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The timeline for a proposed charter school to serve children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and others with special needs has been delayed a year, according to a Lakeland Union High School official.

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Community health professionals and the public are gathering Friday morning at Nicolet College in Rhinelander for the second-annual Community Health Symposium, presented by the Collage and the Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition.

Community Health Specialist Corie Zelazoski says the symposium offers the public a chance to learn from other professionals..

"....we also wanted to collaborate with other sectors of the community such as mental health, AODA, health and sexual assault to bring some presentations to our community...."

Cranberry Enthusiasts Prepare for 37th Annual Cranberry Fest

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Visitors are pouring into Eagle River in time for the 37th Annual Cranberry Fest. This weekend’s event is expected to draw about 40,000 people to the area.

Each year over 300 vendors from around the country set up at the Vilas County Fairgrounds to showcase specialty cranberry foods and beers, but Chamber Director Kim Emerson says you don’t have to be a cranberry enthusiast to have a good time…

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Two well-known Northwoods residents who are officials at the Department of Workforce Development say tougher enforcement has cut the amount of unemployment fraud.

Assistant Deputy Secretary David Anderson says the emphasis has shifted unemployment payments from a benefits program to a short term assistance program. Administrator of the Unemployment Insurance Division, Joe Handrick, says they wanted to have a greater accuracy in what was being paid out...

Mayo Pleads Not Guilty Concerning Shooting Incident

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Not guilty pleas were entered by the court for Mark Mayo, 48 of Eagle River who stood mute at his arraignment Monday on two felony counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety and one count of going armed while intoxicated.

Mayo was taken into custody August 24 in an armed standoff with law enforcement in the Vilas County town of Washington.

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Oneida and Lincoln recently became the next two counties signing off on a resolution to fix the broken state transportation funding system. Called 'Just Fix It' the resolution is meant to urge Governor Walker and the legislature to figure out a way to get adequate funding to rural road systems, among others roads.

Oneida County Highway Commissioner Bruce Stefonek said road builders and the Wisconsin Counties Association began passing the resolution to counties in hopes of impressing Madison with local government frustration.

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The Milwaukee man who began his journey at the  headwaters of the Wisconsin River in Vilas county two weeks ago is making his way to the mouth of the state's largest river on a paddle board. It's just not going as quickly as anticipated.

30 year old Jesse Hieb is a filmmaker and avid paddleboarder. He once tried to paddleboard across Lake Michigan before weather stopped the trip.

Boulder Junction Town Board To Take Up Plaza Issue

Sep 26, 2016
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BOULDER JUNCTION -- The Boulder Junction Town Board Tuesday, Sept. 27th will take up the matter of moving forward or not on the design phase of the estimated $1.26 million public plaza proposed for the downtown.

Town Supervisor Dennis Duke has shepherd the project through different phases since its inception eight months ago. He was the presenter at the two recent public hearings, including last Thursday’s session that attracted 50 citizens. The goal of the plaza promoters is to build it without using taxpayer money, he said.

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A study by the DNR shows the spread of aquatic invasive species remains stable, which a leader says means prevention efforts are working.

DNR Aquatic Invasives Coordinator Bob Wakeman said they sampled 200 lakes over five years, the largest effort of its type in the nation...

"....we're happy to say the rate is not increasing. I wish I could say the rate was decreasing, meaning were beginning to stop the spread. The good news is it's not going up any faster...."

He says the longest term invaders continue to be the most difficult to deal with...

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A program which gives qualified students within the Nicolet College district money to attend classes is again offering the program.

Under the Nicolet Promise program, the college Foundation will pay the balance of tuition and fees for eligible students after federal and state grants have been applied. The Foundation will cover this cost for up to 15 credits per semester over four fall and spring semesters.

Nicolet Director of Enrollment Erika Warning says students need to begin the process to be considered...

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Helping a frantic mother help her infant son start breathing not just on one occasion but twice has netted an Oneida County 9-1-1 telecommunicator a national award.

A New Jersey- based software company, NICE, has named Nicole Lea as National Telecommunicator of the Year.

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The Friends of the T-Bird Bridge Committee will kick-off a fund raiser this weekend with the goal of relocating the front panel of the “T-Bird Country Bridge” to the front entrance of the Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua.

The historic bridge was recently removed and replaced by a modern 4 lane bridge spanning State Hwy 51. The bridge is a connection for the snowmobile and hiking / biking enthusiasts using the “Bearskin Trail” which was formerly a railroad route running from Tomahawk to Minocqua.

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Saturday is National Public Lands Day.

The National Environmental Education Foundation sponsors the event to promote both popular enjoyment and volunteer conservation of public lands.

In Wisconsin, DNR spokesperson Tim Lizotte says the day is a coordinated display of appreciation for lands that belong to all citizens...

"....bring awareness that public lands are important for all citizens and talk about all the positive values they bring to society and also to bring together people around doing some volunteer activities...."

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