End to Night Hunt for Wolves Clears CommitteeSubmitted: 05/16/2013
MADISON - Wolves might still be hunted, but they would be safe in the dark under a measure which cleared the Legislature's finance committee.

Governor Scott Walker's budget includes the provision that would ban night wolf hunting.

Wisconsin's wolf regulations currently allow night hunting but the language has proven controversial.

Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes have used it as justification for a tribal deer hunt at night.

State attorneys are trying to block the tribal hunt.

Walker says hunters easily reached their kill limit during daylight hours in last year's inaugural hunt.

The tribes believe Walker inserted the ban to weaken their position in court.

The Joint Finance Committee was scheduled to consider the provision Wednesday but took no action.

That means the language remains in the budget.

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Ho-Chunk Nation may not act on trust fund payment proposalSubmitted: 07/09/2014

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MADISON - Ho-Chunk Nation legislators aren't acting on a proposal to delay trust fund payments that members now receive when they are 18.

Tribal leaders have been concerned that many burn through the cash quickly and end up with little to show for their spending. Some wanted to delay the payments of more than $200,000 until members were in their 20s or to tie payments to college, employment or military service.

But the tribal legislature didn't vote Monday on a proposal to delay payments and instead passed the suggestion on as an informational item for the tribe's General Council meeting in September. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Wednesday that likely means an end to any changes.

Some families had protested any change, saying they rely on the money for basic needs.

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Young girls learn that manners matter at a tea party Submitted: 07/09/2014

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RHINELANDER - Manners matter, especially in public. A group of local librarians is looking to teach them to young girls.

Rhinelander District Library held their annual tea party Wednesday. A large group of girls had the chance to enjoy hors d'oeurves and an interpretive dance.

The librarians want to emphasize how important it is to learn table manners.

"We always talk about please's and thank you's obviously, passing everything to your right," said Children's Department Assistant Librarian Denise Chojnacki. "The one that really cracks us up is when we say 'And everybody sit up in their chair.' The whole room just perks up. So we get a big kick out of that, but it's good for them to know manners when they go out in public."

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Political/Lobbying groups aiming to use ratings to push/pull voters to candidates Submitted: 07/09/2014

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ACROSS WISCONSIN - Political groups hope to use their influence to turn voters to candidates they support this fall election season. Lobbying and political groups from both sides of the aisle will start circulating their scorecards and ratings of state legislators to voters before November's election.

UW Madison Professor of Political Science Kenneth Mayer says the reports reflect which candidates the organizations want to support to advance their agendas.

"This is a way of separating friend from foe," Mayer said. "It's a shortcut that voters can use to see which legislators the group supports, and it's very common."

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Fill the Boot Helps Kids With Muscular DystrophySubmitted: 07/09/2014

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RHINELANDER - Firefighters will be out stopping traffic this weekend, but it's for a good cause.

The Rhinelander Fire Department will roam the streets on Highway W and Stevens Street during the Hodag Country Fest this weekend. They take part in the "Fill the Boot" campaign that they've done for the past six years. Firefighters ask drivers to stop and put money in their boots. That money will go to MDA, the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

"All the money that's collected here in Oneida County stays in the Oneida County," says Lieutenant Aaron Swaney. "I believe there are 63 patients or people with Muscular Dystrophy that benefit from these funds that we raise."

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Bike trail connection highlights Vilas County as biking destinationSubmitted: 07/09/2014

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BOULDER JUNCTION - More and more, Northwoods tourism leaders see bicycling as a major draw for visitors.

On Wednesday, workers finished paving the newest segment of trail.

The stretch should make Vilas County an even more attractive biking destination.

The pavement was completed between Boulder Junction and Manitowish Waters.

The Boulder Junction area sees itself as a model for other systems.

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Marshfield Clinic plans to return grantSubmitted: 07/09/2014

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MARSHFIELD - Marshfield Clinic plans on returning a $10 million state grant meant to help build a rural dental education building.

The clinic got the grant in 2010 to build the facility in Marshfield. The clinic no longer needs the money. The group says its addressed rural training needs in other ways.

Security Health Plan of Wisconsin is a nonprofit health insurance company affiliated Marshfield Clinic.

The group committed a matching ten million dollars to match the grant.

They'll also get that matched.

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Tourism season boosts interest in lakefront real estateSubmitted: 07/09/2014

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MINOCQUA - When some tourists fall in love with the Northwoods, they look to buy a second home. That's keeping area realtors busy during the busiest part of this tourist season.

A record 474 new listings in Oneida and Vilas counties came on the market in May alone. Many sellers waited until the snow and ice melted. About 100 homes were listed each week during the month of June.

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