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Local fire departments respond to a fire in a man's backyard in MonicoSubmitted: 05/20/2018
MONICO - Around 4 PM Sunday Monico Fire Department, Oneida County Sheriff's Department and DNR Fire all responded to a backyard fire on Neptune Lake Road in Monico.

"The homeowner was barbecuing outside when he had taken a phone call inside, when he came out the wind kind of picked up and some of the coals onto the ground. The fire spread from there," said Oneida County Deputy Sheriff Michael Baran.

Baran said no one was injured in the fire just damaged to property.

Story By: Erin Beu

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RHINELANDER - Dozens of people suited up with helmets, and handle bars ready to participate in the fifth annual RASTA Rally in Rhinelander Sunday.

It was the first race of the season but racers say they were ready for the challenge.

"At the start you're really pushing hard, your heart rate is really getting up there [and] your legs are burning," said race competitor Adam Maki.

Maki competed in the seven mile race at the RASTA (Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association) Rally bike race in Rhinelander Sunday.

Dozens of people like Maki have looked forward to Sunday for months.

"This is one of the first mountain bike races of the year because some of the other ones got canceled because of the bad weather earlier in the year," said RASTA President Richard Reidinger.

Even though Maki was able to fly through the race, Reidinger said the trail was anything but easy.

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MINOCQUA - Dozens of girls laced up their running shoes to hit the start line for the "Girls on the Run" community spring 5k Saturday in Minocqua.

Girls on the Run is an organization that helps young girls grow to be confident and healthy.

The 5K fun run is just one way to promote a healthy body image.

Girls on the Run Park Falls coach Katie Rybak said the run isn't about time or winners but to make sure everyone knows that they are capable of finishing.

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MERRILL - Organizers broke ground on the Northwoods Veterans Post in Merrill Saturday.

It will serve veterans, boy, girl and cub scouts as well as the community.

Northwoods Veterans Post marketing Chairperson Tracy Jopek lost her son in 2006 when his truck hit a bomb while he was serving oversees in Iraq.

"I'd like to think if he was the one that came home, that he would have a place to go. It's important to not just talk the talk about supporting the military but to actually do it," said Jopek.

Saturday, Jopek and other organizers broke ground on the Northwoods Veterans Post in Merrill.

"The Northwoods Veterans Post offers a place that we can bring in resources," said Jopek.

Those resources were never offered at the more than 100-year-old Merrill VFW building.

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EAGLE RIVER - Temperatures in the 70s and 80s mean it's time to get out on the water.

Maybe not for swimming just yet, but for boating. 

A new Your Boat Club location just opened this season in Minocqua. 

Your Boat Club lets you rent a boat for the day, or become a member and use a boat any time during the year.


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SANTA FE, TX - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says 10 people are dead and 10 more wounded after a shooting at a high school in the town of Santa Fe.

Abbott called Friday's shooting "one of the most heinous attacks that we've ever seen in the history of Texas schools."

He says explosive devices including a Molotov cocktail had been found in the suspected shooter's home and a vehicle as well as around the school and nearby.

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MADISON - A shortage of correctional officers to work in Wisconsin's prisons cost taxpayers more than $42 million in overtime last year.

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau says there are currently 920 unfilled corrections jobs, or a vacancy rate of about 12½ percent.

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MADISON - Wisconsin's unemployment rate has dropped to a record-low 2.8 percent, more good economic news for Gov. Scott Walker as he runs for re-election.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development reported the latest figure Thursday for the month of April. It had been at 2.9 percent for the previous two months, which tied the record low set in 1999.

Walker heralded the latest record-low, saying "we're not done yet."

Democrats have said Wisconsin's unemployment rate is riding the wave of the national economy and they've pointed to other measurements showing that the state is underperforming its neighbors and lagging the national average in job creation.

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MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks have officially announced the hiring of Mike Budenholzer as their new coach.

A person familiar with the search had told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Milwaukee Bucks have reached an agreement with Budenholzer, the former Atlanta Hawks coach. The Bucks made the official announcement Thursday.

Budenholzer replaces Joe Prunty, the former assistant who went 21-16 in the regular season after replacing the fired Jason Kidd in late January. The Bucks lost to Boston in seven games in the first round of the playoffs.

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