Browns to leave Extension for unique, rare opportunity with State DepartmentSubmitted: 12/22/2014
RHINELANDER - Tim Brown will soon leave his job at Oneida County's UW-Extension.

He doesn't know where he'll be going, but it will be to one of more than 270 embassies and consulates worldwide.

"It's always been a dream," Brown said.

His dream has been to live and work abroad. That dream will be realized in just a matter of weeks.

"I'll be living and working abroad, staffing U.S. embassies, out there promoting U.S. foreign policy, and helping foreign publics understand America and American culture," Brown said.

The U.S. Department of State selected Brown to be a Foreign Service Officer. It's a position many try years to get and don't.

"I know it's actually 20,000 people [take the test] a year but only a few hundred actually get the job, and some people try for years and never make it," said Tim's wife, Kim.

She supported her husband as he took tests, wrote essays, and went through a strenuous interview process for the past two years.

"I thought it might be a joke at first. I got the email offering me the position and I called Kim, and she came running down the hall," Tim Brown said.

"I was in shock and I still am in shock," Kim added.

Tim most looks forward to "the adventure of living abroad, the exhilaration of interacting with other cultures, and really connecting with people who are so different from yourself."

That's something he has always loved. He spent part of his childhood in Pakistan where his father was a pastor.

"I grew up visiting embassies. All my friend's parents worked for embassies so I've kind of known about the job for a long time," Tim Brown explained.

The September 11th terrorist attacks renewed his desire to serve the U.S. abroad.

"I remember visiting Washington, DC shortly after 9/11 and seeing the big hole in the Pentagon and sort of feeling a desire to serve because I knew that if you could build relationships across cultures and between people who are so different from each other, then you could prevent things like that from happening," he said. "And I knew how many men and women there were who served fulltime in the armed forces, in the civilian services as foreign service officers who do great work to keep peace and that was something that really interested me."

After college, Brown served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. That's where he met Kim, who was also in the Peace Corps. They moved to the Northwoods from Milwaukee two years ago. Tim has been community development agent for Oneida County's UW-Extension.

"What I've loved most about this job has been working with all of the wonderful leaders and organizations who want good things for this county and seeing all of the energy that there is and being a part of some really cutting edge solutions to some interesting problems," he said.

Kim worked for the School District of Rhinelander and more recently UW-Extension as Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program Coordinator for Oneida and Langlade counties.

"For me, it's definitely been the people. It's being able to get out and about and meet different community partners and just also, I just love my coworkers," she said.

The Browns are sad to be leaving the Northwoods, but they're looking forward to a new adventure.

"Getting on that plane and knowing that I'm going off somewhere to serve my country - it's just an exciting feeling and I'm excited to get started," Tim said.

Kim hopes to get a job at an embassy, teach, or do volunteer work once she and Tim know where they'll be assigned. The Browns will likely move every two to three years with this career.

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WXPR: One of only a few public radio stations in the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 12/22/2014

RHINELANDER - You can't find public radio stations as easily as you can find commercial radio stations in the Northwoods. That's because they're funded mostly by donations. However, one Rhinelander radio station has found a way to make it work for more than 30 years.

"The station came about as the result of a dream, really, of a fella named Peter Nordgrin who came from northern Minnesota at a station very similar to this one," said Ken Krall, news director and interim station manager at 91.7 WXPR in Rhinelander. "He realized that there was a hole in northern Wisconsin for public radio."

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Helpful Holiday Tips: how to cook on a budgetSubmitted: 12/22/2014

MINOCQUA - When we think of the holidays, we often think of giving gifts and sharing big meals with our loved ones.

Buying gifts can put a big dent in your bank account, but hosting a Christmas dinner doesn't need to be costly.

There are a few things you can do to save money.

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Lincoln County landfill expansion project complete; landfill operating efficiently Submitted: 12/22/2014

IRMA - The Lincoln County landfill began construction on a new landfill almost two years ago.

The $11.5 million dollar project is destined to hold 1.2 million cubic yards of waste.

The new landfill construction was completed in November 2013.

About 54,000 tons of clay was used to line the landfill.

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Credit card purchase leads to Rhinelander burglary arrest Submitted: 12/22/2014

RHINELANDER - A 23-year-old Wausau woman faces three charges for allegedly stealing a purse and using a stolen credit card in Rhinelander. Those charges include burglary, theft and credit card fraud.

Prosecutors accuse Brienna Persike and Andrew Washburn, 25, of Wasuau, of stealing a purse from an unlocked home on South Rifle Road in Rhinelander. The criminal complaint shows that Persike told investigators they broke into the home. She said it was after visiting Washburn's grandmother early on December 17th.

The two then went to Wal-Mart and spent more than $500 using the stolen credit card. The criminal complaint shows that the two bought a car installation kit, a car amplifier, a black BB gun, cat food, ice fishing equipment and other items just hours after the reported burglary.

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Changes could be made to where sex offenders in Park Falls can liveSubmitted: 12/22/2014

PARK FALLS - Some cities in Wisconsin don't regulate where sex offenders can live.

Park Falls is one of those cities, but some people are working to change that.

The Park Falls Common Council could pass an ordinance to prohibit sex offenders from living near places for children.

That means they wouldn't be able to live by places like schools, parks, and the library.

There are some exemptions to the potential ordinance.

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Possible child abuse under investigationSubmitted: 12/22/2014

IRMA - Prosecutors will consider charges against two Lincoln County men accused of duct taping a child to a door.

A Lincoln County deputy investigated the child abuse complaint in Irma this past week.

Witnesses said the child's hands and feet were bound.

The child was then duct taped to the door.

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Man arrested for setting fires and fleeing policeSubmitted: 12/21/2014

MARATHON COUNTY - Marathon County Sheriff's deputies think A 39-year-old Antigo man set the building he worked at on fire early this morning.

They say he then led deputies on a car chase.

A lieutenant from the Marathon County Sheriff's Department says they got a call around 8p.m. Saturday.

The call was for a domestic disturbance in Antigo.

The man then drove to Bushman Trucking southeast of Wausau.

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