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Fire caused over a million dollars in damageSubmitted: 09/12/2013
Story By Associated Press

SUPERIOR - The wildfire this spring in Douglas county cost a timber company that owns most of the land more than 1-million dollars in damage.

Lyme Saint Croix Timber Company executive Sean Ross says the fire damaged most of its 52-hundred acres.

The timber land was not insured for fire damage.

The massive fire last May consumed about 74-hundred acres, destroyed 17 homes and forced dozens of people to evacuate.

The state Department of Natural Resources has billed the logging company that started the fire more than 600-thousand dollars.

The DNR announced shortly after the fire was contained that a logging crew's cutting machine sparked the blaze.

The DNR concluded the logging company, Rib Lake-based Ray Duerr Logging, didn't properly maintain its equipment.

A lawyer for the logging company says they will contest the bill.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)


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Sentencing planned for attack on corrections officerSubmitted: 09/19/2014

WAUSAU - A man convicted of attacking a jail officer in Marathon County will learn his sentence today.

22 year old Fredrick Morris pled no contest to agrivated battery and battery by a prisoner.

Prosecutors say Morris was the inmate who threw a punch which knocked a Marathon County jail officer unconscious.

The attack happened last year in March.

Julie Christensen was critically injured and admitted to the hospital.

Morris also attacked officer Denny Woodward moments after his attack on Christensen.

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Northwoods program offers college courses for students with intellectual disabilitiesSubmitted: 09/19/2014

RHINELANDER - Some Northwoods groups work hard to make sure everyone can experience college.

The Jump Start program in Rhinelander teaches job skills to people with intellectual disabilities.

The program is held at Nicolet College.

Nicolet College, Northland Pines and Rhinelander School Districts and Headwaters work together on the program.

Students learn skills for jobs during the fall semester.

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Northwoods churches invite people in for Back to Church SundaySubmitted: 09/19/2014

RHINELANDER - Northwoods ministers want more people to go to church this Sunday. That's true every Sunday, but they're putting a special emphasis on this week.

Calvary Baptist Church in Rhinelander is one of many churches taking part in National Back to Church Sunday.

A vast majority of Americans believe in God,but a much smaller minority attend church on a regular basis.

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Corn growers urge driver caution during harvestSubmitted: 09/19/2014

ACCROSS WISCONSIN - Corn growers are warning drivers to watch out for farm machinery as the harvest season approaches.

The Wisconsin Corn Growers Association says motorists can expect to see more farm equipment on the roads in the coming weeks as the harvest beings.

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UW students can get ID's to voteSubmitted: 09/19/2014

MADISON - University of Wisconsin System campuses will provide free voter identification cards to students that ask for them.

A regular university ID won't work at the polls.

That's because it doesn't comply with a new state law that requires a signature and expiration date on the cards.

Cards from UW-Superior are the only ones that meet those requirements.

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Local youth group in danger of closingSubmitted: 09/18/2014

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RHINELANDER - A local program that gives kids a place to go after school recently lost a lot of its grant funding. Now, the Kids in Need Youth program in Rhinelander could close down by the end of the year.

Every day, more than 20 kids come to Kids in Need Center.

"Here, you can just goof off with the kids and no one will judge you because of who you are and what your past is," says 17-year-old Cody Clarke.

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Hearing set on request to change Wisconsin ballotSubmitted: 09/18/2014

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MADISON - A court hearing has been set for next week in the lawsuit filed by Republican legislative leaders seeking to force a change in the model ballot for the November election.

Meanwhile, the state elections board is telling local clerks to move forward with sending out absentee ballots while the lawsuit is pending.

The complaint was filed Wednesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court by state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. They argue the ballot as drafted is confusing and unfairly benefits Democrats because of how it's designed.

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