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Leaves have started to change colors but it's not because of the weatherSubmitted: 08/16/2013
Story By Melissa Constanzer

Leaves have started to change colors but it's not because of the weather
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Look around you and you may notice signs of autumn. We're already starting to see leaves changing colors but experts say this is nothing new for August.

Summer has been on the chilly side of normal. But that is not the cause of some trees in the Northwoods starting to show color.

"What makes them turn is primarily triggered by the day length. As the days get shorter, that's what makes start turning, getting ready for winter," says Jerry Van Cleve, U.S. Forest Service Silviculturist.

There are also other factors that lead to leaves changing. Some may have diseases that can contribute early change.

"The ones that I notice, just the loners that turn early. Usually those tend to red maple. But yeah, you'll see any tree that's under stress will kind of go to yellow whether it's an Aspen, or a Birch, or an Elm," says Jerry Van Cleve.

But give the healthy trees a month or so and they'll be ready to change too. And this year's fall season should be a brightly colored one.

"I think it's going to be a good year, you know, we got some of the ingredients in place. We got a nice wet spring and the summer hasn't been exceedingly hot or dry," said Jerry Van Cleve.

So as long as we get some nice days with above freezing nights, we'll see a lot of vivid colors this fall.

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Prosecutors say Robert Weiss planned to have sex with her.

On Friday, Weiss was sentenced to eight years in prison for the crime.

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MINOCQUA -
Update Friday 11:15 p.m.:

Police believe a missing woman who wandered off from her Minocqua resort walked nearly 20 miles before search crews found her.

The Minocqua Police Department reported late Friday night Susanne Meseberg was found safe at the North Trout Lake Campground near Boulder Junction around 9:45 p.m.

Meseberg, 68, walked away from her family at Beacons of Minocqua around 3:30 p.m.  Meseberg suffers from Alzheimer's.  A statewide Silver Alert notification went out several hours later.  Crews from 12 agencies helped with the search.

A press release from Minocqua Police Chief Dave Jaeger notes Meseberg was found at 9:47 p.m. at the campground, which is approximately 17 miles from her resort in Minocqua.  The release says Meseberg was reunited with her family after her discovery.


Jaeger thanked the Minocqua Fire Department, Newbold Search and Rescue, Arbor Vitae Rescue, Hazelhurst fire, the Oneida County Dive Team, Oneida County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin DNR, Little Rice Canteen Unit, Oneida County Emergency Management, Vilas County Sheriff's Office, and Woodruff police for helping in the search.




Update Friday 9:55 p.m.:

Minocqua Police Chief Dave Jaeger reports the woman missing from her Lakeland area resort has been found safe.  

Susanne Meseberg, 68, walked off from her room at Beacons of Minoqua resort around 3:30 p.m. Friday.  Jaeger informed Newswatch 12 of finding Meseberg safe around 9:45 p.m.

The police department plans to release more details late Friday.




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The Minocqua Police Department reports Susanne Meseberg, 68, walked away from her room at The Beacons of Mincoqua around 3:30 Friday afternoon.  Meseberg is from Wausau.

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