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Unsecured guns are among the top contributors to the nation's gun violence, so a coalition of public officials and law enforcement is putting out the call to create new safety technology.

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It’s the time of year when black bears are starting to wake up and get moving. 

After a long winter deep sleep, bears often wake up with a focus on food.

“They’re out actively searching, opportunistically searching for food sources. At this time there’s not a lot of food sources available until that green up occurs,” said Brad Koele, a wildlife damage specialist with the Wisconsin DNR.

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The demand for workers is high across the Northwoods.

“One company is registered they have over 20 openings. That’s just one company,” said Jenny Kowalczyk, employment and training specialist and TAA case coordinator with the Department of Workforce Development.

She said there are more than 50 companies registered for Wednesday’s virtual job fair.

“I know a couple companies have raised their minimum wage increase just to get the job seekers there. There definitely is a need for job seekers for our businesses in the Northwoods,” said Kowalczyk.

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In a special town board meeting last Friday morning the Town of Washington board of supervisors adopted an ordinance regulating adult entertainment businesses and an adult business permit application in order the have it published to become effective May 5.

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  Authorities say a man who shot and killed two people and wounded a third at a Wisconsin casino restaurant before police killed him had been fired from the eatery and banned from the property.

Brown County Sheriff Todd Delain said Monday that the 62-year-old Bruce Pofahl walked into the Duck Creek Kitchen and Bar on Saturday and fatally shot Ian Simpson and Jacob Bartel at a wait station, then shot and wounded Daniel Mulligan outside the restaurant.

The sheriff says police shot and killed the attacker on the north side of the building near a parking garage.

 A Wisconsin Army National Guard member and his friend have been charged with entering the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 attack.

Abram Markofski and Brandon Nelson are charged with four counts including entering and remaining in a restricted building and disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds.

  • Oneida County Sheriff’s Office warns residents of a bear that killed a dog in the Township of Pelican
  • Conservation group Green Fire releases assessment of Wisconsin’s “mishandled” wolf hunt
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportations begins work to replace the interchange at US 51 and US Highway 2 with a roundabout
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reopens observation towers and playgrounds as COVID restrictions loosen

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Authorities in Wisconsin say a gunman killed two people at a Green Bay casino restaurant and seriously wounded a third before he was shot and killed by police.

Brown County Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Pawlak says investigators believe the gunman was targeting a specific person in the attack Saturday, but that person wasn’t at the Oneida Casino at the time and the shooter targeted others instead.

Oneida Chairman Tehassi Hill told WLUK-TV on Sunday that the tribe prohibits firearms on its properties.

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  A shuttered paper mill with a history dating back to 1882 has been decimated by fire in Menasha.

Firefighters remained on the scene of the fire at the Whiting Mill Monday morning.

Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue posted on Facebook that the massive fire that started Sunday was under control.

Menasha Mayor Don Merkes posted on Facebook that it was a great loss to the city's history.

The paper mill near the base of the Fox Cities Trestle Trail closed in 2016 after a 134-year history.

The mill was known as the George A. Whiting Paper Co.

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Oneida County Sheriffs are asking residents to use caution after a bear killed a dog in the Township of Pelican near the area of County P/Riopel Rd.

The bear is the height of a husky and 150 pounds.

Authorities say it is not afraid of humans.

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Wisconsin Republicans plan to vote next week to kill key parts of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ state budget proposal, including legalizing medical and recreational marijuana, expanding Medicaid to capture $1.6 billion in federal funding and granting collective bargaining rights to public workers.

The move, announced Friday, is no surprise and follows what the GOP-controlled Legislature did two years ago to Evers’ first budget.

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Observation towers and playgrounds at Wisconsin state parks have reopened, as more restrictions in place during the coronavirus pandemic are loosening.

The state Department of Natural Resources has also increased capacity to 100 at open-air shelters, amphitheaters, and outdoor group campgrounds as of Friday.

The DNR reports that state park attendance has increased 25% so far this year compared to 2020. 

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A common resident of the Northwoods, the porcupine is often the source of much frustration and consternation for forest managers and homeowners. The Masked Biologist wants to help you get to know the porcupine and maybe share some tips or tricks to reduce porcupine damage in this week’s Wildlife Matters.

On a recent family outing, we noticed that wildlife is on the move taking advantage of what’s shaped up to be an early spring. We also noticed that one animal that seemed to be bad at safely crossing roads was the porcupine.

Waterkeeper Groups Work to Preserve MI Fresh Waters

May 3, 2021
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Water quality and conservation practices around Michigan reach both its Lower and Upper Peninsulas, and two local waterkeepers say vigilant monitoring of these watersheds is vital.

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Chaotic, rushed, and mishandled are all words Wisconsin’s Green Fire used to describe the state’s February wolf hunt.

Green Fire is a conservation group that supports science-based management of Wisconsin’s natural resources.

It recently released its assessment of the wolf hunt.

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