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November is National Family Caregivers Month. It's a month set aside to pay notice to the many people who provide service free of charge to take care of loved ones with some type of physical or mental challenge. The National Alliance For Caregiving reports the typical higher-hour caregiver provides 21 hours of unpaid care a week. That person has been caregiving for an average of 5-1/2 years and expects to continue care for another 5 years. Nearly half of these higher-hour caregivers report...

Working Together To Preserve Wisconsin's Wildlife

Nov 28, 2016
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Through generations of bipartisan action, nearly 20 percent of the land in Wisconsin is protected as part of the state's heritage of natural resources. Wisconsin also has a history of strong conservation efforts, with scores of groups dedicated to preserving natural habitat and wildlife in the Badger state. Although the recent presidential election brought to the forefront deep divisions within the country, Collin O'Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, says...

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry

An effort to raise money to help the Rhinelander Community Garden is 'growing' on social media and crowdfunding. The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Community Garden has joined in a challenge grant sponsored by Seedmoney, a Maine-based non-profit that helps community gardens with funding. Tom Jerow is co-chair of the Rhinelander Community Garden and says they need to revitalize the garden and thought this effort would help... "....we've been gardening for about 10 years. providing about 3,000-5...

Don't Fall for Online Shopping Scams

Nov 28, 2016

Online shopping is quick and convenient for holiday shoppers, but it opens consumers up to fraud. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection reports 57% of consumers do their holiday shopping online, and Director Michelle Reinen says preventing scams starts with a “clean machine…” “Keep your device and your applications up-to-date. Make sure you have the latest patches and software updates loaded so you’re on as secure of a system as possible...” Reinen says...

Baldwin Says She Would Support Wolf Delisting

Nov 27, 2016
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U-S Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin says she has no problem supporting the removal of grey wolves from the federal endangered species list. Republican state lawmakers Tom Tiffany and Adam Jarchow are urging Congress to let the state regain the management of its 900 wolves -- and they say Baldwin's support could put other Democrats on board and give the measure a better chance of passing. Baldwin says wolves are straying closer to livestock herds, killing both farm animals and family pets....

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has found a missing person in the Town of Harding. The man went missing from a cabin off of Camp Ave around 3:00 AM. An update from the Sheriff’s office says the unnamed man was found by a deputy about 7:30 Saturday morning about seven miles from the original search area. The missing man appeared to be in good health. The man has a medical condition and has been without his medications for several hours. The person is 60 years old, and has early stages of...

Avoid Gift Card Scams This Holiday Season

Nov 24, 2016

The holidays bring on “scam season,” and officials say this year a major thing to be wary of is gift card fraud. The Wisconsin Department of Trade and Consumer Protection says a discounted gift card may sound like a good deal, but Director Michelle Reinen says most of the time those promotions are too good to be true… “…they may not have the actual value on them that you want, they may not be any good, and they may be counterfeit gift cards and you need to be really careful about that. They...

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Another thing to be thankful for this holiday: driving won't cost you as much as it has in year's past. Senior Petroleum Analyst at the website Gasbuddy.com, Patrick DeHaan says Wisconsin's prices remain lower than many other states... "......some of the lowest prices we've seen in Wisconsin since 2008. Prices in Wisconsin have the distinct advantage of being lower than last year, whereas about four-fifths of the United States looking at higher than what we saw last year...." DeHaan says over...

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Like most airports in the nation, the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport is also seeing one of the busiest travel days of the year. Airport Director Joe Brauer says while they only have two flights daily, they were full... "....Wednesday before Thanksgiving is usually the busiest holiday, in fact, we are. All of our flights are full both going out and coming in. It's busy this time of the year. We'll go through a lull, then it will get very busy before the Christmas holiday...." Brauer also...

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The traditional holiday gift buying time normally begins the day after Thanksgiving, but retailers have been in full shopping promotion for a couple of weeks. Director of the state Bureau of Consumer Protection, Michelle Reinen, says while a toy might have a great deal of visual appeal, parents should look beyond the wrapping. She says asks consumers to think about the safety of each potential gift before hitting the register this holiday season... ".....really paying attention to the warning...

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The draft Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area master plan will be presented for final approval at next month's Natural Resources Board meeting. Following a public input process that included multiple public meetings and a four-day workshop to acquire stakeholder input the agency came up with a draft plan. Diane Brusoe of the DNR Facilities and Lands Bureau says the board will look at what the resource management will be, recreation items and whether there is any kind of real estate involved with...

Fire Monday At Laona Supper Club

Nov 22, 2016
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US Highway 8 was closed to traffic for nearly eight hours in Laona Monday because of a building fire. The Forest County Sheriffs Department reports the road reopened at 2:00 a.m. There was a large fire at the Silver Lake Inn and Supper Club. It was reported around 6pm. The fire was in the main building of the restaurant. Several ladder trucks were on the scene trying to put it out. The fire was coming through a portion of the roof, and it's thought that the structure suffered major damage....

School District of Rhinelander

Crescent Elementary School again has a full-time principal. The School District of Rhinelander board Monday named Gayle Daniel as the new principal. Daniel was the principal at St. Germain Elementary School and is currently Director of Instruction at Northland Pines Schools in Eagle River. Daniel will start December 1. Former principal Kelly Huseby resigned in October for personal reasons. Kari Volk had been interim principal.

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The monthly 'Warm For Winter' distribution happens this Saturday in Rhinelander and a coordinator says everyone is welcome to get needed winter clothing for free. A coordinator for the monthly event is Jan Leschke of Rhinelander... "...we have clothes for everyone in the whole family, all sizes. from babies up to adults. It's free. All you have to do is bring a bag to bring your items in and go shopping...." Warm for Winter distributes warm clothing, blankets, sweaters, boots, hats, scarves,...

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One way to determine if the economy is improving is to check the number of permits being taken out for construction. In Oneida county, 2015 numbers in some categories showed an increase, says Planning and Zoning Director Karl Jenrich. During the recession, construction permits dropped, as did revenue, but last year, the department saw an increase... "....of all of our 2015 permits we perhaps put $50 million dollars on the tax roll. Of that, about 84 percent was residential construction. So...

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