Natalie Jablonski

News and Features Contributor
Dick Daniels

June and July bring peak breeding activity for Wisconsin’s birds.  The state DNR says it’s an especially good time to get involved documenting bird sightings for the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas.  


It’s a five-year data gathering project that spans the entire state.  


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A talk this week will focus on forest ownership and conservation.


Adena Rissman is on the faculty in UW Madison, studying relationships between people and natural resources.


She says major changes in public and private land ownership patterns have shaped forest conservation.  


One person died in a boating accident in Arbor Vitae on Friday night. It happened on Arrowhead Lake.


The Vilas County Sheriff's Office says the 911 call came in at 10:45 pm, reporting a capsized boat and someone in the water.


According to an initial investigation, the boat that capsized was carrying two Illinois men. One was able to make it to shore, while the other was later found dead in the water.


Among the emergency crews responding to the scene were the Oneida County Dive Team and the Wisconsin DNR.


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Wildlife managers have released a new ten year management plan for wild turkeys.  


As DNR Upland Wildlife Ecologist Scott Walter explains, it’s a more than 100-page document that guides decisions about hunting quotas and habitat conservation.  

“The major programmatic goal is to protect the wild turkey resource," he said, "while maximizing recreational opportunities, and maintaining a positive public image of turkeys.”  

A St. Germain woman has been sentenced to a year and one day in federal prison for filing false information on her income tax return, after she embezzled money from her employer. 58-year-old Cornelia Mutter worked for T.A. Solberg in Minocqua between 2004 and 2010.  She was discovered to be using company checks for personal expenses and credit card payments.   Though the company never pressed charges, the IRS calculated she embezzled more than 500-thousand dollars over seven years, resulting in a tax liability of over 100-thousand dollars.   Mutter pled guilty to the charge in March.  

Eagle River area residents will soon be able to preview design concepts for the Olson Memorial Library’s expansion.  


Library Director Nan Andrews says some of the new features include programming spaces like a youth area and a genealogy research room.  

“We have a lot of wall space that’s been targeted for art," she described, "and we’ve redesigned some community rooms so that those rooms could be broken up, and we could actually  have a special art gallery for one month if we needed it or wanted it.”  


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A nonprofit pushing for an off-road vehicle park in Forest County says the plan is not dead, despite a committee’s vote to keep the door closed against allowing off-road vehicles on county forest land.

The Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Incorporated or WORVPI says some of its members will meet Thursday to discuss next steps.

Plans for a new arts center and powwow venue in Lac du Flambeau are moving forward.


The Waaswaaganing Living Arts and Culture Center has hired an architecture firm to finalize designs for the new Indian Bowl performance area.  


As Project Director Tom Gallaher explains, the old Indian Bowl was an amphitheater that had to be torn down last year due to structural problems.  


At least two people were injured Monday morning in a vehicle crash between a semi and an SUV.  It happened in St. Germain at the intersection of Highway 70 and County C.   The Vilas County Sheriff's Office got the 911 call at 8:42 Monday morning.  The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but the Sheriff's office says the occupants of the SUV were partly ejected from the vehicle.   One injured person was transported by ambulance to Howard Young Medical Center, while another was flown by helicopter to Aspirus Hospital in Wausau.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

The Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest is working with partners to help carry out forest management projects, and that could be good news for the timber industry.

The forest products industry has complained that the national forest isn’t meeting its harvest goals, while the Forest Service says it doesn’t have enough funding to carry out all of its management projects. 

But Henry Schienebeck of Great Lakes Timber Professionals says collaborations have begun to help get work done on the forest.