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McDonald's hostage taker to spend more than 26 years in mental institutionSubmitted: 08/27/2014

SHAWANO COUNTY - The man who held a Wittenberg McDonald's employee hostage in April will spend more than 26 years in a mental institution.

Tuesday, a judge sentenced 29-year-old gunman Travis Keiler of Gillett to 26 and a half years in a mental institution.

Keiler had been found not guilty by mental disease or defect for taking hostages and failing to comply with an officer.

Two misdemeanor charges for carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct were dismissed.

Keiler held McDonald's employee Jacob Kujawa hostage for more than an hour in late April.

No one was hurt in the situation.

Keiler told hostage negotiators he thought he was being followed that morning by "all different types" of police cars.

Some of them had what he called "fire plates" on them.

Story By: Lauren Stephenson

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 LOCAL NEWS
Public transportation could come to the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 08/26/2014

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NORTHWOODS - Changes could come to public transportation in a few Northwoods counties.

Last week, the Oneida and Forest County boards approved supporting the creation of the Northwoods Transit Commission. The commission would improve and offer more transportation options for people in Oneida and Forest Counties.

"Right now, there are a lot of different, disconnected transportation services that are provided; be it by city, county, or by private entities. The transit commission would help put this all together," said Dianne Jacobson, director of Oneida County's Department on Aging.

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Northwoods biologists consider options to increase average size of panfishSubmitted: 08/26/2014

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NORTHWOODS - Fishermen catch about 60 million panfish per year in Wisconsin.

But the size of those panfish has been getting smaller.

Overharvest seems to be part of the problem on many lakes.

Now, the DNR is proposing a way to increase the size of bluegill, crappie, pumpkinseed, and perch on several lakes.

Their regulation plan comes from decades of data collection.

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ArtStart takes next step with new development directorSubmitted: 08/26/2014

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RHINELANDER - In the last three years, ArtStart in Rhinelander grew from an idea to a highly successful gallery and event space.

This month, ArtStart took its next step.

The organization hired its first full-time employee - development director Melinda Childs.

She's been impressed to see the arts appetite in Rhinelander.

She comes from an arts-rich community in the Twin Cities.

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Woman dies in Lincoln County crashSubmitted: 08/26/2014

MERRILL - A woman died in a crash near Merrill Tuesday morning.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's office got a call just after six this morning.

The accident happened in the Town of Pine River on County Road G east of French Ridge Road.

The driver was the only person in the car which left the road and crashed. She died of her injuries at the scene.

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 REGIONAL NEWS
Mining company pushes back permit timelineSubmitted: 08/27/2014

MILWAUKEE - Gogebic Taconite will take longer than originally planned to apply for a mining permit in northern Wisconsin.

The company says its application to develop an iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties will be pushed back until at least the fall of next year.

Gogebic had planned to submit an application in the spring of 2015 to develop a 1.5 billion dollar iron ore mine in the Lake Superior region.

A company spokesman says Gogebic won't finish all fieldwork this year and will be forced to conduct additional environmental work next year.

The approaching of fall is prompting Gogebic to wrap up some fieldwork already.

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Federal appeals court hears arguments over Wisconsin gay marriage banSubmitted: 08/26/2014

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CHICAGO - Gay couples in Wisconsin could find out soon if they can legally marry in the state.

Federal appeals judges heard arguments on Wisconsin's gay marriage ban in Chicago Tuesday.

A federal judge struck down the ban in June, but the state is appealing to a higher court. The case has been combined with a similar case coming from Indiana, which also has a constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Camilla Taylor was representing one of the gay couples in the suit. She said the judges were focused on how the ban impacts the children of gay couples.

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Wisconsin DNR plans waterfowl chatSubmitted: 08/26/2014

MADISON - Wisconsin wildlife officials are planning an online chat for waterfowl hunters.

The Department of Natural Resources has scheduled the chat for noon on Aug. 27. Participants can log on through the DNR's website by searching for the keyword ``chat.''

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3 boats destroyed in marine fireSubmitted: 08/26/2014

STURGEON BAY - Three boats have been destroyed by fire at a marina in Door County.

Crews worked overnight to clean up the damage left by the fire at Skipper Bud's Quarterdeck Marina in Sturgeon Bay.

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