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The River Valley Loop around the Lake gave people in the Northwoods the perfect winter community eventSubmitted: 03/01/2015
MINOCQUA - It's the fifth year for the ski-snowshoe event.

The event is a fundraiser for both the Minocqua J1 school, and Arbor Vitae-Woodruff school. More than 350 people went this Saturday.

Event organizer Judy Jurries says that's a lot more than last year.


"I know when I looked at preregistration over 60 % of people were from out of the area. So we're definitely starting to get a lot of recognition from communities much beyond the Northwoods," said Jurries.

The event had a 5K loop, and a 2K kid's loop. People got to enjoy a bonfire, wish lanterns, music, and food and concessions.

"Once they get out here, they just get so excited. Once they see the luminaries, we always put one of the wish lanterns up 10-15 minutes into the events," said Jurries. "People look up, and they're like 'oh, this is so cool'. It's a great way to enjoy the Northwoods weather, what else are you going to do?"

The loop has something for all generations.

Organizers spend about nine months planning the event. They say they're excited to start planning for next year.


Story By: Wren Clair

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Changes to the popular Family Care program and other cuts could save the state $33 million over the next two years. But questions remain as to how programs for people with disabilities would work.

Claire Yunker, spokeswoman for the Department of Health Services, says the changes are aimed at preventing abuse in the existing system and creating a more coordinated care regimen.

But Daniel Idzikowski, executive director of Disability Rights says his organization was not consulted about Walker's plan. He says it would drastically restructure Family Care, the program that administers personal care and long-term care services to elderly, disabled and injured Wisconsinites through Medicaid.

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The class was sponsored by Mel's Trading Post and the School District of Rhinelander Community Education Program

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WAUSAU - The Wausau Police Department released the name of the teenager who was killed Friday evening.

13-year-old Isaiah Powell was the stabbed during a fight in Wausau.

Powell went to Horace Mann Middle School in Wausau.
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A 13-year-old boy has died after he was stabbed during a fight in Wausau that may have been prompted by a dispute on social media.

Wausau police say the stabbing happened Friday after several Wausau high school and middle school students who claim to be gang members had been arguing on Facebook during the day. The Facebook messages indicated that several of the students planned on fighting.

At about 5:30 p.m., six or seven juveniles drove to a house on the 900 block of Jefferson Street. One person fired a BB gun at juveniles who were on the porch.

Both groups began fighting in the street and the teen was stabbed twice in the back. A friend drove him to a hospital, where he died.

A 15-year-old is in custody.

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