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Checking In With Constituents
4:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Lawmakers Listening to You

Credit Bluecheddar.net

State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst and three Northwoods members of the Assembly are hosting listening sessions October 28 through the 30th.

Tiffany will be joining Rob Swearingen, Jeff Mursau and Mary Czaja.

Tiffany says the 12th Senate District is among the largest geographically in the state with a diverse set of issues.

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How to Minimize ATV Risk
4:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

ATV Safety Classes Could Reduce Deaths

Oneida County Deputy Brad Fogerty says ATV use is on the rise.
Credit Robert Thigpen

With ATV deaths hitting a high mark this year, ATV safety certification may be more important than ever.

Oneida County Sheriff’s Department helps put on ATV safety classes four times a year.  Deputy Brad Fogerty says his classes emphasize rules and regulations. 

“Rules of the road.  And what causes the majority of the crashes.  In every class I pull out the fatality sheet, and we actually go through each of them, and look at, this is how people are getting hurt, this is how people are dying riding an ATV.  And a lot of it is just basic safety rules. 

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Running Out of Space
4:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Eagle River Police Have Loan, Still Need Contractor for Remodel

The Eagle River Police Department is getting a loan to pay for renovations. Police chief Mark Vander Bloomen says the department wants to create more space for evidence storage.  Right now there’s just one small room.

“We identified that we’ve basically used up our evidence storage area.  We’re running out of room.  A lot of that has to do with DNA evidence – we’re having to keep certain kinds of evidence for longer periods of time.”

Vander Bloomen says the building also needs some security upgrades. 

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Answer questions
5:25 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Rhinelander Chamber To Host ACA seminar

Credit carpenterevert.com

 

The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is hosting a seminar Thursday on the Affordable Care Act.

Director Lara Reed says many questions still exist about how the law will affect businesses and individuals...

 

  

"....a presentation about some of the basics as far as the exchange goes. Specifically more geared toward those that are individually insured. Those (persons) who don't have insurance through work, a spouse, or someone else...."

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Drug Take-Back Event
5:00 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

What to Do With Unused Prescriptions

Oneida County is offering opportunities to safely dispose of unused prescription.
Credit recyclemorewisconsin.org

If you're not using the prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet, there's a better place to put them than down the toilet.

Area law enforcement says the 7th Annual Take Back Initiative is set for Saturday, October 26 in three Oneida county places.

Oneida County Detective Sergeant Terri Hook says the unneeded drugs will be collected and destroyed....

"We'll take vitamins, we'll take prescription medications...we cannot take anything that has aerosol or something with a sharp, like some kind of injectable...."

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$1 for Mercer District taxpayers
2:14 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Dems and GOP Differ On Walker Tax Relief Plan

Rep. Janet Bewley(D-74th Wi)
Credit legis.wisconsin.gov

Different views of the property tax relief claimed by the Walker administration last week. Governor Walker announced $100 million dollars from surplus revenue would be funneled back to taxpayers. A Northwoods Republican said about $80,000 was coming to all the schools in his district...

34th Assembly Republican Rob Swearingen...

 

"....the money was injected into the state equalization aid in terms of the school funding formula. It does do what it's supposed to do.Crandon in the (34th) does about the best...

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First Executive Director
4:04 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Beckman Leaves Northwoods United Way

Credit United Way

The Northwoods United Way has announced the resignation of it's long-time Executive Director Tracy Beckman. The organization began in 1976 and Beckman has been the only Executive Director. Beckman has accepted a position with Northwoods Saves.

The Northwoods United Way board has hired Nancy Sattler as it's interim Executive Director.

The Northwoods United Way funds human service agencies in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties.

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Charges pending
2:54 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Police Arrest Three In Lincoln County Bust

Credit justice.gov

Two Lincoln county residents and one from Michigan are facing possible drug-related charges.

Merrill police report the arrest of 27 year old Michael Hedges of Tomahawk, 18 year old Jessica Rowan of Merrill and 28 year old Robert Sleik of Michigan.

Methamphetamine and multiple hypodermic syringes, and drug paraphernalia were alleged to have been found at a Tomahawk home.

The arrests come as part of a joint investigation involving Tomahawk and Merrill police departments, Lincoln County Sheriff's Department and the North Central Drug Enforcement Task Force.

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Recently-Opened Government
2:33 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Honor Flight to Take Place As Planned

Many Honor Flight participants will head to the Korean War Monument in Washington, D.C.
Credit Expert Infantry

One group that had a close eye on the federal government shutdown was the Never Forgotten Honor Flight organization. The group flies northern and central Wisconsin veterans to their service memorials in Washington, D.C. 

The government shutdown halted federal workers from helping at the sites. Co-Founder Jim Campbell says they were going to fly the mostly Korean War vets to the nation's capitol even if the shutdown dragged on. With the government back up and running, the flight will proceed as planned.

Campbell spoke with Ken Krall about next Monday's flight.

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Forest Management Controversy
1:53 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

New Plan for Van Vliets Goes Up For Approval

Controversy over a plan for active management in the Van Vliets has prompted the DNR to change its recommendation.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The DNR is changing its tune on a management plan for the Van Vliet Hemlocks.  The agency plans to take a hands-off approach to the 400-acre stand of mostly old growth trees.

Officials had originally proposed to actively manage a section of the forest that didn’t fit the profile of the rest of the site: meaning some trees would be cut in hopes of speeding the process of old growth development.

But community outcry appears to have changed the DNR’s mind.  DNR Chief State Forester Paul DeLong says officials received dozens of letters.

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