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Nicolet Technical College installing cutting edge classroomsSubmitted: 03/18/2014
Story By Dan McKinney

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RHINELANDER - Nicolet students will soon be able to interact with people from all over the world. Nicolet Technical College plans to install 4 telepresence conference rooms this fall. These rooms will be used to video chat with guest speakers and professors from around the world.

"Participants will face a series of large 65 inch screens which present a panoramic view of the conference to which they are connected," says Nicolet Technical College Dean of Business Dean Chuck Komp. "So it gives the illusion of being in a conference setting in which one has a circular table with all of the participants sitting in that circle."

Money used from a department of labor grant will help fund the project. Nicolet hopes the new rooms enhance the learning experience on campus.

"The video conference rooms that we'll be putting on campus are going to be a great learning experience for our students," says Komp. "The current environment that we have provides a very good base for instruction but the new telepresence systems will make students feel as if they're in the same room as their participants are maybe 10 or 100 miles away."

The college hopes students can start using the telepresence rooms in the spring 2015 semester.




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Local fire department use burning car to train volunteersSubmitted: 09/23/2014

RHINELANDER - Volunteer firefighters train after finishing a full day of work on their paying jobs. PIne Lake volunteer firefighters practiced to better handle car fires.

The department covers 45 square miles Monday night filled mostly with homes. Assistant Chief Ryan Larsen says they've seen fewer people wanting to help the fire department.

"Recently, in the last 6 to 8 months, we have gotten 4 new recruits. They're currently enrolled in the firefighter one class out at Nicolet," said Larsen.

The exercise is some of the training firefighters need to do to keep people safe. The fire was controlled, but firefighters want to be prepared for anything.

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Art lovers travel from all over to go to painting and photography classes at TreehavenSubmitted: 09/23/2014

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TOMAHAWK - People traveled from all over the country to take a class taught in Tomahawk.

Painting and Sketching in the Northwoods is being taught at Treehaven.

A photography class is also being offered.

Both classes take place over the next two weeks.

One of the teachers thinks this class is helpful because people stay at Treehaven for the duration of the course.

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Air National Guard training in the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 09/23/2014

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LAKE TOMAHAWK - Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk will have a newly refurbished cabin next year.

The 128th Air National Guard is finishing its training at the local camp by building the cabin.

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Northwoods counties will form transit commission, expand transportation optionsSubmitted: 09/23/2014

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FOREST, ONEIDA, VILAS - It can be difficult to get around the Northwoods without a car.

Three counties will join together to make getting around easier.

Oneida, Forest and Vilas Counties will form a transit commission.

The Vilas County Board voted unanimously Tuesday to join Oneida and Forest counties.

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Gov. Walker will appoint new Langlade County judgeSubmitted: 09/23/2014

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ANTIGO - Governor Walker will need to fill a judge position in Langlade County, according to a press release from the governor's office Tuesday.

Judge Fred Kawalski will step down in late November.

Kawalski was elected to the post in 2011.

He could've stayed on as judge until his six year term ended in 2017.

The appointed judge will be up for election in April 2015.

The governor's office will take applications until Friday, October 10th.

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Packers ticket scam hit fans outside of MarshfieldSubmitted: 09/23/2014

MARSHFIELD - More Wisconsin residents have reported they were victims of a Green Bay Packers ticket scam through which police say a 37-year-old Marshfield man stole tens of thousands of dollars.

Lt. Darren Larson of the Marshfield Police Department's detective bureau tells the News-Herald Media (http://mnhne.ws/1pqjCqg ) that football fans from outside the department's jurisdiction are coming forward. The Marshfield man, whose name hasn't been released by police, previously admitted to scamming local fans seeking Packers tickets.

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Cancer scam father gets jail timeSubmitted: 09/23/2014

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MERRILL - Late last year, a 20-year-old Merrill woman claimed she had cancer. Celina Winchell and her father asked at least 17 businesses in Lincoln and Marathon Counties to put out collection containers for donations to the family.

But Winchell never had cancer. In fact, investigators found she had nothing worse than a sinus infection.

On Tuesday, Winchell's father was sentenced for his role in the scam.

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