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The Snow Show in Eagle River shares the importance of snowmobiling in WisconsinSubmitted: 02/18/2018
EAGLE RIVER - A Snow Show in Eagle River reminded visitors of all that snowmobiling clubs do for Wisconsin.
About 300 people stopped by the Eagle River Derby Track Sunday for the event.
The Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs invited 15 vendors to help educate people about the economics and basics of snowmobiling.

"We just want everybody to be aware of all the work that goes into maintaining and upkeep of the snowmobile trails," said Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs President Dave Newman.
It was the 5th annual Snow Show.


The event celebrated people in the hall of fame, and featured snowmobile retailers and the DNR and department of tourism.

Story By: Phylicia Ashley

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MINOCQUA - A major 'safety net' resource used by nearly 800,000 people in Wisconsin could get cut in half.
The Trump Administration wants to radically change SNAP.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formally known as food stamps.
" It's a fundamental lifeline," said St. Germain Sentury Foods owner David Weber.
Last Monday Weber found out a lifeline for some of his customers was at risk.

" In its current form it's a very vital necessity for the families," said Weber.
Weber's store has supported the current debit card style SNAP or food stamp program since it started in the 60s. However, the Trump administration wants to radically change SNAP to a food box delivery styled program in its 2019 budget.
" The boxes people would receive, would contain mostly shelve stable food it doesn't [provide] fresh vegetables," said Weber.
With the change low- income Americans receiving at least $90 a month would get half their benefits in the form of a "USDA Foods package."

" There may be a need for change for the SNAP program, but I'm not sure the proposed changes are the way to go," said Weber.
The box would include shelf stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, and beans, but no fruits or vegetables.
" [It's a] disservice to the community and the people who receive that benefit," said Weber.
Weber said right now the current SNAP program allows people to get the food their families need when they need it.
Instead of the nearly 800,000 SNAP users in Wisconsin needing to wait for a pre-arranged box delivery.
" If there is going to be changes they need to be realistic changes that won't hurt people," said Weber.

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OSHKOSH - After a statewide search, police arrested the fifth and final suspect wanted in connection to a Lac du Flambeau man's murder.  The state Department of Justice announced late Sunday night that James Lussier was arrested in Oshkosh.

The emailed update did not say where in Oshkosh or how Lussier was arrested.

Lussier, 19, had been wanted for more than a week after homicide charges were filed against him, Richard Allen, Joseph Lussier, Curtis Wolfe, and Evan Oungst in the death of Wayne Valliere Jr.  Valliere's body was found Jan. 1 in a heavily wooded area west of Mercer.  According to the criminal complaint, an autopsy showed Valliere was shot eight times.

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LAKE TOMAHAWK - A 32-year-old woman had to be airlifted to a hospital after a snowmobile crash.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Tyler Young said emergency crews responded to the accident around 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning. It happened in an area off Highway 47 near Fawn Lake Rd in McNaughton.

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CONOVER - Hundreds of people gathered in Conover to celebrate all things winter. On Saturday the fifth annual Northwoods Blizzard Blast was held. 

There were horse drawn sleigh rides, sledding, giant ski races, and plenty of other winter activities.

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BOULDER JUNCTION - People from as far as Iowa and New York travelled to the Northwoods on Saturday to take on a unique challenge. Boulder Junction held a new winter sports event that proved to be quite a success.

"I'm just really happy to see this all come together," said Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Theresa Smith.

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PELICAN LAKE - Tribal members from across Wisconsin held a Deep Winter Camp to pass on parts of their cultures.
Members from several different tribes wanted to give kids the chance to experience a piece of their culture.
They hope the camp encourages younger members to keep traditions going and never forget where they came from.
"They're going to be the next teachers they're good kids and we all love every kid that came here and spent time with us. They all learned something and they'll take it back and teach others," said Lac du Flambeau Band Vice Chairman John Johnson Sr.

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CRANDON - Forest County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Justice was justified in shooting and killing 31-year-old Brandon Cude on Jan. 4, Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono ruled Friday.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice released the results of its investigation in the case, and Simono's decision, Friday afternoon.

The DOJ documents detail how Cude swung a shotgun at Justice at close range. The deputy had just learned Cude had felony warrants against him, and Justice was trying to arrest Cude. Justice fired four shots on the scene, a rural road south of Crandon.

"He didn't get a shot off?" a fellow officer asked Justice after the shooting.

"No. He tried, though. Pulled that sucker out and pointed it right at me," Justice replied in an exchange recorded on a body camera.

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