Local wins at Crandon World ChampionshipsSubmitted: 08/31/2013

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CRANDON - To be a professional driver, it takes skill and determination.

To be a world champion, you have to up your game and take things to another level.

That's what more than 200 drivers competing in Crandon this weekend are trying to accomplish.

More than 20,000 fans over the three day event are watching the racing action.

In the 1600 Buggy class, Rhinelander's Mark Steinhardt proved he's one to watch. He led wire to wire in today's race for the victory.

It's his 13th World Championship. He also wrapped up the TORC series crown for the second straight year.

Steiny didn't waste time grabbing the lead and staying in control.

Tomorrow is the final day of competition, with more championships to be crowned.

Racing is scheduled to begin at 9:45 am. Then $40,000 will be up for grabs in the 4th annual AMSOIL Cup Challenge at 5:15pm. Plenty of tickets are still available.

Story By: Marisa Silvas

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Military couple with Northwoods ties win dream weddingSubmitted: 07/10/2014

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MILWAUKEE - A Wisconsin couple with Northwoods ties will get their dream wedding thanks to your help.

Thursday, Captain Matt Mangerson and Michelle Burton found out they won a $20,000 dream military wedding sponsored by Potawatomi Casino Hotel.

They got the most votes out of the final four couples.

Thursday morning Matt and Michelle appeared on Milwaukee's "The Morning Blend" program.

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Wisconsin appeals ruling allowing gay marriagesSubmitted: 07/10/2014

MADISON - Wisconsin has appealed a federal judge's ruling from last month striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriages as unconstitutional.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen filed the appeal on Thursday as he indicated at the time of the original ruling he would. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled on June 6 that the ban, approved by voters in 2006, was a violation of gay couples' equal protection and due process rights.

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Local airport gets upgradesSubmitted: 07/10/2014

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ARBOR VITAE - The Lakeland Airport will soon get a new maintenance building to help with everyday work. Construction on the building started earlier this summer after more than three years of planning. The building will store machines the airport needs to keep the runway and surrounding areas clear.

Rising costs going into the building planning as well as the federal funding process led to several delays in construction.

"Right now the cost of that is at $518,000 and it's about 3,150 square feet," says Lakeland Airport Administrator Jon Schmitz. "We hoped for a bigger one, but the Federal Aviation Administration sizes buildings based on the equipment that they subsidize."

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Michigan copper mine tour won't cost a pennySubmitted: 07/10/2014

MICHIGAMME TOWNSHIP, MI - A Marquette County mine is offering free tours as it prepares to begin operation.

The Mining Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1ono9JQ ) the Lundin's Eagle Mine aims to remove about 360 million pounds of nickel and 295 million pounds of copper from the ore.

The mine is already busy with trucks and semi tractor-trailers hauling rock as it gears up to start operation in about two months. Two multimillion-dollar Swedish machines about 1,000 feet below ground drill holes that will be used to blast the ore.

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Breakfast and showers earn money for high school studentsSubmitted: 07/10/2014

RHINELANDER - Camping can make us dirty and hungry, but campers at Hodag Country Fest can get some local help.

The Rhinelander High School is offering showers and breakfasts for five dollars each this weekend. Several campers have already used showers this morning. Breakfast and showers will be available tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday. They'll run from 8:00am to noon. It helps raise money for two school clubs.

"Student council is more based on the student body in Rhinelander High School and FCCLA is the for the community and the school as well so you get a little bit of both in that," said Emily Kadlec, student volunteer.

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U.S. students rank below average in financial knowledge and skills needed in today's worldSubmitted: 07/10/2014

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THREE LAKES - A study from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development shows U.S. students don't fare well when it comes to knowing basic finance compared to other students worldwide.

The international study looked at 13 developed countries. The U.S. ranked 8th.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Instruction, only 44 percent of Wisconsin school districts require courses in personal finance.

American students rank behind students from places like China, Poland and even Estonia when it comes to knowing simple finance. The study ranks 15-year-old Americans below average in understanding things like debt and credit.

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Hodag Kicks OffSubmitted: 07/10/2014

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RHINELANDER - People from all across the country will dance and sing along with their favorite country stars.

Thursday kicks off the 2014 Hodag Country Festival. This is the 37th year of the event.

The first of the big-name stars will take the stage Thursday Night. Craig Campbell is the first to go on at 7 P-M. He will be followed by Kenny Rogers at 9. Friday night will feature Tracy Lawrence, Kellie Pickler, and Josh Turner.

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