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Wisconsin grape harvest starting slowlySubmitted: 09/14/2014
MADISON - Wisconsin vineyards are beginning to gather their grapes, and growers say they've seen better harvests.

Most say the picking is behind schedule by 10 days to two weeks. They also expect to get less fruit than last year because the hard winter, a cool summer and lots of rain hurt growing conditions.

But the news isn't all bad. Growers say the quality is good.

Dave Mitchell, who has been growing grapes between Oregon and Stoughton for more than 30 years, says the crop size is about average and he thought it would be worse.

Wisconsin has more than 130 commercial vineyards and more than 80 wineries.


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 LOCAL NEWS
Marshfield man suspected in Packers ticket scamSubmitted: 09/14/2014

MARSHFIELD - Marshfield police say a scammer has been bilking local businesses by saying he can acquire Green Bay Packers tickets, and then failing to deliver the goods.

Police have identified a number of potential victims. They suspect that more victims have yet to come forward.

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Thousands enjoy finger licking good time in MerrillSubmitted: 09/13/2014

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MERRILL - You could find a finger licking good time in Merrill Saturday.

The Merrill Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Rib Fest outside of the Merrill Area Recreational Center. Leaders for the event say they started this to bring in motorcyclists who attend the Tomahawk Fall Ride.

"To pull some of that business into Merrill. A lot of them were staying here or riding through anyhow and make it a stop along their way," said Merrill Chamber of Commerce CEO Debbe Kinsey. "That's how it started. Now we're in year two and it was another successful year."

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Woman hurt in Woodboro motorcycle crash Submitted: 09/13/2014

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WOODBORO - A woman was taken to the hospital after a motorcycle accident on Highway 8 in Woodboro.

It happened near Spring Creek Road a little after 4 p.m Saturday. The Oneida County Sheriff's Office says a semi passed her in the opposite direction. A gust of wind pushed her off the road. Deputies say this isn't the first time something like this happened.

She was taken to Ministry Saint Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander for non-life threatening injuries.

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Kids learn about Northwoods animals Submitted: 09/13/2014

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MANITOWISH WATERS - Some parents take their kids on a nature walk to learn more about Northwoods animals, but some kids in Manitowish Waters learned about Northwoods creatures in a fun format.

North Lakeland Discovery Center held its first Northwoods Wildlife Fest Saturday. They want kids and parents to have a better understanding of Northwoods animals.

Leaders for the event set up stations such as be a bat biologist to help kids understand what species they are.

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 REGIONAL NEWS
Farmers worry good corn crop could mean low pricesSubmitted: 09/14/2014

EAU CLAIRE - Agricultural officials are projecting an 11 percent increase in the size of Wisconsin's corn harvest this year. That has farmers worried that prices will drop too low for them to make a profit.

State projections call for corn yields of 162 bushels per acre. That's up 16 bushels per acre from last year.

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Walker promises more tax cuts in second termSubmitted: 09/14/2014

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker's promises for a second term include cutting property and income taxes for individuals and requiring drug tests for those seeking unemployment and food stamp benefits.

He also wants to freeze tuition at both technical colleges and the University of Wisconsin System.

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Explosion levels home; owner unhurt in drivewaySubmitted: 09/13/2014

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GENOA - An early-morning explosion has leveled a Genoa-area home, spraying debris onto a highway and damaging a former fish market.

The owner is a fisherman who was in the driveway when the house blew up Friday morning.

Roger Beck says he thought his vehicle battery had blown up. Then he looked up and saw it was his kitchen.

The 76-year-old says he tried to douse the flames with the bucket, and as he was walking away the rest of the two-story home exploded. Firefighters arrived to find the house flattened and on fire.

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Walker approves new voter ID processSubmitted: 09/12/2014

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MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has approved new rules establishing a free process for verifying birth information for people looking for state identification cards to vote but lack birth certificates.

Walker approved the rules Friday, the same day state attorneys tried to convince the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to reinstate a state law requiring voters show photo identification at the polls.

The state Supreme Court upheld the law in July in a separate case but cautioned that the state can't require someone seeking an ID to vote to pay fees for supporting documents.

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