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Levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in foam samples on the Peshtigo River spiked well above what may be safe, the DNR announced this week.

The samples were collected below the dam in Peshtigo and in a nearby roadside ditch.

Just below the dam, the PFOA level in the foam was 230 parts per trillion (ppt), and the PFOS level was about 17,000 ppt.

PFOA and PFOS are the two best-known PFAS chemicals.  PFAS has been linked to health issues.

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With colder weather upon us, a propane industry leader reports there's more than enough propane available to heat homes and the price is holding steady.

Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order this week, declaring an energy emergency in Wisconsin, citing increasing demand by farmers to dry corn and a sharply colder spell. The order said the corn processing is about two weeks behind schedule.

But Emma Corning, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Propane Gas Association says Wisconsin is doing just fine with supply and demand of propane...

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According to a new poll released by AARP Wisconsin, seventy-seven percent of Wisconsin small business owners are supportive of a retirement savings program that would help employees save for retirement at their jobs. Nearly half of small business owners expressed concern about their employees having enough money saved for retirement.

Advocacy Director at AARP Wisconsin Lisa Lamkins says most small businesses would help out..

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The unemployment rate in Wisconsin edged up in all 72 counties from one year ago, but only four counties in Wisconsin are at or above the number considered by economists to be full employment.

September numbers provided by the state find only Menominee, Iron, Marinette and Forest counties to be at or above the level of 4 percent in September. Economists say 4 percent joblessness is statistically near full employment.

State labor economist Mitchell Rupp in Wausau has numbers for most of the Northwoods...

LUHS Budget Shows Sharp Rise, But Tax Rate Stays The Same

Oct 31, 2019
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Spending is sharply up at Lakeland Union High School for next year’s budget, but the tax rate on real estate in the district remains nearly the same as last year’s figure.

Approval of the property tax levy for the 2019-20 budget took place Monday at the district’s annual meeting. As has been the case for the past several years, no one from the general public attended. So, it fell to board members and staff to cast the vote.

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Simple parts of life make Mary Watkins happy.

She kayaks on her lake, hosts football parties, and enjoys time with her yellow lab, Ruby.

“I have a dog.  I like to walk my dog.  I would be afraid to go out there.  You came down that road.  It’s narrow.  I think it would disrupt the quiet.  It would disrupt the whole reason everybody’s here,” Watkins said.

Watkins is talking about a company’s proposal to send three tanker semis daily down the one-lane road to her home on Carlin Lake near Presque Isle in Vilas County.

Sugar Camp Man Going To Trial For Fatal Crash

Oct 30, 2019
Oneida County Sheriff's Department

RHINELANDER -- A 53-year-old Sugar Camp man has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on felony charges of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and hit and run resulting in death.

Jeffrey M. Liebscher appeared Wednesday before Judge Patrick O’Melia in Oneida County Circuit Court.

The judge set a Nov. 11 arraignment and denied a request by Liebscher’s attorney to allow the defendant to attend an upcoming banquet.

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They've made good progress but need a final fundraising push to get to the goal.

Located in downtown Three Lakes, the Three Lakes Center for the Arts has undertaken a literal roof raising to preserve the historic building that houses so much of the communties cultural offerings.

Ken Krall spoke with Three Lakes Center for the Arts President Collette Sorgel about the effort...

Three Lakes Center For the Arts president Collette Sorgel. Their website has more information.

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Halloween is a time of unique fun, but experts say the fun will be spoiled when things go bad.

Dawn Robinson of Oneida County Emergency Management has some trick-or-treating tips...

"...Make sure costumes are made of flame retardant material. If possible, choose light-colored clothes and use reflective tape to decorate costumes and candy bags to help increase the visibility of children to drivers and other people. Use makeup rather than a mask, but if the costume has a mask, make sure it fits well, and the eye holes are big enough for a child to see..."

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Another drug bust by the Forest County Drug Task Force.

Wednesday morning, a traffic stop resulted in the arrest of the driver, 35-year-old Thomas Olds of Crandon and 36-year-old Amellia McGeshick of Wabeno.

In checking the car, authorities allegedly found drug-related paraphernalia and Olds was arrested for driving under the influence. Just prior to arriving at the Forest County Jail, McGeshick told detectives that she had crack cocaine concealed inside her person.

Wisconsin Historical Society

In the early morning gloom, it is easy to imagine what might the thing be that goes bump in the night.  Sometimes the thing that is really there turns out to be so unusual that it is hard to believe.  Such an event happened at Rhinelander’s Paper Mill in 1935.

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Update: 10/30:The Oneida County Sheriff's Department has released the name of the man killed Tuesday morning in a traffic crash. The victim was identified as Larry D. Badgley of the Town of Schoepke. Deputies report a vehicle driven by a 16-year-old female left county highway "B" about 7:30 Tuesday morning and struck a tree. She called for help for her injuries and was later taken to the hospital. A second 9-1-1 call said a man allegedly had been struck by the vehicle and Badgley died from those injuries. The crash happened near Meister Stockley Road.

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Minocqua- The Lakeland School Board has reversed itself and now supports a statewide ban on Native American logos and mascots usage by public schools.

Action came Monday after Administrator Rob Way reported that the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Council wants the high school board to support a related resolution to be presented at the Wisconsin Association of School Boards’ annual convention in January.

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