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Blooms and Bouquets in Short Supply This Mother's Day

Toilet paper. Yeast. Bikes. The latest pandemic shortage? Flowers. Mother’s Day bouquets are the latest hot commodity to join the lengthening list of COVID-19 induced shortages. The effects of this shortage can be felt all the way in the Northwoods. Ruth Hempel is the owner of Forth Floral in Rhinelander. “I haven’t been able to get things as easily as other years,” Ruth Hempel, the owner of Forth Floral in Rhinelander, said. “Yeah, there is a cut flower shortage this year.” Hempel said...

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Republicans are moving to reinstate a requirement that unemployment people in Wisconsin search for work in order to qualify for benefits while they don’t have a job. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Friday he would support an effort to reinstate the requirement that was suspended by state officials last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Republican Sen. Steve Nass, who co-chairs the Legislature’s committee that has the power to reinstate the rule, said he wants to put it back in place by the end of the month. The rule is currently slated to be reinstated in July.

  • Flowers may be a little harder to find for Mother's Day
  • Charges dismissed against former Rhinelander City Administrator
  • Non-profits team up to feed the hungry and address mental health
  • Return to sports seems to help mental outlook for high school athletes

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Wisconsin health officials have ordered only a fraction of their allotted COVID-19 vaccine doses for next week in another sign of plateauing interest in the vaccine.

President Joe Biden's administration announced earlier this week that it would shift doses from states with lower demand to states with more interest.

Wisconsin has been allocated 86,580 Pfizer doses and 65,900 Moderna doses and 10,200 Johnson & Johnson doses for the week starting Monday.

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Toilet paper. Yeast. Bikes.  

The latest pandemic shortage? Flowers.

Mother’s Day bouquets are the latest hot commodity to join the lengthening list of COVID-19 induced shortages.

The effects of this shortage can be felt all the way in the Northwoods.

Ruth Hempel is the owner of Forth Floral in Rhinelander.

“I haven’t been able to get things as easily as other years,” Ruth Hempel, the owner of Forth Floral in Rhinelander, said. “Yeah, there is a cut flower shortage this year.”

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Animal shelters in the United States take in an estimated 6 to 8 million cats and dogs each year.

The Oneida County Humane Society alone cares for nearly 100 animals each day. That adds up to almost 800 animals a year.

Listen to the full interview with Animal Care and Operations Director Amanda Haydon to learn more about what it takes to care for all of these animals and how to adopt a new pet.

The physical effects of going hungry are more apparent to the eye.  A poor diet can lead to obesity, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses.

Food insecurity has also been shown to lead to mental illness. Several studies have shown people who can’t get reliable access to food are at higher risk for depression, stress, and anxiety.

That’s why two Northwoods non-profits say it makes perfect sense for them to team up for a fundraiser.

Athletes Seeing Benefits of Return of Sports

May 7, 2021
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A lot can change in a year.

That's true pretty much every year. But this year, it's especially true.

Last year as the calendar ticked into May, the reality of life without a spring prep sports season was sinking in.

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) made the call in late April in 2020. In the weeks and months to follow, fields, pitches and tracks across Wisconsin sat empty.

For many area athletes, it was a hard time.

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Hundreds of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers' priorities, including legalizing marijuana, raising $1 billion in taxes and expanding collective bargaining rights, have been killed by the Legislature’s Republican-controlled budget committee.

Lawmakers are taking their first votes Thursday in writing the next state budget. Republicans essentially scrapped the Democratic governor's entire two-year proposal.

They instead are building off the current budget, The Joint Finance Committee voted to remove nearly 400 of Evers’ proposals.

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The Wisconsin Legislature’s budget committee has voted to expand a mental health center in Madison to reduce the number of inmates at the state’s juvenile prisons.

The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted Thursday to go along with Gov. Tony Evers’ plan to borrow up to $66 million to build a new unit at the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center in Madison.

The new unit will be able to house up to 30 boys and 20 girls. This will reduce the number of juveniles housed at the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls in Lincoln County. 

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The reopening of the Park Falls paper mill lasted just a matter of months before another shutdown and more layoffs this spring.

Now, the mill has fallen into receivership once again, but one group has an innovative plan to bring it back.

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