The Wisconsin legislature is considering changes to a law that could soften rules concerning racially-based mascots and logos at schools. The bill would require a school district have at least ten percent of the district's members support the change. The bill also puts the burden on the person filing the complaint to prove that the mascot or logo proved harmful, and give a 120 day time limit to the process.
A Rhinelander man charged with attempted homicide charge has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
24 year old Marcus Alsteens was arrested after a September 13 shooting incident at a home on Mason Street he shared with a cousin. Justin Alsteens was hospitalized but is recovering.
Alsteens is charged with attempted first degree homicide, aggravated battery, negligent handling of a weapon and injury by negligent use of a weapon, all charges have an additional domestic abuse provision.
The state’s wolf hunting season begins next week. People hoping to harvest a wolf have already applied for and received their permit.
About 2500 permits were awarded in mid-August based on a lottery system. DNR Carnivore Specialist David MacFarland says the number of applications dropped from 20,000 last year, to less than 17,000 this year.
Cranberry Fest is over. But if you’re ready for another fall celebration, Pumpkin Fest is coming up this weekend.
The Three Lakes Fire Department Auxiliary puts on the annual festival to raise money for the fire department. Spokesperson Spokesperson Mary Babich says last year the group was able to purchase a special boat motor, so crews can fight fires from the water.
Several Northwoods schools are receiving state awards for student performance and improvement.
Wisconsin School Superintendent Tony Evers will honor those schools at a statehouse ceremony Tuesday at noon. North Lakeland Elementary and Crandon Elementary are both being recognized for high progress.
Crandon Elementary principal Jamee Belland credits improvements in reading and math to the school’s use of classroom data. She says it helps teachers tailor curriculum to students at different levels.
Northern timber workers are heading to the capitol Wednesday, hoping to remind lawmakers of the importance of their industry.
Advocacy group Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association is organizing the trip. Director Henry Schoenebeck says the group plans to bus 150 people to Madison and park several logging trucks around the capitol. They’ll even bring along special virtual reality machine called a harvester operator simulator, that mimics the experience of cutting down a tree.