OCONTO COUNTY - In 2009, four men illegally killed a black bear in Wisconsin. They were arrested, but because they sold the bear over state lines, the case went to federal court.
That's why it took four years for United States Attorney James L. Santelle to find them guilty.
John Kellogg, Christopher Halfmann, Mark Barlament, and Michael Renken of Merrill, guided undercover officers on a bear hunt. They illegally killed and tagged a bear. Kellogg then sold the meat and a rug made from the hide to another undercover officer in a different state.
"They were dealing with illegal bear guiding in the northern part of the state and in other states as well and then they were illegally trafficking those bears across state lines. But this case, closing this case and seeing these folks sentenced really is a win for ethical hunters everywhere," Says Tina Shaw, Public Affairs Specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Kellogg was sentenced to 6 months in jail plus 10-thousand dollars in fines for his felony charge.
The other men received probation and smaller fines for misdemeanor charges.
Their hunting, trapping, and fishing privileges have been temporarily revoked.
Put on your dancing shoes! Rhinelander is offering a ballroom dancing class
RHINELANDER - Do you have a wedding or social event coming up... but feel like you have two left feet? Well, there's still time to learn some fancy footwork of your own.
The Rhinelander Community Education program will be holding a ballroom class next Tuesday, October 7th. You can come alone or as a couple, but you must register beforehand. The instructor will go over the basics of swing, waltz and polka.
RHINELANDER - The Ebola virus may seem to be a world away... but people right here in the Northwoods are helping to fight it.
Wise Intentional Leadership Development, otherwise known as WILD, is doing their part to raise money. The Rhinelander based group began training and developing young people in Africa in 2001.
"Our primary purpose, mission is to offer leadership development with a Christian perspective and really focus on the youth, cause over half the population in Africa is 25 and younger," explains WILD Executive Director Mike Prom. "So if we can help develop the youth, we can help change Africa."
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Retiring in the Northwoods can be a great option for some people.
A local college wants to serve the community by offering classes for retirees.
Nicolet College's Learning in Retirement program offers everything from science classes to a tour of the WJFW studio.
"Learning is something, it becomes a passion to people. They've experienced it all through their lives. But it doesn't stop, we believe, at retirement," says Learning in Retirement past president Edward Lee.
Students in the Learning in Retirement program had the chance to learn more about Ojibwe culture.
GREEN BAY - The daughter of a Wisconsin lawmaker faces new criminal charges accusing her of possessing narcotics.
Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Nygren of Marinette appeared in Brown County court on Monday after being arrested Friday morning. Nygren faces two counts of possession of narcotic drugs and one count of possessing an illegally obtained prescription.
Nygren's struggle with heroin has made her a face of recovery and prompted her father, Republican state Rep. John Nygren, to draft legislation aimed at helping addicts.
MINOCQUA - Leaders at the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce believe nearly 17,000 people came to the area for Beef-A-Rama.
Last year, about 15,000 people attended. Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Krystal Westfahl believes the significance of the 50th anniversary celebration played a role.
"It was huge for us to have this 50th anniversary, but I also think the fact that the weather was so great," said Westfahl. "People are just really getting to know the Minocqua area as just being full of life."
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