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Biologists blame mild winter for the bad summer for mosquitoesSubmitted: 07/22/2018
STEVENS POINT (AP) - Biologists say this is a particularly bad summer for mosquitoes in Wisconsin because many of the insects survived the relatively mild winter.

Jamee Hubbard is an associate professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She tells Wisconsin Public Radio that mild temperatures and significant snow cover helped the mosquitoes survive.

Hubbard says a lot of snow cover "does a good job of insulating." She says that after the snow melted, the area became a perfect habitat for mosquitoes.

Hubbard says there could be an uptick in mosquito-borne illnesses late this summer. Such illnesses include West Nile virus, Jamestown Canyon virus and Eastern equine encephalitis.

Hubbard says residents need to take precautions. She recommends wearing long sleeves and pants outdoors and using insect repellent containing the chemical DEET.



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GERMANTOWN (AP) - Authorities say a pedestrian was killed when he ran out on Interstate 41 near Germantown and was struck by a car.

Germantown police say the accident happened just after midnight on Sunday. The car was in the center lane when it hit the pedestrian, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

WISN-TV reports that shortly before the accident officers were called to a business in the area on a report of a disorderly subject. The man ran off before officers arrived.

No further details have been released.

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EAGLE RIVER - Eight women started a quilting legacy more than 20 years ago. The Cranberry Country Quilt Show comes to Eagle River every two years. However, itswhat the show does all year round that sets it apart.

The Quilting Guild is a nonprofit organization that makes quilts to give to those in need in the department on aging and local women shelters.

"I'd like to find more resources of people that need quilts. For the homeless shelter we make bags with shampoos and soaps and we make as many as we can and they give them to people that need them," said Cranberry Country Quilt Show Chairman Wendy Ahnen. 

Cindy Eggers is an award winning quilter and one of the original members of the guild.This year she was the honoree quilter. She's proud of the impact her quilts make.

"It's wonderful because people respond back with thank you notes for like a baby quilt or maybe their home has been burned. We have a quilt that we can give them when they've lost everything. It's rewarding very rewarding," said Eggers. 

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MINOCQUA - Minocqua hosted not one, but three different races Saturday. Each run was all a part of the Bear Cupboard Run.

People could participate in a half marathon or 5K. For the younger runners, there was a cubby run. All in all about 500 people participated. 

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MINOCQUA - The Gem and Mineral show celebrated its 50th year in Minocqua this weekend. While all the vendors there are passionate about their product, one in particular seems to hold his in high regard.

"Basically it's what I thrive on," said Bill Schoenfuss.

Bill Schoenfuss is passionate about his business.

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MARSHFIELD - A Marshfield man was arrested Friday after allegedly chasing two social workers with a knife according to Marshfield police.

Police responded to reports of a man with a knife at the 200 block of North Spruce Street. Police said Patrick J Langreck, 52, chased two social workers out of his home with a knife and then threw the knife at their vehicle when they were inside. 

When police arrived, Langreck didn't comply with requests to drop the knife and refused to speak with officers. He eventually began walking towards two officers with two knives according to the press release.

Officers used less-lethal bean bag rounds and K9 "H" to defuse the situation.

Langreck was taken into custody safely and transported to Wood County Jail.

Langreck is on probation and four counts of Recklessly Endangering Safety were requested to the Wood County District Attorney.


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SUN PRAIRIE - A contractor struck a gas line in Sun Prairie causing an explosion July 10th that killed firefighter Cory Barr.

That contractor was not registered to do business in Wisconsin, according to the Journal Sentinel.

Michigan-based VC Tech, Inc. was hired by Kansas-based Bear Communications to help install new fiber optic cable lines in Sun Prairie.

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DES MOINES - Forecasters say at least five tornadoes touched down as an unexpected swarm of destructive storms hit central Iowa.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Johnson said Friday that it will take days to determine the strength and total number of the twisters that hit three town on Thursday afternoon.

The storms injured at least 17 people , flattened buildings and forced the evacuation of a hospital.

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MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has asked President Donald Trump's administration to issue a federal disaster declaration for six northwestern Wisconsin counties that saw flood damage in June.

Heavy rains fell across northwestern Wisconsin beginning June 16, washing out many roads and culverts.

Walker sent a letter to Trump on Friday asking for federal aid to help local governments in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Clark, Douglas and Iron counties recover.

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