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Gift certificates might be better
11:50 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Ask First Before Gifting a Pet

This pet doesn't go back to the shelter.
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Giving a pet as a holiday gift could result in a problem if the person getting the animal hasn't approved it.

Oneida County Humane Society Director Bria Swartout talked with Ken Krall about giving pets as gifts.

Experts ask anyone thinking of giving a pet as a gift to remember it will be a 10 to 15 year commitment to the animal.

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Committee reviewing options
4:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Oneida County Looking At Performance Pay

Oneida county courthouse
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Oneida county is going to take more time before deciding to implement a new compensation package for employees that has a component of pay for performance.

The county board contracted with Carlson-Dettman Consultants of Madison to compare Oneida county's employee compensation to other governments and the private sector.

Consultant Patrick Glinn said their study found a disparity between county compensation and the marketplace and proposes a change...

 

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Once faced attempted homicide charge
3:34 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Teen Allowed To Live With Grandmother Before Sentencing

A judge has allowed a Lac du Flambeau teen a signature bond prior to his sentencing for allegedly trying to stab his mother's boyfriend.

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Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance Report
3:04 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Wisconsin School Spending Up Slightly

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Numbers compiled by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance show per school student spending rose just over one percent during the last school year.

A new report by the Madison-based non-profit finds per student school spending rose 1.1 percent.

WISTAX spokesperson Dale Knapp says the latest numbers reflect the legislature's move in 2012 that cut district revenue limits by more than 5 percent then increased them modestly last year. Knapp says school districts used the changes brought about in the controversial ACT 10 legislation...

 

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Big Winter Business
2:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Snowmobilers Wait for Snow, and Paperwork

Snowmobile trails need frozen ground and the permission of landowners in order to open.
Credit Manfred Werner

Snow has started to pile up here in the Northwoods, and that’s good news for snowmobilers. 

Oneida County Forest Director John Bilogan says conditions could be frozen enough in a few days.  But he’s guessing it will be about two weeks before the state-funded trails actually open. 

“It’s all the paperwork side of things – the insurance policies, private land easements, land-use agreements, all have to be in place from the snowmobile clubs and on file in our forestry office.”

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Fishermen Use Caution
2:35 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Beware the Perils of Thin Ice

Once covered in snow, it can be hard to tell if an icy lake is frozen enough to walk or drive on.
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Intrepid ice fishermen are already hitting the frozen lakes.  But unstable conditions can make it dangerous. 

Antigo DNR Recreational safety warden Jeff Dauterman says ice thickness can vary even within the same lake…and visual checks are not reliable. 

“You got ice out there, once there’s some snow on it you don’t know if it’s once inch thick or two feet thick.  It can vary that much within a single lake. So you’ve always got to remain cautious.”

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Education
9:29 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Wisconsin Idea: Past and Future

The University of Wisconsin-Madison aims to make its presence felt throughout the state.
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The Wisconsin Idea is a guiding principle of the University of Wisconsin System, that says the university should have an impact in all parts of the state.  

Kate VandenBosch is Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW Madison. 

She’s also the guest at this month’s informal science discussion series Science on Tap. 

She says one goal of her talk is to hear from community members about what role the university should play in the Northwoods. 

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Chamber bucks
4:14 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Chamber Promotion Successful in keeping $$ In Area

Lara Reed
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Local merchants are working to have customer dollars stay locally instead of going out of town via the internet or buying in another community.

That's the thrust of a Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce promotion called "Chamber Bucks". Director Lara Reed says customers come to the Chamber to buy what amounts to a gift certificate there and then can redeem the Chamber Bucks at any participating chamber businesses...

 

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Half Self-Inflicted
2:01 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Deer Season Gun Injuries Up, But Only Slightly

Eight people were injured in firearm accidents during the gun deer season that closed Sunday.
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Total firearm accidents during the gun-deer season number eight, one more than last year. 

Six happened during opening weekend, and two more were reported last week.  None of those were fatal, but a hunter shot Thanksgiving Day was seriously injured.

DNR hunter education specialist Jon King says it happened in Dunn County.                       

“The victim in this point was shot by a member in his deer drive, and he was shot in the stomach.  So he was airlifted from the scene.”

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Fourth Year of Program
11:51 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Rhinelander Police Gear Up to Shop With Kids

Rhinelander Police are asking for donations to take a group of underprivileged kids shopping. 

It’s the fourth year of the Shop with a Cop program.  Police and other law enforcement officials will pair up with kids…and take them shopping at Walmart.

Rhinelander Police Officer Chad Brown says the goal is to give each kid at least a hundred dollars to spend. 

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