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There’s an old saying that our natures are all alike; it’s our habits that distinguish us.

Today in our new monthly feature called BrainWaves, Thursday Midday Classics host Molly Rose Teuke takes us on a guided tour through habits — what are they, how do they work, and why should we care?

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A meeting is set for Saturday in Mercer to discuss the possibility of putting solar panels on the Mercer Library as a demonstration to see how a system works for the community.

Wendy Thiede says the Friends of the Mercer Library have been discussing the idea of installing a demonstration system on the roof of the library. She said they got prices for a project, then paused, hoping to get more information.

They decided to bring in an expert to help...

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An open house is planned for Woodruff Wednesday afternoon to give the public a second chance to comment on a plan to open more state forests to logging.

The DNR is proposing a variance to the master plans for the northern forests, including the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest that will classify 75 percent of the state's northern forests as forest production areas.

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Congressman Sean Duffy held a town hall meeting this afternoon in Minocqua. Among the topics...

Duffy says the Trump administration would like to change the tax code, and in so doing, make it less profitable for American companies to bring products back into the country after being manufactured overseas...

Duffy took several questions about the stability of Social Security and Medicare. He was asked whether raising the top end level of Social Security contributions would help stabilize the system...

Eagle River Looks At Homes With Lead Water Pipes

Feb 17, 2017
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Lead water lines delivering water to homes came to public forefront with the situation in Flint, Michigan, and municipalities took notice, including Eagle River.

The city has identified 45 residences that still have lead water lines according to Light and Water Director  Pat Weber in a report to the city council this week.. Most of these are from Railroad Street east to Silver Lake Drive and Tamarack to Sheriden; there are no issues on the cities north and west sides.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

One person will likely be charged in connection with the removal of 39 dogs from a Sugar Camp animal rescue facility last week.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports Stephanie Schneider was arrested Thursday. The Sheriff's Department reports charges that will be recommended include allegedly failing to provide food or water, mistreating animals, and obstructing law enforcement.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports removing the dogs from the "It Matters To One" Animal Rescue.

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Next we hear from Sheila Weix, Director of Substance Abuse Services for Marshfield Clinic and Family Health Center. A recent report found methamphetamine use has risen by more than 200 percent and is now on par with another Wisconsin drug problem: opioid use.

Weix was invited by Attorney General Brad Schimel to be on a panel presenting information about methamphetamine use to legislators.

Ken Krall talks with Weix about what they're seeing with this addictive drug...

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The increasing possibility of having Hepatitis C among Baby Boomers is a reality being addressed by the Veteran's Administration.

Hepatitis C is a virus that can lead to liver failure. It's transmitted through blood.

Christina Paris is a VA nurse working at the clinic based in Rhinelander....

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Rhinelander's City Council approved a resolution this week asking state legislators to eliminate a tax loophole that muncipalities like Rhinelander think is  unfair.

Called the "Dark Store Loophole", the state tax statute in question allows fully operating large retail stores to claim their property is the same as another large retail outlet that is closed, hence the name Dark Store..as outlined by Finance Committee Chair Mark Pelletier.

Duffy Decides Against Challenge To Sen. Tammy Baldwin

Feb 16, 2017
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U-S House Republican Sean Duffy of Wausau said Thursday he will not run for the Senate in 2018 against Democratic incumbent Tammy Baldwin.

In a statement, Duffy claimed it was not the right time for a Senate bid -- and as he put it, "We have eight great kids and family always comes first." Duffy is in his seventh year in the House -- and he was reelected three times to the 7th Congressional District which covers most of the Northwoods.

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Snowmobile complaints are down but accidents are up so far this winter in Vilas County according to a report from Vilas County Sherifff's Department recreation officer Randy Schneider.

Schneider said they've had 15 complaints this winter compared to 23 last year and of significance there were no complaints of groomers depositing snow on roads. But accidents are up slightly; 24 this year compared to 22 last year with one fatality this year and two last year.

Wisconsin DNR

A new general permit that streamlines approvals for small-scale dredging in the state's lakes, rivers and streams has been drafted and  the DNR is seeking comment. There are several environmental and sporting groups opposed to the action.

The proposed general permit will allow applicants to remove up to 25 cubic yards from streams and inland lakes and up to 100 cubic yards from the Great Lakes if the project meets all eligibility criteria and conditions.

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The relatively low gas prices we've enjoyed for many months are likely to be ending soon says a gas expert.

Senior Petroleum Analyst for the website gasbuddy.com , Dan McTeague,  says a seasonal shift to more expensive gasoline is underway as refineries shift to more environmentally friendly gas blends...

Vilas County Landfill Has About 10 Years Left

Feb 15, 2017
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Future expansion of the Vilas County Highway G landfill will depend upon finding other properties to replace acreage removed from the county forest along with both DNR and county board approval.

At a meeting Monday,  landfill community members were informed there are about 10 years left in the final cell and they need to seek additional land for future operations.

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A settlement has been reached between the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and several parties after years of litigation between the tribe, business firms and lawyers involved in a 2008 bond issue.

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