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3:06 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

State Grants Given For School Manufacturing Training

DWD Dep. Secretary Jonathan Barry in Minocqua
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A collaborative agreement between Oneida County Economic Development, Three Lakes High School and Nicolet College brings a large grant to support the development of a "Fab Lab", and related curriculum.

Department of Workforce Development Deputy Secretary Jonathan Barry and David Anderson formally presented $132,000 for the "Certifiable Employability Project" for Three Lakes at the Grow North meeting in Minocqua.

Barry says the program allows high school students to get  one-of-a-kind state-of-the art training towards getting hired right out of school..

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Educating Kids About Invasives
3:00 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

AIS Poster Contest Spreads Awareness, Not Species

Elise Tesch (left) and Reagan Hartman won second and first place in the 4th/5th grade poster contest division.
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Kids at Rhinelander schools celebrated winning awards in an aquatic invasive species poster contest Wednesday.  The contest spans nine Northwoods counties…and asks kids to design a poster and slogan that spreads awareness of aquatic invasives.  

Central Intermediate School fourth grade students Reagan Hartman and Elise Tesch took first and second place in their division. 

“Well I drew a boat…and I wrote stop and pick off invasive species," Hartman explained.

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It Happened Near Upham
2:45 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Langlade County Drowning Under Investigation

A man has drowned in Langlade County.

Avoid Too Much Sun, Exertion
2:44 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Heat Can Pose Significant Health Risk

A hot summer sun can cause health problems like heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
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With summer set to begin, it’s Heat Awareness Day Thursday. 

Emergency officials and the Oneida County Health Department say heat can be a real danger…especially for some older adults, infants and young children, and people with certain health conditions. 

Community health specialist Marta Koelling says don’t be tempted to leave children or pets in a hot car while you’re doing errands…as the air inside can heat up 20 to 30 degrees in a few minutes. 

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Creel census data studied
3:18 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

New Bag Limits For 14 Northwoods Lakes

Walleye teeth
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14 of 21 lakes named yesterday receiving higher daily walleye bag limits are in Oneida, Vilas and Price counties.

The DNR announced changes Monday increasing daily limits from one to two on 21 lakes. May 28, Governor Walker approved an emergency rule adopted by the Natural Resources Board allowing the increases.

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Son sentenced last month
2:47 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Probation For LDF Woman Convicted On Oxy Charges

Oxycodone
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A Lac du Flambeau woman has escaped long prison time after her son was sentenced last month to more than three years in federal prison.

Federal Judge Barbara Crabb in Madison sentenced 54 year old Lois Vetterneck to a one-year term of probation. She had entered  after a guilty plea April 2 to distributing Oxycodone.

In April 2013, confidential informants purchased Oxycodone from Lois Vetterneck and her son Brandon, on three occasions.

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Allows benefits previously denied
2:20 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Same-Sex Ruling Also Impacts Social Security Benefits

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A long-time U.S. Social Security official says the recent ruling in Wisconsin allowing same-sex marriages also has profound affects on that program.

Webster Phillips worked for Social Security for 31 years before retiring. He now is a staff member of the National Commitee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

Prior to Judge Barbara Crabb's ruling last week, Phillips says partners were not eligible for benefits others received....

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Late July election likely
2:13 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Crandon Mayor Likely To Face Recall Election

210 signatures have been gotten to recall Crandon's mayor Rob Jaeger.

A petition effort was begun by organizer Larry Alsteen who feels Jaeger is not running an open government in Crandon.

Jaeger has 10 days to review the petition and file a challenge.

City Clerk Treasurer Cindy Bradley says the matter will go to the city council, but if the petition is not successfully challenged, a recall election will take place sometime in either late July or early August.

From Northwoods Animal Hosptial
10:32 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Arbor Vitae Woman Arrested For Alleged Embezzlement

Brenda J. Wigglesworth
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An Arbor Vitae woman has been arrested for what authorities allege is a large amount of money taken a business.
Mincoqua Police Chief David Jaeger has an update...

"...in April of 2013, it was reported to our department that a former employee had embezzled money from the Northwoods Animal Hospital located here in Mincoqua on Blumenstein Road. While investigating that theft it was found that large amounts of money were missing....."

Arrested was 47 year old Brenda J. Wigglesworth.

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Wanting to Protect Groundwater
10:02 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Oneida County To Inspect Older Septic Systems

While older septic tanks were often made out of steel, newer ones are usually concrete or plastic.
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Oneida County is trying to inventory and inspect older septic systems.  Until recently the county only required regular inspections on systems built after 1980.

But Oneida County Zoning Administrator Karl Jennrich says that has changed.  The county now needs to inspect all of them. 

“ Which is kind of interesting this year, because there are individuals that we’ve contacted that don’t know anything about their septic system, that may never have had it inspected or pumped – that don’t even know what they have for a system.” 

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