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Merrill restaurant slapped with $41,000 settlement feeSubmitted: 01/17/2013
Story By Lane Kimble

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MERRILL - Repeated sexual harassment at a Northwoods restaurant will not be tolerated.

That's what the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission made clear today.

The EEOC helped slap the New Pine Ridge Restaurant in Merrill with a $41,000 federal settlement.

The lawsuit claimed a cook at the restaurant just off of Highway 51 created a sexually hostile work environment.

He repeatedly made crude remarks and grabbed waitresses breasts.

Then, instead of stopping the cook's harassment, the owner fired some of the waitresses instead.

The cook didn't stop working in the restaurant until months after lawyers filed criminal charges against him.

Along with the fine, the restaurant needs to train the owner, managers and employees on sexual harassment laws.

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Gov. Walker will appoint new Langlade County judgeSubmitted: 09/23/2014

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ANTIGO - Governor Walker will need to fill a judge position in Langlade County, according to a press release from the governor's office Tuesday.

Judge Fred Kawalski will step down in late November.

Kawalski was elected to the post in 2011.

He could've stayed on as judge until his six year term ended in 2017.

The appointed judge will be up for election in April 2015.

The governor's office will take applications until Friday, October 10th.

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Home sales decline in AugustSubmitted: 09/23/2014

WISCONSIN - Sales of existing homes in Wisconsin have declined.

The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports sales dropped 5.7 percent in August compared to a year earlier.

Association board chairman Steve Lane says tighter inventory of properties in the state's metro areas could have slowed sales there.

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Air National Guard training in the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 09/23/2014

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LAKE TOMAHAWK - Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk will have a newly refurbished cabin next year.

The 128th Air National Guard is finishing its training at the local camp by building the cabin.

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Local fire department use burning car to train volunteersSubmitted: 09/23/2014

RHINELANDER - Volunteer firefighters train after finishing a full day of work on their paying jobs. PIne Lake volunteer firefighters practiced to better handle car fires.

The department covers 45 square miles Monday night filled mostly with homes. Assistant Chief Ryan Larsen says they've seen fewer people wanting to help the fire department.

"Recently, in the last 6 to 8 months, we have gotten 4 new recruits. They're currently enrolled in the firefighter one class out at Nicolet," said Larsen.

The exercise is some of the training firefighters need to do to keep people safe. The fire was controlled, but firefighters want to be prepared for anything.

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Frat boots UWM chapter president amid drug probeSubmitted: 09/23/2014

MILWAUKEE - An international fraternity has revoked the membership of the president of its University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee chapter amid an investigation into whether local fraternity members slipped ``date rape'' drugs into party drinks.

Twenty-eight-year-old Thomas Kreinbring was president of Tau Kappa Epsilon at UWM.

Kreinbring was charged Friday with several drug-related crimes, including keeping a drug house and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

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Wausau School District wants every student to have iPad or Chromebook by 2018Submitted: 09/23/2014

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WAUSAU - The Wausau School District wants every student in the district to have either an iPad or Chromebook.

They hope to reach that goal by 2018.

Buying the computers and training could cost the district more than $2 million.

The district started giving out iPads to some students two years ago.

But the district might have to go to a referendum to get them to everyone.

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Butternut man charged with murdering two-year-oldSubmitted: 09/23/2014

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BUTTERNUT - Prosecutors suspect 27-year-old Duane Amos strangled, hit, shook, and ultimately killed a two-year-old child in Butternut.

A criminal complaint says Amos was looking after his girlfriend's young child in late August.

Amos brought the child to the hospital in Park Falls, saying the toddler was wheezing.

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