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RPD Gets New SergeantSubmitted: 03/28/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

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RHINELANDER - An undercover officer will go back to working out in the open in Rhinelander.

This week Chief Mike Steffes made Jake Simkins the new night shift sergeant for the Rhienalnder Police Department. He's been with the Department for five years. But he's been working strictly undercover with the North Central Drug Enforcement Group for the last few years.

"It's something I always wanted to do and I was able to have the opportunity to do it. But I'm looking forward to coming back and working with the officers here and being able to train some of the newer officers and work with the community as well and bring the experience that I have with the police department and the citizens of Rhinelander," says Simkins.

Simkins is also the newest member of the Oneida County SWAT team.

Chief Steffes says the department is in the final stages of hiring another officer. He expects to be fully staffed again by the end of April.

Another officer from RPD will be able to apply to take Sergeant Simkins' place with the NORDEG unit.



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Wisconsin DNR reports $11.7m in timber salesSubmitted: 09/29/2014

WISCONSIN - The state Department of Natural Resources says Wisconsin saw record timber sales from state lands during the last fiscal year.

DNR Chief Forester Paul DeLong says timber sales totaled $11.71 million during the year that ended June 30. That's up from $10.8 million during fiscal year 2013.

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Cranberry crop estimated at 5.3 million barrels; still a surplus in the marketSubmitted: 09/29/2014

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WISCONSIN - Cranberry growers don't expect another unprecedented harvest, but the industry does expect to keep Wisconsin's cranberry crown.

Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association Executive Director Tom Lochner says the state should produce 5.3 million barrels of cranberries from the 2014 harvest. Lochner says a barrel holds 100 pounds of cranberries.

The state produced 5.8 million barrels in 2013. Lochner credits the weather in September 2013 for that large harvest.

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Nearly 17,000 attended Beef-A-Rama, more than 2013 total Submitted: 09/29/2014

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MINOCQUA - Leaders at the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce believe nearly 17,000 people came to the area for Beef-A-Rama.

Last year, about 15,000 people attended. Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Krystal Westfahl believes the significance of the 50th anniversary celebration played a role.

"It was huge for us to have this 50th anniversary, but I also think the fact that the weather was so great," said Westfahl. "People are just really getting to know the Minocqua area as just being full of life."

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Naked, screaming man arrested at Capitol rotundaSubmitted: 09/29/2014

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MADISON - State officials are looking into how a naked man found his way into the Wisconsin state Capitol's rotunda.

The man appeared undressed in the rotunda around 4 p.m. Monday and began shouting at the top of his lungs. It was unclear what he was saying.

A Capitol Police officer quickly led him away.

Stephanie Marquis is a spokeswoman for the state Department of Administration, which oversees the Capitol Police. She says the man was screaming that he was Jesus Christ. She says he will be taken to jail on suspicion of disorderly conduct and lewd and lascivious behavior.

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Local group helps fight Ebola in AfricaSubmitted: 09/29/2014

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RHINELANDER - The Ebola virus may seem to be a world away... but people right here in the Northwoods are helping to fight it.

Wise Intentional Leadership Development, otherwise known as WILD, is doing their part to raise money. The Rhinelander based group began training and developing young people in Africa in 2001.

"Our primary purpose, mission is to offer leadership development with a Christian perspective and really focus on the youth, cause over half the population in Africa is 25 and younger," explains WILD Executive Director Mike Prom. "So if we can help develop the youth, we can help change Africa."

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Inmate walks away from Marathon County JailSubmitted: 09/29/2014

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MARATHON COUNTY - Marathon County deputies want to find an inmate who walked away.

Tommie Rothenberger was let out of jail Friday morning to go to school at Northcentral Technical College. He never came back.

Around 4:25 p.m. Friday afternoon, a call came in saying Rothenberger was at a hotel in Clintonville with his girlfriend.

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FAA: 2 weeks to reopen Chicago-area control centerSubmitted: 09/29/2014

CHICAGO - The Federal Aviation Administration says it will take about two weeks to fully reopen a Chicago-area control center where an act of sabotage brought the city's two international airports to a halt last week.

The FAA said Sunday it hopes to return the facility to full service by Oct. 13.

Authorities say a contract employee started a fire Friday at regional control center in suburban Aurora and then attempted to commit suicide. More than 2,000 flights were canceled that day at O'Hare and Midway international airports, disrupting travel nationwide.

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