ANTIGO - Sometimes finding qualified candidates to fill the school board can be a challenge.
But for Antigo that isn't the problem.
The school board is having trouble agreeing on who should fill an empty seat.
The board is looking for a new member because someone resigned last month.
The school board has interviewed at least seven qualified candidates.
But some members can't agree on who should fill the spot.
Donald Childs is the interim Antigo superintendent.
"There are some philosophical differences on some parts of the board members. Consequently, they see things a little differently when they interview candidates, and were unable to come to an agreement. They're going to have to find a way to compromise," says Childs.
The board disagrees on issues like the district's budget and whether it should consolidate schools.
But one thing the school board can agree on is focusing on the importance of education in Antigo.
"School boards that have come together, focused on children and on promoting a vision for the school--and what they want for the children as the exit the schools in the district--have better results," says Childs. "And higher performing students, than districts that tend to get bogged down on fights over facilities or arguments over budgets."
The school board meets again November 26. They'll try to decide on a candidate then.
NORTHWOODS - Chippewa tribes in Wisconsin may be one step closer to being able to hunt deer at night again.
Last year, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Federal Judge Barbara Crabb to reconsider a ban on night deer hunting. In 1991, she ruled against night hunting in ceded territory for safety reasons.
The state of Wisconsin asked the U.S. Supreme Court to look at that decision, but on Monday the court decided not to take up the case.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Budget Project argues state lawmakers can avoid budget cuts without raising taxes. Wisconsin Budget Project Director Jon Peacock says some cuts, like the ones to the UW System, can easily be avoided.
GOODMAN - Without its veneer mill, the community of Goodman would likely decline and lose its school. The mill employs a large proportion of people in town. That reliance on the forest products industry makes education about sustainable forestry a must for students in Goodman.
"Well, I would describe it as loud, of course," said Goodman-Armstrong Creek sixth grader Mia Schaller after seeing a harvester fell tall trees, then take off their branches and cut them into even-length logs.
GOODMAN - Many Northwoods communities keep pushing for better broadband internet. Last year, a $90,000 grant from the state Public Service Commission helped the Lakeland area improve broadband. Now, the state pot of money for similar grants could grow.
The legislature's budget committee voted to approve a plan last week. It would make an extra $1.5 million available for grants over the next four years.
"(Broadband) has a huge importance," said Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst), who sits on the Joint Finance Committee. "We need to roll more out. If we could, I would have liked to have put more money toward broadband grants."
PIEHL - The home of Ashlee Martinson and Thomas and Jennifer Ayers remains an active crime scene. But sheriff's deputies think an 18-year-old broke into it last week.
Martinson is charged with killing the Ayers couple at the home last month.
Last Thursday, Oneida County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Dan Mohr for burglary and theft at the home. He said he was a friend of Martinson.
According to the criminal complaint, Oneida County dispatch received a complaint that a car was between the storage shed and garage at the victim's house in Piehl.
Mohr was in the driveway when police arrived. Mohr said he got in through an unlocked front door. He said he didn't take anything, but after police searched him, they found three pocket knives, seven small pieces of paper with sketches, a pair of latex gloves, and black cloth gloves. He said he found the sketches in Martinson's room.
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