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- Clearing the way for growing business required many people in Merrill to move. The city wants to buy more than 6 acres of property in the Whispering Pines Mobile Home Park. MERRILL As of Monday, there's only one trailer left, but it's not sitting well with some who already moved.
- Between the 16-hour days, temperature extremes, and smoke blocking out the sun for days, Jim Grant will likely never forget this summer. NORTHWOODS "This definitely is at the top if not the highest amount of fires I've ever seen and the busiest I've seen," said U.S. Forest Service Fire Management Officer Jim Grant. Grant has been fighting wildfires for 34 years. During the fire season he splits his time between the Northwoods and wherever he's needed. This summer, that meant Montana. "I want to help the people and I care about the communities," said Grant.
- Between 2004 and 2013, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) sold and cut just above half of what it could under its own management plan. RHINELANDER That frustrated loggers, politicians, and companies which need timber in northern Wisconsin. But this year, the CNNF will sell its greatest amount of timber since at least the mid-1990s. It's the fifth increase in a row for the CNNF, which is now finally nearing its maximum yield.
- The Merrill Fire Department has a new high-tech fire extinguisher training device. MERRILL It allows users to put out a fire without using an actual fire. Firefighter Bryson Cruise says this is much easier and safer because the old device could only be taught with a real fire outside. "The screen is reactive to the laser inside the extinguisher and it simulates the fire with both light and sound," explained Cruise. The device was a gift from three of Merrill's largest businesses, Church Mutual Insurance Company, Weinbrenner Shoe Company and Park City Credit Union.
- A convicted sex offender will return to Oneida County this week. RHINELANDER Jason Mullen, 29, gets out of prison Tuesday, September 19.
- You don't have to travel to a big city to get your natural history fix. WAUSAU Colossal Fossils in Wausau Center Mall houses hundreds of fossils and bones.
- When you served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, playing golf seems like a walk in the park for Bernie Miller. LAONA "I used to be pretty good, but then I got old," Miller said, with a laugh. Don't let the 92-year-old fool you: he's hit six holes in one in his life, including one last year.