Sept. 8 Local Newscast

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While the construction was going on it didn't feel like much of a party, but now that the downtown Rhinelander Streetscape project is done, officials say now is the time for a party.

Downtown Rhinelander is hosting a block party Saturday. The party will run from noon until 8 p.m. Davenport and Brown Streets will be closed to allow pedestrian traffic on the streets.

Dan Heyman

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A West Virginia journalist whose arrest drew national attention is off the hook. Prosecutors dismissed charges on Wednesday against Dan Heyman, a reporter for Public News Service, who faced six months of jail time for an incident in May at the State Capitol.

"Kindness Curriculum" Available For Teachers

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MADISON, Wis. - As children begin the school year, teachers may wonder how to integrate social and emotional learning in the classroom, along with reading, writing and math. That's one of the concepts behind the new Kindness Curriculum developed for teachers by the UW-Madison Center for Healthy Minds.


A new invasive species has been found in Portage County. Jumping worms have made their way into the county and are damaging plants.

Denise Rocha is part of the support staff with the Portage County UW-Extension. She explains what kind of damage these worms can have on the soil. She said, "They eat the top of the soil components where the nutrients and leaf dropping and things like that are. Then what they leave behind is a very grainy soil, kind of like coffee grounds, that is very difficult for plants to germinate and grow in."

Gov. Walker Says More Money Coming For Fab Labs

Sep 7, 2017
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Governor Walker says the recently-approved state budget has good news for schools hoping to put in FAB LABS in K-12 districts.

Walker Thursday stopped in Three Lakes, the site of the state's first fabrication lab  in a K-12 setting, and said after the protracted budget debate, money for the labs has grown in the state budget...

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State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst chaired an hours-long public hearing in Ladysmith Thursday on a bill that would eliminate Wisconsin's nearly two-decades long Mining Moratorium law.

The current law requires that before the state can issue a permit for mining of sulfide ore bodies, companies must first provide an example of where a metallic sulfide mine in the U.S. or Canada has not polluted surface or groundwater during or after mining.


The signs for many of the Northwoods medical facilities will be changing soon except for one well-known facility.

Ascension will have its name and brand on the facilities they have in the Northwoods says spokesperson Lara Barbour...

Minocqua will host the sixth annual No Frills Marathon Saturday and a state marketing grant is helping bring in new participants. It also is helping with the area's bottom line.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Krystal Westfahl says the event began as a marathon along the Bearskin Trail from Tomahawk to Minocqua.

Last year she says they got a state Joint Effort Marketing grant to try to bring in half-marathon participants and they focused on bringing more half-marathon runners this year. The Department of Tourism provided a $3,250 dollar grant this year as well....


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Testing Your Groundwater Supply Essential For Health

The state is out with its annual report on our groundwater and two pollutants continue to be present: e coliform bacteria and nitrates. The Groundwater Coordinating Council Report finds nearly three-fourths of state residents rely on groundwater as their primary source of drinking water. DNR Groundwater Section Chief Bruce Rheineck says well contamination can come from a variety of sources... "....Contamination has a wide range of possibilities and we have a really nice website 'what's wrong...

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