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An Illinois man has been identified as the person killed in a snowmobile crash Tuesday afternoon in Vilas county.

The Sheriff's Department reports the victim as 61-year-old Kevin A. Keenan of Lake Zurich, Illinois.

The Sheriff's Department reports they were called at 1:49 p.m. after a snowmobile hit a tree on Trail 10 near marker 103 in the Town of Conover.

When the call came in the driver was unresponsive and CPR had been started. When responders arrived Keenan was deceased.

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Homeland Security

The administrator for the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles, Kristina Boardman, says as of October 1, the Transportation Safety Administration will have amended rules to get through the security checkpoints at the airport. She says on that day, you need to have an acceptable ID for travel.

Many people use their driver's licenses for identification...

Help Needed Clearing Snow From Fire Hydrants

Feb 5, 2020
WAOW Television

Hometown heroes are asking for help in Merrill.

The Merrill Fire Department is asking residents to help clear snow from fire hydrants. It's part of a social media campaign they started last year called "Hydrant Heroes."

"On our Merrill Fire Department Facebook page, you can go there and see hydrants that need to be cleared if you're willing to come and give the neighborhood a hand," said Battalion Chief John Leiskau.

If you do clear a hydrant, you can then post a picture of the cleared hydrant in the comments of the original post on Facebook.

Wisconsin Historical Society

Burlesque is a form of entertainment that has become synonymous with exotic dancers. What does burlesque, fishing and the Northwoods have in common? Gary Entz tells us in this week’s Northwoods Moment in History.

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MINOCQUA -- A Lakeland Union High School student has been referred to juvenile authorities in Vilas County after he allegedly left a threatening message on a bathroom wall, according to a joint press release by the Minocqua Police Department and the high school.

“In consultation with the Minocqua Police Department, it was determined that the threat was not credible,” said District Administrator Rob Way in the press release.

School will be in session as usual today, Wednesday.

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One person has died after a snowmobile crash Tuesday afternoon in Vilas county.

The Sheriff's Department reports they were called at 1:49 p.m. after a snowmobile hit a tree on Trail 10 near marker 103 in the Town of Conover. When the call came in the driver was unresponsive and CPR had been started.

When responders arrived the person was deceased. The name of the crash victim will be released when relatives are notified.

Several agencies responded to the scene and the investigation into the crash continues.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign is filing complaints about alleged political donation discrepancies with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission concerning donations to Democrats. The campaign watchdog group is based in Madison.

Executive Director Matt Rothschild says they filed three complaints against Democrats...

WEDC

The Secretary of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation says the agency will be working hard to use a new office to help rural Wisconsin's economy.

Missy Hughes says a key is Governor Tony Evers creation of the Office of Rural Prosperity which is inside WEDC...

Wisconsin DNR

The tax filing season has opened and Wisconsin residents can again help the state's rare wildlife and plants by taking a few seconds to on their Wisconsin income tax form.

Donors' gifts to the Endangered Resources Fund are doubled by the state and go directly to conserve rare species and State Natural Areas.

The DNR's Natural Heritage Conservation Program Director Drew Feldkirchner thanked people who donated in the past and he says the voluntary contributions have made a difference...

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Parvovirus Suspected In Death Of Marathon County Puppy

Feb 4, 2020
WAOW Television

Police are searching for a seller after a puppy allegedly died from parvovirus.

A woman reported purchasing a chihuahua puppy in the Rib Mountain Petco parking lot over the weekend. According to police, the woman picked the puppy out of three that all appeared to be sick.

Police said the the woman took the puppy to the vet where it was later confirmed to have had parvovirus. The puppy later died.

"They were able to confirm that the dog had parvovirus," Wausau and Everest Metro Humane Officer Ashlee Bishop said.

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A Rhinelander area group is far enough along in its fundraising to make plans to build  eight new pickleball courts in the city's Pioneer Park.

Dave Havel is a spokesperson for the Pioneer Park Pickleball group. They launched a fundraising campaign last fall with the hope of raising enough money to replace the aging tennis courts at the park with the fast-growing sport of pickleball.

He says they've made great progress toward a construction fundraising goal of $104,000..

Teaching Drum Outdoor School

Teaching Drum Outdoor School in Three Lakes is offering teaching sessions later this month on Life Lessons from Living With Wolves.

The courses bring participants outdoors to track and learn about wolves.

Abel Bean is a Senior Program Guide at the school and oversees all of their wilderness immersion programs.

Ken Krall spoke with Bean about the courses..

UW-Madison-Science On Tap Minocqua

The next guest of the continuing series "Science on Tap" says parasites in an ecosystem are not all bad.

Dr. Daniel Preston of UW-Madison's Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology will discuss Parasites in Freshwater Ecosystems Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Minocqua Brewing Company.

Preston says most people think parasites are always bad, but he says he can show that isn't always true...

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