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  Today is Constitution Day, the anniversary of the signing and ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. Our core document of government, the lead up to the signing of the document was full of intrigue and even a rebellion. Next we hear from Dr. Gary Entz, who teaches history at Nicolet College, about the history of our Constitution. Dr. Gary Entz on the ratification of the U.S. Constitution 231 years ago today.   

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     The 33rd Never Forgotten Honor flight has left the Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee for a trip with 101 area veterans seeing the historic sites of Washington, D.C. One of the highlights of the trip is to take veterans to the monuments to the conflicts they were involved in. Mike Thompson is the co-founder of this area's  Never Forgotten Honor Flight. The flight is less than two hours.

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     The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board later this month will be considering amendments to the master plans of three popular recreation spots in the region. September 26, the board will consider approving changes in the plans for the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, Upper Wolf River State Fishery Area and the Willow Flowage. Diane Brusoe is a DNR chief planner.

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An apparent drowning death was reported Saturday by the Vilas County Sheriff's Department.

A report came into dispatch about 11:00 p.m. Friday that a man had not returned from fishing on Lac Vieux Desert lake.

The man had left about 7:30 p.m.

Deputies found the man's empty boat. A search of the lake by several agencies found the man's body about 8:00 a.m.

An investigation into the death is continuing.

Official's stressed the need to wear a life jacket at all times when on the water. The name of the victim will be released later.

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Suicide Prevention Week: People Can Get Better

Sep 14, 2018

MADISON, Wis. - Suicide occurs among all groups of people - and Wisconsin has seen a steady increase in its suicide rate in the last two decades, up 25 percent since 1999

For this year's Suicide Prevention Week, which runs through tomorrow, suicide prevention specialists are highlighting the power of storytelling, saying there's a ray of hope from survivors sharing their experiences and their recovery. 

Maps, Art Highlight Lives of Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women

Sep 14, 2018
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WASHINGTON - Murder rates for Native American women in some communities are 10 times that of the national average. 

But two projects are revealing the other half of this story by taking a deeper look into the lives of these missing and murdered women across North America. 

Annita Lucchesi, a doctoral student at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, began the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Database when she found accurate numbers of these cases didn't exist. 

International Wisconsin Ginseng Fest Begins This Weekend

Sep 14, 2018
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  WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) -- Organizers of the International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival say the 2018 version is shaping up to be bigger than the inaugural event in 2017. The popular Spicy Tie Band will return as Friday night's headlining act and Saturday brings Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo along with some new cultural performances. "We've got the Chinese Lion Dance on Saturday as well as a Chinese Mask Changer and a traditional Chinese Fashion Show," said Rebecca Bratton, the Director for the event. The event will also allow consumers to educate themselves on the herb and its benefits.

  Four Oneida county residents have been arrested in connection with an investigation into the alleged manufacture of methamphetamine. The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports 41-year-old Richard Cody, 43 year-old-Jennifer Davis, 36 year old Bridgette Towne, all of Rhinelander, and 39 year old Allan J. Bronk of Minocqua were taken into custody.

Holiday Acres Resort

Summer tourism in the Northwoods is ending and some of our seasonal residents are leaving the Northwoods for their permanent homes elsewhere.

At Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander, a dedicated group of family and friends have been coming up the last week of July every year for almost 50 years. Holiday Acres recently asked some of them to interview each other about what that tradition and the Northwoods as a whole means to them.

Two Wausau area men have been arrested in connection with a string of tavern burglaries in central and northern Wisconsin.

30-year-old James Carl MacDonald and 40-year-old Anthony Lamont Brown of Schofield are in the Oneida County Jail.

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Summertime gas prices tickled $3.00 a gallon this year, led mostly by a cut in production by OPEC nations hoping to bring low crude oil prices up.

Another key to gas prices in the Northwoods is something impacting  gas refineries. This happens each year as refineries get shut down for maintenance, resulting is less gasoline being produced.

But with a large hurricane hitting the Carolinas, it might be easy to assume that a major weather event will result in higher gas prices. zoosnow

7th District Congressman Sean Duffy has introduced a bill to return management of gray wolves to the states.

The wolf was put on the endangered species list in 1974 and stayed there until 2011 when the wolves were delisted from the endangered species list and placed under state management.  In 2014, the wolves were again placed on the endangered species list after two federal rulings there were errors in the process to delist them.

There has been an on-going debate about the wolf’s status. About 900 wolves were estimated by Wisconsin researchers in 2017 and 2018.

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Deer hunting seasons begin this weekend with archery and crossbow seasons, and the DNR reminds hunters who harvest deer to have adult deer tested for chronic wasting disease especially in areas affected by CWD like the Northwoods.

DNR wildlife health section chief Tami Ryan says they hope hunters submit the samples from their harvested deer….

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