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Memorial Day Speaker
4:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Veteran Remembers POW Experience

This Memorial Day…we hear from veteran Glenn Johnson.

Johnson served as a paratrooper in World War II in the 101st Airborne Division.  He was injured after parachuting into German territory just prior to the Normandy invasion in 1944.  There he was captured and imprisoned for five months.    

Johnson describes how he and two others escaped one day while on a work detail near the border of Germany and Czechoslovakia. 

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Ceremonies around the nation
11:21 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

VSO: Memorial Day Time To Think About Freedoms

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The unofficial first day of summer is today, but for a local Veterans Service Officer, today is more than just a time to enjoy the day.

Oneida County's V.S.O. is Tammy Walters...

  

".....I get the picnics, and I get the boating and I get the fun and the unofficial first day of summer, I really do understand that. But gosh,if people would take one minute to think about without those men and women who are brave enough to go to war and fight for our freedoms. I think they would be truly amazed if they thought about it...."

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More long term unemployed
11:15 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

Mixed Jobs Numbers As Summer Arrives

Ford Motors assembly line 1913
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While the jobless numbers are trending down across the U.S., those numbers remain above the national average in most of the Northwoods.

Last week the state released unemployment numbers for local communities. Iron county has the state's second highest rate, trailing only Menominee county, at 13.3 percent. Vilas county is third highest at 11.3. Forest county is 7th highest at 9.3 percent, followed by Oneida county's 8.9 percent. Langlade county has fallen to 8.1 percent and Lincoln county is at 7.7 percent.

 

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State-Federal agreement
11:07 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

New Tools For Managing CNNF Timber

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Late last week, a request to step up the battle against invasive pests and disease in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest got a boost. Environmental and administrative rules were changed to contract to remove, treat, or replant trees in areas with declining forest help. That was part of the 2014 Farm Bill.

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Recycling Proceeds Generate Funds
5:56 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Cell Phone Collection to Benefit Soldiers

This Memorial Day weekend… a charity group wants you to donate old cell phones to benefit soldiers. 

Military Support Group and AT&T have put out collection boxes in several locations in Rhinelander. 

AT&T Wisconsin Spokesperson Jessica Erickson says the old cell phones are recycled …and the proceeds go to pay for phone cards for soldiers overseas.

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Late Spring But No Problem
5:54 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Muskie Season Set to Open

Muskies are generally found in low densities, because they are a top predator.
Credit Eric Engbretson / US Fish and Wildlife Service

Musky season opens tomorrow. State officials are predicting a normal opener, despite the late spring. 

Tim Simonson from the DNR Bureau of Fisheries Management says spawning for muskies has generally already happened. 

 “Yeah one of the reason that we open the season later in May is to allow the fish to spawn.  Usually about 50-55 degrees water temperature, they’re peaking.” 

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Three Lakes July 11-12
10:08 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Northwoods Heritage Festival Gets JEM Grant

Tourism Sec. Stephanie Klett(bottom center) at Three Lakes
Credit Dept. of Tourism

Three Lakes has also picked up state money to promote an event coming this summer.

State Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett stopped by this week to present a $7,000 Joint Effort Marketing grant to the Chamber of Commerce to promote Heritage Fest in July.

 

Northwoods Heritage Festival is a two day event taking visitors through a journey of German, Irish, Italian, Polish, and Wisconsin cultures. The festival provides guests with a taste of the past and features traditional foods, crafts, demonstrations, exhibits, dances, and music.

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Federal grant application
8:21 am
Fri May 23, 2014

ER City Council Heads Toward Downtown Street Work

Downtown Eagle River
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City of Eagle River officials this week held a special meeting and took the action required to apply for federal funds to make needed improvements to Division and Main streets in downtown Eagle River. The city wants to make repairs to the street, storm sewer and utilities between Railroad and Third streets, which includes the intersection with Main street.

The price tag on the first phase of the project is $1,l67,000. If the application is successful, nearly half the cost would be paid through a Community Development Block Grant. The grant would provide $500,000.

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5:28 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Lentz New President At Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Darrell Lentz
Credit Aspirus

Aspirus Wausau Hospital has a new president, and it's the same person currently filling the position.

Darrell Lentz has been interim hospital president since last November. Prior to that, he was Aspirus Vice-President of Finance. Aspirus' Chief Executive Officer is Matt Heywood. Former CEO and President Duane Erwin retired last June.

A native of Maine, Lentz has been in health care and finance for 16 years.

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Personal reasons
5:21 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Scheussler Resigns From Forest Co. Economic Development

The Executive Director of the Forest County Economic Partnership has resigned as reported by the Florence Mining News and Forest Republican.

Jim Schuessler cited personal reasons for his decision. A call to Schuessler for comment was not immediately returned.

Schuessler has been a proponent of a proposed off-road park in Forest county which has been controversial. Proponents say the park would bring economic development. Opponents say the park could cost local taxpayers and question tactics used by those in favor of the project.

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