Debate Continues Over Future Use Of VC Fairgrounds

Feb 7, 2020

With two years left on the current lease with the Fair Board, Vilas County has agreed to pay for removal of all existing structures once used by Eagle River Baseball Association, to inspect the property this spring when the snow is gone, and continue contact with the Fair Board.

County board chairman Ron DeBruyne acknowledged all the property, including Riverside Park, “are currently managed by the Fair Board (Vilas County Agriculture Society) 12 months of the year” under the current lease.

Firefighters Practice Winter Skills

Feb 7, 2020
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Winter presents challenges for just about everyone, including first responders.

The Merrill Fire Department is practicing some skills they don't use every day and that are made more difficult by winter conditions, all to make sure they stay on top of their job.

"If you don't practice them, eventually when you get to a scene you might not be so familiar with how things go," said Battalion Chief Phil Skoug.

One of those skills is winter portable pump training. It's a necessary process when they're in rural areas and don't have quick access to the hydrant system.

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As part of the We Live Up Here series, Jim Skibo visited with Raptor Education Group Director, Marge Gibson. She moved back to Antigo to be closer to family, research and write about birds. She and her late husband, Don, soon discovered, however, that the northwoods lacked a facility for bird rehabilitation. In 1990 they opened a facility that takes in about a 1000 injured birds per year along with providing many educational opportunities. paulbr75

The Republican Congressional candidates squared off Thursday in a broadcast debate on Wisconsin Public Radio in Wausau. Tom Tiffany of Minocqua and Jason Church of Hudson answered questions from reporters and the public.

Courtesy of Wisconsin Public Radio, here is the debate heard Thursday, February 6, 2020. AWWest

There's a change in location due to Mother Nature, but the 15th annual LaBatt Blue-USA Pond Hockey National Championships begin Friday morning in Eagle River.

260 teams will bring about 2,000 players in both men's and women's categories to the Eagle River Derby Track along with families and spectators from dozens of states. The ice didn't form as needed on Dollar Lake this year so the event was moved to the Derby Track.

USA Hockey's Ashley Bevan says years ago they worked with groups to bring the event to Eagle River... My_Graphic_Tablets

Two Democrats have proposed a bill that closes a loophole that allows making a functional gun from parts you can find on the Internet or other places.

State Senator Jon Erpenbach and Representative Diane Hesselbein, both of Middleton, are proposing closing a loophole in the law.

One year ago a gunman opened fire in a Middleton workplace using a pieced-together weapon sometimes called a 'ghost gun'. Senator Erpenbach explains...

Following a record-breaking year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is again seeking sponsors to provide meals to children living in economically disadvantaged areas through its Summer Food Service Program.

Last summer, 254 local sponsors served nearly 3 million free meals at more than 1,000 locations across Wisconsin to children of low-income families.

Amy Kolano is the Summer Food Service Coordination at DPI. She says children can get the meals during a time when school is mostly out of session...

  • A look at the loss of winter ice in this bioregion,
  • Corona virus impacts Wisconsin dairy farms,
  • The law is changing concerning using firefighting foam,
  • A Shawano case about alleged nursing home abuse.

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Michael Anderson uses a long bit on a drill to bust through the ice on Silver Lake in Eagle River.

“That would be a good depth for an ice castle right now,” Anderson says, measuring about 15 inches of ice.

That’s plenty for harvesting and forming into blocks for ice-castle building.

But there’s a problem.  A deep layer of slush on Silver Lake makes it inaccessible to the machines and trucks needed to transport ice blocks.

Without the ice blocks, there’s no ice castle downtown, and that means Anderson has to break the bad news to a lot of people.

Corona Virus Impacts Dairy Sales To China

Feb 6, 2020
WAOW Television

The potentially deadly virus just keeps spreading.

Wednesday's confirmed case in Wisconsin bringing the total in the U.S. to 12 and the virus is having an impact on milk prices in our area.

In an industry already going through so much, dairy farmers are now faced with another battle.

"Whatever happens with one part of the world will have a ripple effect on markets in other parts of the world," said Heather Schlesser a dairy agent with UW Divison of Extension.

Two state Senators and four members of the Assembly have signed onto bills to set up what are called PFAS management zones to more quickly test for the 'forever' chemicals.

Representative Jeff Mursau of Crivitz is a sponsor. He acknowledges other legislators are moving bills about PFAS forward, but he says this effort is aimed to get action right away. He says if PFAS is discovered, using the federal standard, it would begin a testing protocol...

Minocqua Hotel Plans Get Another ‘no’ Vote

Feb 5, 2020
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MINOCQUA -- A developer’s revised plan for a nine-unit hotel in Minocqua was voted down by the Minocqua Town Board on Tuesday, setting the stage for arguments at the county level on Thursday.

“It’s impossible for me to move this forward with the number of questions out there,” said supervisor Billy Fried, citing concerns about the project’s overall layout and parking in particular. “At the end of the day, we want to get it right,” said fellow supervisor Bill Stengl. Mohammed Hassan

Early voting has begun for the upcoming Wisconsin spring primary election and a spokesperson says there are a couple of ways you can get your vote in before election day.

In Wisconsin, early voting for any election begins 15 days before the election and ends 4 days before the February 18 election.

League of Women Voters of the Northwoods spokesperson Debra Durchslag says voters have until February 14 at 5:00 p.m. to cast a vote in person with their local municipal clerk.

She says there's also another option...

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The U.S. Senate has voted to not remove President  Donald J. Trump from office.

In two votes largely along party lines, on the first count of Abuse of Power, it was guilty 48, not guilty 52.

On the second count of Obstruction of Congress, the vote was 47 guilty, not guilty 53.

To remove a sitting president via impeachment,  67 votes are needed.

Wisconsin's two U.S. Senators were divided. Democrat Tammy Baldwin voted both times in the minority  for guilty. Republican Ron Johnson voted both times in the majority to not convict.


Wisconsin U.S. Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin have introduced bipartisan legislation to rename the Tomahawk post office after Einer H. Ingman, Jr. Ingman Jr. was a Korean War veteran from Tomahawk who single-handedly destroyed two enemy machine gun nests near Maltari in 1951 and allowed his squad to secure its objective.

Ingman was awarded the Medal of Honor citation by President Harry Truman for this service along with two Purple Hearts, three Bronze Stars and other recognitions. He was severely wounded in the battle.

He passed away in September, 2015.