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Ground Search Suspended for Missing Sayner WomanSubmitted: 04/12/2012
Story By Jenn Sullivan

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- After a week of searching for Sandra Schinke the Vilas County Sheriff's Department is suspending its ground search in Sayner, according to a press release.

Although, the ground search is ending, authorities are still baffled by Sandra's disappearance.

"It's not very often someone disappears like this," said Vilas County Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich.

Sandra was last seen April 5th, walking along County Highway N in Sayner, where she and her husband live.

Police said her cell phone, house keys and wallet were all in the Schinke's home but when her husband returned from North Dakota, Sandra was now where to be found.

"I'm not saying this is an abduction. But if it were an abduction there would usually be signs of a struggle or something like that. And we don't have any evidence of that what so ever," said Tomlanovich.

The search for Sandra drew in volunteers statewide as well as authorities from St. Louis County Minnesota and Marenisco Michigan.

Tomlanovich said. "The efforts put forward by volunteers from the local fire departments...it's really been a tremendous effort."

Friday, the Vilas County Sheriff's Department will continue a water search in Plum Lake.

Family members continue to spread the word of her disappearance.

Saturday they'll hold a Support Vigil at the Community Center in St. Germain.

Jim Schinke, her husband, told Newswatch 12 he hopes to get a thousand attendees at the event because that's a thousand more people who can aid in the search.


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Students get opportunity to plan for life after high schoolSubmitted: 09/17/2014

MINOCQUA - High School students need to start thinking about life after high school during their junior and senior year.

On Wednesday Lakeland Union High School and Nicolet College hosted the Wisconsin Education Fair to help them with that.

Nearly 80 colleges, universities and branches of the military offered information to high school juniors and seniors from all across northern Wisconsin. Schools from as far away as Nevada and Alabama came to the fair.

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Merrill Area Public School District's online charter school lags behind rest of district in mathSubmitted: 09/17/2014

MERRILL - The Merrill Area Public School District found out how their district compares to others in the state.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction evaluates districts and schools and gives them report cards every year.

But the district's online school did much worse than the rest of the district in math.

Students at Bridges Virtual Academy learn almost entirely online.

About 29% of Bridges students are proficient in math. But the state average is about 49%, and the district is almost 52%. That could be because many of the students at Bridges used to be homeschooled.

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Walker, Burke tied in latest pollSubmitted: 09/17/2014

MADISON - The race for Wisconsin governor couldn't be any closer with just seven weeks to go.

The Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke tied among registered voters.

Walker and Burke both had 46 percent support. The poll's margin of error was 3.5 percentage points among registered voters.

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Drug Endangered Children Program in Price CountySubmitted: 09/17/2014

PRICE COUNTY - Some children in the Northwoods live in environments where their caretakers abuse drugs.

The Price County Sheriff's Office hopes a new program will help those children.

The Drug Endangered Children Program, or DEC, assists children whose caretakers abuse, sell, or manufacture drugs.

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Students learn about natureSubmitted: 09/17/2014

TOMAHAWK - More than 50 fourth graders from Tomahawk learned about nature on Wednesday as part of long-lived education program. UW-Stevens Point staff at Treehaven host programs to teach elementary students about nature. The program has been around Tomahawk Public Schools for more than 25 years.

"We are doing a lot about the history of Tomahawk, the people that were here in the early 1800s and just a little bit about the land," explained Naturalist Rachel Anderson. "Right not we've been doing some tree identification and forestry measurements, but this morning they were learning about the voyagers and the Native Americans in this area."

The program covers more than just fall-learning, Treehaven leaders host learning programs in the spring and winter as well. You don't have to be a student to take part in some of the programs at the learning center. They include group hikes where you practice and discuss identifying plants and trees.

"We've had two this fall, and I'm hoping that is something we can continue to do in all seasons and continue to offer," said Anderson. "We've been getting a lot of positive reinforcement that it's something that the public is really interested in, so we hope to continue to offer more in the future."

Treehaven leaders regularly offer programs to the public involving nature, education, and artistry. If you are interested in learning more about these programs and events, you can follow the link listed below the article.

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Wisconsin one of 4 states to cut food stampsSubmitted: 09/17/2014

MADISON - Wisconsin is one of only four states nationwide that is enacting cuts to the food stamp program.

An Associated Press review finds that as of now, the cuts will only affect Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey and New Hampshire.

The decision in Wisconsin to enact the cuts comes as Republican Gov. Scott Walker is seeking re-election and considering a 2016 run for president.

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