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Mining Vote Prompts More Recall EffortsSubmitted: 03/19/2012

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RHINELANDER - Two of the senators who voted against a bill to loosen mining regulations are now facing recall because of their actions.

Democrat Bob Jauch of Poplar and Republican Dale Schultz of Richland Center are now the target of recalls by a conservative group after the senators helped vote down mining legislation earlier this month.

The Milwaukee-based Citizens for Responsible Goverment has filed recall paperwork against both senators.


Gogebic Taconite, the company interested in mining in Ashland and Iron Counties, announced their withdrawal from Wisconsin after the vote.

Jauch represents a district that includes the proposed mine site.
"He did everything he could to stand in the way of the mine to make sure it did not go forward, even though a large number of his constituents were in support of it," says Orville Seymer, Field Operations Director for the Citizens for Responsible Government Network.

After the recall announcement, Jauch questioned the motives of the group.

"It seems to me that the Citizens for Responsible Government, which is nothing more than a fringe group with a polite title, is more interested in political conquest than working for the common good," says Jauch.

Jauch had worked across party lines with Schultz to propose a mining compromise that stalled in the Senate.

Jauch is particularly concerned about the attack on Schultz, his GOP colleague.

"What is most frightening is that they want to kneecap this official of the Republican Party because he dared work with a Democrat," he says.

More than 15,000 signatures still need to be collected in both districts to proceed with the recalls.

But it now means that six of the 33 Wisconsin senators are currently under recall threat.

Story By: Ben Meyer

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Fire does $1.5 million in damage in Marathon CountySubmitted: 04/18/2014

EDGAR - Fire did $1.5 million dollars in damage at a Marathon County Highway Department garage overnight.

Someone driving by shortly before three this morning saw smoke coming from the building along State Highway 97 near Edgar.

One of the garages was on fire at the Marathon County Highway Department's location in the town of Wien.

Firefighters from Edgar and Stratford rushed to the scene.

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Street to be named after Rhinelander soldier killed in AfghanistanSubmitted: 04/17/2014

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RHINELANDER - Enemy forces killed Rhinelander's Ryan Adams in Afghanistan five years ago.

Now, the Northwoods community will name a street in his honor.

Adams was a graduate of Rhinelander High School.

He served in the Rhinelander-based 951st Sapper Company of the Wisconsin Army National Guard.

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Town members vote to move forward with purchasing landSubmitted: 04/17/2014

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MINOCQUA - Leaders on the Minocqua Town Board voted to buy lakefront land north of a park in town for nearly $300,000.

They needed approval from people in Minocqua first.

Community members unanimously approved the purchase Thursday night.

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Vandals, thieves sack old Sacred Heart Hospital building in TomahawkSubmitted: 04/17/2014

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TOMAHAWK - The old Sacred Heart Hospital building in Tomahawk will be knocked down soon.

Milestone Senior Living will build a new home for seniors on the site.

The old building has been vacant since 2003.

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Ernie Winker did plenty of carpentry work inside the hospital.

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The department started converting the cars last November.

A company in Michigan installed 20-gallon propane tanks in the trunks of the cars.

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Record breaking snowfall knocks the power out Submitted: 04/17/2014

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RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.

WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.

But getting to the outages was a challenge.

A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.

"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."

Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.

Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.

"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."

The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.

If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.

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Rhinelander food pantry volunteers Submitted: 04/17/2014

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