Wi. Council On Problem Gambling

Two lottery jackpots have hit astounding levels.

The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday night will be in the range of $970 million, while Powerball is expected to be in the range of $430 million. The Milwaukee Brewers are playing for a chance to go to the World Series. The Packers are trying to again play to form. All these are examples of places where there is a lot of gambling going on, and an expert says be careful if you choose to take part in legal gambling.

Rose Blozinski is Executive Director of the Wisconsin Councilk on Problem Gambling says be cautious...

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The release of a man convicted of violent sexual assault of children has resulted in meetings in Forest county.

52 year old Jeffrey LeVasseur has been housed in a Door county facility until a residence in  Forest county is secured. Attempts at placing him at homes in Hiles, Blackwell, and Lanark, and Plover were unsuccessful.

He's proposed to stay at a residence on Sand Lake Road in the Town of Nashville.

Nicolet Area Technical College

Nicolet College is accepting applications for the Nicolet Promise program, designed to help pay for student tuition to Nicolet.

The Promise program began in 2016. Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Kate Ferrel explains the program..

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Some kids in Three Lakes get a special ride to school Friday  morning, thanks to the Three Lakes Fire Department.

The 8th annual "Ride To School Program" is sponsored by the department as part of a fire prevention program. Department Fire Prevention Coordinator Andy Beach says the idea is to engage young people in fire prevention...

Vilas Co. Sheriff's Department

The murder of a Lac du Flambeau man has led to more charges against one of the suspects in the death of Wayne Valliere, Jr. last year.

28 year old Evan Oungst of Arbor Vitae is one of five men charged in the man's homicide.

The state Department of Justice has added 14 more felony charges.

Valliere, Jr. was found dead in Iron county. Oungst also faces other felony charges in Vilas county.

In August, an Iron County jury convicted Joseph Lussier and Richard Allen of killing Valliere, Jr. and dumping his body in the woods.

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Circle of Life Studio

Mottainai is a Japanese term that conveys a sense of regret over waste. It translates roughly to “what a waste.”

It’s also the theme of local artist Debra Ketchum Jircik’s artist residency at the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River, where she’s been holding workshops since the end of August.

Ahead of her talk at the library on Friday, October 19th, Mackenzie Martin talked to her about her work during the residency and how it was inspired by a trip she took to Japan.

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The U.S. is getting obese and the ramifications of that will be costly and long term.

That was the message during a recent  gathering of state medical professionals in Wausau during the first Aspirus Obesity Treatment Summit.

Dr. Timothy Logemann is a cardiologist at Aspirus. Dr. Logemann says many of us are obese and getting larger and that is being termed an epidemic...

"...In Wisconsin, 40-50 percent of adults are going to be obese. Obesity is designed as body mass index above 30. That doesn't include the people who are overweight either...."

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One measure used to determine how an area's economy is doing is the number of construction permits issued.

A recent report to the Oneida county board by the Planning and Zoning department showed an increase in permits in 2017.

Department Director Karl Jenrich said Minocqua lead the way with 294 permits last year, followed by the towns of Newbold and Three Lakes. Total permits were just over 1,100 in the county, with the city of Rhinelander having 662. Contrasted against the year 2012, the number in the county then was 879 and Rhinelander 669.

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Almost everyone has had the furnace turned on this month and agencies are reminding low-income individuals to apply for heating assistance to pay the bills.

The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) is a federally-funded program helping eligible households pay a portion of their home heating costs. The amount of heating assistance benefit depends on the household's size, income and heating costs.

Oneida County Social Services's Amy Mayo says they have the new energy assistance program in effect... 

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