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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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An early Sunday morning snowmobile crash results in the death of one person.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department report they were called shortly after 1:00 a.m. to Old 26 road in the town of Schoepke.

Deputies found the snowmobile had left the trail and hit some trees on the side of the trail. The driver died at the scene.

Several agencies responded to the crash including the DNR and Wisconsin State Patrol.

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Cabin fever can strike without warning as the winter wears on.

In this week’s Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist reminds us there are still some ways to get outside and stay active.

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Oneida and Vilas counties continue to lead the way as bald eagle number continue to grow.

Surveys done last year found a total of 1,695 bald eagle nests occupied by breeding adults, an increase of 105 nests from 2017. That's a 6.6 percent increase and more than 16 times as many nests found in the first detailed surveys in 1974.

Bald eagles were listed then as state and federally endangered species and only 108 nests were documented.

Groups Say Water Quality Task Force Necessary, Overdue

Jan 14, 2019
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Wisconsin News Connection is here.  

MADISON, Wis. - A new water quality task force has been proposed for Wisconsin after a recent study showed widespread health concerns about drinking water wells in several counties.

Nicolet Area Technical College

Long-time Nicolet College Foundation donor E.T. "Tug" Juday has been honored with the Outstanding Lifetime Philanthropy Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Northeast chapter.

Nicolet College Foundation Executive Director Heather Schallock nominated Juday for the award. He received the honor posthumously, having passed away in March, 2013.

Schallock says Tug Juday's contributions continue to impact students at Nicolet..

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1/12/2019  10:00 a.m.

Here's an update from an earlier story: 

Officials are meeting Tuesday afternoon in Rhinelander to coordinate activities concerning the recent announcement that Petco would be closing much of the Drs. Foster and Smith facility within several weeks.

An earlier City of Rhinelander notice reported the meeting Tuesday was open to Petco employees.

We've been informed by one agency this is a coordination meeting only and will not be a public meeting or open to employees.

Govt. Shutdown Causes Funding Freeze At LDF Tribal Operations

Jan 12, 2019
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Due to the recent federal government shutdown, the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians’ Tribal Council has been working diligently to protect and maintain programs funded by the federal government that serve Tribal membership.

The  shutdown began on December 22, 2018. Some of the federal funds received by the Tribe have been committed through the 1837, 1842 and 1854 land cession treaties.

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Jayme Closs Found Alive-Suspect In Custody

Jan 11, 2019
Barron County Sheriff's Department

(Town of Gordon, WI) -- A northwestern Wisconsin couple says they answered a knock at their front door to find a neighbor with a skinny, dirt-covered girl with matted hair standing there.

The neighbor shouted -- "This is Jayme Closs -- call 9-1-1!"

Salvation Army

It was a good season for Salvation Army bell ringers this most recent holiday.

The Rhinelander Area Salvation Army drive exceeded it's $40,000 goal.

Kettle Coordinator Kim Swisher thanked all who helped...

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