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Keeping an Invasive Out
6:49 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Officials Warn Travelers Of EAB Risk

Emerald ash borers have been found in 20 Wisconsin counties.
Credit USDA

State agriculture officials want travelers to remember the risk of spreading emerald ash borer through firewood.  Just in time for the start of the summer tourism season, the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has declared it Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week. 

Spokesperson Donna Gilson says the beetles can travel a mile or two on their own.  But humans have helped them spread much farther. 

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Challenging Petrowski
6:46 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

DeMain Declares Candidacy for 29th State Senate District

State Senator Jerry Petrowski of the 29th District will have a challenger this election.

Democrat and business owner Paul DeMain has announced he will run against the Republican incumbent.

DeMain heralds from Wausau and now lives on the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation near Hayward.  He is a member of the Oneida Nation and CEO of Indian Country Communications. 

DeMain says he’s committed to public service, job development, and small business.

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Hospitals see funding crunch
6:03 am
Mon May 19, 2014

As Obamacare Gets Started More Hospital Visits Likely

Emergency services
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Medical professionals are expecting to see an uptick in the number of people coming for treatment because of the Affordable Care Act.

Wisconsin Hospital Association Executive Vice-President Eric Borgerding says this upswing in numbers comes at a time when hospitals are under greater financial pressure...

 

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Proper disposal of sharps highlighted
4:50 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Medical Waste Can Lead To Waste Hauler Problems

Sharps container
Credit William Rafti-en.wikipedia.org

About nine million syringe users nationwide administer three billion injections outside of health care facilities. The DNR is hoping Wisconsin's syringe users remember it's the law to not throw them in the trash.

Barb Bickford is Medical Waste Coordinator for the DNR....

 

"....it's illegal to put sharps in the trash. They should put them in containers that are thick-walled and have screw-on caps, an official sharps container or a bleach bottle or detergent bottle. Then they should mark them with the words, 'do not recycle' or 'sharps'...."

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Third best bicycle state in U.S.
4:39 am
Mon May 19, 2014

State Agency Head Sees Growing Bicycle Use

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The Northwoods is a key point for what a state cabinet secretary says is a growing recreational and transportation area.

Wisconsin jumped to number three in the nation as a bicycle-friendly state. That ranking from the League of American Bicyclists 2014 rankings.

Northern and central Wisconsin have what are considered some of the best bicycle trails in the nation.

Last week in Tomahawk, Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb said plans are in the works to expand bicycle paths...

 

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Returning to Music
5:39 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Northwoods Jazz Camp Draws Musicians From Around U.S.

Jazz musicians from around the country are holed up outside of Rhinelander this weekend…sharing knowledge about technique and improvisation.

It’s the annual jazz camp at Holiday Acres Resort…that brings eight professional musicians and about twenty students for a few days of nonstop jazz. 

Kim Richmond, one of the artistic directors of the Northwoods Jazz Camp, says the camp is strictly for adults…which makes for a unique teaching experience. 

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Arrest also made in Eagle River church fire
11:47 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Road Rage Incident Leads To Arrest In Minocqua

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Law enforcement agencies were called Friday morning(5/16) as an alleged road rage incident was going on on U.S. Highway 51. The incident caused a lockdown at Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk school.

An eyewitness said a gun was allegedly pointed at another vehicle. It was reported the suspect's vehicle drove through the parking lot at M-H-LT Elementary School. School administrators conducted a preventative lockdown.

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Open business properties highlighted
10:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Downtown Rhinelander Hosting Property Open House

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Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. is hosting its second open house Saturday morning(5/17) for people interested in looking at available downtown real estate and buildings.

Executive Director Maggie Steffen says the idea is a type of one-stop shopping if you're looking for a property for a business....

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Hospital Week
3:27 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Hospitals Are Economic Engines In Many Communities

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You rarely think about your local hospital until you or someone you know needs its services. But a spokesperson for the Wisconsin Hospital Association says not only do they provide healthcare, but hospitals are local economic engines.

Hospital Week is being recognized. Executive Vice-President Eric Borgerding reveals  how busy hospitals can be...

 

"....53,000 people in our state on a daily basis had an encounter with their community hospital...."

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November Constitutional Amendment vote
2:20 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Voters Could Decide Fate Of State's Transportation Fund

Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation Sec. Mark Gottlieb
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The Secretary is hopeful new funding methods will come forward for the state's Transportation fund and voters will help out the situation. Late last month, the D.O.T. revealed a $63 million dollar deficit by next year.

A variety of reasons are said to cause the deficit, including fewer driving miles by motorists and more fuel efficient vehicles. Gas tax revenue makes up a large portion of the revenue.

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