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Child Tax Rebate Latest: More than 71,000 claim credit in opening hoursSubmitted: 05/16/2018
Child Tax Rebate Latest: More than 71,000 claim credit in opening hours
Story By Newswatch 12 News Team

MADISON - More than 71,000 Wisconsin residents have submitted claims for a child tax rebate in the opening hours of the application period.

The state Department of Revenue said Tuesday that as of 2 p.m. they had received applications from more than 71,000 people. They were seeking the $100 rebate for one or more children.

Tuesday was the first day parents could apply for the rebate. The application period runs through July 2.

The Revenue Department estimated that rebates for just over 1.2 million children would be received over that time.


Even some Democrats who voted against the rebate in February were touting it.

Reps. Nick Milroy, of South Range, and Jonathan Brostoff, of Milwaukee, both voted against the rebate in February but were tweeting Tuesday about how to apply.

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The Wausau Daily Herald reports that the data figures broken down by county also show that most offenders are also teenagers under the age of 18.

The report says that the most common relationship to victims statewide and in central Wisconsin counties is someone that knows the victim, but isn't related. The category includes: "acquaintance, employee, employer, neighbor, roommate, and other domestic violence victim."

The statewide average rate for all sex offenses has been steadily rising since 2013. There was about a 14 percent increase from 2013- 2017 in Wisconsin's average rate for sex offenses.

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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says the case was confirmed in a Dane County resident.

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NEWBOLD - The Newbold Fire Department held its annual picnic Saturday, but this year it wasn't just about fundraising for the fire station.

The department was also celebrating a special milestone. 

The Newbold Fire Department, which started in 1968, had its 50th anniversary this year. At the picnic, there was a display and tables full of old pictures from the station's past.

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MINOCQUA - For the last two years, the Minocqua Dragon Boat Festival has partnered with the Howard Young Foundation to raise money for area hospitals.

At this year's festival, a new cause took center stage.

The Howard Young Foundation is leading an initiative to develop a research and treatment center for tick-borne illnesses in the Minocqua area.

All funds raised from the Dragon Boat Festival will go toward the center's construction.

Foundation president Erin Biertzer was pleased with how many people turned out to help.

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People in the area always look forward a tradition in its 56th year.

The Eagle River Recreation Association hosts a huge auction in mid-August.

"It keeps the lights on in this place. To run a rink is extremely expensive. We try to the best we can with what we have here to bring down those fees so hockey and skating becomes affordable for everybody up here," said ERRA President Patrick Schmidt.

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RHINELANDER - A food pantry that depends on generosity saw a lot of it Friday. The pantry teamed up with Trig's and Bremer's Furniture to help out local families in need. 

Volunteer Bill Vancos didn't mind giving his free time this morning to a bigger cause. "It's very heartwarming to do this. It's a shame that people are still in need," said Vancos.

The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry set up a donation drive in front of Trig's Friday morning.

Rhinelander Food Pantry Treasurer, Ginger Chroback, joined the event to help customers figure out what to donate. She said macaroni and cheese, cans of soups, and pastas are food staples that are always helpful items to donate. 

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UPDATE: On Saturday Michael Atkins was located, according to a press release form the Marshfield Police Department

Police say around 3:20 p.m. a traffic stop was made by Marshfield officers near the intersection of E Veterans Pkwy and N Vine Ave after a receiving a driving complaint involving a vehicle and driver believed to match descriptions associated with Atkins.

The driver was identified as the missing 17-year-old Michael Atkins. Atkins was transported to the department and was reunited with his mother. The investigation is ongoing. 

The Marshfield Police Department expressed thanks to the community for the ongoing support and gratitude for all those who assisted with tips and information which ultimately led to the safe return of Michael.

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