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Site of historic battle
1:31 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

LDF Tribe Purchases Strawberry Island

President Tom Maulson(with papers) and the LDF Tribal Council at the transfer of Strawberry Island to the tribe.
Credit LDF Tribal Communications

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.

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Source of Crime
10:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Prescription Drug Abuse on the Rise

Unused and outdated prescriptions are the source for significant drug abuse.
Credit Bradley P Johnson

The Vilas County Sheriff says drug abuse continue to be a growing problem in the area.  Sheriff Joe Fath says the department works closely with Lac du Flambeau tribal police in its investigations. 

“Prescription medication, synthetic THC, heroin, those are the three big ones that we see affecting our communities.” 

Lac du Flambeau tribal leaders declared a state of emergency last spring to address a growing drug problem on the reservation. 

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Domestic Production On Rise
4:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Analyst: Gas Prices To Remain Stable In 2014

Patrick, DeHaan, Senior Petroleum Analyst
Credit GasBuddy.com

Just before Christmas, gas prices took a jump after falling to about $3.11.  

Patrick DeHaan, a petroleum analyst for the website Gas Buddy.com told Ken Krall this likely is a short-term rise.

DeHaan says another factor in rising gas prices, tension in the oil-producting Middle East, is beginning to lessen. He says that factor also is stabilizing prices.

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Two year study
5:38 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Large Grant To Study Declining Forest Products Industry

Vintage picture of logging
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

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.

 

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Big changes in 2014
2:36 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Still Time For Year End Tax Planning

Credit irs.com

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..."

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Thursday afternoon fire
11:49 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Name Of Antigo Fire Victim Released

The name of the woman who died in a house fire in Antigo has been released. The Antigo Fire Department says 85 year old Thelma Bula died in the fire at her home on Arctic Street about 2 p.m.

When fire crews arrived on the scene, heavy smoke was pouring from the home. It took over four hours to control the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

WPS, UPPCO crew members
4:56 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Northwoods Power Crews Heading To Lower Michigan

Power lines down
Credit en.wikipedia.org

  

Wisconsin Public Service employees from the Northwoods are among the crew members heading to Flint, Michigan to restore power.

Southern Michigan all the way to the east coast was hit with icing conditions last weekend, leading to millions of people without power.

WPS spokesperson Lisa Prunty says some of the crew members heading to lower Michigan are from the Northwoods...

 

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Rate drops in other counties
2:40 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Jobless Rate Higher In Northern Counties

Looking for work
Credit en.wikipedia.org

While Wisconsin's overall unemployment rate continues to drop, Northwoods unemployment continues above state average. In Iron county's situation, they have the highest unemployment rate in the state.

State numbers released Thursday show Iron county at 13.2 percent, Vilas is fourth highest at 9.5 percent, Forest is at 8.1 percent, but Oneida, Lincoln and Langlade counties are lower in the 7 percent range. Price county is at 5.3 percent. Wisconsin's average is 5.8 percent.

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Eighteen Years As Chief Deputy
2:03 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Governor-Appointed Vilas County Sheriff Says He'll Run For Election

Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says he’ll run for election to the office next year.  Fath was appointed sheriff upon the death of Frank Tomlanovich in June.  To remain sheriff, he’ll have to be elected in November. 

Fath says he has been planning to run for over two years – even before his appointment. 

He says during most of his 18 years as chief deputy, federal law required chief deputies to abandon their posts before running for sheriff.  That provision was recently changed.

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Real Estate Rebound
1:57 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Northern Home Sales Rising Slower Than State

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Home sales were up slightly in November for the Northern part of the state, according to the Wisconsin Realtors Association.  That bucks the trend for the rest of the state, which saw an overall dip in sales for November.  Marquette University economist David Clark says median price increases were also high – at over 8 percent in the north.

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