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Fumes can be deadly
4:23 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Hunting Shacks Need CO Detectors Too

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Hunting cabins will be busy in the next several weeks, and after that, ice fishing shacks. But a utility spokesperson says stay vigilant against a silent, odorless killer.

Leah VanZile from Wisconsin Public Service says with the cold weather here, the portable heating devices also come out for the shack or camper....

 

"....now is the time to make sure those furnaces are working properly and also that they are properly vented. Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless and tasteless and can build up if an appliance is not properly vented...."

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New fire truck
3:59 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Rhinelander Gets BCPL Loans

ABX
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The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands have approved two State Trust Fund Loans for nearly three-quarters of a million dollars for Rhinelander.

Board Executive Secretary Tia Nelson outlines the loans...

 

"...the board approved $4.7 million dollars in lending to communities across the state. Two of those loans were for the city of Rhinlander. One is to purchase a new fire engine while the other is to do mitigation for the site prep for the ABX facility...."

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Search warrant Wednesday
2:32 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Bond Set For RHS Teacher Over Drugs, Theft

Joshua Juergens
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Bond has been set for a Rhinelander teacher arrested after a search warrant at his residence turned up alleged stolen property, prescription drugs and a marijuana grow.

35 year old Joshua Juergens is charged with two felony counts of marijuana manufacturing and delivery, two misdemeanor theft charges from another case, along with having illegal pills and paraphernalia. Wednesday deputies executed a search warrant, finding items alleged to belong to the school district and drugs.

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November 9-11
2:50 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Fees Waived In National Forests For Veterans Weekend

The changing seasons in the Chequamegon-Nicolet NF
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The Forest Service is waiving fees at most of its day-use recreation sites this weekend in honor of Veterans Day.

This is the fourth year the Forest Service is waiving fees says spokesperson David Melancon...

 

"....we've been waiving fees for Veterans Day and a couple other major holidays for many years now and it's basically one way for the Forest Service to say thank you to our veterans..."

The fees are also waived for non-veterans.

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Saturday in Rhinelander
1:37 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Hospice Fundraiser Spotlights Near Death Needs

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An event this weekend benefits Ministry Home Care-Hospice program.

Volunteer community outreach coordinator Melissa Houg says the Seventh Annual "Christmas From the Heart" is Saturday at Ministry-Saint Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander. She says the fundraiser helps people who either don't have insurance or are underinsured and need help paying for care at the end of life...

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Texting and Scamming
1:14 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Misleading Text Messages May Claim to be From Your Bank

New scams may catch unlucky users via text message.
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Oneida County Sheriff’s office wants to put people on the alert for text messages that falsely appear to be from local banks.  

The Sheriff’s department received two separate reports this week…of text messages warning of an approaching card limit.  Lieutenant Lloyd Gauthier says the messages asked for card and pin numbers, and appeared to be coming from two Rhinelander credit unions. 

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Overages applied to rates
11:41 am
Thu November 7, 2013

State Regulator Denies WPS Rate Increase

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State utility regulator, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, is proposing that a utility serving much of central and northern Wisconsin cut rates.

Wisconsin Public Service had proposed a six percent electric rate increase and a four percent natural gas increase. Public Service Commission attorney Cindy Smith talked with Ken Krall about the Commission's decision.

Smith says the Commission should have the final order in place after public input sometime later this month.

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U.S. Grand Jury indictment
8:23 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Northwoods Postal Worker Charged

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A St. Germain postal worker is facing charges concerning alleged mail theft.

A federal grand jury in Madison returned an indictment against 26 year old Katie Dassow . She's charged with removing articles contained in a letter intended to be conveyed by mail, while a U.S. Postal Service employee. The indictment alleges that she committed the theft from a piece of mail on June 8, 2013.

If convicted, Dassow faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. The charge against her is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.

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Tribes Condemn Race-Based Mascots
4:46 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Mascot Bill Could Strain State-Tribal Relations

The Lac du Flambeau tribe of Ojibwe is urging Governor Scott Walker not to sign a bill making it harder to change race-based school mascots.  The Republican-backed legislation has passed the Assembly and the Senate.  The new rules would require a petition of signatures and proof of discrimination before a school mascot can be changed.  

Current law has it the other way around – a school must prove its mascot isn’t discriminatory. 

Lac du Flambeau spokesman Brandon Thoms says the proposed rule changes encourage destructive stereotypes of Native people.

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Citizen Science at Work
4:44 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

DNR: Calling All Wolf Trackers

Volunteers must take a training course to learn to identify different animal tracks.
Credit Paul White

DNR officials are asking for volunteers to help with the state’s winter wolf count.  

  DNR Carnivore Biologist Jane Wiedenhoeft says those numbers go into determining the state’s wolf hunting quota. 

“It’s extremely important to us.  It’s not our only source of data for the winter count, but it is a major source of data.”

Wolves are the main counting target, but trackers will also note signs of other carnivores. 

At least two days of training required to get familiar with different animal tracks and the basics of wolf ecology.

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