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Info session planned in Rhinelander
3:32 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Veterans Get Online Access To Medical Records

Veterans will soon have round-the-clock online access to their medical records.
Credit Ed Schipul

Veterans will have access to their medical records and other services around the clock and the VA will be in Rhinelander early next month to explain it.

Sherry Aichner is the MyHealtheVet coordinator for the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

Aichner says the program gives Internet-connected veterans quick access...

 

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Driver dies in Marshfield
3:13 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Motorcycle Fatality In Price County

A motorcyclist has died in a Price county traffic mishap.


Sheriff Brian Schmidt reports the crash happened early Monday afternoon on County Road "E" in the town of Lake.


The driver was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. The unidentified driver died Tuesday at St. Joseph's.


Deputies say the driver was westbound on County "E" when the motorcycle veered off the road and overturned in a field.


Names will be released later.

Public Assistance Fraud
3:10 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Antigo Woman Charged With Welfare Fraud

An Antigo woman is facing a felony charge in Oneida county of Public Assistance fraud after investigators allege she was given $22,000 more dollars in benefits than she had coming.


33 year old Nicole Young made an initial appearance Wednesday in Oneida County Circuit Court.


The criminal complaint says Young was living at a residence in Hazelhurst and allegedly obtained food stamps while making false representations. The alleged fraud lasted from 2008 through 2012.

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Consultant warns against micromanagement
3:54 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Vilas Board Gets ACT 10 Update

ACT 10 protests in 2011
Credit Flickr

You might have noticed that your county board is going through major change.

The impetus for the change stems from implementation of Act 10, the controversial legislation enacted into law two years ago that bans most public employee unions in Wisconsin. The legality of the law will be decided by the state Supreme Court. In the meantime, counties are struggling to handle their vastly increased responsibilities.

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Products look like candy containers
2:22 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Tobacco Companies Shift Tactics From Smoke To Candy

Open containers of candy cigars
Credit cigarettesreporter.com

An anti-tobacco advocate says the public might have relaxed about smoking in public, but tobacco companies continue to target youth.


The Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition held a "Lunch and Learn" session to talk about the change in corporate tobacco marketing techniques. Many tobacco products are made to look like candy. With fewer adults smoking, the goal, say anti-tobacco advocates is to get younger people interested in tobacco.

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Extra money proposed
11:02 am
Tue June 25, 2013

State Legislator Says Budget Will Help Northern Schools

State Senator Tom Tiffany(R-Hazelhurst)
Credit WXPR

State Senator Tom Tiffany says the biennial budget that passed the legislature last week has some positives for northern Wisconsin.

The Senate approved the Assembly-passed plan early Friday and sent it to Governor Walker.

Tiffany says the $68 billion spending plan will help northern schools...especially those districts within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest... hit with declining enrollments. The budget moves money from towns and provides money to the school districts within the forest...

 

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Logging in national forests focus
10:03 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Opinions Vary Widely At Forestry Policy Conference

U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek(M-1)
Credit WXPR

Dialog was evident Monday during the Forestry Policy Conference held in Carter.


Three Congressional members, U.S. Forest Service represenatives, state legislators and department heads, tribal representatives, and business interests discussed timber management, mainly in Wisconsin and Michigan's national forests.


Michigan Republican U.S. Representative Dan Benishek from Iron River says there has been a push to get more production from the forests...

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Several possible sites
7:23 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Groups To Study Location For Two OC Departments

Erica Brewster
Credit UW-Extension

Oneida county is still trying to figure out where to locate some departments after two departments moved into the new Oneida Senior Center downtown.

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2012 annual report
4:00 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Social Services Report Said To Be "Heartbreaking"

Credit WXPR

An annual report filed by the Oneida County Department of Social Services has stirred one board member to call portions of the report..."heartbreaking".


During last week's county board meeting, Carol Pederson, a member of the county Social Services committee said after reading the detailed report...



".....to think there is so much dysfunction in families in our county breaks my heart. But I'm very proud with what the Department of Social Services is doing...."

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Mursau bill in budget
4:00 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Federal Timber Sales Money Going To NW Schools

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Credit U.S. Forest Service


Barring an unexpected gubernatorial veto, area school districts next year will be getting money from the U.S. Forest Service timber sales revenue.


State Representative Jeff Mursau of Crivitz...whose district includes Forest and Marinette counties...says the budget has allocated 25 percent of sales to area schools.


Mursau says to this point all the money gathered went to infrastructure for the towns inside national forest lands.

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