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Tuesday(9/26/17) is National Voter Registration Day. While this is a lull time for elections, the League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is hoping to get all potential voters registered.

League spokesperson Jane Trotter says some people forget when they move, they need to update voter registration...

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The First United Methodist Church in Rhinelander is hoping the public contributes to hurricane disaster relief efforts they've started.

Pastor Keith Wolf says they are collecting items for hurricane victims, be they in Texas, Florida or the Caribbean....

"....we work with an organization called Midwest Mission Distribution Center near Springfield, Illinois. They're a partner with the United Methodist Church. They take items in and distribute them to where they are needed most...."

Pastor Wolf outlines what items they would like to see donated....

Vilas Co. Rejects "Bridge Loan" To Transit Commission

Sep 24, 2017
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A request for a short term $150,000 “bridge loan” to the Oneida Vilas Transit Commission was rejected by the Vilas County finnance committee last week.

Campaign Non-Violence: Planting The Seeds Of Peace

Sep 22, 2017
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BARABOO, Wis. - Campaign Nonviolence is a national organization which sponsors peace events all over the nation, and this is Campaign Nonviolence Week. Peace events are being held around the state again this year, and the annual peace event in Baraboo will take place on Saturday.

Gig-Economy: Are Self-Employed Prepared?

Sep 22, 2017
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A growing number of Americans are stepping away from the corporate ladder and climbing one of their own. According to the the IRS, 29 million people are self-employed nationwide, with that number increasing by half a million every year.

Sex Offender Placement Law Vetoed By Walker

Sep 22, 2017
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Governor Scott Walker announced his list of vetoes for the 2017-19 budget and a budget motion by Representative Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) and Representative Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam) having to deal with the placement of sexually violent persons (SVPs) was among them.

Wounded Warriors In Action

They've done valiant service for our country, now they get a chance to enjoy Eagle River and some fishing.

The Wounded Warriors in Action will be holding their 3nd Annual Eagle River Muskie Chal-Lunge on the Eagle River, Chain of Lakes this weekend.

Ken Krall talked with event Director Scott Samuels of Eagle River Muskie Chal-Lunge about the veterans and the activities..

Ken Krall with Scott Samuels.

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Waiting for promised money is causing a strain on bus service in Vilas and Oneida counties.

Northwoods Transit Connections Manager Jim Altenburg says the feds have not sent promised money to the state who then distributes the money to the local commission. Altenburg says of their $685,000 budget, half comes from federal coffers.

He says the paperwork was filed in late July for the funds and since then they've been waiting...

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The state's adjusted unemployment rate is holding at 3.4 percent for August, same as July. In the Northwoods, all counties are seeing lower rates than one year ago.

Iron county has the state's second highest rate at 6 percent, Forest county is at 5.2 percent, Langlade at 4.2, Lincoln 3.8, Vilas and Price at 3.6, Oneida county is at 3.3.

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Wisconsin has more than 17 million acres of forested lands and changes in color mean the trees are starting to get ready for winter. Peak fall color varies each year, and 2017 is one of the wettest on record, which could have an impact on color this year.

DNR silvaculturalist Colleen Matula says the change of colors is begun by the sun...

Looking Back on Year One

Sep 21, 2017

History has taught us that we can prepare for the future by examining the past. In this week’s episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist looks back at a full year of episodes, and asks for your feedback.

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A structure in Manitowish Waters is a total loss after a fire Wednesday morning.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports a homeowner at 4755 Lavigne Road called about 8:30 a.m. to report smelling smoke after lightning had struck close by.

Firefighters believe the fire started in the basement after the lightning strike.

Manitowish Waters firefighters were joined by departments from Winchester, Boulder Junction,Lac du Flambeau, Arbor Vitae, and Hurley along with several other emergency responders.

No injuries were reported.

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