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A trade group says Wisconsin is among four states that has the highest levels of nitrate, which can cause health problems in pregnant women and the young.

The Water Quality Association is an Illinois-based trade association representing the residential, commercial, industrial, and small community water treatment industry in the United States.

Their spokesperson Wes Bleed says another association, The Environmental Working Group, has a report listing the places with the highest levels...

State Lawmakers Push Medical Marijuana

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A pair of state legislators is on the move making their case for a medical marijuana bill, and Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) presented his argument at the Marathon County Public Library on Wednesday.

Red Lanterns

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Have you let the red lanterns light your way this fall? In this episode of wildlife matters, the Masked Biologist shares some excerpts from an Aldo Leopold essay about grouse hunting in autumn.

It is October, and the red lanterns of autumn are lit. If you are not familiar with the red lanterns, it is a reference to one of Aldo Leopold’s essays in his book, Sand County Almanac.

10-18-17 Local Newscast

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Minocqua Considers Sex Offender Residency Ordinance

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MINOCQUA – Minocqua is moving forward with an ordinance to restrict where convicted sex offenders could live in the township.

The town board gave the measure its first reading Tuesday. It would apply only to future instances of sex offenders moving to Minocqua. The proposed ordinance would ban persons convicted of a crime against a child and/or violent sex offenders from living or loitering within 1,500 feet of places where children congregate, such as schools, day care centers, libraries, parks, and even the state Bearskin Recreation Trail.

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As budgets are getting put together for 2018, the Oneida County Board Tuesday approved adding help in the increasingly-busy Planning and Zoning Department. Some of the extra work appears to be the result of changes made by the legislature.

That department administers several programs that affect landowners.

County Board Chair Dave Hintz, who also sits on the powerful Administration committee says they recommended more help...

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The town of Newbold recreation committee has decided to finish up this year and open its new disc golf course next year.

Chair of the Newbold Outdoor Recreation Committee, Pete Cody, says conditions still weren't quite right....

"....we still had some fairway work to do to make sure everything was absolutely right. A lot of the seeding we did on the basket and in the t-pad areas is still pretty soft and we felt it would be better to let that grow longer and root better so we decided to open up in 2018...."

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With influenza season upon us, the Veterans Administration is offering vets in this area an opportunity to get a flu shot.

Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center spokesperson Brad Nelson outlines the proposal...

Dow Chemical Protests: 50 years ago in Madison

Oct 18, 2017
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MADISON, Wis. - Fifty years ago on Oct.18, Wisconsin made national headlines when a student sit-in against Dow Chemical Co. became violent. Students were protesting the company's recruiting presence on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus because Dow was the manufacturer of Napalm, a highly flammable gel used in the Vietnam War.

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The Oneida County Board has approved joining a nationwide lawsuit sought against manufacturers of opiates.

The action is relatively new with Oneida county among early counties in the nation to join the pending suit. The suit alleges drug manufacturers were aware of the addiction risks but did not adequately inform the public.

County attorney Brian Desmond says the Wisconsin Counties Association is pushing members to get into the lawsuit now to increase the chances of recovering costs associated with battling the problem.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and a vigil Friday evening in Rhinelander needs volunteers to make known the victims of domestic violence homicides in Wisconsin.

Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault is hosting the vigil Friday evening at the Green Space at Trig's downtown.

Executive Director Shellie Holmes says the Wisconsin's annual domestic violence homicide report is also released in October....

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The Oneida County Board has approved the official request to the state for the operation of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Oneida County. The agencies provide a variety of services to older adults.

Since 2012, the Oneida County Department on Aging has been partnering with the ADRC of the Northwoods to provide services for older adults in this region. The state has moved to consolidate the county departments with the ADRC's to reduce duplication of effort.

Large crowd attends veterans memorial dedication

Oct 17, 2017
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PRESQUE ISLE – An eternal flame now burns brightly in the small town of Presque Isle, as it honors all servicemen and servicewomen who served the United States during its conflicts both here and abroad over the last 250 years.

The eternal flame is part of the Wilderness Veterans Memorial, which was dedicated in a formal ceremony Saturday, Oct. 14 with about 400-450 people attending the event held in Pipke Park.

Needed In Wisconsin: At Least 27,000 Nurses

Oct 17, 2017
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MADISON, Wis. - The need for registered nurses continues to grow in Wisconsin.