Science On Tap Minocqua

Two well-known Northwoods residents will be the featured speakers at the next Science on Tap, Wednesday in Minocqua.

John Bates is the author of nine books and a contributor to seven others, all of which focus on the natural history of the Northwoods. Terry Daulton’s pastel paintings reflect her deep ties to the landscape and her background as a biologist and environmental educator.

Terry Daulton says their topic is the art of communicating science....

Samoset Council Boy Scouts of America

The Samoset Council, Boy Scouts of America,  announced a donation of $15,000 from longtime community partner, Peoples State Bank.

The gift comes as the Samoset Council launches the public phase of its capital campaign to raise $1.75 million for major projects at Camp Tesomas, one of the nation’s top rated Boy Scout camps, located in Rhinelander.

The projects include new shower facilities, Grand Council Ring and a Science & Technology Center among others. The Samoset Council has consistently ranked in the top 10 of the 277 Boy Scout councils in the country.

Wisconsin Lottery

Two lucky players.....including one from Oneida county... matched all five numbers in the Badger 5 drawing on Wednesday, February 28 to split the night's $104,000 jackpot.

The Oneida county winner was a ticket sold at : Krist Food Mart at Highway 51 & 3rd Avenue in Woodruff. The other ticket was sold in Fond du Lac.

Winners at all prize levels have 180 days from the drawing to claim their prizes by mail or in person at the Lottery’s Madison or Milwaukee offices.

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A word of caution as recreationalists head out on a beautiful weekend in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says there are many trails open for whatever your recreation, but she says slow down on motorized trails...

Wis. Dems: Bill Would Make Spring Flooding Worse

Mar 2, 2018

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MADISON, Wis. - As February comes to a close, 12 Wisconsin counties are now or have recently been under flood warnings, an unusually high number for this time of year.

Wisconsin Democrats are opposed to a bill working its way through the state Legislature. They say AB 547 would make spring flooding even worse in the Badger State because it would make it easier for developers to pave over wetlands, which provide natural protection against flooding.

Teachers Consider Strike To Protest Gun Violence

Mar 2, 2018
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WASHINGTON - The shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla. is sparking student protests nationwide - and in some areas, teachers are considering joining them, with walkouts or even an organized strike.

Although teachers' strikes are illegal in most states, the push is mounting for educators to protest on April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado, unless Congress passes stricter gun-control measures.

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Wednesday, the DNR approved an application to construct a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the Manitowish River in the town of Manitowish Waters which has drawn opposition.

The 182-foot bridge will be built with private funds to link the Mercer area trails with the Heart of Vilas trails in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest.

A private group pledged $1.5 million to the project. The state Natural Resources Board approved the idea at it's January meeting.

A Marshfield physician has become the fourth Democrat to launch a campaign to challenge incumbent 7th District Congressional representative Sean Duffy.

Dr. Brian Ewert made the formal announcement this week. He says he's served the people of the district for 25 years as a doctor and he says he's seen the spirit of community and he wants to take that experience to Congress. Not surprisingly, health care is a top issue...

A group of legislators this week released a statement asking the DNR to take sanctions against a group that was involved in an incident in late January near Laona. No citations were issued by law enforcement in the incident where a monitoring group and hunters were involved in a confrontation.

State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst and Representative Mary Felzkowski of Irma were among five legislators asking the DNR to crack down on what they saw as hunter harassment.

The DNR's Chief Conservation Warden Todd Schaller gives a history of the hunter harassment law....

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How much do you know about Wisconsin’s rabbits and hares?

In this week’s episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist examines the lagomorphs of Wisconsin.

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The Vilas County board this week  voted to participate in a Tri-County/Tribal controlled substance response committee with representatives of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Oneida and Iron counties.

Several supervisors had questions  including “what and how would we know if we made a difference”?Tribal council representative George Thompson saying  “this creates a sharing of information with the tribe and the three counties.”

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Veterans will have a chance to talk about their concerns when the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain hosts a series of town halls in the region.

Spokesperson Brad Nelson says the town halls are open to veterans to talk about any subject....