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New Minocqua Winter Park Chalet Would Triple In Size

6 hours ago
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Supporters of Minocqua Winter Park & Nordic Center in Minocqua are hoping a couple of major donors and community support -- along with town board approval -- will spearhead a fundraising effort to replace the aging chalet.

Eagle Camp To Begin In Northland Pines Schools

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It used to be called summer school but Northland Pines school board viewed “Eagle Camp” as a more friendly environment for learning for 4K - 5th grade students in the three district elementary schools.

Eagle Camp will run for three weeks starting July 25 from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. The district qualifies for free meals and there will be free breakfast and lunch at all three elementary schools plus a snack for all students.

Baldwin's Bill To Reform VA Practices Moves Forward

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Senator Tammy Baldwin is continuing her fight against former staff members of the Tomah Veterans Affairs clinic with new legislation that has passed the U.S. Senate.

The reform is an amendment to the Veterans Acquiring Community Care Expect Safe Services (ACCESS) Act that passed with a larger package of VA funding on Friday. It would prohibit doctors who have been suspended or fired from the Department of Veterans Affairs from working with veterans through any VA community care program.

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor announced salaried workers earning about $47,000 per year will be eligible for overtime pay beginning December 1. The prior level was roughly have that figure. Reaction was quick and negative from business groups and some politicians. But Dr. Robert Kraig is Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin and says contrary to what business and politicians are saying, these are productive workers not being paid for work they're doing...

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A state workforce official says bridging the gap between student training and employer needs will play an increasingly large role in future job training.

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The Oneida County Board last week approved a $63,000 land purchase that will block in a mile-long stretch of land in the Oneida county forest in the town of Lynne.

Forest Director John Bilogan says a private landowner wished to sell the property and the parcel nicely fit into surrounding county forest. The parcel is bi-sected by West Road. Bilogan estimated the county could set up a timber sale after the purchase which would recoup some of the cost...

City of Rhinelander

The reconstruction of downtown Rhinelander streets is well underway and the public can find out more at a meeting on Wednesday.

Officially titled the Rhinelander Downtown Infrastructure Improvement Project, the city is replacing underground infrastucture on most of the main downtown streets this year, and will update the above ground portion next year. City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says the meeting is to update the public as the project moves forward...

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The country could save more than $100 billion dollars by negotiating with drug companies concerning prescription drug costs through Medicare. That assessment from Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold. Feingold says the issue needs attention..

Keeping Loved Ones With Dementia Safe

May 23, 2016
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  The inevitable changes of aging can be humbling yet surprising, but when life’s challenges include memory loss or dementia, a person’s perceptions and relationships shift hindering the patient’s life as well as the caregiver’s.  Community Outreach Specialist Julie St. Pierre of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Wisconsin Chapter says a patient’s care and safety is vital…

What You Should Know About Zika Before Traveling This Summer

May 23, 2016
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  Mosquito season is here and although the zika virus isn’t a threat in the Midwest, health officials say take extra precautions if you find yourself in a high risk zika zone this summer. Oneida County Community Health Specialist Christie Oestreich talks about those safety measures…

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Traffic will be rerouted May 31 as the DOT continues to replace the iconic Bearskin Trail Bridge which crosses U.S. 51 in the town of Hazelhurst.

Michael Wendt is the DOT Project Supervisor and says they will be doing work that night where traffic will be detoured....

".....as of 9 p.m. that evening we'll be closing down that section of Highway 51. It will reopen on Wednesday, June 1 at 6:00 a.m. So we're talking about a 9 hour closure during the night time period. Traffic will be detoured...."

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A second Democrat has announced for the 34th Assembly seat.

27 year old Matthew Michalsen is a teacher and coach at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua and serves on the Lake Tomahawk town board. He's a graduate of UW-Stevens Point.

Michaelsen says he will focus on rural economic development, shoreland zoning issues, local control, tourism, opportunities for young people, and education. He says the issue of local control for rural Wisconsin is a key issue...

Names Of Crash Victims Released

May 20, 2016
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The names of three persons injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon in Eagle River have been released.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports the crash happened about 5:45 p.m.on Highway 70 in front of Parson's Chevrolet. A pickup truck collided head on with a Volkswagen. The driver of the truck and a man riding in the Volkswagen were flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

The Volkswagen driver was treated at Ministry-Eagle River Memorial Hospital.

Van Stippen campaign

A Democrat who previously announced he was running for the 35th Assembly has suspended his campaign for that seat, and now says he will run in for the 12th State Senate seat currently held by Republican Tom Tiffany.

Bryan Van Stippen of Deerbrook, in Langlade county, announced the change. He says after talking with those close to him and others, he wants the Senate seat instead.

Van Stippen says the issues in both the 35th Assembly seat and the Senate seat are the same, citing jobs, local control and what he sees as an attack on our educational systems.

Picnic Spot Gets A Place At The Table At Torpy Park

May 20, 2016
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During summer, Torpy Park on the Island of Minocqua bustles with sun worshipers, kids climbing on playground equipment, swimmers, and young sandcastle builders. For some, though, herding hungry kids back into the minivan for a trip to a restaurant puts a cloud over the fun.

Sue Perron of Park Falls saw an opportunity to capitalize on the dilemma. She asked the Minocqua Town Board that she be allowed to open a small, café-style business in the lower level of the pavilion. Her business would be named The Picnic Spot.

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