DNR Looks to Decide Next StepSubmitted: 04/10/2013
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RHINELANDER - The DNR released their results from the state-wide voting on nearly 100 different issues.

One of the major issues, the question of weather or not to allow trolling state - wide with each angler allowed to have 3 lines...

The question was rejected in overall votes by over 280 votes. However 44 counties approved the measure, compared to 27 rejecting it. Marinette county had a tie.

In the Northwoods, folks in Oneida, Lincoln, and Vilas counties rejected the measure. It was approved in Clark, Taylor, and Langlade counties.

This was considered an advisory vote for the DNR. Now game and wildlife officials will spend time studying the results.

Marisa Silvas takes a look at how the DNR Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings allowed Northwoodsers a chance to get involved in making an impact on rules for hunting and fishing.

Everyone wants their voice to be heard. Luckily in Wisconsin, residents have the chance to speak up in their communities.

The DNR and Conservation Congress annual spring hearings were held on Monday.

SOT - Tim Ebert (DNR Warden) "This is an opportunity for people from all walks of life," says DNR Warden Tim Ebert. "(They come) from all parts of the state to show up in the county of which they life, and let their opinions be known to the department."

All 72 counties in the state debated and voted on hunting and fishing rule changes. Onieda County's meeting brought out about 90 concerned sportsmen.

"There's always some stuff that comes out that maybe you didn't think of before," adds Ryan Jirik of Rhinelander. "So it's neat to sit here and see what's proposed."

Jeremy Holtz (DNR - Wildlife Biologist) "People come to me and say, who made this law? Well, the citizens did," says DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz. "And if you don't participate in the process, you don't get a chance to learn about it,and you don't get a chance to have your voice heard."

There were 99 questions on the ballot. The topic that garnered the most attention, the controversial rule to allow motor trolling statewide. Even though there were varying opinions, everyone was happy to have the chance to express their thoughts.

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WOOD COUNTY - We now know the names of the people involved in a Wood County Crash that killed two people Tuesday afternoon.

The Wood County Sheriff's Department says the cars crashed head-on along Highway 80 in the Town of Dexter around 3:30.

71-year-old Barbara Baldwin of New Lisbon was driving one of the cars, and died in the crash.

Her passenger, 74 year old Louise Hemenway of New Lisbon, also died.

Another passenger in the car, 72-year-old Dona Sharp, was hurt....as was the driver of the second car, 30-year-old Greg Kopelke of Wisconsin Rapids.

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TOMAH - The Tomah VA Medical Center will end a lease agreement for a shelter for homeless veterans.

The Veterans Assistance Foundation has operated the shelter for nearly 20 years.

Tomah VA spokesman Matthew Gowan says there have been more than 30 incidents involving shelter residents recently.

They include a suicide attempt, a drug overdose and criminal violations.

The center has given the foundation notice that it will end the lease in January.

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EAGLE RIVER - A driver lost control of her car and crashed into the woods southwest of Eagle River late Wednesday afternoon.

It happened on County Highway D near its intersection with County Highway H. The driver was the only person in the car. She wasn't injured.

An Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy on scene couldn't yet say why she lost control of the car.

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CRANDON - Kids learn math and English in school, but this evening, the Crandon school district taught their students how to stay drug free. All year long, the school has been promoting values such as respect and forgiveness and tonight was no different.

The Red Ribbon Walk started at the courthouse and then went to Crandon High School. Along the way, walkers saw signs with facts about living a drug free life. No matter how young the students were, they still heard the message loud and clear.

"It's really good for the youth because they can see not to do drugs. To have this event, it should be about a fun experience and it's really good for kids," said 5th grader Bryce Marshall.

Even with the cold temps and rainy weather, there was still a great turnout. After the walk, there was a presentation by motivational speaker Mike McGowan to really push the message of staying drug free.

"I think it's important that we bring forward all the reasons why drugs are bad for kids. They know drugs are bad but how does it affect their lives?" said Crandon parent and teacher Agnes Keller.

The Red Ribbon walk was just one of many events that the school will have over the year to show students how to live out good, positive values.

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RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce wants to push economic growth and work closer with businesses.
But to do that, the chamber needs a new director first.  That process is just starting.

The Chamber Board of Directors voted to fire executive director Bill Clow October 3rd.  Clow had only started last December.  Eric Britton has been serving as interim director since then.

Past president and current board member Brett Aylesworth says the chamber sent out a job description to all members this week, asking if anyone is interested.

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MERRILL - A former Merrill High School choir teacher will go to jail after a judge found him guilty of sexual assault last month. 

26-year-old Chase Tonar will spend three years on probation and 15 years on a sex offender registry. As a part of that probation, Tonar will serve four months in jail.

Tonar had sex with a student both while he was a teacher at Merrill High School and after he resigned last May.

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THREE LAKES - Baseball fans in Three Lakes watched the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the World Series on Tuesday night.

A few of those fans might live on Cy Williams Road, or down the street from Cy Williams Park. As they watched, they may have drawn the connection between that Northwoods man, Cy Williams, and the game they were watching on the field.

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