CRANDON - A Northwoods Native American tribe seems to care quite a bit about a proposed casino in far southeastern Wisconsin.
The Forest County Potawatomi care so much, they put together a video ad.
Wisconsin's Menominee tribe has been trying to build a Kenosha casino for at least a dozen years.
But the Forest County Potawatomi's commercial points out Menominee business connections with non-native groups from Alabama, Connecticut, and California.
"(The Forest County Potawatomi) want(s) to make sure that truly any project that is developed in Wisconsin will truly benefit Wisconsin tribes. It shouldn't be at the detriment of another tribe. Non-native developers shouldn't stand to gain a lot of money from these projects," says Forest County Potawatomi spokesman George Ermert.
The Forest County Potawatomi also highlights connections with the Chicago mob, Jack Abramoff, and federal indictments in the history of the Kenosha proposal.
Some claim the tribe is interested in stopping the Kenosha casino because it would likely take business away from the Potawatomi casino in Milwaukee.
"I would say that's not the case at all. This project that has been discussed over the years in Kenosha is something that has had issue after issue," Ermert says.
The federal government's Bureau of Indian Affairs is considering the plans right now.
EAGLE RIVER - Soccer players may need to wait for the snow on their fields to melt. But they know cabin fever is starting to set in, and it's the perfect time to capitalize on it.
The 7th annual Cabin Fever Indoor Soccer Tournament kicked off today at Northland Pines High School. The event raises money for the school’s boy's and girl's soccer teams.
"This was an opportunity to have an indoor soccer program so the kids can do something in the winter," says tournament director Steve Gilbert. "There was a need for a fundraiser so we thought why not have a tournament. There are other tournaments in the region, why not have one here with this tremendous facility that we have here at Pines."
Nearly 100 5th through 8th graders played in the co-ed soccer matches. Their participation makes it possible for the team to buy new equipment.
"It allows us to buy things that maybe the school can't afford to buy for them, so different types of warm-ups, equipment out on the field," says Gilbert. "One time we bought a camera for them so we could film their games. So it's going to good causes."
VILAS COUNTY - More people today use maps on their phones when traveling, but some people still like those paper maps.
The Vilas County GIS just made 15 maps of the area. They give people the option to download and print them at home. A map of Boulder Junction even won an award at the 27th annual Wisconsin land Information Association conference in Middleton.
“There was a lot of interest in creating a portable, easy to use map atlas that responders, town crew, delivery entities, could take out in the field with them and find any address point any road name any water body,” says Rebecca Nordine, Vilas County GIS Specialist. “Something that they could bring out along out in the field with them.”
The atlases will give people an easier way of looking up addresses across Vilas County.
“We do offer up online mapping and that's great but if you get into an area where there's no cell phone or no internet service you'll need something a map or paper map to fall back on,” says Nordine.
Each atlas will be updated at the beginning of the year.
To download a copy of the atlases for FREE you can visit: http://vcgis.co.vilas.wi.us/vcom/.
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