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A bill that changes state governance over non-federal wetlands has been amended in the legislature, but a conservation group spokesperson says it still leaves many places unprotected.

Ryan Billingham of the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters says the bill originally aimed at removing protections for isolated wetlands, about 20 percent of the state's total wetlands. Isolated wetlands largely are not connected to navigable waters.

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Joseph Brown is an Assistant Professor of digital media and performing arts at Marquette University. Brown is working on a feature documentary on Rod Coronado and a group called the Wolf Patrol, who photograph hunters on public lands to monitor behavior. They were near Laona in late January when they began monitoring a group of hunters. The hunters became upset and a confrontation happened.

Brown and Coronado's group brought their cameras into a vehicle and waited for law enforcement to arrive.

Giant Snowman Returns To Minocqua

Feb 15, 2018
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A beloved figure is back in Minocqua and unlike some fair weather friends, he’s here for the duration of the winter season.

Minocqua Area Chamber staff and volunteers spent Tuesday through Thursday building and shaping Snowmy Kromer, the 2018 edition of the 30-foot snowman that captured the imagination of people near and far back in 2015.

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Tighter security to protect both visitors and staff at the Vilas County courthouse was addressed this week  by the county Public Property Committee and included adding more closed circuit security cameras, a single entrance staffed with security personnel for all persons entering from Court Street, and individual office alert systems.

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The winter Olympics are going on now, not only in South Korea but also right here in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist highlights the athletic river otter.

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Feb 14, 2018

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Last fall, the state changed statutes regarding short-term rentals but a local inspector says that change in the law did not change required inspection by the health department. The change allowed short-term rentals in places they weren't allowed before.

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The search is on to find a replacement for Rhinelander's city administrator.

Monday evening, the council approved the hiring of a firm to do the search.

Interim administrator Keith Kost said there's two firms that generally do public administrator services in Wisconsin. One is a firm that the city has used in prior searches, Public Administrator Associates, LLC and GOV HR.

Kost recommended the second firm...

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Following the recent arrests of five men in the death of 25-year-old Wayne Valliere, Jr. of Lac du Flambeau, the Lac du Flambeau Band Of Lake Superior Chippewa tribal council has issued a call to strengthen efforts to stop drug abuse. The council is calling for a tri-county effort.

LDF Woman Found Safe

Feb 14, 2018

Lac du Flambeau authorities report a woman missing since Saturday evening has been found safe.

37 year old Laura Thompson of Lac du Flambeau left her house on Wildcat Circle that evening. Family members reported her missing.

A Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police officer says Thompson was found and is safe.

Tri-County, Tribal Plan To Go To Vilas County Board

Feb 14, 2018
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Creating a tri-county/tribal response to address drug addiction was approved this week by the Vilas County Executive & Legislative committee. With support from the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa the plan will be presented to the full Vilas county board later this month.

About 20 years ago Vilas county created a county-tribal committee to establish intergovernmental communication when off-reservation treaty rights began to be exercised.

Radio and storytelling go all the way back to the days of Marconi. This Sunday, on Open Turntable we will be celebrating the fine art storytelling! Hosted by Mike Skuball and backed by his Wheels on the Curb actors, Mike will share real and imagined tales about car trips, the circus, the Northwoods, family and more. Performances by the Rhinelander Women’s Club, Rhinelander High School students, long time rockers and more will be featured. Tune in from 5 to 8 Sunday, February 18th  to a very special storytelling edition of Open Turntable.

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Forest County is in the process of looking at what should be done with law enforcement and government offices on the courthouse campus.

Two proposals are being considered, one which keeps the current historic courthouse, the other which eliminates it. Three public meetings have been held to get input.

According to the Forest county website, requests for proposals are being considered within the next two weeks. One proposal would remove the courthouse, costing about $22 million, with a second option to keep and renovate the courthouse costing $25 million.

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The firm that gave the City of Rhinelander grim financial news about the municipally-owned Northwood Golf Club will now have the helm.

The Rhinelander City Council Monday night approved having Green Golf Partners of Indiana as the manager of the course on the city's far west side. The city put out bids after a change of leadership was approved at a recent meeting following the revelation that the golf course owes the city more than $1 million. Three bids were received.

City Administrator Keith Kost gave reasons for his recommendation...

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