Families and individuals struggling to pay high heat bills may be able to get help. Northwoods state lawmakers stopped in Rhinelander today to spread the word about the nonprofit Keep Wisconsin Warm fund.
That program has expanded its income limits to 80 percent of the state median income…to try and help more working households who may be feeling the pinch.
Senator Tom Tiffany, and Representatives Rob Swearingin, Jeff Mursau and Mary Czaja each donated a hundred dollars to the fund. Tiffany noted donations can be routed to aid whichever county you choose.
While portions of Wisconsin are seeing robust growth in home sales and prices, northern Wisconsin lags behind.
Still, an economist says things are improving.
The Wisconsin Realtors Association recent report found statewide, the median price up 7 percent from 2012 and sales up 10 percent from a year earlier. In the north, sales were up 5 percent, but prices were up just under two percent. Many southern and western Wisconsin counties had double-digit growth in both columns.
A Park Falls wood processing facility has agreed to a fine to settle a complaint filed by the state for air pollution.
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's office announced the judgment against Johnson Timber Corporation
. The complaint filed by the DNR said the company exceeded its allowable hourly particulate matter emission rate. Also, a June 2011 emissions stack test showed Johnson Timber exceeded two of the particulate matter limitations in its air pollution control permit.
A project of Northland Pines high school is one of six to be honored by the Department of Public Instruction Friday at the state capitol.
High school Science teacher Robin Indermuehle's "Growing Your Own Food In the 21st Century" began, she says. as a class project.
Indermuehle says the food is donated to the local food pantry. She says there are a series of guest speakers who also help the project including the Seed-To-Seed Garden Project and Master Gardeners. She says the students learn about science and also have something they can take away.
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.
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.”