RHINELANDER - When you look around a gas station in Rhinelander, you might notice something is missing – beer.
Beer can be sold in most gas stations and convenience stores around the state, but the city of Rhinelander doesn’t allow it.
Tonight, Rhinelander City Council could take a step toward changing that.
"This is the gateway. This is where every single vehicle passes through for country fest," said Aries Tatrow, who manages Hodag Pump and Pantry and the corner of Stevens Street and County Road W.
Between 8,000 and 9,000 people come into his store every day during Country Fest, many of them looking for beer.
For the second time in three years, Rhinelander city council is considering allowing gas stations to sell beer.
"I think that there's a legitimate beef on behalf of some of the convenience store owners," said alderman Alex Young. "They are locked out of that area of business now, where in all of the surrounding communities in the state, they have been able to do that."
Young said Kwik Trip would locate two or three stores within city limits if beer sales were allowed.
"It was mentioned at the [city council] meeting that should the city not get rid of that rule, that Kwik Trip could locate just outside the city limits," he said.
That would mean the city will lose out on tax revenue, but Lincoln Street Liquor store owner John Stein said he'll lose his entire business.
"There isn't a city out there with our comparable population that has alcohol in gas stations that has a stand-alone liquor store," Stein said. "The odds are virtually zero that I will be able to survive if this ordinance goes through."
The Oneida County Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Coalition reports that compared to the rest of the state, Oneida County has a higher number of liquor licenses per capita.
Stein said even more licenses could lead to problems like alcohol being sold to minors.
"The city council, their job is to regulate that number," he said. "I don't think there is a need for more, there's definitely not a constituency out there asking for more beer outlets."
"I have two daughters at home, I don't want them coming into a gas station and being able to buy alcohol," said Tatro. "That's not even an option. We're regulated and we follow rules to a tee."
City council will vote on the ordinance tomorrow night.
If it goes forward, a public hearing will be held January 14th.
Cooking for people with multiple, chronic health conditions
MINOCQUA - For people struggling with chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease, cooking can be a challenge.
But being careful with how you cook doesn't mean your meal has to be bland.
One dietician teaches the "Cooking for Multiple Diseases" class at Nicolet College in Minocqua.
People taking her class need help finding the best recipes for their conditions.
"Maybe they have diabetes and their spouse has heart disease. Or other people in the family may have a different disease," said Mary Sikora-Petersen, a Registered dietician. "They want to know, how [to] cook a meal that's going to be for everybody in the family."
Petersen also stresses the importance of using healthier ingredients without losing flavor. One way to do that is by using seed-based seasonings and avoiding too much salt.
"[Add] flavors to food without adding salt. Certainly, salt adds flavor," said Petersen. "But there are other ways to add flavor, such as adding ground seasonings, adding fresh herbs to the foods."
Petersen also recommends using light olive oils and whole wheat products.
GREEN BAY - Two people convicted of mistreating cows at a Brown County dairy farm have been fined hundreds of dollars.
Lucia Martinez pleaded no contest Tuesday to two counts of mistreating animals, and Abelardo Jaimes pleaded no contest to one count. As part of a plea deal the charge was downgraded from a misdemeanor to a forfeiture.
Prosecutor David Lasee says with fines and court costs, Martinez will owe about $1,100, while Jaimes will have to pay $600 to $700.
Martinez, Jaimes and two others were charged after Mercy for Animals, an animal-rights group, secretly recorded workers beating injured cows.
Jaimes' attorney, Luca Lopes Fagundes, says workers were told they needed to make sure sick cows didn't remain down because they could die.
A message left with Martinez's attorney wasn't immediately returned.
MADISON - An aide to a Wisconsin lawmaker says Gov. Scott Walker intends to sign a bill that would put outside agencies in charge of investigating officer-involved deaths.
Craig Trost, an aide to Rep. Chris Taylor, says in an email that Walker's office notified Taylor's office that he plans to sign the bill Wednesday.
Taylor, a Madison Democrat, and Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay, developed the legislation in response to three high-profile deaths in the last 10 years. None of those incidents resulted in criminal charges.
Supporters say the new requirements will counter claims that police protect their own from consequences of using deadly force. But police observers say the bill could create conflict and confusion for Wisconsin agencies that have traditionally done the investigations themselves.
The bill passed the Legislature earlier this year.
MADISON - Wisconsin wildlife officials say they're going to hand out personalized certificates to successful first-time turkey hunters this year.
The Department of Natural Resources says hunters can fill out information about when and where they killed the bird as well as information on its weight and spur length on the agency's website. Hunters also can submit a photo of themselves with their turkeys.
The agency will send the certificates out electronically within a few weeks of receiving the information.
The certificate program will run during both the spring and fall hunts.
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