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Though Thanksgiving is Thursday, a food safety expert says you should already be thinking about safely preparing the turkey.

Next Ken Krall talks with Oneida County Registered Sanitarian Jody McKinney about getting the turkey ready in a safe way...

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A change in testing will enable people who want to donate blood at the Community Blood Center to do so without waiting.

Last Friday the Center began testing all blood donations for the Zika virus. Community Blood Center spokesperson Kristine Belanger says blood donors no longer have a waiting period to donate...

".....they no longer have to wait before they can donate blood. In March we implemented a waiting period of 28 days if people had been in an area with active Zika transmission. That period has been eliminated...."

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Oneida County passed next year's budget this week that includes a move to provide direct emergency services in Three Lakes and Sugar Camp.

The final county budget showed a 3 percent general property tax increase, but almost 2 percent of that figure is for expanded ambulance service in those towns.

Oneida County Emergency Management Director Ken Kortenhoff says a dwindling pool of volunteers has strained the ambulance corps in Sugar Camp and Three Lakes.

They will be developing a paramedic unit to be shared by the two towns...

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A slightly lower number of violations were reported after members of the Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition checked to see if retailers were selling tobacco to minors.

Maria Otterholt from Oneida county is part of the Northwoods Tobacco Free Coalition. She says any tobacco retailer can be checked.

Last year the illegal sales rate was just under 15 percent...

"....this year we did 44 randomized checks. We don't target any business, we just go out and five of our establishments sold, so we have an 11.3 percent illegal sale rate this year...."

Weston Woman Tells Story Of Lung Cancer's Effects

Nov 10, 2016
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WESTON, Wis. - November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and for one young mother and widow in the Wausau area, it's a time to encourage others to tell their stories, so more people become aware of how deadly lung cancer can be.

The American Lung Association says lung cancer kills more than 400 people every day.

In Jennifer Kislow's case, her husband - a non-smoker - was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. He died four months later, leaving his wife and two young daughters. That was five years ago.

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You'll have more daylight in the morning, but dark will come before supper time as the nation adjusts clocks back in most places to Standard time early Sunday morning. But emergency management workers say it's also a time to check safety devices.

Dawn Robinson of  Oneida County Emergency Management says two detectors in your house need checking...

Wisconsin's Lead Levels Not Far From Flint, Michigan

Nov 1, 2016
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Wisconsin's blood lead poisoning levels among children are similar to the 2015 rate in Flint, Mich., according to a new report from the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (WCCF).

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A state spokesperson says consumers should take an active role in their insurance choices as the open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act begins.

The Public Information Officer for the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, Elizabeth Hizmi says people looking for insurance shouldn't take the first thing they see...

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The news has been busy this week about expected increases in premiums for the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. But a spokesperson for a group supporting Obamacare says there is another side to the story.

Open enrollment begins November 1.

Kevin Kane from Citizen Action of Wisconsin says the increases widely reported are only for plans that are the same as last year....

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Governor Walker Wednesday presented awards honoring three individuals for their contributions in the fight against domestic violence during a special ceremony at the State Capitol.

The Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse hosted the event as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a statewide effort to raise awareness about the effects of domestic abuse.

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The public is invited Friday night to a vigil in downtown Rhinelander to remember people who lost their lives due to domestic violence. Shellie Holmes is Executive Director of Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault...

"....every October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In Wisconsin in 2015, 51 people lost their lives to domestic violence homicide. That's a pretty high number. Unfortunately in 2016, we have way more than that. We're up to 67....."

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A keynote speaker at a Rhinelander gathering says one goal is to help parents understand how babies develop and behave in order to improve the parent-caregiver interactions.

Jennifer Banuelos spoke before the 10th annual Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition Tuesday in Rhinelander. Banuelos is part of the Human Lactation Center at University of California at Davis.

She says she was there to present options for parents ...

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October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

Nicole Peplinski is a public health nurse with Oneida County and coordinates the Wisconsin Well Woman program. She says the month is set aside to raise awareness of the need for early detection and to teach women about reducing the risk of cancer. She offers some tips...

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A program offered by the Human Service Center located in Rhinelander has shown significant reductions in people arrested for repeat drunk driving.

Heavy drinkers leave biological marks in places like fingernails and blood. Drivers repeatedly arrested for drunk driving have had samples taken where their alcohol use is monitored in an effort to work with clients and adjust their treatment options.

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Wisconsin Family Ties is a statewide nonprofit organization run by families for families with children and adolescents impacted by social, emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges.

Sunday, Oct. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Waters in Minocqua, that group and Iron County Human Services are presenting a day for families to learn share and for children to enjoy the day. A parent-peer specialist is Jackie Baldwin.

She says the event is designed for any family with children with disabilities....

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