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Lifejackets save lives
7:45 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Safe Boating Week Begins With Deadly Cold Water

Lifejackets save lives-DNR
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The late return of boats to the Northwoods waters brings about a reminder this week with National Safe Boating Week.


DNR Boating Law Administrator Roy Zellmer says the most common mistake boaters make this time of year has to do with temperature: the air is warm but the water can be deadly cold to someone who falls in....



"....air temperatures may be comfortable, you're in shirts and t-shirts...when you hit that water, anything that's below your normal body temperature will move you into that hypothermic stage...."

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WPS Foundation Event
6:41 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Area Schools Win Solar Olympics

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Several area high schools were involved with the 17th annual Solar Olympics, sponsored by Wisconsin Public Service for schools within the WPS region.


Spokesperson Leah Van Zile says the contest is underwritten by the WPS Community Foundation. It's a challenge for participating schools through the "SolarWise For Schools" program. Those schools have a curriculum and solar panels on the school roofs....

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Three years of negotiations
5:14 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Oneida Comprehensive Plan Approved

After three years of sometimes bumpy negotiations, Oneida county's Comprehensive Planning Oversight committee Friday finished work.


State government requires each county to have an updated plan in place. The plan looks at population, the economy, the land and waters and several other factors that work toward helping a community make sense.

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Destroys 8,000 acres
5:09 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

DNR Says Big Fire An Accident

DNR law enforcement officials have identified the owner of the land where the Germann Road Fire originated as well as the logging operation responsible for unintentionally igniting the fire.


On Tuesday, May 14, at approximately 2:30 p.m., a nearly 8,000 acre wildfire devastated the Townships of Gordon and Highland in Douglas County. Forty-seven structures were lost; 17 of those were homes. The fire was declared 100 percent contained as of 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. The fire burned a swath more than 9 miles long and a mile and a half wide.

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May is Water Safety Month
3:54 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Swim Lessons, Life Jackets Save Lives

Early swim lessons
Credit YMCA of the Northwoods

May is Water Safety Month.


The Head Swim Instructor at the YMCA of the Northwoods Karen Fiocchi says it's a good time to learn to swim and think safety.


Fiocchi says learning to swim and wearing life jackets in a boat are the best ways to prevent drowning...

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Large scale ring busted
3:39 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Suspects Charged In Burglary Ring, Oneida, Other Counties

Criminal charges have been filed against two men, Daniel Frausto, currently at the Dodge Correctional Institute in Waupun, and Robert Miles of Red Granite, suspected of operating a burglary ring spanning twelve counties, including Oneida, Oconto, Portage and Shawano counties..


Frausto and Miles have been charged in several counties In addition, charges are expected to be filed against others under a cooperation agreement.

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Win's Lay's Flavor Contest
10:11 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Land O' Lakes Woman Wins Contest, National Publicity

Karen Weber-Mendham
Credit ABC News

A Northwoods woman recently won a national contest to come up with the next great potato chip. Karen Weber-Mendham of Land O’Lakes won a million dollars in the "Do Us a Flavor" contest put on since by Lay’s Potato Chips. She created a Cheesy Garlic Bread chip that was one of three finalists chosen from around three-point-eight million entries. . Actress Eva Longoria presented the prize during a recent ceremony..


Karen says she was surprised to be picked. Her children had suggested the flavor, she entered and then found out she was a finalist...

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Mining
9:42 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Zoning Changes Or Allowing Back-door Mining?

The revision of Oneida county's allowable zoning uses has drawn the interest of mining opponents.

The county board last August put aside pursuing a sulphide mine in the town of Lynne. As part of a routine review of changes to zoning districts, the Planning and Development committee recently added the possibility of 'mining' to forestry. The proposed sulphide mine would have been constructed on county-owned forest land. Mining opponents like Karl Fate of Crescent feels this could be a back-door way to make easier the opening of mine at the Lynne site....

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Natural Resources
9:35 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Fire Danger Remains High; Officials Warn Against Burning

Douglas-Bayfield fire
Credit Wisconsin DNR

The DNR says that wildfire which burned more than nine thousand acres in Douglas and Bayfield counties is northern Wisconsin's biggest forest fire in nearly 33 years.

DNR Wildfire Prevention Specialist Catherine Koele says conditions are perfect for fire...

 

"....we all became a little complacent with all the snow and rain we've had. We thought fire season would sneak by us ....(the fire) consumed about 9,000 acres and 47 structures..."

 

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Government
5:16 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Local Governments Have Less Money

After a surge in the 1990's, revenues for county and municipal governments have fallen to levels of 20 years ago.

Some results of the study by the non-profit Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance is told by WTA President Todd Berry...

"....county revenues were growing by about eight percent in the early '90's. After 2005, they've been averaging just 1.5 percent. We found similar patterns for municipalities with their revenue growth...slowing to under three percent..."

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