National Public Radio recently reported a number of tuberculosis cases were confirmed in the Sheboygan area this spring. A Northwoods public health nurse says there is no widespread outbreak and nothing reported here.
The Sheboygan outbreak was found in an immigrant family. Officials quickly jumped in, and now think it's contained. Officials think Sheboygan could end up with 15 symptomatic cases and up to 200 people infected with the resistant strain but not yet showing symptoms.
The Vilas County Public Health Department reports a dead crow found in Vilas County on Tuesday and has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird that tested positive for West Nile virus in Vilas County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1. A dead crow was also found this week in Oneida county.
Public utility regulators have approved a $220 million project to bury certain power lines.
Wisconsin Public Service plans to convert more than a thousand miles of overhead power lines to underground ones. Todd Steffen from WPS says the project should create more reliable electric service for Northwoods customers.
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The final Deer Trustee implementation meeting is set for Saturday in Stevens Point and the public is invited to attend. There have been six prior meetings working toward an action plan for 2014's deer season.
The DNR's report coordinator Eric Lobner outlines what the final meeting will do...
"...basically taking the recommendations from the Deer Trustee Report and converting them to action on the ground....proposals the (DNR) will use to write the rules for the 2014 deer season..."
A former Rhinelander resident has withdrawn a petition for a hearing on whether he remains a sexually violent person.
In 1994, Walter E. Springer was convicted of two counts of second-degree sexual assault. He served 10 years in prison and was released in May, 2004. The state then filed a petition under the state sexual predator law to keep Springer in a secure mental facility for treatment. He has tried several times to be released from care without success.
The National Northern Art Show is opening next week at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.
When I headed over to talk to the gallery director at Nicolet College, I found Katy Ralph busy organizing the nearly 90 works of art in this year’s show.
“This is the biggest event of my year, and I look forward to it always. With the help of a team of volunteers we unpack all the work that comes in, but then it’s up to me to take it around and around and around in the gallery, until I find the best solution to this puzzle that I can come up with.”