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UPDATE: Neighbors react to death investigation in Price CountySubmitted: 08/23/2013
UPDATE: Neighbors react to death investigation in Price County
Story By Hayley Tenpas

PARK FALLS - Park Falls residents don't know exactly what happened, but they know what they saw last night.

Police have confirmed a woman in Park Falls is dead.

"And I'm like looking outside, here we got AK-47's pointing at the house and all you hear is "get down on the ground" and they were running over there and they got him on the ground, I don't know if he came out the back door, or what he did. But, they got him," said neighbor James Kolanowski.

Around 5:30 p.m. officers responded to the 200 block of 2nd Avenue North.

A female victim was transported to the hospital by squad car where she later died.

From that point Police Chief Scott Straetz says they began a death investigation.

The cause of death is not being released at this time.

Kolanowski watched the police investigation from his front window.

He says a family was living at the home.

"It never happens here, and pretty much I wouldn't say it shouldn't have escalated to this point, but they did have family problems, they were always arguing and stuff. I knew that for a fact because my son was friends with them," said Kolanowski.

Kolanowski says police continued to investigate the scene until early morning hours.

Neighbors can't believe what happened.

"All's I can say is that it's a big shock to the community, I mean, everybody was outside looking. Obviously, something like that happens up here, that don't happen every day," said Kolanowski.

The Department of Criminal Investigation has taken over the investigation.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 06/19/2018

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The Oneida County Board took a vote on proposed changes in the county's mining ordinances. We'll bring you the details and the results of the vote.

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RHINELANDER - You need to really get outside into nature to truly appreciate it.  That's what Oneida County hopes you experience walking through its new pollinator garden behind the courthouse, which is close to completion.

Workers from Hanson's Garden Village laid out the key part to getting you into that garden along Baird Avenue on Tuesday.  The gravel walkway allows water to drain into the soil, preventing runoff into the street.

A $1,500 Wisconsin Public Service Foundation grant paid for almost all of the walkway, which will lead through the garden to a picnic table.

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ONEIDA COUNTY - The excessive amount of rain last weekend not only damaged roadways and private property, but wildlife management areas as well.

Blocked or washed out culverts and roadways on state land limit access to areas used often by people.

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The Sawyer County Sheriff's Office says severe thunderstorms toppled a large oak tree onto a camper on Lake Chetac, killing a man inside and injuring a woman and two young children Sunday.

The man is identified as 55-year-old James Pluff, of Redwood Falls, Minnesota. Sheriff's officials say the woman and children suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to a hospital in Rice Lake.

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RHINELANDER - It took The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce just two days to replace its executive director. Lauren Sackett took over the position Monday.Maggie Steffen announced her resignation Saturday after less than two years on the job.

Sackett was the event coordinator at the chamber. She has worked under three different directors since 2014.

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"It was very important to maintain her nutrition [and] her physical activity. So it was at least maintaining the progression of the disease," said Brust. 

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A recent law change made it legal to move firewood but the DNR still hopes people don't.

Since 2014, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources banned bringing your own firewood to a state property, unless you live 10 miles or closer to the property.

"[The ban is] to attempt to prevent the spread of invasive diseases and insects that can have a detrimental impact on our forests," said DNR State Forest Team Leader Tom Shockley.

He says currently, the entire state of Wisconsin in now quarantined for the invasive species emerald ash bore and gypsy moth, meaning it's no longer illegal to move wood across county lines.

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