One person has died and another was injured in an early Wednesday morning disturbance at a downtown Rhinelander tavern.
Rhinelander Police Chief Michael Steffes reports they were called shortly after midnight to Sackett's Bar at 66 North Brown Street. When officers arrived, two individuals were on the floor. A 48 year old man died at the scene. The other person on the floor was transported to Ministry-St. Mary's Hospital for treatment.
Family members are being notified before the deceased person's name is released.
The cold snap can cause problems for not only humans but pets and a Division of Emergency Management spokesperson says just because they have fur doesn't mean they're cold-proof.
Tod Pritchard says there are a few things to remember....
"....dogs and cats can get frostbitten ears, and nose and of course their paws are especially vulnerable to not only the cold but to other things like salt we put down on our sidewalk, and to anti-freeze which people know is very deadly to pets and that sometimes can leak out...."
A bill in the Wisconsin Senate would update the language in Wisconsin's statewide smoking ban to make electronic cigarettes legal in public places. An e-cigarette is a device operated by a battery where the user inhales a water vapor. The user also inhales nicotine in the draw. The devices don't have the restrictions of tobacco cigarettes, which are banned in public places.
Oneida County Public Health Tobacco Coordinator Niki Kostrova says the feds have not yet approved them as a smoking cessation device....
While revelers go out to ring in the new year, a program is there year round to make sure patrons get home safely.
Aaron Schultz is the vice-president of the Oneida County Tavern League and coordinates the Safe Ride Home Program...
"....it is no cost to the patron and it is funded by the Oneida County Tavern League through our fundraising efforts and money from the state....if your establishment is a member of the Oneida County Tavern League, you're able to offer this service to your customers...."
In 1745, the Ojibwe defeated the Lakota Sioux in a battle at a place called Strawberry Island, now on the Lac du Flambeau Chippewa reservation in Vilas county. It ended the Sioux dominance in this region. The island had been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, but to the Chippewa, it was a place of significant cultural and spiritual meaning that they did not own, until Monday.
A $600,000 state grant will enable a study as to why Wisconsin's forest products industry is declining while at the same time the number of trees has grown.
The Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association...headquartered in Rhinelander...and the Wisconsin County Forests Association are administering the grant. The funding came from an amendment put into the state budget by State Senator Tom Tiffany.
There's still a few things you can do to save yourself from the tax bite before 2014 comes this Wednesday .
Certified Public Accountant Mary Schwaiger from Reach and Schwaiger in Eagle River...
"....if you're itemizing deductions, it does make sense to make more charitable contributions before the end of the year, pay your property taxes ahead of time. Paying the property taxes also gives you a credit on the state of Wisconsin, so that helps on both ends..."