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Before the state Assembly
2:12 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Bill Sets Up Procedures To Keep Guns Away From Domestic Violence Suspects

A pro-peace sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd at the U.N. in New York.
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A bill...authored by state Assembly Republicans ... would establish a clear method for people served with domestic violence injunctions to surrender their weapons. Current law requires people to surrender their weapons if an injunction is approved by a judge, but the method to do the surrender has been ambiguous.

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Oneida county
8:48 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Sowinski Farms Fined $100,000 For Poisoning Eagles, Animals

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A father-and-son who run a large Oneida county potato farm will pay 100-thousand dollars in restitution, for the poisoning deaths of two bald eagles and 70 other wild animals.

65-year-old Alvin Sowinski and his 46-year-old son Paul of Sugar Camp have made a plea deal on federal charges of illegal bald eagle possession. They'll have separate plea hearings on May 8th before Magistrate Stephen Crocker in Madison. U-S Attorney John Vaudreuil said wildlife poisoning cases are extremely rare. He has only prosecuted one-or-two of them in the last 30 years.

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A Changing Pattern
4:00 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Great Lakes and Little Lakes: Rise and Fall Are Linked Together

Tim Meinke and Carl Watras prepare to visit a groundwater monitoring well near the UW Trout Lake Station.
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A new study from the University of Wisconsin’s Trout Lake Station links the rise and fall of Northwoods lakes with the rise and fall of the Great Lakes.  

It also shows some troubling signs of falling water levels in the past twenty years - that break the cycle of the last seventy.  And it’s not clear what’s driving these changes.  

 “So here’s one with a lid that’s coming off relatively easily.  And so now with the lid off and our well open..." 

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More promotion likely
5:06 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Survey Shows Support For Silent Sports

A silent sport
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A different approach to marketing Northwoods winter recreation has come out of a state-funded survey.

The five county, three-year study was funded by the Department of Tourism for Vilas, Oneida, Forest, Lincoln and Langlade counties. Milwaukee area residents showed not only a liking for snowmobiling and ice fishing, but silent sports showed strong favor, says Kim Baltus of the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce...

 

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Past town resistance to plans
4:57 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

DOT Schedules U.S. 51 Meeting for Woodruff-AV

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The Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting later this month to look at construction of U.S. 51 in Woodruff and Arbor Vitae.

While work in Minocqua happened last year, Woodruff and Arbor Vitae officials have questioned the D.O.T. plans.

DOT spokesperson Kristin McHugh says they want to talk about the current and future needs of the federal route...

 

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Rhinelander has many freezeups
4:49 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

More Freezeups Leads To More Water Running

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As of Wednesday morning, the city of Rhinelander was running about 30 jobs behind as water pipes continue to freeze in the city.

The extended cold snap has caused many problems along some of the city water mains. Last week the city asked property owners to let their water trickle. But that amount proved to be not enough says Mayor Dick Johns...

 

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Skiing in Torino
12:01 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Former Olympian Remembers Racing on the World Stage

Chris Cook competed in two cross country ski events at the Torino Olympic games.
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A Rhinelander man offers insight into what it’s like to compete in the Olympic games.  Chris Cook was on the United States ski team at the 2006 Torino Olympics. 

Cook describes being on the start-line as a moment of clarity. 

“Everything else about the Olympics is a huge distraction, and pulling you in all sorts of directions.  But at the end of the day when you get to that starting line that’s where you’re comfortable, that’s where you’ve had all the training, all the preparation.” 

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Business Educator
5:56 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

RHS Teacher Receives Financial Literacy Award

A Rhinelander teacher has been honored for his role in financial education.  The Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy gave out twenty awards this week, and one of them went to Patrick Kubeny, who has taught at Rhinelander High School for 21 years.

“It would be an award that I knew was out there that I knew existed. Just like guys in the NFL want to win the superbowl someday – you know it’s there but you don’t expect it!”

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Final Deadline Approaching
5:52 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Rhinelander Health Insurance Sign-Ups Scheduled

Northwoods residents have several chances to get help signing up for health insurance through the online marketplace.  Bridge Community Health Clinic has four sessions coming up in Rhinelander, providing one-on-one help. 

The clinic’s Central Wisconsin Enrollment Coordinator Mary Testin says Oneida County residents have been some of the most ready to sign up for health care. 

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Road Construction No Longer Needed
5:45 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

GTac Set to Begin Bulk Sampling

Gogebic Taconite plans to do bulk sampling at three sites in the Penokee Range.
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Gogebic Taconite could begin bulk sampling in the Penokee Range at any time.  The DNR has finished reviewing the sampling plan and has no further questions or requirements.

GTac’s original plan involved building a new road to provide access to some of the sites.  DNR mining project lead Larry Lynch says the company submitted a revised plan last week, since frozen roads make that access easier. 

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