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Wisconsin Public Service is out in area schools to teach students about the benefits and things to be aware about concerning natural gas. 

Spokesperson Matt Cullen says the presentations are designed to give students a clearer idea where the heat and electricity they use comes from.... 

Town of Three Lakes

At Tuesday's town board meeting in Three Lakes, taxpayers got an update on four major construction projects currently underway.

Construction was slated to begin in 2018 on a new town office complex while at the same time next door major renovations to the Demmer Library are being undertaken. But meeting attendees learned that one of those projects has hit a snag. Town Chairman Jeff Bruss explains....

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Five men have been charged in the death of a Lac du Flambeau man late last year. A state Assistant Attorney General has filed charges in Iron county against Richard Allen of Hurley, Joseph Lussier now in the Vilas county jail, James Lussier of Woodruff, Curtis Wolf of the Oneida County Jail and Evan Oungst, also in the Iron County Jail. Allen and Oungst are 27 years old, Joseph Lussier and Wolf are 26, and James Lussier is 19 years old.

Vilas County Sheriff's Dept.

A 27 year old Arbor Vitae man has been charged in relation to the death of Wayne Valliere, Jr.

The 25-year-old Valliere was found dead on New Year's Day and suspects are awaiting charges for the death in Iron county. But Vilas county officials have charged Evan Oungst with harboring a felon and obstructing an officer in relation to Valliere's death.

Oungst had spoken with law enforcement twice late in December about Valliere's disappearance. He said he had been at a party.

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The Department of Transportation(DOT) has decided to install a roundabout at the busy U.S. 8--Wisconsin 47 intersection on Rhinelander's west side.

In December, the DOT held a meeting at Rhinelander City Hall to get public input.

The roundabout was presented as a less expensive alternative to keeping the traditional arrangement of the intersection with upgrades. Project Manager Dan Erva outlines what they feel are reasons for the roundabout....

USA Hockey

The 13th annual Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships take place this weekend on Dollar Lake near Eagle River.

USA Hockey is the parent for many hockey organizations across the nation. If you don't know what pond hockey is, Manager of Adult Hockey programs for USA Hockey, Katie Holmgren tells us...

AARP's Tax Aide: 50 Years Of Helping Wi. Taxpayers

Feb 6, 2018
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MADISON, Wis. - For a lot of people, filling out the annual income tax return is a chore they don't look forward to. Tax laws are always changing and knowing how to take advantage of the rules can mean a lot more money in your pocket.

Now in its 50th year, the AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program will provide free tax form assistance and preparation to Wisconsinites, and it isn't necessary to be an AARP member or over 50.

ST. GERMAIN – Pam Riggs emerged as the top combined money raiser and speedster in the annual Bikini Run fundraiser held in conjunction with this past weekend’s St. Germain Radar Racers’ 15th annual Radar Run on Little St. Germain Lake.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

The unsolved murder of a Minocqua woman from 1982 has led to the arrest Monday of her husband.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports the arrest of 69 year old Robin Mendez for the death of his wife Barbara. Barbara Mendez was murdered on April 28, 1982 at the Park City Credit Union building that had previously been located on Highway 51 at County Highway J in Minocqua. Authorities report new information led to the arrest.

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An annual event is coming up in several days across the country called the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.

WXPR's Ken Krall turned to our own bird expert, Laura Erickson of "For The Birds", who has studied at the Cornell Lab, to talk about the bird count and how Northwoods residents can join in on a little bit of science and a little bit of fun...

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Conservative groups have so far spent more than $3.1 million against incumbent Wisconsin Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, which is more than what all the other Democratic Senate incumbents on the ballot this year have faced combined, that figure according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

While in Rhinelander recently, Baldwin discussed early campaign spending and what her opponents say is a race that is open...

Department of Corrections

Governor Scott Walker says he thinks there's a possibility that the jobs currently at Lincoln Hills correctional facility in Lincoln county will stay there during the upcoming transition of facilities, and possibly increase.

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Feb 5, 2018

WPS

The hours and long, the work is hard, but Wisconsin utility crews, including some from north central Wisconsin, have been thanked generously by residents in Puerto Rico.

Nearly three weeks after their arrival in Puerto Rico, more than 60 field employees from Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and We Energies continue to work diligently to restore power in in areas that remain damaged by Hurricane Maria.

WPS spokesperson Matt Cullen says while substantial portions of the island remain without power, crews have been making progress... 

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