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Apartment fire displaces 28 people in Medford Submitted: 01/24/2015
MEDFORD - 28 middle aged and elderly people will need to find housing after an apartment fire in Medford Saturday.

It happened a little before 1 p.m. The Medford Police Department says the fire happened in Riverview Village Apartments on the third floor.

Medford Police Chief Ken Coyer says a neighbor smelled and saw smoke.

The 28 people who lived there were displaced due to smoke, fire and water damage throughout the building. Red Cross helped them at Medford Area Senior High School to make arrangments for housing.

The chief says this was an accidental fire.



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WAKEFIELD - Close to 3,000 people in Gogebic County experienced a widespread power outage Friday.

The Gogebic County Sheriff's Office aren't sure how it happened, but power is being restored.

They say the outage affected much of the county, but it was narrowed down to the city of Wakefield. About 50 percent of the city was without power.

Deputies say the city of Wakefield maintains its own power grid. They say Wakefield Electric Department and Xcel Energy worked all day Saturday to restore power.

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MINOCQUA - A large crowd had the chance to try a wide variety of tasty chilli Saturday.

The Minocqua Brewing Company hosted their fourth annual Chilly Chili Challenge. People had the chance to try 10 different chili's.

Minocqua Brewing Company Manager Doug Etten says the warm weather might have played a roll in how many people came out Saturday.

"It's so nice out this weekend that we've got a lot of people in the area, but they'll be out doing some stuff," said Etten. "We understand that and they should be because that's why they come to the Northwoods."

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ROTHSCHILD - A 22-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound early Saturday morning.

Rothschild Police Department don't know how the incident happened, but they do want to find the person who shot him.

Rothschild Police Department, Everest Metro Police Department, Wausau Police Department and the Marathon County Sheriff's Department were called to PJ's Log Jam around 1:30 a.m.

They were told someone was shot.

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MEDFORD - Members of the Medford Curling Club celebrated their 100 year anniversary this weekend. The club began its first curling season in July of 1914 and has steadily built a following during the past century. Club members believe media exposure has brought more attention to curling locally and across the country.

"I think the Olympics have done a great boost for curling, clubs are popping up all over the United States now," said Centennial Committee Chairman Jeff Mueller. "You can meet people all over the country, you mention curling, they say they saw it on the Olympics. Unlike years ago when they thought it was just some boring shuffleboard on ice type of thing, people really get into it."

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THREE LAKES - Many people get their tax forms at Northwoods libraries. But they might not get everything they need to file their taxes at the library this year.

The IRS won't be able to send local libraries every free tax form and instruction booklets because of budget cuts.

At the Demmer Memorial Library in Three Lakes, the free tax forms are usually a popular service. The library's director think many people will be let down. But the library will still offer some of the tax forms people will need.

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KENOSHA - UPDATE: 1/23/15 2:45pm

Gov. Scott Walker says his decision to reject a proposal to build a new $800 million casino in Kenosha is not based on politics or impact on his potential presidential run, but what is best for taxpayers in the state.

Walker announced Friday that he was rejecting a Menominee Tribe proposal to build the facility. Walker says there was no way to reach a deal with the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe, and the state could lose hundreds of millions of dollars in payments to the tribe required under a previously negotiated compact.

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Pond hockey championship moved Submitted: 01/23/2015

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EAGLE RIVER - The Labatt Blue/USA Pond Hockey National Championship draws thousands of hockey players to Eagle River each February. But this year, the more than 300 registered teams won't be playing on a lake. Instead, they'll be playing on the Amsoil World Championship Derby Track.

"It's just the thrill of being outside with their hockey friends. It's a great time," said Chanticleer Inn owner Jake Alward.

He looks forward to hosting the championship each year.

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