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A home in the town of Newbold is an apparent total loss.

Fire crews were called Tuesday afternoon(3/17) to a home on Estelle Drive. No one was home at the time of the fire.

The cause of the fire has not been released.

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The Oneida County board has approved increased ambulance fees.

It costs about $960,000 to operated the county ambulance service each year. Ken Kortenhof, who oversees the service says the are increasing the rates to meet rising expenditures and to keep pace with other services...

 

"....we're trying to find a balance between what we tax the people and what we charge for the patients..."

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The Oneida County board has agreed to hold a special meeting early next month to consider which option to pick regarding fixing the county highway shop or agreeing to a land purchase and building a new facility, or possibly doing nothing.

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Warmer temperatures are bringing out more wildlife.  Today John Heusingveld, Assistant Director of UW Stevens Point’s Treehaven, discusses the many views on the humble porcupine.  

Wisconsin Public Service crews have begun to extend a natural gas pipeline from Crandon to the Forest County Potawatomi Community. 

WPS Spokesperson Leah Van Zile says the project involves about five miles of both new construction and upgrades to existing infrastructure. 

“If we’re looking for any additional expansion beyond the Forest County Potawatomi governmental buildings there, we do need to make sure that our system has enough pressure and is built to the specifications necessary to do any expansions.” 

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A new cooperative effort to fund more management on the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest is bearing fruit.

Harvest has begun on a timber sale in Forest County as part of a stewardship agreement.  That means money earned from the sale will go towards conservation and management on the forest, instead of to the general budget. 

As Director of the nonprofit Sustainable Resources Initiative Don Peterson explains, it’s thanks to the efforts of a group called the Stewardship Steering Committee. 

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Wisconsin's Tourism Secretary says the state's funding to lure travelers has remained steady in the currently-debated budget, but more positions are being added to help new areas of marketing.

Stephanie Klett says their budget was increased four years ago by more than 2 million dollars..

 

"....two years ago we were given an appropriation of $200,000 every year to dip our toes into the international market so this year, not much changes with the budget...except....

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The city of Rhinelander has given Oneida county an alternative offer concerning the Heal Creek property that is for sale.

A decade ago the county wanted to open a new type of industrial park on 272-acres next to the Northwood Golf Course on Rhinelander's far west side. The golf course is owned by the city.

Three proposals have come in: a joint city of Rhinelander-town of Crescent proposal including a parcel of property and cash. The town of Crescent has added $10,000. Two other proposals are from an adjacent property owner, the Hodag Sports Club.

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Many Northwoods property owners know the importance of getting their land surveyed. 

As President of the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors Jeff DeMuth describes, surveying can become especially prominent in determining boundaries of shore land properties, which are often limited in space. 

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County deer advisory councils will be meeting again this month to help determine antlerless deer quotas. 

DNR wildlife biologist Melinda Nelson says each council will recommend a specific number anterless tags.

“Looking at a variety of metrics including winter severity, 2014 deer harvest numbers and taking public input, and deciding how many antlerless tags they want out on the landscape.”

Nelson says the local management units will make initial recommendations, and then take feedback from the public. 

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