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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 02/27/2015
- Keeping young, bright people in the Northwoods is a challenge, like it is for much of the rest of the state. Find out how WEDC hopes to help with that problem.

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 LOCAL NEWS

RHINELANDER - Electricity costs a lot of money, especially when you're not used to paying for it.

The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry moved into a new location in October. In the old building, the pantry didn't have to pay for utilities. Now they do.

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RHINELANDER - People from across the country came to Rhinelander Friday to compete at the USA Ice Team open trials. Yes, ice fishing has a national team.

"This entire weekend is our US trials," said USA Ice Team Coach Brian Gaber. "So just like gymnastics or hockey or any other US national team, they've got a finals weekend. We've got twenty anglers from four or five different states, Nebraska, Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin, trying out for our team."

The world championships will be in Latvia next year. About two dozen people are fishing to get about six spots on the team.

"We're fishing head to head heats, so we're paired up with another angler," said 2015 World Championship Team Member Bob Esbensen. "It's the first one to three fish who wins that heat, and then they do another pairing."

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WAUSAU - Students in Wausau will be able to go to school online next school year.

The Wausau School District is working on a virtual school program. The program, named Wausau Area Virtual Education, is for sixth through 12th graders.

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LANGLADE COUNTY - With these frigid temperatures, it seems like summer is far away. But one local group is already planning for the summer months.


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 REGIONAL NEWS

OXON HILL, MD. - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says his experience taking on protesters in his state helped prepare him to take on terrorists across the world.


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MOSINEE - Seven people sit in jail, suspected of involvement in a home invasion armed robbery in Mosinee last week.

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TRAVERSE CITY, MI - Michigan is joining the federal government in appealing a decision that restores legal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region.

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MILWAUKEE - Seven people have been charged with running a large drug distribution operation out of a house on the south side of Milwaukee.

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