RHINELANDER - If you've been to the Rhinelander/Oneida County Airport, you know it's small and there are very few commercial flights.
But an airline change has made the airport more popular.
Delta started flying out of the airport on January 4th.
Nearly six months later, the airport's seen a major increase in the amount of people using it.
"Since they've come into the market and replaced Frontier Airlines and such, we've seen a tremendous increase in our passenger traffic. As a matter of fact, year-to-date, we're up 48 percent," says Rhinelander/Oneida County Airport Director Joe Brauer.
Brauer says having a major airline like Delta fly out of the airport is the main reason they're seeing more travelers.
Most of the people that fly out of Rhinelander are business travelers.
"One of the good things that we have is when Delta came into the market on January 4th, back to service back to Minneapolis, prior to that we saw a lot of our frequent flyers that were going to alternate airports because of their frequent flyer miles, because of the flight schedules and the connections that there's much more that they had, you know, compared to the previous carrier that we had in that market," says Brauer.
They're getting some complaints because there aren't enough seats.
Brauer says that's a good thing, since now there's more demand for the airport.
The airport has a two year contract with Delta.
With these great numbers Brauer hopes they will extend the contract.
WAUSAU - This has been Wisconsin's deadliest gun-deer season in the past five years, with two shooting fatalities already recorded.
Daily Herald Media reports (http://wdhne.ws/1HvNth3 ) that the two fatalities brought to an end a three-year series of seasons that had been free of firearm deaths. Four other hunters also have been wounded.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, hunters violated some of the fundamental rules of gun safety in all the incidents.
A man was killed last Sunday in Columbia County when he was shot while passing a loaded rifle to a companion in a tree stand. Wearing mittens, she grabbed the gun near the trigger and it went off. On Monday, a hunter in Waushara County was killed by a stray bullet.
APPLETON - The U.S. Marshals Service says a convicted sex offender who was wanted for violating the terms of his release has been arrested in Appleton.
The agency says 63-year-old L.C. Streeter, of Milwaukee, was previously convicted of four separate sexual assaults from 1976 to 1985. Wisconsin committed him as a sexually violent person in 1996, and he remained in treatment until his release in 2013 under intensive supervision.
The service said in a statement that he cut off his GPS and electronic monitoring bracelets and fled supervision on Monday, resulting in a warrant for his arrest. Federal marshals and Appleton police arrested him without incident in Appleton on Friday.
Kevin Carr, the U.S. marshal for eastern Wisconsin, says Streeter was "an absolute danger to the community based upon his past convictions."
MAUSTON - Authorities are investigating the death of a person who was found unresponsive in Decorah Lake early Friday.
Kyle Lynch, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden for Juneau County, says he was called to the scene to assist in a boat search about 1:30 a.m. He also says the Mauston Fire Department recovered the body, which was found in the water.
The Mauston Police Department says attempts were made to rescue the individual, but the Juneau County Coroner's Office pronounced the individual dead at the scene. Police have provided few other details, and the victim's name has not been released.
TOMAH - The Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center says it has adopted another plan to improve patient care.
The La Crosse Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1QMsDMZ) that Friday's release of the "100-day plan" comes almost 11 months after media reports that veterans at the center were prescribed excessive doses of opioid pain-killers and that employees who spoke out faced retaliation from top officials.
The plan, which follows a 30-day plan announced in May, outlines steps for improving access to care, employee engagement and restoring trust.
Among other things, it calls for recruitment of psychiatric staff, employee forums and listening sessions, and opening an employee wellness center.
Several Tomah VA officials — including former Director Mario Desanctis and former Chief of Staff David Houlihan — have been fired since the problems emerged early this year.
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