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For more than four decades they've been raising money on the ice to help people.

The 41st Annual Rhinelander Lions Fisheree will take place Saturday and Sunday on Boom and Bass Lakes and the Wisconsin River.

Rhinelander Lion Harry Helwig says it's a family event that supports people local and globally...

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Reaction from some Northwoods legislators followed party lines after Governor Scott Walker's budget message Wednesday.

Republican Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander says he education component of the speech was better news for rural schools... 

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Antigo school district residents are being asked to attend meetings over the next two weeks to discuss a proposed reorganization of facilities.

School Board President Mike Boldig says the board has come up with a draft plan for public review which includes a number of changes. Among the proposed changes would be closing Crestwood, Pleasant View and Spring Valley rural elementary schools, moving 8th graders to the high school, moving all 4th and 5th graders to the middle school and moving kindergarteners through third grade to East, West and North elementary schools.....

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Two City of Rhinelander committees met recently to consider the future of Rhinelander's Northwood Golf Course on the city's far west side.

Late last year, the Northwoods River News reported the city had lent the golf course more than a million dollars over decades with little hope of getting it repaid. The property was offered by Wausau Paper and the course began operation in 1987. A deed restriction said the property had to be a municipal course or the land had to be returned to Wausau Paper.

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Digital media users are likely to find more information as the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce has launched their new website.

Chamber Director Krystal Westfahl says the website is already producing results...

"....we've seen a huge increase in our traffic via mobile simply by optimizing our website. Traditionally we've seen anywhere from 75 to 80 percent of our viewership is coming from just the computer. Now we're seeing about half from our computer and the other half is from tablet or mobile and that's in the last three weeks..."

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Educators remind boaters each summer about not transferring aquatic invasive species from one water body to another.

An Oneida County AIS coordinator says the same bit of wisdom also applies on frozen water. Stephanie Boismenue says invasives can spread as quickly in the winter as they do in the summer.

She says there are some things to remember...

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Hockey the way it was played at the sport's inception will be on display again this weekend as Eagle River welcomes the 12th annual Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey championships.

Dollar Lake is being groomed to handle more than 300 teams and 2000 players and followers from across the nation. USA Hockey spokesperson Katie Holmgren says the weather is shaping up to be nearly ideal...

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State schools superintendent Tony Evers stepped into the future of classrooms Tuesday with a visit to the Lakeland Union High School to promote Career and Technical (CTE) Education Month in Wisconsin.

Pooches Rule Town Board Agenda

Feb 8, 2017
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It was a night when the Minocqua Town Board went to the dogs – in a good way. Dog matters – including a request to open a daytime, and possibly overnight, boarding facility for dogs as well as approval of a legal agreement between the police department’s K9 officer and the town – took up most of the board’s agenda Tuesday.

Cancer Survivor Takes Back Her Body

Feb 8, 2017
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   A Northwoods breast cancer survivor has taken her body back thanks to a local workout program. WXPR’s Miranda Vander Leest has that story…

Gloria Baker says after her 12 weeks are up with the LiveStrong Program, she will continue her workout routine on her own.

The LiveStrong Program has been around since 2007 and is part of the YMCA’s annual support campaign. Marilyn Duschl says about 12 people go through the free program each year.

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The Michigan DNR has issued a use permit to a subsidiary of Highland Copper – to do exploratory drilling on a 1-square-mile-piece of property located along the westernmost edge of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Gogebic County.

Michigan DNR spokesperson John Pepin outlines the activity....

"....they began their drilling Sunday and it's expected to go until early March, depending on the weather. What they're doing is drill a dozen holes to analyze whether there's sufficient quality and quantity of copper under the surface that could be mined...."

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A bill circulating in Madison to eliminate the mandatory post-September 1st school start has a seen opposing viewpoints from Northwoods Chambers of Commerce.

The bill would allow school districts to begin school without having to wait until the end of the traditional summer season which is closer to Labor Day.

Executive Director of the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce, Theresa Smith, says people in the tourism industry need the last few days of August to help their businesses.

She says they already take a hit when Chicago schools start in August..

Student-Loan Debt: A Problem that Affects a Million Wisconsinites

Feb 7, 2017
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Wisconsin now ranks among the top five states in the nation for percentage of college grads holding student loan debt, with the average Wisconsinite carrying around $30,000 in loans.

Student loan debt cannot be discharged in bankruptcy and is all but impossible to refinance as you can a mortgage or a car loan. A bill to change that in Wisconsin - 2015 SB 194, called the Higher Ed Lower Debt Act - has languished in the legislature for years while the problem has continued to grow.

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39 dogs have been removed from a town of Sugar Camp animal rescue facility.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports removing the dogs from the "It Matters To One" Animal Rescue.

The removal of the dogs was in response to an investigation involving the Oneida County Humane Society, the Department of Agriculture, the Oneida County Health Department, and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office. Past employees, volunteers, and citizens who have adopted or considered adopting had shared information about alleged neglect to the dogs.

If you have listened to a few of these “Field Notes," you know that I often manage to screw up while out doing field work.  There was the time I got slammed onto the ice when my ice auger suddenly broke through, giving me a spectacular black eye. I once left a canoe near shore and, after taking all of my heavy equipment out, allowed the boat to drift off across the lake. Another time, I was SCUBA diving and stupidly ran out of air, scaring myself to death.

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