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Sponsor of sand mining bill says it needs changesSubmitted: 10/27/2013
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MADISON - The chief Senate sponsor of a bill that would weaken local control over Wisconsin's booming sand mining industry says his legislation needs work, and he doesn't expect the Senate will take it up before next year.

The bill is supported by companies that mine and process silica sand used by the oil and gas drilling industry for hydraulic fracturing.

Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1deLZV6 ) that local government officials have raised valid objections that need to be addressed. He declined to say whether the Senate mining committee, which he chairs, will vote before year's end.

The bill's prospects are also uncertain in the Assembly, where Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said last week that his chamber won't hold a vote until next spring at the earliest.



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ACT Exam mandatory for Wisconsin students this yearSubmitted: 08/20/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - College bound high school students in the Midwest need to take the ACT.

One Northwoods high school has seen an increase in how many students are taking the test.

About 60% of students at Northland Pines High School took the ACT last year, compared to about 53% that took it in 2010.

"We're increasing that number every year, doing our best to do that and encourage students to take this test," says Northland Pines High School Principal Jim Brewer. "It's not only just for students that are going to college, it's for anybody to take this assessment and see where they're at."

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Shawano thinks small in economic development role in Forest CountySubmitted: 08/20/2014

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FOREST COUNTY - A new Forest County economic development leader wants to think small, instead of thinking big.

Gene Shawano Jr. just took over as President of the Forest County Economic Development Partnership.

He will help fill a void left when Executive Director Jim Schuessler and President RT Krueger each stepped down earlier this year.

Shawano wants to bring the focus back to small businesses in the county.

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Wisconsin water supplies deal with two contaminants during 2013Submitted: 08/20/2014

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WISCONSIN - Wisconsin keeps high standards for clean drinking water. On a yearly basis, they do a good job at meeting that standard, but during 2013, more water supplies were found with one of two contaminants.

One contaminant, nitrate, was found in more than double the amount of water supplies during the year compared to 2012. The 56 public water supplies found with high nitrate levels is a small number out of the thousands of water supplies in the state, but it can still be a big problem.

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New road signs put up, some older stop signs taken downSubmitted: 08/20/2014

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ANTIGO - You'll need to look out for some changes on the road in Langlade County. That's because the state Department of Transportation is putting up new signs on intersections along Highway 52. Some signs will also be taken down.

Certain stop signs have already been taken down. DOT traffic experts say they're just getting rid of redundant signs. They don't expect safety to be affected. But some drivers are concerned.

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Concussion Awareness for High School SportsSubmitted: 08/20/2014

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RHINELANDER - Football season kicks off this Friday for many high schools across the state.

But one concern from year to year is how to prevent concussions in high school contact sports.

When sport seasons begin, so does important concussion testing. Rhinelander has two tests.

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Local expert offers tips on keeping shrubs and trees healthySubmitted: 08/20/2014

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NORTHWOODS - You may need help keeping your shrubs and trees in shape for the fall.

Many people were forced to buy new trees and shrubs because they didn't survive the winter. Experts at Hanson's Gardening Village told us about a few trees that are most vulnerable to the winter.

"We had some in our own nursery here that we had to dispose of this spring," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. "A lot of people saw this effect where you get the leafing out like you would normally expect in the spring and then all of the sudden, all the little leaves turn brown the tree seems to be dead. In the worst case scenario, the tree is dead and it seems to me from what I've seen is that maples were most affected and unfortunately, fruit trees."

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Off-road vehicle park referendum fails to pass county board, for nowSubmitted: 08/20/2014

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CRANDON - The Forest County Board voted 10-10 Tuesday night to approve a referendum resolution that would send a 10,000 acre off-road vehicle park proposal to this November's ballot. One supervisor was absent from the meeting and therefore didn't cast a vote in the matter.

A tie amongst supervisors Tuesday night means the board will move forward with the off-road project for now. That's even though a public referendum won't be on a ballot soon. The Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Incorporated (WORVPI) is a major supporter of the project. WORVPI and county leaders will need to get much more information to the public.

Forest County Supervisor Larry Sommer voted against the referendum resolution because he believes people in the county need to see more information from the plan before going to a possible county-wide referendum.

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