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The thrill of the catchSubmitted: 02/28/2014
Story By Dan McKinney


EAGLE RIVER - Most days students learn in the classroom, but earlier this week students at Northland Pine's outdoor pursuit program traded in those books, pens, and paper for a fishing rod. Here's a look at students learning an old Northwoods Pastime with area ice fishing guides.

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NORTHWOODS - 24% of people living in the Northwoods say they don't do any physical activity.

One organization is teaching employers why they should have wellness programs in the workplace.

Northwoods LEAN hosted a Wellness Seminar Tuesday to teach employees how to start or add to wellness programs at their business. Organizers say people here in the Northwoods need wellness programs to promote healthier lifestyles.

"Healthcare costs are rising," said Northwoods LEAN Worksite Wellness Committee member Dr. Wendy Henrichs. "People are getting sicker within the United States and that's translating into lost dollars in terms of productivity. So we want to give employers in the area resources to be able to incorporate wellness into their businesses."

Whether its exercise or nutrition programs, organizers see the long-term benefit of wellness programs in business.

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MADISON - The state Senate has approved a Republican bill that would eliminate Wisconsin's decades-old 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases.

The Senate passed the bill on a voice vote Tuesday. The proposal now goes to the state Assembly. Republican Gov. Scott Walker, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, supports the bill.

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RHINELANDER - Some gardeners may have gotten a jump start on their planting with last week's warm temperatures, but the return to snow and cooler temperatures the last few days could cause some concern.

Experts suggest covering plants to prevent them from freezing. However, that might not save tropical plants like Coleus.

Some annual plants like pansies, however, should be able to bounce back. Trees and shrubs should also be okay in the cooler temperatures.

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MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court could have a new chief justice soon, after a federal judge on Tuesday refused to block a voter-approved change in how the head of the court is selected.

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MADISON - The state Senate will consider eliminating Wisconsin's 48-hour waiting period to buy a handgun.

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RHINELANDER - A new survey shows 28 percent of Americans haven't really saved anything for retirement. The data also shows Americans shouldn't count on working longer into their lives to fix the issue.

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GREEN BAY - It appears Thanksgiving will bring an even more special celebration for Packers fans.

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