• Northern Wisconsin is dealing with a shortage of EMS providers,
  • January is Stalking Awareness Month and a local agency is here to help,
  • Marshfield Clinic is offering a way to lose weight this year,
  • Wisconsin continues to consider medical Marijuana,
  • and it's also Glaucoma Awareness Month.

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Different animals have different strategies for surviving the winter.

In this week’s Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist gives us a glimpse under the ice to examine the habits of the beaver.

I sometimes ask my family members what I should write about; after writing hundreds of articles and episodes like these, I might struggle for a fresh new idea from time to time. One of my kids thought I should write about beavers in winter. This arose from a disagreement he had with a classmate about the diet and habits of beavers in prior weeks.

January is the 15th Stalking Awareness Month, held each year to focus attention on the crime of stalking. Executive Director of Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Shellie Holmes, says stalking happens much more than most people think it does. She says with the Jayme Closs case in the news, that would have been a stalking case if Jayme had known about it...

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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month..

As much as 40 percent of vision can be lost without a person noticing. Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. Glaucoma is an eye disease that damages the optic nerve. The optic nerve connects the eye to the brain.

Dr. Ann Wonderling is the president of the Wisconsin Optometric Association says there is a reason why glaucoma can be troubling..

"No symptoms, so that is why it is considered the 'sneak thief of sight'. You can lose your eyesight without realizing it...."

This time of the year finds many people hoping to drop a few, or many, pounds toward a healthier lifestyle.

Marshfield Clinic in Minocqua  is offering a program that a spokesperson says provides a medically-supervised weight loss that takes the pounds off quickly.

Nutrition educator Renee Trapp says Marshfield Clinic has been using the HMR Weight-Loss program for 34 years. Trapp says the fast results help patients, but it's coupled with a secondary goal...

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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 from the blaze was visible for miles by 4:30 p.m.

  •   Medical marijuana bills likely to come before the Wisconsin legislature,
  •   AARP says voters over age 50 made the difference in the recent elections,
  •   Eagle River and WPS agree to end backup electric service.

Republicans Express Support For Medical Marijuana

Jan 18, 2019
WSAU radio

WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) -- The medical marijuana debate in Wisconsin seems to be taking a turn towards approval, as Republican lawmakers voiced their support for the drug on Thursday after Governor Tony Evers gave his approval earlier this week.

Voters Over 50 Send Strong Messages to WI Lawmakers

Jan 18, 2019

MADISON, Wis. - As Wisconsin's new governor steps into office and the State Legislature begins a new term, policy groups say it's important for lawmakers to remember the voters who elected them.

At 61 percent, Wisconsin had the second highest voter turnout in the nation for the November 2018 midterms, far exceeding turnout in similar elections.


With the freezing temperatures outside, state consumer officials say another kind of freeze could be helpful to you and keep you from being left out in the cold.

Consumer Protection Director Michelle Reinen says now is a good time to put down a credit freeze or fraud alert to protect themselves from identity theft. She details how a freeze works..

Eagle River, WPS End Agreement On Back Up Service

Jan 18, 2019

The Eagle River Light and Water department was notified by Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) the ten year agreement to provide back-up service to each others transformers will be terminated effective April 21, 2020 according to utility manager Mike Sanborn in a report to the Eagle River city council this week (Jan.15).

Republicans Unveil Tax Break Plan

Jan 17, 2019
Wisconsin legislature

WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) -- Four GOP lawmakers from central Wisconsin met at 25-10 Restaurant in Wausau to announce their plan for a middle-class income tax cut, one of the promises of Democratic Governor Tony Evers during his campaign.

MADISON, WI (WSAU) -- Laws passed during the Wisconsin lame duck session in December concerning early voting restrictions have been voided by a federal judge.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, U.S. District Judge James Patterson struck down the set of laws as it violates injunctions issued in a similar 2016 case. Patterson says the lame duck limits are inconsistent with early rulings on injunctions.

Rhinelander Police have been selected as the first police agency in the region to receive a K-9 unit dog from a facility in Kronenwetter, and it will be a memory of an Everest Metro police detective killed in the line of duty.

Rhinelander Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier says Crossroads K-9 Rescue informed him last week they were the first agency to get a dog from their program.

Gauthier says Crossroads K-9 Rescue's Sean Dumais was impressed with Rhinelander's K-9 program...

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The Oneida County Board this week asked the state to increase the Children and Family Aids Allocation to counties to help them pay for the costly out-of-home placement costs for juveniles.

The counties report  the state has greatly underfunded the program. The request was for an additional $30 million statewide.

Oneida County Social Services Director Mary Rideout says protective services has seen a sharp increase in the number of children of opioid and methamphetamine users...