Rhinelander Parks Director discovers emerald ash borer in trees near Trig'sSubmitted: 09/30/2016

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RHINELANDER - You can find a lot of trees losing their leaves this time of year.  But a strip of trees near downtown Rhinelander is losing more than its leaves; those trees are losing their lives.

The ash trees sit between Trig's and the post office in Rhinelander.  City Parks Director Gunder Paulsen noticed many are infected with the emerald ash borer and will need to come down.

It's nothing new to Paulsen, who says the city has about 200 ash trees in boulevards.  Since its discovery in October 2014 the city treated some, but many were removed.

"If the trees aren't treated they're going to die," Paulsen said.  "It won't be long that all of this is going to come to a head. In the next few years there's going to be a lot of dead trees."

Paulsen wants to make sure people know the signs of the emerald ash borer. You can look for woodpecker flecking, especially near the tops of the tree. Suckers -- or skinny branches -- grow near the base of the ash trees. The telltale sign is a weaving path where the EAB ate the tree.

Those are important signs that could save your ash tree, which Paulsen hopes more people do.

"If you have a monoculture or all the same species, when something comes around like dutch elm disease or emerald ash borer and wipes out 50 percent of your trees, you're going to be hurting," Paulsen said.

Friday, the state Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection announced the emerald ash borer appeared in the Town of Crescent. Crescent and Rhinelander are the two communities in Oneida County with the beetle.

Paulsen says you can treat an ash tree that's infected as long as the canopy is less than 30 percent gone, but it costs up to $200 dollars per tree. Treatments need to be done periodically over a ten-year period.

For more information about the emerald ash borer, visit the DNR's website via the link below.

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DNR Emerald Ash Borer Website

Story By: Lane Kimble

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Rhinelander Homecoming parade Submitted: 09/30/2016

RHINELANDER - Construction did not stop Hodag pride Friday night.

Green and white spilled into downtown for Rhinelander's homecoming celebration.

The dance team showed off its moves and the football team rolled down Brown Street.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 09/30/2016

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

Several ash trees in Rhinelander have become infected with the emerald ash borer and will need to come down. Tonight we'll show you what signs to look for to keep an ash tree on your property from being infected.

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Houghton vs. Northland Pines

Antigo vs. Lakeland

Medford vs. Rhinelander

Florence vs. Three Lakes/Phelps

Rib Lake/Prentice vs. Tomahawk

That's tonight on Friday Night Blitz, at the end of Newswatch 12 at 10.

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