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Fire At Whitecap Mountains Resort Destroys Main Lodge

The main lodge at Whitecap Mountain ski resort at Upson in Iron county burned to the ground Friday afternoon and evening. Reports in the Ironwood Globe indicated Iron County fire departments worked to save the check-in area on the south end of the main lodge. The fire is said to have started about 4 p.m. in a chimney with a fireplace near the cafe. Much of the building was recently renovated. 70 people had been working at the ski resort after opening for the season about a month ago. Smoke...

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  •   Gov. Evers suggests he favors legalizing medical marijuana,
  •   A speaker stops in Minocqua to stump for a Constitutional amendment on campaign money,
  •   Minocqua snowmobile club members mark off a trail on Lake Minocqua.

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Two Eagle River service groups, Lions and Rotary, announced improvements scheduled for summer with additions to public outdoor recreation facilities for kids at this week's (Jan. 15) city council meeting.

A “rookie challenge” multiple playground facility will be installed at Gremban Park according to Lion Darren Gremban, along with new ramps at the skate park by city hall. The playground structure is designed for kids age 5-12 and includes multiple challenges . . . ramps, four types of slides, and ADA playground stairs. The estimated cost is near $27,000.

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While the national Women's March has had a host of problems leading up to Saturday's event but is still happening , a Northwoods co-event has been canceled due to the weather.

The 2017 Women’s March, held the day after Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, drew an estimated 700,000 participants in Washington and a total of approximately 4 million nationwide.

An event was planned for Saturday in Minocqua but an organizer, Judi Maloney, reports the weather is going to be too harsh..

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A report to the Oneida County Board Tuesday detailed the layoff at the Petco facility and what actions are being taken to help alleviate the loss of 289 jobs announced last week.

Oneida County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Stacey Johnson says Petco has stepped forward to help displaced workers...

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Nearly 50 people turned out Monday to hear Wisconsin United to Amend spokesperson George Penn lay out the case for a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would bar corporations and lobbying groups from unrestricted spending on political campaigns.

“I am up here because I am asking you to make an investment in our democracy.”

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MINOCQUA – The Cross Country Cruisers (CCC) Snowmobile Club will mark Lake Minocqua with orange barrels and stakes for snowmobile travel by this weekend, according to a club official. “I will be getting the Lake Minocqua trail marked by this weekend,” said CCC board member Jim Hartwig, following Tuesday's town board meeting on lake ice conditions. “That way people will know where it’s safe to ride.”

  •   Marinette County officials identify the woman shot to death in Pembine,
  •   A new report says conditions are improving at Lincoln Hills-Copper Lake, but too much pepper spray is used.
  •  Gov. Evers says federal workers should use unemployment checks to help tide them over,
  •  Area students going into medicine get scholarships
  •  A man is arrested in Clintonville for kidnapping a teenager and asking for ransom.
  •  The woman who found Jayme Closs says Closs should get $50,000 in reward money.

The Ice Storm of 1922

Jan 16, 2019
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This week on A Northwoods Moment in History, Gary Entz looks back on an ice storm that happened in Wisconsin back in 1922.

People who live and work in the Northwoods are accustomed to cold temperatures, ice, and snow.  No matter what time period in history we look at, people adapted and dealt with the weather conditions.  However, every once in a while the weather packs an unusual wallop, and sometimes it is so severe that it can even bring hardy Northwoods residents to a standstill.  Such was the case with an ice storm that struck Wisconsin in February 1922.

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Representatives of more than a dozen agencies met Tuesday afternoon to form a rapid response team to be able to help soon- to- be- displaced Petco employees. Petco announced 289 workers will be laid off by June from the Rhinelander facility.

One of the key people working to organize the team is Rene Daniels, the Executive Director of North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board. They have been designated as the lead agency to respond to mass worker layoffs.

She says the goal is to get help to laid off workers as soon as possible..

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Following a planning session last month, Rhinelander City Administrator Daniel Guild says he's moving forward on a desire by common council members to upgrade the city's largest park.

Guild says he's gotten a quote from a private firm JSD Professional Services that has a licensed landscape architect on staff that would collect information from the council and others as to what Hodag Park could be...

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