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After Wisconsin deer harvest fall, Upper Peninsula numbers plummetSubmitted: 12/17/2014

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UPPER PENINSULA - The deer harvest during the gun season fell more than 15 percent in Wisconsin from a year ago.

In the Upper Peninsula, the drop was even worse.

Early results show the deer harvest in the U.P. was down 30 to 40 percent compared to 2013.

Registrations at some check stations dropped as much as 60 percent during the 16-day season in late November.

"It's not enjoyable to see deer numbers drop, to see hunters have frustrating conditions, either from deer being impacted, or just not being able to get out and enjoy themselves," said Michigan DNR Wildlife Research Specialist Brent Rudolph.

Hunters faced as many as 40 inches of snow in parts of the western U.P. when the hunt opened.

"That both made it hard for some hunters to get in to the areas where they ordinarily hunt, and in some places, it really made deer move elsewhere," Rudolph said. "They migrated out of locations where normally they'd be hanging around."

But the overall state of the deer herd also had an impact.

"We had back to back pretty severe winters that had deer numbers reduced pretty substantially compared to what they had been in some prior years," Rudolph said.

Because of the struggling deer numbers in the U.P., the Michigan DNR significantly reduced antlerless harvest quotas for this season.

No antlerless hunting at all was allowed for most groups in northern Wisconsin.

Harvest numbers fell more than 40 percent in Wisconsin counties like Lincoln, Price, Vilas, Taylor, and Iron.

Story By: Ben Meyer

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Grant pays for high school students to get welding diplomas while in high school Submitted: 12/17/2014

PHILLIPS - Some Northwoods companies need more skilled workers.

A local technical college got a grant this year to help train people to fill welding jobs.

The grant pays to send high school students to Northcentral Technical College in Phillips and Wausau.

Ten high school students from Price and Taylor counties travel to NTC in Phillips three days a week.

"They will be graduating from Northcentral Technical College with their degree in Gas Metal Arc Welding and it will probably be about a week before they graduate high school," says NTC Phillips Dean Bobbi Damrow.

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$30 million expansion part of Phillips-Medisize growth planSubmitted: 12/17/2014

PHILLIPS - A high level employee at Phillips-Medisize Corp., based in Hudson, WI, calls the company's $30 million announced expansion part of the group's growth plan. VP/GM Global Commercial Division at Phillips-Medisize Rob Werge says the company's medical and consumer product lines are also growing.

The company has annual sales of nearly $600 million with around 75% of the total revenue coming from drug delivery, medical device and diagnostic products such as: disposable insulin pens, glucose meters, specialty inhalation drug delivery devices, single use surgical devices and consumable diagnostic components, according to company data.

Phillips-Medisize employs 285 people at its Phillips facilities, 1,400 people throughout Wisconsin, and more than 3,400 people at 14 locations throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico and China.

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Study: Lincoln County professional departments well trained in hazardous materials, volunteer departments need workSubmitted: 12/17/2014

MERRILL - Would responders in Lincoln County know how to best handle a hazardous material spill in their area?

It might depend on where that spill happens.

A study for a county committee found a big gap in how prepared certain departments might be to handle hazardous materials.

For the most part, professional fire departments and law enforcement are trained well to respond.

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On the Wilderness Act's 50th anniversary, acquaint yourself with pristine areas of northern WisconsinSubmitted: 12/17/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - The first thing you notice in this forest is the silence.

That's the way it was meant to be at Blackjack Springs Wilderness east of Eagle River.

It's a venerable forest, to be sure, but the harvest here isn't timber.

"A Wilderness area," Bob Martini says, "what you're harvesting here feeds the soul."

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Business owners hopeful snow melt won't hurt businessSubmitted: 12/16/2014

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ST. GERMAIN - Just a few weeks ago, the Northwoods seemed to have plenty of snow for snowmobiling. There was one problem: the trails weren't open. Just after trails in Vilas County opened last Friday, some of the snow melted.

"We could tell that we were losing a lot of snow. We decided to stay off the trails and just kind of see how it played out, and you know, here we are waiting for some new snow," said Hiller's Pine Haven Resort Owner Mark Hiller.

The heavy snowfall at the end of November seemed to help Hiller's business.

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Northwoods ice arena assures clean air at its facility Submitted: 12/16/2014

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RHINELANDER - Dozens of people got carbon monoxide poisoning at a Wisconsin ice rink last weekend. The ice rink in Lake Delton was filled with carbon monoxide because of an ice resurfacing machine.

That won't happen at one Northwoods ice rink. That's because Rhinelander Ice Arena has a battery powered ice resurfacer.

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Northwoods Community Secondary School working on improving attendance, reading, and math scoresSubmitted: 12/16/2014

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RHINELANDER - Every year school districts in Wisconsin get report cards.

They use them to see how well they're doing compared to others in the state.

The School District of Rhinelander met expectations last year, but the district's charter school didn't do as well.

The Northwoods Community Secondary School met few expectations on their report card.

Attendance, math, and reading scores are factors in the school's score.

Staff members say they're taking steps to improve students' attendance.

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