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Submitted: 09/19/2018

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With Missouri's ruffed grouse population about to disappear, scientists trap birds in Northwoods to send south Submitted: 09/18/2018

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PHILLIPS - In Missouri, the ruffed grouse population could vanish in the next few years. The bird is losing its habitat, and a state conservationist calls the situation "perilous."

That trend convinced biologists to try something creative with help from Wisconsin.

Over the last month, the Missouri Department of Conservation has scouted, set up, and collected grouse from specially-designed traps in Price, Lincoln, and two other Northwoods counties. This weekend, the Missouri team caught and moved its 100th and final grouse to Missouri.

It's an effort that's needed for that state, which hasn't had a grouse hunt since 2011 because of dwindling populations of the native bird. This is the first year of a three-year project to move 300 healthy grouse from the Northwoods to land in Missouri just west of St. Louis.

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Green Alert Issued Submitted: 09/18/2018

EAU CLAIRE - A Green Alert has been issued for a 38-year-old veteran.

Nicholas Wagener was last seen in the City of Eau Claire on September 5, 2018, at approximately 3 p.m.
  
Wagener was riding a bright green bicycle and had a large backpack with him. He said he was going camping with his father, but no family member or friend has been in contact with Mr. Wagener since September 5th.

Wagener has left without contacting anyone for long periods of time in the past, most recently living in the woods using his advanced outdoor survival skills.

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Local crews work to become better prepared for a mass shooting Submitted: 09/18/2018

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WISCONSIN - Emergency teams met in groups throughout Wisconsin Tuesday for the North Central Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition.

The groups called in on a conference call to work through fake scenarios in each county.
Each county had to work through an emergency plan for a mass shooting.

Oneida County worked through a mock scenario at Hodag County Fest.


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State department to tour Eagle Waste and Recycling Submitted: 09/18/2018

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EAGLE RIVER - A state department will look to an Eagle River company as an example for growth and innovation. Eagle Waste and Recycling serves 74 communities across northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula.

About two weeks ago, the company finished several equipment upgrades and even expanded some of its facility to keep up with demand. 

In a couple weeks, the Wisconsin Council on Recycling will make a stop in Eagle River for a tour and to learn about what makes the business so successful.

"This is the only one in northern Wisconsin that's doing exactly what it's doing, which is processing single stream recycling to the tune of about 150 tons a day," said Sales Manager Jim Whittinghill.

Eagle Waste and Recycling recently added a third baler and doubled the size of its intake building. Whittinghill says the company is even considering adding a second shift for workers to process even more product.

He says they look forward to the state visit.

"We think it's a pretty great thing," said Whittinghill. "We like to show off our facility and make people aware of what's here, what it's doing for the state of Wisconsin, what it's doing for northern Wisconsin."

The Wisconsin Council on Recycling plans to visit Eagle Waste Recycling on Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. 

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Wild Instincts looking for food donations to feed bear cubs Submitted: 09/18/2018

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RHINELANDER - Fruits and vegetables might sit uneaten for days or maybe weeks in your house. At Wild Instincts in Rhinelander the staff is desperately trying to keep their fridges full of those foods.

Bear cubs have been eating a ton of food this summer. More 100 pounds is used a day. This gets expensive, which is why they are asking for donations. Wild Instinct's 10 bear cubs this year came from different backgrounds

"Some of them were in a situation where their mother was killed by the car and there were three or four young ones and some were just abandoned all by themselves." Wild Instincts Rehab Director Mark Naniot says.

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New Rhinelander city administrator holds meet and greet, answers questions from public Submitted: 09/18/2018

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RHINELANDER - Rhinelander's first full time city administrator since 2016 wants people to know he is excited to get to work.

Daniel Guild spent his second day as city administrator meeting with people in town and answering their questions.

Guild held a meet and greet Tuesday to go over his past experience and give his future ideas.

Guild is no stranger to the Northwoods. He grew up in Ashland and knows what matters to the people who live here.

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More than 100 veterans attend annual golf outing Submitted: 09/17/2018

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LAONA - More than 130 veterans hit the links in Laona Monday for a day just for them.

Nicolet Country Club in Laona hosted its seventh annual veteran golf outing.

Former ROTC member Thomas Rice says having veteran-based events help keep veterans in touch with each other.

"[It's all about] the comradery and good times with not only the World War ll veterans but also Korean War veterans and Vietnam [veterans]," said Rice.

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Lincoln Co., firefighters take efforts to prevent troublesome suicide numbers Submitted: 09/17/2018

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MERRILL - A decade ago, some of the highest rates of suicide in the state came from Lincoln County.

Those numbers have improved slightly since then. But death by suicide is still a major concern in the area.

A billboard in the center of Merrill serves as a reminder. It directs people to call the Hopeline, a free crisis prevention line.

"The mental health coalition has been doing a lot of work in suicide prevention efforts for several years," said Debbie Moellendorf, a co-facilitator for the new Healthy Minds for Lincoln County group.

Moellendorf's coalition is responsible for the billboard, and for trying to change attitudes about mental illness.

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WI up to at least 19 ATV/UTV fatalities in 2018, how to stay safe Submitted: 09/17/2018

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NORTHWOODS - Good drivers should follow the basic rules of the road: Don't drink and drive, wear a seatbelt, and follow the speed limit. For ATV and UTV drivers those same rules can apply, but DNR wardens also want people to consider some other factors. 

So far in 2018 at least 19 ATV/UTV accidents resulted in a fatality.  

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