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4:51 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Seven Injured In Two Vilas County Crashes

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Seven people have been injured in two separate traffic crashes in Vilas county. Both were reported Friday morning.

A two-vehicle crash was reported at 9:40 a.m. on Highway 70 near Eagle River. The Vilas Sheriff's office reports three people were injured and taken to Eagle River Memorial Hospital.

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Not considered
1:56 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Deduction For Propane Cost Killed In Legislature

State Rep. Janet Bewley(D-74th) Ashland
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A Northwoods legislator is upset the Republican majority in the Assembly ignored an amendment she proposed to help people heating with propane. The amendment asked to send a bit of the budget surplus to provide a direct income tax deduction for every dollar spent in excess of two dollars per gallon of propane.

Ashland Democrat Janet Bewley says many of the downstate legislators don't have an idea so many people heat with propane..

 

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Under investigation
1:49 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Crash West Of Rhinelander Kills One

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One person died, two others injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning west of Rhinelander.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports they were called shortly before 10 a.m. to a crash involving a passenger car and a van on Highway 8 and Shady Rest Road in the Town of Woodboro.

One person died at the scene and two others were transported to Ministry-St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander.

Several emergency response groups were at the scene. The investigation into the crash is continuing.

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Multiple issues defined in speech
3:44 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

State Of The Tribes Highlights Differences, Goals

Menominee Nation Chairperson Laurie Boivin(left)
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The new leader of the Menominee Nation told Wisconsin lawmakers that while deep differences exist on many issues, including the environment, cooperation is the goal.

While not directly addressing a proposed Kenosha casino by the Menominee Tribe....which is opposed by the Forest County Potawatomi Community... Chairwoman Laurie Boivin says dialog with the state concerning gambling compacts is positive for both sides...

 

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Department of Social Services
2:28 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Propane Help For Lower-Income Residents Offered

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Business has been brisk at the Oneida County Department of Social Services office as they try to get relief to qualifying persons heating with propane.

Support Programs Supervisor Amy Mayo says people who think they qualify for financial help paying for propane should see them..

 

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Changes in rules
2:20 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Farm Bill Helps Forest Products Producers

Federal Forest Highway 13 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
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While most of the bill resolved issues concerning farming, food programs, subsidies and crop insurance, the recently-signed federal Farm Bill also affected the nation's forest industry.

Executive Director of the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association...Henry Schienebeck says it clarifies some issues concerning federal forests. There was a question concerning whether loggers would need to file for permits for non-point pollution run-off on forest roads. He says that's not part of the bill...

 

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Before the state Assembly
2:12 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Bill Sets Up Procedures To Keep Guns Away From Domestic Violence Suspects

A pro-peace sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd at the U.N. in New York.
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A bill...authored by state Assembly Republicans ... would establish a clear method for people served with domestic violence injunctions to surrender their weapons. Current law requires people to surrender their weapons if an injunction is approved by a judge, but the method to do the surrender has been ambiguous.

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Oneida county
8:48 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Sowinski Farms Fined $100,000 For Poisoning Eagles, Animals

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A father-and-son who run a large Oneida county potato farm will pay 100-thousand dollars in restitution, for the poisoning deaths of two bald eagles and 70 other wild animals.

65-year-old Alvin Sowinski and his 46-year-old son Paul of Sugar Camp have made a plea deal on federal charges of illegal bald eagle possession. They'll have separate plea hearings on May 8th before Magistrate Stephen Crocker in Madison. U-S Attorney John Vaudreuil said wildlife poisoning cases are extremely rare. He has only prosecuted one-or-two of them in the last 30 years.

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A Changing Pattern
4:00 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Great Lakes and Little Lakes: Rise and Fall Are Linked Together

Tim Meinke and Carl Watras prepare to visit a groundwater monitoring well near the UW Trout Lake Station.
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A new study from the University of Wisconsin’s Trout Lake Station links the rise and fall of Northwoods lakes with the rise and fall of the Great Lakes.  

It also shows some troubling signs of falling water levels in the past twenty years - that break the cycle of the last seventy.  And it’s not clear what’s driving these changes.  

 “So here’s one with a lid that’s coming off relatively easily.  And so now with the lid off and our well open..." 

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More promotion likely
5:06 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Survey Shows Support For Silent Sports

A silent sport
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A different approach to marketing Northwoods winter recreation has come out of a state-funded survey.

The five county, three-year study was funded by the Department of Tourism for Vilas, Oneida, Forest, Lincoln and Langlade counties. Milwaukee area residents showed not only a liking for snowmobiling and ice fishing, but silent sports showed strong favor, says Kim Baltus of the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce...

 

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