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Busted Pre-Paid Funeral Fund Receiver Says There Was WrongdoingSubmitted: 02/16/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Last fall we learned a state pre-paid funeral organization's trust fund was missing millions of dollars. Now the court-appointed receiver of the Wisconsin Funeral Trust says there was substantial wrongdoing in operating the plan.

State investigators say the trust was mismanaged to the toll of millions of dollars for people who paid for funerals in advance.

John Wirth says there will likely be litigation to recover lost assets.

Wirth's office has issued 39 subpoenas and reviewed more than 100,000 pages of emails and documents.

He says there were several hundred people who had investments and have died since the problems were exposed. They have, for the most part, had their funerals covered.

But, the funeral homes are getting about 60 cents on the dollar in reimbursement.




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Tour and workshop to help businesses draw more customers to Northwoods Submitted: 10/01/2014

VILAS COUNTY - The beautiful scenery, resorts, and other attractions draw many tourists to the Northwoods.

Local businesses want to keep it that way.

While the summer season wrapped up a month ago, some businesses are already thinking about next summer.

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Teenagers open long-awaited grocery store in WabenoSubmitted: 10/01/2014

WABENO - Wabeno has been hungry for a grocery story since its last one closed years ago.

Now, the community has one, and customers are in for a surprise.

"They're like, is the owner or manager here? I'm like, I'm right here," says 17-year-old Kaitlyn Ashbeck.

Twins Kaitlyn and Abigail Ashbeck opened Ashbeck's One Stop this summer at age 16.

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Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra visits RhinelanderSubmitted: 10/01/2014

RHINELANDER - Sounds of Mozart, Beethoven and Rossini filled Rhinelander High School's auditorium Wednesday. Those same sounds were in concert Wednesday night.

Students attended a concert by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra that morning.

The Northwoods Concert Association brought the symphony into town. They were able to play at the high school thanks to the Hodag Schools Foundation.

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DNR begins Little Rice dam repairs, some homeowners unhappy about water levelsSubmitted: 10/01/2014

CRANDON - The Wisconsin DNR will start repairing the Little Rice dam this month.

But in order to do their work, the agency will have to lower water levels earlier than usual and that's upset some people living on the water.

The dam was built in the 1930s.

"There's leaks, there's chips and cracks and it was time to do some major repair," says DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz.

The structure creates the Little Rice Flowage by damming the Wolf River just outside of Crandon.

The DNR started lowering water levels in the flowage Wednesday to repair the dam.

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Young eagles struggling to find foodSubmitted: 10/01/2014

RHINELANDER - Birds of prey in the Northwoods could struggle to find food this fall. Young eagles in particular are struggling to feed right now. Animal rehabilitation groups have seen spikes in the number of starving eagles this year. The late start to the spring may be one of the problems.

"It's not the most amount of eagles that we've ever had, but it's the largest amount of starved juvenile eagles that we've ever had," said Wild Instincts Director Mark Naniot. "We saw a lot of the eagle chicks coming in that were very small compared to what we usually see. They normally fledge around the 4th of July or about a week before they start leaving the nest. We were getting some that were not even close to leaving the nest at the end of July."

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UPDATE: 17-year-old suspect admitted to bomb threats at Medford Area Senior HighSubmitted: 10/01/2014

MEDFORD - Medford Police wants a 17-year-old charged with a bomb scare felony after Wednesday's evacuation of the high school.

The suspect made two different bomb threats through the social media app "Yik Yak."

He referred to bombs in his locker.

Medford Area Senior High was evacuated and searched after 1 o'clock.

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Walker slightly ahead of Burke in new pollSubmitted: 10/01/2014

MADISON - With less than five weeks until Election Day, a new poll shows Gov. Scott Walker is slightly ahead of Democrat Mary Burke in the race for Wisconsin governor.

The Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows Walker with 50.5 percent support among likely voters compared with 44.7 percent for Burke.

That 5.8-point lead is just above the poll's 4.5 percentage point margin of error.

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