Legislator

Rep. Janet Bewley(D-Ashland), 74th Assembly Dist.
Credit Wisconsin legislature

A candidate for a northern Wisconsin state Senate seat says the state needs a new mining law before she would consider backing it.

Democrat Janet Bewley represents the 74th Assembly District, including Iron, Price and a portion of Vilas county.

Bewley says mining is not a yes or no kind of question, as it is more complicated. She says the people of the north want to have a strong economy and jobs that intersects with their values...

 

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56 animals taken
10:29 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Large Public Response To Lincoln Co. Puppy Mill

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Lincoln County humane society officials are thanking the community for their support as they handle the puppy mill situation.

Fifty-six adult dogs and puppies were surrendered Saturday to the Lincoln County Humane Society and workers have been scrambling to find places to put them all. Board president Patrick Hoerstmann says the community response has been amazing. "Right now we just have an overwhelming outpouring of support from the public. It's finally slowing down a little bit. It's been a constant stream of people, I've never seen our parking lot so full."

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Death Due to Heroin Overdose Last Year
9:50 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Lewis Pleas No Contest in Homicide Case

The last of three defendants charged after the heroin-induced death of a town of Crescent man one year ago has entered pleas.

Last week, 28 year old Richard Lewis entered no contest pleas to reckless homicide, and other charges in Oneida County Circuit Court. Co-defendant Jennifer Heiting of St. Germain has already entered as to similar charges, and both face possible 6 years in prison and nearly a decade on extended supervision.

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Law requires less local regulation
7:09 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Not Much Change For Cities And New Bow Hunting Law

Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Governor Walker recently signed a bill allowing bow-and-arrow hunters to look for deer within municipalities. Two city administrators in the region don't think the law will change much in their communities.

Several state communities had bow hunts to trim the nuisance deer herd within city limits. In changing laws concerning crossbows, the local municipal codes were set aside by the law, leaving local communities only the option to set how far hunters had to stay away from buildings.

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Says recent bills proof of power play
4:47 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Legislator Says Local Communities Losing Power

State Rep. Janet Bewley(D-Ashland)
Credit wisconsin.gov

A legislator is concerned about the centralization of control being pushed on local units of government by the Republican-controlled legislature.

Democratic State Representative Janet Bewley of Ashland says the majority party is showing a tendency to want more power focused in Madison...

 

"....fact we want to have a say in what we want in our own communities. Ironically, we're seeing with the majority that is in now, they want to erode local control, they want to focus power in Madison on many issues...."

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