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ACT 10 changes process
2:14 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

New Oneida County Employee Pay System Adopted

Oneida county courthouse
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By a vote of 18-0, the Oneida County Board changed the way they compensate employees.

Following the enactment of ACT 10, governments have been formulating new pay approaches after collective bargaining for most public unions was eliminated. Oneida County contracted with consultant Charles Carlson, who suggested pay scales built on market value and performance, rather than a time served basis. The adopted system enacts a new step system for non-supervisory jobs and performance based pay for supervisors. It does put caps on some pay levels.

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
7:50 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Humans Not The Only Mammals Who Slalom

This slider also has a skin-tight suit.
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Today we debut a new feature: "Wildlife Matters" with DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz. The commentary looks at the animals that call the Northwoods home, and how we interact with them.

With the Olympics underway in Russia, Jeremy says  humans aren't the only ones who like to slalom.

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz. Listen for his commentaries in upcoming weeks.

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Referendum vote for AV-W
5:29 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Primary Election Day In Wisconsin

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It's primary election day across the state. A few county and town races are on ballots. The most noteworthy vote comes in the Arbor Vitae-Woodruff school district.

The school board is asking voters to approve $975,000 over three years. The district recently paid off an $800,000 building debt. Officials say that repayment will nearly offset the referendum request.

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Love and a Listening Ear
5:00 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Nancy and Quincy: A Therapy Dog Story

Since her retirement, Nancy Diepenbrock has spent hours training her golden retriever Quincy to be a therapy dog.
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For many people, dogs are a source of comfort and friendship.  Nancy Diepenbrock believed so strongly in the power of a dog’s presence, she helped start a therapy dog program here in the Northwoods.  

"Everybody knows Quincy," said Diepenbrock. "They can’t remember my name. As a matter of fact last week one of the kids called me Mrs. Quincy."

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Business Owners Welcome
5:31 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Hosts Economic Development Summit

An economic development summit in Lac du Flambeau begins Tuesday. 

The tribe’s spokesperson Brandon Thoms says it’s a way for businesses and leaders to share knowledge and build partnerships.                    

“Living here in the Northwoods sometimes we’re behind the times.  And so we’re trying to bring that up-to-speed, real-time information to our business community here in the Northwoods.” 

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Slowest Month of the Year
5:27 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

January Sales Slow, But Prices Rise for Northern Homes

A cold winter may be putting a damper on home sales in Wisconsin.  In the northern part of the state January sales were down about four percent, compared to the previous January…according to the Wisconsin Realtors Association.  Statewide sales were down almost seven percent.

But Economist David Clark says the cold weather could result in a spring rebound.

“The flip side may be that if colder than normal weather is causing some people to sit on the sidelines in December, January and February, it may simply shift them into March, April and May.” 

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Rhinelander man chairs state party
12:41 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Libertarian Party Launches Outreach For Candidates

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A Rhinelander man is the state Libertarian Party chairman. They launched a campaign today in Madison to provide a political alternative.

Paul Ehlers ran in 2012 for the state 12 District Senate seat. In the role as state Libertarian Party chair he says they're reaching out to many groups who have felt ...what he describes...as the heavy hand of government... ... called the "Liberty Coalition"...

 

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At Nicolet College
5:30 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Student Financial Aid Explained At Free Event

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Students looking for college money can get free help with the process at the annual College Goal Wisconsin event at Nicolet College February 23.

Nicolet College director of Financial Aid, Jill Price says students and parents can get help with the package...

 

"....it's an event for students who need to fill out their FAFSA or their free application for federal student aid, which is the essential piece to getting financial aid for their college education...."

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America Saves Week
5:20 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Turning Spenders Into Savers Is Northwoods Saves Goal

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Next week is noted as a week for folks to become more thrifty.

America Saves Week begins February 24. A local chapter of America Saves....Northwoods Saves...is encouraging people to get into the saving habit.

Program and Volunteer Coordinator Tracy Beckman says besides having more money, there are other benefits...

 

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Critical time for wildlife
5:11 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

People Mimic Wildlife In Winter Habits

Newborn black bear cubs
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The winter has been a rough one for wildlife, but a DNR biologist says they find a way to cope.

Jeremy Holtz says the extended cold and deeper than recent winters snow totals place a challenge on wildlife....

 

"....every late winter they've struggled through the cold and the snow and the lack of food. Just like people, they're ready for spring...."

He says deer are specially adaptive to the winter...

 

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