One group that had a close eye on the federal government shutdown was the Never Forgotten Honor Flight organization. The group flies northern and central Wisconsin veterans to their service memorials in Washington, D.C.
The government shutdown halted federal workers from helping at the sites. Co-Founder Jim Campbell says they were going to fly the mostly Korean War vets to the nation's capitol even if the shutdown dragged on. With the government back up and running, the flight will proceed as planned.
Campbell spoke with Ken Krall about next Monday's flight.
The DNR is changing its tune on a management plan for the Van Vliet Hemlocks. The agency plans to take a hands-off approach to the 400-acre stand of mostly old growth trees.
Officials had originally proposed to actively manage a section of the forest that didn’t fit the profile of the rest of the site: meaning some trees would be cut in hopes of speeding the process of old growth development.
But community outcry appears to have changed the DNR’s mind. DNR Chief State Forester Paul DeLong says officials received dozens of letters.
Gas prices had dropped to $3.31 per gallon this week, then Wednesday the price rapidly spiked to $3.49 per gallon in Rhinelander and Eagle River, $3.39 in Minocqua, but held at $3.30 in Antigo, according to the website gasbuddy. com
Gasbuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski says wholesale prices are to blame for the spike after a long downward trend...
A Ministry Health Care leader has been given additional duties.
Monica Hilt has been named president of Ministry Howard Young Health Care in Woodruff. Hilt already is president of Ministry Sacred Heart-St. Mary's hospitals in Tomahawk and Rhinelander. Hilt replaces Shiela Clough who resigned in August.
Hilt says she's worked for 23 years at the two hospitals she currently oversees, but the Howard Young facility is familiar to her, having worked with Sheila Clough. She says Ministry has been working toward having officers in regional positions...
Lawmakers in the Assembly passed a bill making it harder to force schools to drop Indian nicknames and mascots.
The bill puts the burden of proof onto the group complaining of discrimination: instead of making the school prove it isn’t discriminating. The Republican legislation also requires signatures totaling 10 percent of the student body, instead of letting an individual file a complaint.
Supporters say it makes the process more fair. Opponents call it discrimination.
Wisconsin’s No Call List is a step closer to changing.
Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst authored the bill, and says it would be better for Wisconsin residents and agencies to shift the state list to the federal Do Not Call List...
"...we're one of only 14 states that keeps a state list, the rest of them have moved it to the federal level and that is what we're going to do with this bill is have the federal government keep the no-call list..."
State lawmakers in the Assembly have passed a bill allowing a higher speed limit on rural interstates. The bill introduced by Republican Paul Tittl raises the cap on speeds to 70 miles per hour on some roads, up from 65.
The bill says 4-lane interstates could one day have the higher limit, but only after the DOT does a one-year study of safety impacts.
Many Democrats in the state assembly complained the bill was fast-tracked to a scheduled vote. Representative Fred Kessler of Milwaukee said key voices were missing from the bill’s public hearing.