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Mail theft
3:03 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Lincoln Co. Postal Worker Sentenced In Federal Court

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A Gleason postal worker has been sentenced in federal court for theft of mail by a postal employee.

48 year old Lisa Virginia A. Barker was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman to one year probation, a $125 fine and $80 restitution. Barker pleaded guilty to this charge last October.

Barker was employed as a rural mail carrier at the post office in Schofield until May 2011. In late 2010 and early 2011, after customer complaints of missing mail, the Post Office Inspector General conducted an investigation that found Barker had stolen items.

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Surviving Cold Temperatures
12:05 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Deer Population, Hunt Could Suffer This Winter

Deep snow and cold temperatures tap winter energy reserves.
Credit Rennett Stowe

The harsh winter we’re experiencing could affect this year’s deer hunting season.  Biologists are predicting low numbers of antlerless permits to give the deer population a chance to rebound. 

DNR Big Game Specialist Kevin Wallenfang says deer are well adapted for cold, but it still takes a toll. 

“A year like this, where we started in November – their fat reserves were being taxed very early in the year.  We’ve had very cold temperatures, very deep snow – all of the things that can hurt them kind of are going on right now.” 

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A Resort Like No Other
9:18 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Northernaire: Waldorf of the Wilderness

Carl Marty was famous for befriending wild animals at the Northernaire.
Credit Wendy Robinson

The resort industry in Northern Wisconsin goes back over 100 years to when tourists were first lured to the lake country on the heels of the lumberjacks.  Small family owned resorts with cottages lining lake shores catered to fisherman in the early days. 

 In the midst of Mom and Pop operations one man had a vision to build a Northwoods resort like no other.  In today’s History Afield Bob Willging tells the story of the rise and fall of the Northernaire, the Waldorf of the Wilderness.

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Web, telephone numbers
6:10 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

State Offers Propane Assistance

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A state agency providing information to where there's money for lower-income residents to heat their homes with propane.

Governor Walker has directed the state Division of Energy Services to release $8.5 million in crisis benefits to counties and tribes that have households that use propane to heat their homes.

Spokesperson Stephanie Marquis...

 

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Government
6:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Northwoods Unemployment Remains Above State Average

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Northwoods unemployment remains well above the state average, but a state official says with one exception the rates are below one year ago.

The Department of Workforce Development reports Iron county has the state's highest rate at 13.3 percent. Vilas has the third-highest, at 10.7 percent, Forest county is eighth at 9.2 percent, Oneida county ninth at 8.6 percent. Lincoln and Langlade counties are at 7.6 percent. Price county is at 5.7 percent.

State economist Tom Walsh in Wausau says though high, the rate is lower than a year ago for all but Iron county....

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Death of David Stahl
3:47 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Prison For Vilas Co. Woman Sentenced For Heroin Death

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A St. Germain woman has been sentenced to prison for her role in the December, 2012 heroin overdose death of 29 year old David Stahl near Rhinelander.

27 year old Jennifer Heiting admitted to having heroin shipped here for herself and friends. Stahl died at his home in the town of Crescent. The drugs were allegedly traced back to Heiting and co-defendant Richard Lewis of St. Germain.

Oneida County D.A. Michael Schiek said Heiting admitted she was an addict , but that didn't relieve her of responsibility in Stahl's death, even if he was using...

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Board decides to fill position
3:41 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Minocqua Police Chief Position Being Advertised

Downtown Minocqua
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After evaluating many options, it looks like Minocqua will continue with a police department and it's own police chief.

Following the resignation of Chief Andrew Gee, the board explored the option of discontinuing with a police department and contracting police services with Oneida county. Town Chair Mark Hartzheim says the board decided against it...

 

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More energy needed in cold snap
3:33 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Natural Gas-Electric Supply Adequate But You'll Pay More

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While propane users have been nervous about getting enough fuel during the cold snap, natural gas and electric users don't have the same worries. But your bills will likely go up.

Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service says the amount of energy used will be higher than average...

 

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Mentors Connect with Kids
3:27 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Big Brothers Big Sisters Expands in Northwoods

From left: Mary Kinnunen, Northwoods Development and Marketing Coordinator; Cookie Lough, Northwoods Match Specialist; and Craig Monson, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin.
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A mentoring program is expanding its reach in this part of the Northwoods.  

The Eau Claire-based Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin is expanding to cover Oneida and Vilas counties.  It will also cover Taylor and Price counties.  The program matches up mentors and mentees, or “bigs” and “littles” to provide role models to kids who might be having a hard time. 

CEO Craig Monson says that mentor positive relationship can have real impacts. 

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Gas prices stable
3:25 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Best Day Of The Week To Buy Gas? You're Probably Wrong

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What day of the week do you think has the highest prices? What day has the lowest?

The website gasbuddy.com took four years of data and guess what part of the week has the lowest prices....

 

".....we tend to find Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday were the best four days over the last four years with the exact day switching from year-to-year...."

 

That's Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. He says Tuesday and Wednesday appear to be the days where prices rise.

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