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October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is holding its annual Candlelight Vigil on Friday, October 11, at 7:00p.m. at the Oneida County Courthouse and you can help out.

Melissa Kropidlowski is Domestic Violence Program Coordinator for Tri-County Council. She says Tri-County staff and members of the community will be reading the 2018 domestic violence homicide report...

Agricultural Hemp One Step Closer To Reality In Wisconsin

Oct 10, 2019 NickyPe

Wisconsin's agricultural hemp program is one step closer to becoming permanent.

A bill co-authored by Stevens Point Republican Patrick Testin and Milwaukee Democrat Lena Taylor that removes the pilot program distinction from hemp passed the Senate on Tuesday.

Testin says the growth of the program in its two-year test run shows the crop has the potential to be something special in the state. "In year one we had 250 growers, now we have over 1,500. It's a huge surge, there hasn't been an expansion of any hemp program like that in the entire country."

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Few drivers zipping along Northwoods roads probably think about the culverts they cross, culverts sending stream water underneath the pavement or gravel.

Instead, it’s Jon Simonsen’s job to worry about the structures, which play a major role in both transportation and fish habitat.

“People don’t give a culvert much thought, and they’ll pass over it.  But they think about it a lot when the road is washed out and the road has failed,” said Simonsen, a DNR transportation liaison.  “So that’s when it has become significant.”

Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Department

A federal grand jury in Madison this week indicted a Town of Corning man for his alleged possession of several firearms after being convicted of felonies.

46-year-old Daniel Boldt is facing up to 10 years in prison if convicted in U.S. court. Another aspect of Boldt's arrest finds a Lincoln County deputy returning to full duty after shooting Boldt in a confrontation west of Merrill in August.

  • This week marks the anniversary of the Peshtigo fire, where 1,200 people lost their lives,
  • Lincoln county man faces federal prison time for illegal gun possession,
  • A Wausau doctor is given federal prison time for illegal fentanyl prescriptions,
  • Culverts move water but often are too small and hurt wildlife and damage roads.

A Lincoln county man faces up to 10 years in prison after a federal grand jury in Madison returned an indictment.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita Rumbelow reports 46 year old Daniel Boldt of the Town of Corning is charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

The indictment alleges that on August 24 Boldt allegedly had in his possession a .22 caliber rifle, a .32 caliber revolver, a .22 caliber pistol, a 12 gauge shotgun, a 9mm pistol, and .22 caliber ammunition. Sweetaholic

Add Forest county to those affected by the tree-killing Oak wilt disease.

The DNR tested wood samples taken from two red oak trees in the town of Lincoln, just north of Lake Lucerne.

Oak wilt is common in the southern two-thirds of Wisconsin, but only within the past few years has it been found in the Northwoods. Forest was one of the last area counties without the disease. Iron county has not had a verifiable infestation.

Linda Williams is a DNR forest health specialist in Woodruff... InspiredImages

A quarter-century has passed since a group placed a number of items into a time capsule at Nicolet College in Rhinelander and this Saturday you can find out what 1994 was all about.

The public is invited to witness the opening of the capsule Saturday, October 12, in the Northwoods Center from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Mary Fortier was working at Nicolet when the capsule was put together and it was completed on October 12, 1994...

Three Lakes Chamber of Commerce

An event this weekend at the Three Lakes High School helps provide resources for the Three Lakes Fire Department.

The 27th annual Pumpkin Fest is set for Saturday from 9:30 to 3 p.m. Event spokesperson Mary Babich is a member of the fire department auxiliary...

"...It's an event that supports the Three Lakes Fire Department. Over the years we've purchased all kinds of safety equipment and training. This kind of boosts that and also supports the community in various emergency ways...." geralt

Northwoods residents can help out as the American Red Cross is bringing a blood drive to Lac du Flambeau Thursday to get some badly needed donations.

Blood representative Marc Sutton details the drive...

"...On October 10, we'll be holding a blood drive at Lake of the Torches Casino in Lac du Flambeau. So if anyone is heading to the casino or are in the area we're going to be at the casino in the middle entrance by the hotel from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help meet the current blood supply needs...."

  • A Wisconsin gun group says it will fight a Baraboo law to put cameras in gun shops,
  • U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin says failing farms are a crisis,
  • A course is set for Three Lakes to provide help for caregivers,
  • The National Guard is asked to speed up the investigation into PFAS at Truax Field.
  • Snow is in the forecast for the weekend.


For this week's A Northwoods Moment in History, Gary Entz remembers the late Klondike Theater in Hurley and the horrific fire in 1901 that resulted in its tragic end.

Gov. Tony Evers, joined by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, signed Executive Order #50, declaring the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Wisconsin.

The executive order was signed on Tuesday at Indian Community School in Franklin. In the executive order, Gov. Evers recognized the importance of the Native Nations to Wisconsin and reaffirmed the significance of Native Nations’ sovereignty, culture, and history. PublicDomainPictures

A Langlade County Board subcommittee met on Monday to consider a plan to monitor drinking water nitrate levels.

UW-Stevens Point groundwater specialist, Kevin Masarik, made a presentation to the board about county water wells. Masarik found that over 6% of wells tested exceeded 10 milligrams per liter, which is above the amount in safe water. Nitrates enter the water system usually because of agricultural activities and septic systems. The highest concentration of wells with elevated nitrates occurs in the Antigo flats, which is also where most of the county’s residents reside. woren76

October is Energy Efficiency Month and you can pick up free items to save energy in your home.

Focus on Energy is Wisconsin utilities' statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program funded by the energy providers and participating municipal and electric cooperative utilities. Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Spokesperson John Beard says during October, utility customers can pick up energy efficiency packs to cut down energy use...