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Merrill restaurant slapped with $41,000 settlement feeSubmitted: 01/17/2013
Story By Lane Kimble

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MERRILL - Repeated sexual harassment at a Northwoods restaurant will not be tolerated.

That's what the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission made clear today.

The EEOC helped slap the New Pine Ridge Restaurant in Merrill with a $41,000 federal settlement.

The lawsuit claimed a cook at the restaurant just off of Highway 51 created a sexually hostile work environment.

He repeatedly made crude remarks and grabbed waitresses breasts.

Then, instead of stopping the cook's harassment, the owner fired some of the waitresses instead.

The cook didn't stop working in the restaurant until months after lawyers filed criminal charges against him.

Along with the fine, the restaurant needs to train the owner, managers and employees on sexual harassment laws.

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Kenosha-area officials call for casino approvalSubmitted: 08/27/2014

MADISON - Leaders from southeastern Wisconsin and Democratic state lawmakers say Gov. Scott Walker should immediately approve the Menominee tribe's proposed casino in Kenosha because it would put people back to work.

They came together Wednesday to put pressure on Walker to approve the casino. The Bureau of Indian Affairs gave its OK for the casino a year ago but Walker has until Feb. 19 to sign off on it.

Walker said in a letter to lawmakers on Tuesday that he's moving cautiously because he's concerned about the effect on the state budget.

The Forest County Potawatomi has refused to make its annual casino revenue payment to the state as Walker negotiates with it.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he thinks Walker is moving as quickly as he can.

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Chippewa Falls man charged with 10th OWI in Oneida CountySubmitted: 08/27/2014

ONEIDA COUNTY - A Chippewa Falls man faces more than 12 years in prison if convicted of driving under the influence for the 10th time.

An Oneida County Sheriff's deputy stopped 43-year-old Edward Luedke just before 8 p.m. on August 22nd.

Court documents say the deputy noticed an SUV weaving in its lane and crossing the center line on Highway 17 near Hat Rapids Road.

The officer said Luedke had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and slow movement.

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Poll shows strong support for Kenosha casinoSubmitted: 08/27/2014

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WISCONSIN - A poll shows strong support for a new tribal casino in Kenosha.

The Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows 49 percent support the casino while 35 percent oppose it.

The Menominee Tribe wants to build an $810 million casino and Hard Rock Cafe complex in Kenosha. The project is running into opposition from the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe, which has a casino in Milwaukee.

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Changes to food served at schools Submitted: 08/27/2014

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RHINELANDER - Students going back to school could see some changes to what food they can buy at school.

New food requirements went into effect over the summer.

One of those is changes to what kinds of snacks students can buy.

There are stricter requirements for how much sodium, calories and fat can be in food.

Food also needs to be more than half whole grain.

Food service workers at the School District of Rhinelander have had to make some changes to recipes.

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Snowmobile clubs prepare for the new seasonSubmitted: 08/27/2014

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NORTHWOODS - Before the flurries fly, important preparations need to happen for snowmobile trails.

You'll find snowmobile clubs in the Northwoods busy this time of year.

The main focus is cleaning and organizing equipment.

The Minocqua Forest Riders Snowmobile Club operates about 150 miles of trails. Working inside the shop now helps them later on in the season.

"We looked at our shop and we've been doing about the same thing every year," says Club President Curt Christensen. "We never really moved the equipment out or took a real close look at things so we decided to do a major cleaning project this year to get the shop ready."

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Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes new executive directorSubmitted: 08/27/2014

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MINOCQUA - The Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce just welcomed a new executive director.

Krystal Westfahl started in the position August 21st.

She comes to the Northwoods from Appleton.

Westfahl is no stranger to the Northwoods.

She vacationed up here with her family.

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Leadership Oneida County seeks more applicants before deadlineSubmitted: 08/27/2014

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RHINELANDER - Going back to school takes a lot of time and money, but there's another way you can get a step up in your career without stepping in the classroom.

Leadership Oneida County is a nine month course offered to people who strive to be leaders. About 100 graduates of the course come from various backgrounds but have the same reason to take it.

"Go through this course to learn more about their community and learn more about their personal strengths as leaders, and to build their own professional network. The point of the course is to really connect leaders to their community," said Tim Brown, UW-Extension Community Resource Development.

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