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..."
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.