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A unique way to view the stars Submitted: 10/19/2014

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MONICO - People living in the Northwoods get the chance to see dozens of stars on a clear night, but with the temperatures dropping, it might not be as enjoyable.

A planetarium in Monico gives you that experience without bone chilling temperatures.

Kovac Planetarium in Monico has been in business since 2007. It took the owner 10 years to build it. 5 to put the planetarium together. Then an additional 5 to actually get it inside.

The owner says when people come to his planetarium, most people don't know what to expect.

"The one who's running the show is the one who built it. Then when they leave, especially people of all ages… I'm amazed by the comments," said Kovac Planetarium designer and owner, Frank Kovac. "People sometimes even have tears in their eyes because they're so excited."

Sunday, the Oneida County 4-H club had the chance to see the solar system from indoors. They're working on model rockets and the Sky Net Junior Scholars Astronomy program.

"There have been youth who have been interested in the sky and star constellations, what's out there," said UW Extension Oneida County 4-H Youth Development educator, Lynn Feldman. "This is just a goldmine of a place to be able to give additional information about what they have been studying."

The planetarium is open all year round.

Story By: Shardaa Gray

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Humane Society takes in more than 60 cats, two dogsSubmitted: 10/19/2014

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TAYLOR COUNTY - More than 60 cats and kittens will need to be nursed back to health. They were found in a home filled with garbage and junk.

The Taylor County Humane Society got the cats and two dogs last week after their owner passed away. The humane society says the animal's owner can be described as an animal hoarder.

Many of the cats are sick, hungry, and very weak.

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Voters head to polls early in WisconsinSubmitted: 10/19/2014

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MADISON - Wisconsin residents can start heading to their local clerks' offices this week to cast early ballots for the Nov. 4 election.

Early voting is set to begin Monday and run through Oct. 31. Municipal clerks can hold early voting from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday during those two weeks, although each clerk can set his or her own hours. Clerks without regular office hours must make themselves available by appointment.

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100-year-old grandmother sees six generations in one settingSubmitted: 10/19/2014

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RHINELANDER - Most people don't get to meet their great, great, great grandchildren. It's one of the perks one Rhinelander woman has after turning 100 years old. All six generations of her family got together Sunday to celebrate their unique family.

"I wouldn't let anything ever happen to you," said 100-year-old, Bea Kofler.

Kofler held her nine day old great, great, great grandson for the first time Sunday.

"He's too precious," Kofler said.

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Wisconsin DNR closing 2 more wolf zonesSubmitted: 10/19/2014

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MADISON - Wildlife officials are closing two more wolf hunting zones in northern Wisconsin.

The Department of Natural Resources says Zones 1 and 4 will be closed to further hunting and trapping of wolves effective 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The DNR closed Zone 2 last week. Three of the state's six zones remain open.

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 REGIONAL NEWS
Madison police arrest 1 for urinating on squad carSubmitted: 10/19/2014

MADISON - A Wisconsin man has been arrested for allegedly urinating on a marked Madison Police Department squad car.

A police statement says officers observed the 21-year-old Dodgeville man relieving himself on the squad car late Saturday night near a bar on State Street in downtown Madison. It says several people warned the man that police were approaching, but he didn't stop.

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Wisconsin park begins cutting dead treesSubmitted: 10/19/2014

MADISON - Workers have started removing nearly 140 dead or dying evergreen trees at Peninsula State Park Golf Course in Door County.

The Department of Natural Resources says a 2011 application of a broadleaf herbicide damaged the trees. The agency says federal environmental officials had approved the herbicide but later stopped its sale after determining it damages evergreen trees.

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John Doe legal fees approach $900KSubmitted: 10/18/2014

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MADISON - Taxpayers have paid nearly $900,000 in legal fees related to the John Doe investigation of coordinated efforts between the campaign of Gov. Scott Walker and his supporters.

Current caps negotiated with the private law firms, which have been increased as costs rise, allow the state to spend up to about $1.1 million.

The investigation is looking into coordinated campaign activity between the governor's campaign and outside groups, which is banned by state law. One of those groups filed a lawsuit. The investigation is on hold after a federal judge ruled that some campaign coordination is legal, although his ruling could be overturned on appeal.

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Driver dead after truck hits house in central Wis.Submitted: 10/18/2014

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SHAWANO COUNTY - 22-year-old Tony M. Modrzejewski is dead after the pickup truck he was driving hit a house in central Wisconsin.

According to the Shawano County sheriff's department, the house was struck at about 2:40 a.m. Saturday on Highway 45 near the village of Birnamwood.

Three people inside the house did not require medical attention at the scene.

The driver, who lived in Birnamwood, died on the scene and a 21-year-old male passenger from Wittenberg was taken by helicopter to a hospital. His condition is not immediately known.

The sheriff's department is still investigating.

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