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Rhinelander District Library hires new directorSubmitted: 09/15/2014
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander District Library will welcome a new director at the end of October.

The library's board hired Virginia Woods Roberts to lead the library.

She's currently the director of the Chippewa Falls Library.

The board interviewed three other candidates.

Roberts has a master's degree in both library science and art.

She wanted to move to the Northwoods to be closer to family that live here.

Library Director Ed Hughes left in May to become a library director in Mississippi.

Children's Services Director Tom Hurlburt has served as interim director since Hughes left.

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Rhinelander Toyota Hodag Musky Challenge ReturnsSubmitted: 09/15/2014

RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Toyota Hodag Musky Challenge returns Saturday September 20th and Sunday September 21st. It will be held at five different lakes.

The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce wants more people to register for the tournament.

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Insurance expert: Faster you act, sooner you'll have coverage if you lost BadgerCareSubmitted: 09/15/2014

MADISON - People who lost BadgerCare coverage after changes this year will get another chance to find health insurance on the federal online exchange this fall.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will give those people until November 2nd to enroll.

Security Health Plan Director of Marketing Marty Anderson says the company has insured around 31,000 people in Wisconsin from their plans offered on the federal exchange. He believes the extension was necessary and will help people who were confused by the changes to their coverage.

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What clerks face with reinstatement of voter ID law Submitted: 09/15/2014

ONEIDA COUNTY - You'll need a photo ID to vote in the November general election.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago reinstated Wisconsin's photo ID law on Friday.

Election workers should be able to handle the change at the polls in November.

But nearly 12,000 absentee ballots have already been sent out around the state.

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A small bean earns big recognition this harvest seasonSubmitted: 09/15/2014

WISCONSIN - A little bean earned 'big' recognition this harvest season.
Governor Scott Walker proclaimed September as Soybean month.

Soybeans are important to local communities and also to the state's economy.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that Wisconsin farmers will harvest a record amount of soybeans this year.
There are about 11,000 soybean farmers across the state.
The soybean is a part of our everyday life in many ways.

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 REGIONAL NEWS
Judge halts proceedings in child stabbing caseSubmitted: 09/15/2014

WAUKESHA - A judge has halted court proceedings for one of two 12-year-old girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please a fictional character called Slender Man.

The girl's attorney, Maura McMahon, told Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren on Monday that she has questions about the girl's ability to assist in her own defense. Bohren ordered a competency examination to be completed within 30 days.

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Wisconsin election officials scramble on voter IDSubmitted: 09/15/2014

MADISON - Wisconsin election officials are scrambling to deal with the reinstatement of the requirement that voters show photo identification when casting ballots.

The law was reinstated last Friday by a federal appeals court in Chicago, just hours after hearing arguments in the case.

Government Accountability Board spokesman Reid Magney said Monday that the biggest immediate issue is what to do about more than 11,800 absentee ballots that have already been mailed, and perhaps returned, without the voter showing the required identification.

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Group raises concerns about road fundingSubmitted: 09/15/2014

MADISON - A new group hopes to see more money set aside for building roads.

The coalition includes road builders, economic development leaders and representatives of local governments.

They want to make sure political candidates understand funding problems for transportation in Wisconsin.

The state's budget for road work and mass transit faces a 680-million dollar shortfall over the next two years.

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Charity ride benefits food pantriesSubmitted: 09/15/2014

GREEN BAY - A couple biking across Minnesota and Wisconsin arrived at Lambeau Field in time for Sunday's Green Bay Packers' game after leaving the site of the old Metrodome in Minneapolis seven days before.

Rick and Robin Martinek's charity ride of several hundred miles through wind and rain benefited food pantries _ Paul's Pantry in Green Bay and Moms and Neighbors in the Twin Cities.

The couple averaged 40 to 50 miles a day on bike trails through the two states. They had trained for the ride before leaving on Sept. 8.

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