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The First Thanksgiving

Have you ever wondered what the first Thanksgiving might have been like if held in Wisconsin? In this episode of Wildlife Matters , the Masked Biologist examines that very question. It seemed simple enough; I was going to refresh my memory on the first thanksgiving and write something about it. I vaguely recalled a story that in 1620 the pilgrims at Jamestown were struggling to survive and feed themselves, the Indians taught them how to farm and find food, and to celebrate a successful first...

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The holidays are supposed to be a time of good cheer, but as some Northwoods residents are finding out, it's also a time when thieves try to take your money.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Matt Cullen says they've had dozens of calls this week from customers saying they received a call to pay up....


Though the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport isn't O'Hare in Chicago or Heartsfield in Atlanta, an official says it still is busy this week and you can help speed passage to your flight.

Matthew Leitner is Airport Director in Rhinelander. He says get there in plenty of time.. 

AG Schimel Appointed To Waukesha County Circuit Court

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MADISON, WI (WSAU) -- Governor Scott Walker today announced the appointment of Attorney General Brad Schimel to serve as judge on the Waukesha County Circuit Court, replacing Judge Patrick Haughney. “Brad Schimel has diligently served the State of Wisconsin as attorney general and the citizens of Waukesha County as district attorney,” said Governor Walker. “Schimel has shown a commitment to the rule of law and the State of Wisconsin. He will continue to faithfully serve our state as Waukesha County Circuit Court judge.”

WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) -- Good news for anyone responsible for feeding a crowd this Thanksgiving Thursday.

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation says the average price to feed a family of 10 a traditional dinner of turkey and dressing along with cranberries, dinner rolls, and pumpkin pie dropped by more than $2 this year to $45.01.

  •   Slightly fewer deer hunters have hit the woods this fall,
  •   A cranberry research station is being built near Black River Falls,
  •   The Big Bundle Up provides warm clothes to people who need them,
  •   Two Keshena men are sentenced for a shooting incident involving a neighbor's dog.

The U.S. Postal Service is ready for the annual holiday rush of packages. Spokesperson Sean Hargadon says between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day they expect 15 billion pieces of mail and 900 million packages to be delivered.

He says with that volume, the public should be aware of shipping dates. He says the first deadline is not that far off...

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One talented person is Forest, Langlade, Oneida and Vilas counties will get a chance to further their artistic career but the application deadline is nearing.

Northern Arts Council is sponsoring the Emerging Artist Grant Program. Jaron Childs is on the board of the Northern Arts Council.

He moved to the area from arts grant rich Minnesota where he noticed it wasn't so fertile, money-wise, for artists...

Dept. of Tourism

Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett recently announed the 8th year of the "Big Bundle Up", the statewide charity initiative encouraging people to donate new or gently used gloves, hats, scarves, coats and other warm winter gear for those in need.

Executive Director of the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, Lauren Sackett, outlines how the effort works at their office... 

  • A health expert talks turkey and safe food prep ahead of Thanksgiving,
  • The Human Service Center in Rhinelander gets a grant to work with schools,
  • and that deer you harvested this weekend can be donated to the local food pantry.

You should be getting at least a portion of your Thanksgiving food offerings ready for the big day on Thursday says a local expert.

Todd Troskey is an environmental health specialist with Oneida County Public Health.

He spoke with Ken Krall about the big meal food prep. He says your centerpiece part of the meal...the turkey...depending on size, should be getting some attention today..

Another Thanksgiving staple…cranberries….are plentiful and the price is down this year.


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