NORTHWOODS - Look around, and you may notice the Northwoods population getting older.
But in most areas, it's also getting smaller.
In the last two years, population has been shrinking in many Northwoods counties.
The U.S. Census bureau released their 2012 population estimates this week.
It shows people are either dying or moving away from the Northwoods faster than they're coming in.
Chances are, migration has made up for the biggest portion of loss since 2010.
"People can move into or out of for a variety of reasons, but trends in migration tend to shift a lot more quickly than natural increase," says U.S. Census Bureau Statistician Ben Bolender.
Counties in red are ones that lost population since 2010.
The deeper the red, the more they lost.
Only four counties on the map actually gained population over that two year stretch.
Population loss in northern Wisconsin is nothing new.
"Although in some years in the past decade some of those counties either grew slightly or stayed the same for a year at a time, that overall decline is kind of the same trend that we've seen since at least 2000," says Bolender.
Statewide, though, Wisconsin gained population since 2010.
Urban centers around Milwaukee and Green Bay account for most of that increase.
MERRILL - The Merrill Police Department need helping finding anyone involved in several acts of vandalism that happened earlier this week.
Brian Schwartz has lived in his home on River Street in Merrill for almost 10 years. His garage, his neighbor's garage, and the public service building down the street were vandalized. Schwartz reported the vandalism to police on Monday.
Schwartz says this is the first time anyone has vandalized his property.
CRANDON - Terri Burl wanted to ask more questions than make comments during Congressman Sean Duffy's town hall in Crandon on Thursday.
"Everybody's in the state of the unknown right now," Burl said.
Burl, a Republican, was thinking of her 26-year-old son in Oshkosh as she asked Duffy (R-Wausau) about health care concerns. She worries about tax penalties for her uninsured son and the GOP's lack of solid ideas to replace the Affordable Care Act.
MADISON - The Senate judiciary committee is set to vote on four bills that would impose tougher drunken driving penalties.
The Republican proposals would create a five-year minimum prison sentence for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and raise the minimum incarceration period for fifth and sixth offenses from six months to 18 months.
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