Study say Americans don't love their cars as much as they used toSubmitted: 07/02/2013

RHINELANDER - Most Americans love hot dogs, fireworks and beer on Independence Day.

But another American love affair could be changing.

A new study from the University of Michigan says Americans are becoming less attached to their cars.

The number of registered cars, trucks, vans and SUVs has gone down since the recession.

But Travis Trickey has sold cars for a decade.

He says business at Rhinelander Toyota is on the rise.

"People are still apprehensive from the big swing from 2007,2008 and 2009, Trickey said. "People are looking more now trying to fit into their budget obviouisly, but they are still looking for vehicles that have gadgets and gizmos."

One likely reason for that is the Northwoods lack of public transportation.

The Michigan study says young adults are most likely to shun vehicles.

But Rick Kenoedler thinks that's on the car manufacturers.

"I think a lot depends on what the car manufactuers are producing," Kenoedler said. "If its something exciting, people get excited about it and want them. If they are just boring transportation cars, whats there to be excited about."

The number of registered vehicles peaked at 236 million in 2008.

The Michigan researchers say that number is likely to rise again because of the improving economy.

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Manitowoc police warn of unusually strong heroinSubmitted: 07/13/2014

MANITOWOC - Manitowoc police are warning that an unusually powerful batch of heroin may have made its way to the streets.

Two drug overdoses were reported in a 12-hour period. Both users survived, but police say each would have died without the quick actions of emergency responders.

Police Capt. Scott Luchertand says officers want to warn drug users who bought heroin in the past week to be even more cautious than usual.

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Last Hodag Country Festival concert this yearSubmitted: 07/13/2014

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RHINELANDER - The Hodag Country Festival came to an end Sunday night. Some people already packed up their campers and headed home, but many others stuck around for one last concert this year.

Thousands danced their heart out in Rhinelander for the last day of the Hodag Country Festival.

The final act, Neal McCoy, kept the crowd on their feet as he sang songs on top of the roof.

One festival enthusiast has been coming here for 17 years.

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Merrill plant loses close to $2 million damages Submitted: 07/13/2014

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MERRILL - A Northwoods plant lost close to two million dollars of equipment in a fire Sunday morning.

It happened at the Northern Wires manufacturing company around 1:30 in the morning. A nearby business saw smoke coming out of the building.

It took 45 minutes for the Merrill fire department and other responding crews to put the fire out.

"They used a thermal imaging camera to find the fire. They used water, put the hot spot out. Then it took a long time because the ceilings in there are probably 20 feet high," said Merrill Fire Captain Bob Akey. "So all the smoking hot gases took us an hour and half to air the building out."

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Girl who was shot on Milwaukee playground diesSubmitted: 07/13/2014

MILWAUKEE - Authorities say a 10-year-old girl who was shot on a Milwaukee playground in May has died.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office says in a statement that Sierra Guyton was pronounced dead at Children's Hospital at 1:35 a.m. Sunday. The office says it won't release further information and that police have put a non-disclosure order on the case.

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Tree harvests up but advocates want more changesSubmitted: 07/13/2014

APPLETON - The amount of timber being harvested from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest rose 6 percent last year. But advocates say more can be done to manage the timber and help the region's struggling economy.

63.2 million board feet of wood were cut in 2013. That's up from 59.7 million board feet the previous year.

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Italians celebrate 100 years of settlement Submitted: 07/13/2014

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MERRILL - More than 350 people celebrated their Italian roots in Merrill Saturday.

Nine Italian families settled in the Schulz Spur community between 1914 and 1922. The community is just north of Merrill.

Italian families from across the United States, Canada and even Italy gathered at Merrill Area Recreation Complex to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the settlement.

Families were able to catch up and see pictures of their ancestors.

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Raising money to promote healthy livingSubmitted: 07/13/2014

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LANGLADE COUNTY - A lot of different golf tournaments raise money for community organizations. The fundraiser in Langlade County, Spirits At The Lake, raises thousands dollars for the county's health foundation.

The Community Health Foundation is the philanthropic branch of Langlade Hospital. It's goal is to promote healthy living in the county. The foundation raises money at different fundraisers. It funds other organizations that teach people how to stay healthy.

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