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What clerks face with reinstatement of voter ID law Submitted: 09/15/2014

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ONEIDA COUNTY - You'll need a photo ID to vote in the November general election.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago reinstated Wisconsin's photo ID law on Friday.

Election workers should be able to handle the change at the polls in November.

But nearly 12,000 absentee ballots have already been sent out around the state.

Those ballots didn't include instructions for voters to include copies of their photo IDs when sending back their ballots.

No absentee ballots have been sent out to Oneida County voters but Oneida County Clerk Mary Bartelt says applications for absentee ballots have gone out.

They didn't ask for a photo ID.

"The Government Accountability Board, we received a memo this morning that they are to hold off until next week until they hear from them of what they will have to do for those applications that were sent out not asking for a photo ID," Bartelt said.

Election officials say people who do not have a photo ID can get one at the DMV.

People who forget an ID on November 4th won't be turned away.

"They still can vote. But they will be treated as probably a provisional ballot," Bartelt said.

Voters then have until 4 p.m. the Friday following the election to provide their photo ID.

In-person absentee voting runs from October 21st to October 31st.

For more information on what the voter photo ID law means for you, click the link below.

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 LOCAL NEWS
Rhinelander Toyota Hodag Musky Challenge ReturnsSubmitted: 09/15/2014

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RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Toyota Hodag Musky Challenge returns Saturday September 20th and Sunday September 21st. It will be held at five different lakes.

The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce wants more people to register for the tournament.

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Rhinelander District Library hires new directorSubmitted: 09/15/2014

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RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander District Library will welcome a new director at the end of October.

The library's board hired Virginia Woods Roberts to lead the library.

She's currently the director of the Chippewa Falls Library.

The board interviewed three other candidates.

Roberts has a master's degree in both library science and art.

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Insurance expert: Faster you act, sooner you'll have coverage if you lost BadgerCareSubmitted: 09/15/2014

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MADISON - People who lost BadgerCare coverage after changes this year will get another chance to find health insurance on the federal online exchange this fall.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will give those people until November 2nd to enroll.

Security Health Plan Director of Marketing Marty Anderson says the company has insured around 31,000 people in Wisconsin from their plans offered on the federal exchange. He believes the extension was necessary and will help people who were confused by the changes to their coverage.

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A small bean earns big recognition this harvest seasonSubmitted: 09/15/2014

WISCONSIN - A little bean earned 'big' recognition this harvest season.
Governor Scott Walker proclaimed September as Soybean month.

Soybeans are important to local communities and also to the state's economy.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that Wisconsin farmers will harvest a record amount of soybeans this year.
There are about 11,000 soybean farmers across the state.
The soybean is a part of our everyday life in many ways.

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 REGIONAL NEWS
Man arrested after 25 dead cows found Submitted: 09/15/2014

BARRON - Authorities say a 47-year-old western Wisconsin man was arrested after officials discovered 25 dead cows on his farm.

The Barron County sheriff's office says the man was taken into custody Saturday on suspicion of mistreating animals and failing to provide food and drink to animals.

The Leader-Telegram reports the man was booked into jail, released and is due in court next month.

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Judge halts proceedings in child stabbing caseSubmitted: 09/15/2014

WAUKESHA - A judge has halted court proceedings for one of two 12-year-old girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please a fictional character called Slender Man.

The girl's attorney, Maura McMahon, told Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren on Monday that she has questions about the girl's ability to assist in her own defense. Bohren ordered a competency examination to be completed within 30 days.

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Wisconsin election officials scramble on voter IDSubmitted: 09/15/2014

MADISON - Wisconsin election officials are scrambling to deal with the reinstatement of the requirement that voters show photo identification when casting ballots.

The law was reinstated last Friday by a federal appeals court in Chicago, just hours after hearing arguments in the case.

Government Accountability Board spokesman Reid Magney said Monday that the biggest immediate issue is what to do about more than 11,800 absentee ballots that have already been mailed, and perhaps returned, without the voter showing the required identification.

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Charity ride benefits food pantriesSubmitted: 09/15/2014

GREEN BAY - A couple biking across Minnesota and Wisconsin arrived at Lambeau Field in time for Sunday's Green Bay Packers' game after leaving the site of the old Metrodome in Minneapolis seven days before.

Rick and Robin Martinek's charity ride of several hundred miles through wind and rain benefited food pantries _ Paul's Pantry in Green Bay and Moms and Neighbors in the Twin Cities.

The couple averaged 40 to 50 miles a day on bike trails through the two states. They had trained for the ride before leaving on Sept. 8.

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