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- You can find everything from edible berries to garnishes right in your own backyard. RHINELANDER "Master Gardeners of the North" wants to teach you how. Tonight's class will be on foraging for edibles in the Northwoods. Even though edibles can be easy to find, volunteer Tom Jerow says you should leave enough behind for wildlife and next year's crop. " You should really link up with a mentor, someone who knows what they're doing. Someone who can identify the food that you're looking for," says Jerow. You can find nuts, grapes, and sumac pretty easily this time of year. The Master Gardeners meet tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Oneida County Senior Center.
- A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld the state's right-to-work law, reversing a Dane County circuit judge's ruling striking it down. MADISON The 3rd District Court of Appeals on Tuesday sided with Governor Scott Walker and rejected the challenge brought by three unions.
- The Merrill Fire Department has a new high-tech fire extinguisher training device. MERRILL It allows users to put out a fire without using an actual fire. Firefighter Bryson Cruise says this is much easier and safer because the old device could only be taught with a real fire outside. "The screen is reactive to the laser inside the extinguisher and it simulates the fire with both light and sound," explained Cruise. The device was a gift from three of Merrill's largest businesses, Church Mutual Insurance Company, Weinbrenner Shoe Company and Park City Credit Union.
- Between the 16-hour days, temperature extremes, and smoke blocking out the sun for days, Jim Grant will likely never forget this summer. NORTHWOODS "This definitely is at the top if not the highest amount of fires I've ever seen and the busiest I've seen," said U.S. Forest Service Fire Management Officer Jim Grant. Grant has been fighting wildfires for 34 years. During the fire season he splits his time between the Northwoods and wherever he's needed. This summer, that meant Montana. "I want to help the people and I care about the communities," said Grant.
- Gov. Scott Walker has signed a $3 billion incentive package designed to lure a Foxconn Technology Group flat-screen plant to southeastern Wisconsin. MADISON Walker signed the bill Monday afternoon during a packed ceremony at a technical college in Sturtevant in Racine County, the most likely location for the plant.
- A convicted sex offender will return to Oneida County this week. RHINELANDER Jason Mullen, 29, gets out of prison Tuesday, September 19.
- Between 2004 and 2013, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) sold and cut just above half of what it could under its own management plan. RHINELANDER That frustrated loggers, politicians, and companies which need timber in northern Wisconsin. But this year, the CNNF will sell its greatest amount of timber since at least the mid-1990s. It's the fifth increase in a row for the CNNF, which is now finally nearing its maximum yield.