LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Punishment for a crime comes in different forms.
Guilty people usually go to jail.
But things can be different on reservations.
The Lac du Flambeau Tribe banished 55 people last week. Now, two brothers are trying to get their family back home.
Christine Turney and her sons Jared and Jalen were banished from Lac Du Flambeau last week.
They had 48 hours to leave. After that was up, Turney says the entire family, including their grandmother and little brothers, was given 5 minutes to leave. Then their home was boarded up.
The Tribe says banishment was related to crime,gangs and drugs. Jalen Lussier, the son of Turney, had ties to gangs.
Public records say he's also on two-years-probation after being found guilty of battery in December. He says he's out of gang life now, but understands the punishment.
"I understand why they are banning me off the res(ervation)," Lussier said. "Me and my brother are accepting it."
But they worry for his family because even those that weren't banished cannot return to the home.
"We would just like to ask the tribe to let my little brothers and grandmother and mother live in that house," Lussier said. "If they want me and my older brother to go, we are willing to go."
Public records show their mother Christine Turney was guilty of having drug paraphernalia in 2006. Since then her record's clean.
"I don't talk to my mom about what I have done," Lussier said. "She still doesn't know, you know what I mean, she's innocent."
The Lac du Flambeau Tribal Council released a statement Friday holding strong to their stance.
"We continue our aggressive position that drug abuse, gang activity and property destruction are not acceptable on our lands," the statement said. "Our community has lost 12 people in the last three years to these behaviors, and we are committed to protecting our People."
Turney continues to look for work and a place to live, but hopes to return.
"We just want to live peacefully there on the reservation,"Turney said.
That's impossible unless the banishment's change. Jalen and his brother Jared hope their family can return, but they know what they need to do.
"The best thing to do right now is a get a job and get out of here," Lussier said.
That's exactly what the Lac du Flambeau Tribe wants.
HAZELHURST - Tourists make a big economic impact in the Northwood, but they don't stay forever. Monday, locals thanked them for coming to the Northwoods this summer.
People stood outside of Whitman's Bar and Grill just off of Highway 51 in Hazelhurst to wave goodbye. The bar has been doing this for 44 years.
One of the owners says this isn't just a party for the tourists, but for locals as well.
"It's also a goodbye summer party for a lot of the locals. Most of the people that come, I know," said Whitman's Bar and Grill co-owner, Mary Whitman. "They may be tourists that come up for a week or weekends, but it's a party. We give away free street corn, free sloppy joes and it's just a thank you.
RHINELANDER - It can be difficult to get around the Northwoods, especially in the snow. For people with physical disabilities, it can seem almost impossible. A new piece of technology changed Bob Simon's life. Now he's hoping to help others with physical disabilities enjoy the outdoors.
"I used to love to hunt and fish," he said.
But when Simon, who is from Rhinelander, lost his legs during a work accident in 2008, he didn't know if he'd be able to enjoy the outdoors again.
Two photographic exhibits to open next week at ArtStart
RHINELANDER - The artists paired together in ArtStart's next exhibition couldn't have much different backgrounds.
Next Friday, the Rhinelander gallery will open with two very diverse displays.
"We have two photographic exhibitions opening. One is a solo artist, so the whole gallery will be their work, and the other is an artist who worked with teens as a kind of therapy program, photography and art as therapy," said ArtStart Development Director Melinda Childs.
RHINELANDER - More than 50,000 people in Wisconsin apply for unemployment benefits every week.
Now, the state Department of Workforce Development wants to know how it can improve the unemployment insurance system.
"Our Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council really likes to get out there and hear firsthand from those who deal with that system directly. We're looking for their suggestions and their ideas on what we might do to make the system even better," said Dave Anderson, the Assistant Deputy Secretary for the state Department of Workforce Development.
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