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Public Access Controversy
6:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Managed Forest Exception Tabled For Now, But Still In the Works

Credit Mark Sadowski

A state lawmaker says he’ll keep working on a bill that would allow Gogebic Taconite to restrict public access to the site of a proposed iron mine.  Right now the area is open to public recreation under the managed forest program.  

After pulling the legislation from the Senate calendar, Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst says he’ll make revisions in hopes of getting the votes he needs.

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Weinermobile to lead parade
5:30 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Beef-A-Rama Comes To Minocqua For 49th Year

The Weinermobile To Lead Beef-A-Rama's "Parade of Beef"
Credit rrstar.com

More than 15 thousand people will gather in Minocqua next weekend to pay tribute to.... the beef roast.


For the 49th time, Minocqua merchants say thank you to customers and travelers with "Beef-A-Rama". Initially held in the spring to lure those going fishing, the event moved to the fall and features beef, a parade, crafts, music and demonstrations.


Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim Baltus says the event is a favorite...


 

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A Pesky Problem
4:00 am
Sun September 22, 2013

Mosquito Madness, Even in Autumn?

Wisconsin is home to more than 50 varieties of mosquito.
Credit E. A. Goeldi

Despite several nights of frost in the past week, some Northern Wisconsin residents are still plagued by the telltale buzz of mosquitoes.  How does a mosquito survive in cold temperatures?

Common knowledge holds that once nighttime temperatures dip into the 30s, mosquito populations drop off.  But that didn’t seem to be happening last week.  Susan Paskewitz, a mosquito expert at the University of Wisconsin Madison, says it’s possible most of the still-active mosquitoes are newly formed.

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Government
5:00 am
Sat September 21, 2013

Wisconsin Tribes Net Federal Grants

A federal program has awarded over $3 million in Wisconsin for tribal justice and public safety projects.  Lac du Flambeau will receive more than a half-million dollars from the so-called COPS grant to increase community policing.  John Vaudreuil is US Attorney for Wisconsin’s Western District.  He says this type of grant is pretty straightforward.

“Pay for police, keep your police forces, train your police forces. And technical support – it might be recorders, cars, things like that.”

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Citing treatys signed with U.S. government
4:00 am
Sat September 21, 2013

Six Chippewa Bands Ask Pres. Obama To Intervene On Mine

Credit Lac du Flambeau Tribal Communications

Wisconsin's six Ojibwe tribes have jointly written a letter to President Obama asking him to intervene to halt construction of the Penokee mine in Iron and Ashland counties.


Late last month, the tribes sent President Obama a letter requesting the Department of the Interior prepare litigation to protect the wetlands, fisheries, waters and wildlife from mining.

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Unknown if related to missing woman
1:51 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Vilas County Search Underway After Clothing Found In Woods

Credit odmp.org

A ground search in Vilas county has begun after a hunter turned up a jacket and a shoe in the town of Plum Lake.


Sheriff Joe Fath reports the hunter said he saw a child's or smaller adult jacket and a shoe along a snowmobile trail. Fath reports the hunter thought it was strange that the clothing was there. It appears to have been there for awhile.


A ground search in the area is looking for other evidence.

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Second big Northwoods prize in a week
9:24 am
Fri September 20, 2013

SuperCash! Winner In Vilas County

Credit clipsahoy.com

Someone from the Northwoods will have some extra money soon.


The Wisconsin Lottery reports a ticket sold at Dietz Service on county "W" in Manitowish Waters matched all six winning number in the Thursday, September 19 SuperCash! drawing to claim the $350,000 dollar prize.


Winners have 180 days to claim the prize.


SuperCash! is a daily lotto game played only in Wisconsin. The odds of winning SuperCash!'s top prize are about 1 in 1.6 million.

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Next hearing Oct. 9
9:08 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Crandon Man Faces Child Sexual Assault Charges

A Forest county man is due back in court October ninth, on charges that he molested young children at his mother's child care center.


Prosecutors said 39-year-old William Anderson of Crandon committed a number of sexual assaults between January and September 11th. The victims were reported to be 4-to-6 years old. Anderson is under a 50-thousand-dollar cash bond. He's charged with six felony counts of exposure and repeated child sex assaults.


(Courtesy Wheeler News-Learfield Data)

Helping With Disaster Relief
4:52 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Lending a Hand in Denver, CO

Rescue crews helped evacuate Fort Carson, Colorado after flooding shut down roads in the area.
Credit Nicole Manzanares / US Air National Guard

A Rhinelander volunteer is in Colorado with the American Red Cross.  Carol Miller is stationed at Disaster Relief Headquarters near Denver, south of where the floods have done the most damage.  

She says there are 600 volunteers on the scene with hundreds more set to arrive.  The job of Red Cross nurses is to take care of those who get sick or injured while volunteering for FEMA or other partner organizations.

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Annual tour Oct. 10
2:54 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Vilas County Tour Will Update Business Plans

Vilas county colors
Credit vilas.org

The Vilas County Fall Accomodation Tour and Workshop is being held next month and business owners will see whether their business plan works, or not.


The annual tour is co-sponsored by the Vilas County Tourism and Publicity Department, Vilas County Chamber and the Northwoods Chapter of the Hotel and Lodging Association.


It's hosted this year by the Manitowish Waters Chamber.

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