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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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Lower number of illegal sales
2:04 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Illegal Tobacco Sales To Minors Drops In Northwoods

Youth smoking levels decrease in Northwoods
Credit healingtalks.com

Violations for selling tobacco to minors in the Northwoods has taken a marked decrease.


The Oneida County Health Department administers tobacco law compliance checks in a six county northern region.


Tobacco Coordinator Niki Kostrova says the downward trend from 2012 shows education is working...

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Educating the Youth
1:32 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Intro to Invasives, at CAVOC

Michelle Sadauskas, Aquatic Invasive Species coordinator for Oneida County, holds up a sea lamprey.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Fourth graders from Central Intermediate School in Rhinelander had a chance to learn about invasive species Thursday, on an environmental education field trip. 

Michele Sadauskas is passing around Louis – a preserved sea lamprey to a group of kids sitting on the floor at CAVOC, the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom.   Sadauskas is the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for Oneida County.  She’s here today to give kids a primer – what exactly is an AIS?

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Part of state walleye initiative
12:05 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

First Larger Walleye Fingerlings Released in Lake Minocqua

Larger fingerlings into Lake Minocqua
Credit Lisa Gaumnitz-DNR

The first stocking resulting from the state initiative to raise larger walleyes for Northwoods lakes began Thursday morning in Woodruff and Minocqua.

DNR crews were cornering then netting out the 8 inch fish from a rearing pond at the Art Oehmcke Hatchery in Woodruff.

It's part of an $10 million dollar state-funded effort to expand production at DNR state fish hatcheries. Production should increase five times to over 500,000 fingerlings by 2016. Sports groups have expressed concerns about the walleye population.

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Oneida county crash
4:37 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Motorcycle Crash Victim Dies

One of the two motorcyclists injured in a crash last weekend north of Tomahawk has died.


The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports 50-year-old Benjamin J. Guite, Sr. of Merrill died Wednesday at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. The second motorcyclist, 49 year old Lynette A. Haman of Elkhorn, Wisconsin was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. Her condition was not released.

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