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Lt. Gov. Kleefisch talks property taxes during Northwoods visitSubmitted: 07/30/2015
EAGLE RIVER - Gov. Walker's administration often promises to lower property taxes.

And this year, it has.

But the cuts are pretty small. Wisconsin's budget agency predicts the average home will save $1 this year and $2 next year . 



But Lt. Gov. Recca Kleefisch thinks even cuts that small still represent an important downward trend.

"Well, you can look at it this way: Would you rather your property taxes go up or down?" Kleefisch said. "Would you rather have your property taxes lower this year and then lower next year than they were in 2010? Or would you rather be on the path that they went up 27 percent over the previous decade?"

Kleefisch said lowering taxes would attract more business to Wisconsin and encourage more spending.

Kleefisch is in the Northwoods for a few days this week as part of a trip that promotes tourism in the area.


Story By: Stephanie Haines

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 LOCAL NEWS

RHINELANDER - In 2003, two bikers found the body of Kenneth Wells in the Wisconsin River behind Trig's in Rhinelander.

At first, police believed Wells drowned. But, more than a decade later, investigators took another look at the case—and this time they called it a homicide. 

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RHINELANDER - Parents try to keep their kids safe in the sun, but what happens when parents aren't around to put sunblock on?

Earlier this week, NBC shared a story about two Oklahoma boys getting terrible sunburns during a preschool trip to the park. The boys' mother says teachers didn't put any sunblock on her kids.

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WAUSAU - The Wausau School District will use a large grant to renovate the school's planetarium. The current Wausau School District planetarium was built in the late 1960s, and it needs some upgrades.

The school just received a $230 thousand grant to complete the project. It is expected to take two years to complete.

"The first year is running the software, showing it, using it in our classrooms in our curriculum," said planetarium director Chris Janssen. "Finding out, 'is this going to work 100% of the time?' Year two then is going to be the actual, physical structure upgrades. The dome will get replaced, seats, cement contractors will come in and tilt the floor and so-on."

The planetarium can hold 54 people, and organizers are hoping to keep it that way.

"For curricular needs, when you have two classes come in, and the classes are about 26 kids each, you gotta have that sweet spot of about 50-54 seats. When you tilt the floor, you lose some space, so I really want to try and keep it at about 50 seats."

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MARSHFIELD - Marshfield will break ground for its new library tomorrow morning. The ceremony and small dig is thanks to years of work.

The city will build the new library on the corner of Maple Avenue and Veterans Parkway. That's practically Kitty-corner to the current library, which will become a community center.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

WESCOTT - The body of a man who jumped in a Shawano County lake to rescue his 10-year-son has been recovered.

The body was found after authorities resumed a search of Shawano Lake early Thursday.

Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber says the boy was tubing on the lake without a lifejacket Wednesday and lost his grip while trying to get back on a pontoon boat.  Bieber says the boy's father jumped in the water, and the boat carrying the boy's grandfather and 9-year-old brother drifted away.

Sheriff's officials found the 10-year-old boy in the water near a buoy.

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Authorities say a man has gone missing in Shawano Lake in northeastern Wisconsin after he jumped in the water to rescue his 10-year-old son, who was later found safe.

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MADISON - Newly released documents show Gov. Scott Walker's office was involved in drafting legislation to overhaul Wisconsin's open records law and keep some government materials secret.

Republicans on the Legislature's budget committee passed a measure earlier this month that would have shielded many documents created by state government officials from the open records law, including drafts of legislation and staff communications.

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CINCINNATI - A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist after stopping him over a missing front license plate has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter.

Twenty-five-year-old Ray Tensing wore a striped jail uniform at his arraignment Thursday. Bond was set at $1 million.

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MARQUETTE, MI - A historical marker has been placed in Marquette to commemorate the location of the first steam railroad in the Upper Peninsula.

The Mining Journal of Marquette reports (http://bit.ly/1MvloGk ) the Iron Mountain Railroad was built in 1857 and was used to transport iron ore from mines west of Marquette to the city's harbor on Lake Superior.

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