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Heating Assistance Still Available As Winter Closes InSubmitted: 12/06/2012
Story By Matt Doyle

RHINELANDER - Take one step outside and you already know...the heat bill will be going up as the temperatures go down.

That's why it's a good time for low-income individuals and families to apply for energy assistance.

Heating bills can skyrocket in the winter months, so a little help can go a long way.

"It varies a little bit from county to county," Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service said.

"Those heating assistance dollars are available. It's important for people that think they may qualify for that to make contact with the social service agency and make application for that."

The funding comes from the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program.

The first step is to contact your local social service office or NEWCAP.

You can also try WPS's budget billing program which stablizes bills through the year.

"The budget billing program will help even out your bills throughout the entire year," Van Zile said.

"[It helps] So that you aren't looking at a very high bill in wintertime and a very low bill in summertime. It really evens it out and helps the budgeting process."

You can find links to both of these options below.

Related Weblinks:
Energy Assistance
WPS Budget Billing

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Girl, 12, not competent for trial in stabbingSubmitted: 08/01/2014

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A judge declared the girl incompetent Friday and ordered her committed for treatment. Two doctors who examined the girl had submitted reports saying they didn't think she was competent.

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People can get rid of all pesticides, insecticides, and chemical products at the Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep. It's free for all households and farmers.

Conservationists think the event will help people who don't normally know what to do with the products.

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Successful pea harvest despite cool Spring temperaturesSubmitted: 08/01/2014

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Some farmers just finished harvesting their peas this week.It's the first vegetable crop of the season and farmers at Sunnydale Farms believe it was a great harvest.

They think cooler temperatures helped some of their crops stay healthy.

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Minocqua Chamber names new directorSubmitted: 08/01/2014

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Krystal Westfahl will start at the chamber August 21st. She'll replace Kim Baltus who left to join the Howard Young Foundation.

Westfahl comes to the Northwoods from Appleton. That's where she has been in charge of fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Wisconsin for the past seven years. Before that, she worked as director of the Sampson State Park World War Two Military Museum in Upstate New York.

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Barbeque lovers come to the northwoods this weekend for "Pig in the Pines"Submitted: 08/01/2014

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It's the 10th annual year of the event in St. Germain. There are award winning ribs, live music and family friendly attractions to enjoy.

Barbeque lovers from across the midwest are drawn to Pig in the Pines...and of course everything is finger licking good.

"It does help the community," says St. Germain Chamber Director Penny Wiesmann. "It draws people from all over the Midwest. We have people talking about; this is their fourth or fifth annual year. The smells are incredible. You don't know where to go. You don't know if you should get ribs or pork or brisket or the corn. Try everything. Eat all day long."

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Audio released by the Marinette County Sheriff's Office shows the confusion and fear from drivers getting shot at by DeGroot.

"He just fired out the window again," said the Illinois man that called police about the July 25 incident.

DeGroot led police on a more than 20 minute chase in Marinette County. The caller told the dispatch officer that DeGroot was weaving between traffic.

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