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Northwoods Parish raising money for school, church upgradesSubmitted: 10/23/2014

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RHINELANDER - A Northwoods Parish wants to raise at least two million dollars to renovate its schools and church.

Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School needs technology and infrastructure upgrades. One of the school's buildings hasn't been updated since the 1950s.

School leaders think it's important to also upgrade the school's wireless ability. The school has SmartBoards, iPads, and laptops, but they want the equipment to work better.

"This is 21st century learning," says Nativity School principal Shirley Heise. "We can have all of the equipment in the world but we need to make sure our wireless is capable of handling all that our students need to do."

One of the big changes at Nativity North is to move the school office. Right now, it's not at the opening door of the school.

The school has a security system with cameras. No one can get inside of the building if the office doesn't let them in, but, they don't want to take any risks.

"At the other building, they walk all the way down the hall to get to the office. [After the renovations,] they'll walk into a vestibule, go right to the office. It's much safer. It's much more convenient for our guests and our school parents," says Heise. "It's certainly easier for our school secretary to be able to man what's going on in the building."

There are also many renovations planned for Nativity South.

"The plan is to redo the gym floor. Convert our present media center into a cafeteria, which is used to be in the 60s," says Heise. ["We want to also] use two other classrooms to create the media center."

The parish also wants to renovate the church. They've launched the "Growing Together" campaign to get the project started.

This isn't the first campaign used to raise funds.

"We had done a campaign previously which was tremendously successful. However, the foundation that was supporting that campaign, in 2008 things became financially difficult," says Heise. "We were not able to obtain the funds from that foundation."

Money from that fund will be put towards the new campaign.

The school hopes to get the renovations started June 7, 2015.


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 LOCAL NEWS
Integrys declines Eaglewatch bidSubmitted: 10/22/2014

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ST. GERMAIN - The winner of a huge Northwoods land auction will end up getting nothing.

The parent company of Wisconsin Public Service won't go through with the sale of its large lakefront property, Eaglewatch, in St. Germain.

Integrys declined a $3.8 million bid for the 187-acre property.

It held the auction last month to sell off the land.

That property also has 10,000 feet of lake frontage.

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Spending less on HalloweenSubmitted: 10/22/2014

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RHINELANDER - The average person will spend $77 this year on Halloween costumes, decorations, and candy.

The Goodwill in Rhinelander hopes you'll look good for much less. Goodwill has Halloween items like hats, trick-or-treat baskets to full costumes.

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Many Northwoods voters will consider whether to accept federal BadgerCare moneySubmitted: 10/22/2014

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RHINELANDER - Voters in Oneida, Lincoln, Florence, and Iron Counties will tell the state whether it should accept federal money to expand BadgerCare.

That's Wisconsin's health insurance program for low-income people.

Gov. Scott Walker rejected federal money offered by the Affordable Care Act.

President Obama promised that money would cover at least 90% of the cost of expansion for years into the future.

Walker has said Wisconsin can't trust the federal government to keep paying the money.

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Gun deer hunt brings business to the Northwoods, some worry new rules could affect tourismSubmitted: 10/22/2014

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NORTHWOODS - Some Northwoods businesses worry that new deer hunt regulations could hurt tourism.

The gun deer hunt brings traffic to area businesses after the summer is over.

But new rules could keep people from traveling up north.

"Several guests have called and some have cancelled because they say that there's not going to be any doe tags being issued in this area," says Hiawatha Lodge owner Scott Frickson.

You can't get an antlerless deer tag in Wisconsin north of Marathon County.
That could lead to less hunting tourism in the Northwoods.

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 REGIONAL NEWS
President Obama scheduled to campaign for Burke on TuesdaySubmitted: 10/22/2014

MADISON - A date has been set for President Barack Obama's campaign stop in Milwaukee next week with Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.

Burke's campaign spokesman Joe Zepecki says that Obama will be with Burke on Tuesday. The president's stop comes as Burke is locked in a tight race against Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

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20 flu-related hospitalizations in Wisconsin so far in OctoberSubmitted: 10/22/2014

MADISON - State health officials say the flu season is off to a strong start in Wisconsin.

State epidemiologist Thomas Haupt says influenza hospitalizations have been unexpectedly on the rise in October. 20 people have been hospitalized in the past three weeks. Haupt tells WISN-TV (http://bit.ly/1wo5JOD ) one or two hospitalizations are common this time of year, but not 20.

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Asian carp DNA found in Green Bay's Fox RiverSubmitted: 10/22/2014

GREEN BAY - Wisconsin wildlife officials say Asian carp DNA has been found in the Fox River in downtown Green Bay.

The state Department of Natural Resources says a single positive sample for silver carp was identified from 200 samples taken this summer in the Fox, a tributary of Lake Michigan.

The discovery by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was in the heart of the city, and was part of a survey that started at the mouth of the river and ended about five miles upstream.

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Deer councils to release their first recommendations soonSubmitted: 10/22/2014

MADISON - New county deer councils in Wisconsin will soon release their first recommendations.

Forming the councils was a key part of the recommendations made by Wisconsin's deer czar.

Texas researcher James Kroll came up with the ideas in 20-12 to help the Department of Natural Resources improve deer management.

The councils are scheduled to release their preliminary recommendations next month.

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