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Rhinelander Postmaster Anthony Turek says activity at the post office has noticeably picked up as Christmas approaches, and says mail early, especially if you're shipping packages overseas. Turek says a cutoff date is coming up this week...

"....the first one coming up is for military APO-FPO sites, and the "mail by" date for that is Dec. 9, for first-class mail. If you have anything you want to send first class to an APO-FPO military site, do that by December 9...."

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A citizen group says it will use social media in addition to traditional fundraising methods to raise money for placing the iconic “T-Bird Country” railroad bridge panel on the Lakeland Union High School grounds.

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They're off to a good start, but more help is needed as the Salvation Army bell ringers are out hoping the public contributes to help others in need.

Rhinelander area bell ringing coordinator is Kim Swisher. She says they have an ambitious goal....

".....our goal this year is the same as last year which is $40,000 and as of December 2nd in the morning we were only at $13,400. I hope people can give whateve they can give, pennies, dimes, dollars and twenties. Whatever you can share will be gratefully appreciated....."

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A Christmas tree in your home harvested by you is available through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. If you have a 4th grader in your house, an even better deal is possible.

The national forest is offering permits for the public to cut their own tree from the forest for $5, with a limit of five trees per household.

Chequamegon-Nicolet spokesperson Hilary Markin says a program is designed to get the nation's next generation of outdoor stewards into the woods...

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A deadly disease in oaks has been found for the first time in Price county. Oak Wilt was found by the DNR in two red oak trees in the town of Elk, north of Phillips.

No one was available from the DNR to discuss the finding on Friday, but U.S. Forest Service silvaculturalist Jerry Van Cleve says it has been found in the southern two-thirds of the state, but it has been spreading northward and is considered an invasive species...

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An economist working with state realtors says inflationary pressures will likely be putting pressure on home purchasing power, and possibly in the overall economy.

David Clark works with the Wisconsin Realtors Association and surveys how Wisconsin's home buyers and sellers are doing. Interest rates have been near an all-time low, but he says inflationary pressures are again being seen, as measured in percentage points..

"..we actually saw a little bit of an increase in October...."

Squash Lake District Formation Moves Forward

Dec 4, 2016
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Only one person spoke against the formation of a lake district on well-known Squash Lake west of Rhinelander. About 50  people attended a public hearing Saturday morning, with a majority speaking in favor of forming the district.

Public inland lake protection and rehabilitation districts – better known as lake districts--are a local governmental unit given taxing authority to mostly help preserve the water body. A lake association is similar, but does not have taxing authority to affected property owners.

Will You Outlive Your Retirement?

Dec 2, 2016
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MADISON, Wis. -

When Social Security began in 1935, the average life expectancy in the United States was 67. Now, with modern medicine, life expectancy in the U.S. has risen to just under 79. Back in the mid-30s, it was expected that people would retire at 62. Now, many people work well into their 60s and even longer, and that represents some new challenges.

Judge Allows Wisconsin Recount To Continue

Dec 2, 2016
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The Wisconsin presidential recount will keep going, at least for now.

Federal Judge James Peterson of Madison refused this (Friday) afternoon to immediately halt the statewide tally, after two special interest groups of Donald Trump supporters claimed the recount was unconstitutional.

The judge says there's no immediate harm to the Republican president elect or his supporters -- so he's letting the recount proceed for now, while both sides submit written arguments.

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The City of Rhinelander is looking for two department heads so they've hired a consulting firm to help them with one search, and possibly both openings. T

he city has openings for a City Administrator and Police Chief.

Finance Committee chair Mark Pelletier says the agreement to hire a personnel consulting firm had cleared committee, but not the full council...

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Governor Walker is asking the legislature to make large investments in upgrading high speed internet in mostly rural areas of the state.

In comments prepared by his office, Walker asked the legislature to act...

"....today we called on the state legislature to provide an additional $35.5 million dollars for broadband expansion and technology improvements over the next three years...."

He also wants money to go to schools...

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With the help of citizen lake monitors, UW-Madison and the DNR have released a study of over 5,000 Wisconsin lakes showing nearly a quarter of them have become murkier in the past two decades.

It also shows this trend could get worse as a changing climate leads to increased precipitation. UW-Madison's Dr. Monica Turner was one of the lead researchers on the study. She says the use of satellite technology along with local monitoring data over many years provided data to conclude what is happening to lake water quality...

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Ken Krall next tells us about the counting of votes again in Wisconsin's presidential election...

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Wisconsin Public Service customers soon will have the chance to help lower their energy imprint for free or low cost.

WPS spokesperson Leah Van Zile says the Simple Energy Efficiency program notice should be arriving in your mail....

"....we are offering our customers a chance to get free energy efficiency products to install in their home and they can choose which pack works best for them...."

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The name of the person killed in a collision Wednesday west of Rhinelander has been released.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports 45 year old Daniel Erickson of Merrill died in the crash.

Deputies report Erickson's vehicle was eastbound and struck a west bound semi truck near Detienne road in in the town of Crescent shortly after 1:30 p.m. Erickson was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

U.S. Highway 8 was closed until nearly 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

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