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Sagging bridge expected to open in JanuarySubmitted: 10/23/2013
Story By Associated Press

GREEN BAY - State transportation officials want to reopen the Leo Frigo bridge by the middle of January.

The bridge, that carries interstate 43 over the fox river on green bay's north side, has been closed since september 25.

That's when a dip was discovered in the roadway.

An Investigation showed a pier on the bridge's east side sunk about two feet.

DOT officials blame corrosion in pilings under the pier and under other nearby piers as well.

Construction work is expected to begin on November 4th.

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Candidates address issues in 85th & 86th Assembly district debateSubmitted: 10/01/2014

WAUSAU - Voters in the Wausau area could use a debate Wednesday night to get a better feel of candidates in the 85th and 86th State Assembly district.

Rep. Mandy Wright (D-Wausau) will face Republican challenger David Heaton for the 85th Assembly seat, which covers Wausau, parts of eastern Marathon and Shawano Counties, this November. Rep. John Spiros (R-Marshfield) will face Democratic challenger Nancy Stencil on the November ballot for the 86th Assembly seat, which covers parts of western Marathon and Wood Counties.

Wednesday's debate didn't turn into a heated argument, but candidates made sure voters knew what they think.

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Tour and workshop to help businesses draw more customers to Northwoods Submitted: 10/01/2014

VILAS COUNTY - The beautiful scenery, resorts, and other attractions draw many tourists to the Northwoods.

Local businesses want to keep it that way.

While the summer season wrapped up a month ago, some businesses are already thinking about next summer.

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Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra visits RhinelanderSubmitted: 10/01/2014

RHINELANDER - Sounds of Mozart, Beethoven and Rossini filled Rhinelander High School's auditorium Wednesday. Those same sounds were in concert Wednesday night.

Students attended a concert by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra that morning.

The Northwoods Concert Association brought the symphony into town. They were able to play at the high school thanks to the Hodag Schools Foundation.

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Craft brewing discussion teaches public about beer industrySubmitted: 10/01/2014

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MINOCQUA - Brewing craft beers in Wisconsin gets more popular every year. People always want to learn more about it.

Minocqua Brewing Company turned into a classroom for beer enthusiasts Wednesday night. Experts from around the state shared the history and science of making beer in Wisconsin.

People could also learn how big of an industry brewing is turning into.

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Walker slightly ahead of Burke in new pollSubmitted: 10/01/2014

MADISON - With less than five weeks until Election Day, a new poll shows Gov. Scott Walker is slightly ahead of Democrat Mary Burke in the race for Wisconsin governor.

The Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows Walker with 50.5 percent support among likely voters compared with 44.7 percent for Burke.

That 5.8-point lead is just above the poll's 4.5 percentage point margin of error.

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Young eagles struggling to find foodSubmitted: 10/01/2014

RHINELANDER - Birds of prey in the Northwoods could struggle to find food this fall. Young eagles in particular are struggling to feed right now. Animal rehabilitation groups have seen spikes in the number of starving eagles this year. The late start to the spring may be one of the problems.

"It's not the most amount of eagles that we've ever had, but it's the largest amount of starved juvenile eagles that we've ever had," said Wild Instincts Director Mark Naniot. "We saw a lot of the eagle chicks coming in that were very small compared to what we usually see. They normally fledge around the 4th of July or about a week before they start leaving the nest. We were getting some that were not even close to leaving the nest at the end of July."

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Organizers prepare for Cranberry FestSubmitted: 10/01/2014

EAGLE RIVER - Cranberry Fest draws about 40,000 people to Eagle River each year. Organizers think this year will be no exception.

They started preparing the fairgrounds on Wednesday for this weekend's festival.

A majority of people who come to the festival are visiting from out of town.

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