The Wisconsin Counties Association voted this week in disapproval of the state’s rejection of extra federal funding for Medicaid. Sarah Diedrick-Kasdorf, Senior Legislative Associate for Wisconsin Counties Association, says the vote reaffirmed a position the group has held since 2011.
“As counties, when we all have the same position, when we all talk from one voice, it really provides support for our issues.”
If you’ve ever felt the urge to do something other than what’s expected of you, this story is for you. Frank Kovac worked a factory job by day, but nurtured a passion for astronomy at night. This is the story of a cloudy night, some glow in the dark paint, and a universal dream.
Driving down Mud Creek Road in Monaco Wisconsin, you might think you’re headed to a campground. But in fact the gravel lane leads to Frank Kovac’s hand-made planetarium.
Vilas County authorities are still waiting to determine cause of death for a woman whose remains were found in the woods last week. 55-year-old Sandra Schinke of Sayner went missing in 17 months ago in the Northern Highland Forest. Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says forensic evidence helped make the positive ID.
“The teeth were intact in the jaw at the scene as part of the remains. So we utilized a forensic anthropologist and dental records that we had obtained from Mr. Schinke when his wife went missing.”
A state lawmaker says he’ll keep working on a bill that would allow Gogebic Taconite to restrict public access to the site of a proposed iron mine. Right now the area is open to public recreation under the managed forest program.
After pulling the legislation from the Senate calendar, Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst says he’ll make revisions in hopes of getting the votes he needs.
Despite several nights of frost in the past week, some Northern Wisconsin residents are still plagued by the telltale buzz of mosquitoes. How does a mosquito survive in cold temperatures?
Common knowledge holds that once nighttime temperatures dip into the 30s, mosquito populations drop off. But that didn’t seem to be happening last week. Susan Paskewitz, a mosquito expert at the University of Wisconsin Madison, says it’s possible most of the still-active mosquitoes are newly formed.
A federal program has awarded over $3 million in Wisconsin for tribal justice and public safety projects. Lac du Flambeau will receive more than a half-million dollars from the so-called COPS grant to increase community policing. John Vaudreuil is US Attorney for Wisconsin’s Western District. He says this type of grant is pretty straightforward.
“Pay for police, keep your police forces, train your police forces. And technical support – it might be recorders, cars, things like that.”
A Rhinelander volunteer is in Colorado with the American Red Cross. Carol Miller is stationed at Disaster Relief Headquarters near Denver, south of where the floods have done the most damage.
She says there are 600 volunteers on the scene with hundreds more set to arrive. The job of Red Cross nurses is to take care of those who get sick or injured while volunteering for FEMA or other partner organizations.
Fourth graders from Central Intermediate School in Rhinelander had a chance to learn about invasive species Thursday, on an environmental education field trip.
Michele Sadauskas is passing around Louis – a preserved sea lamprey to a group of kids sitting on the floor at CAVOC, the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom. Sadauskas is the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for Oneida County. She’s here today to give kids a primer – what exactly is an AIS?