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Rhinelander City Hall Locked DownSubmitted: 11/21/2019
RHINELANDER - Oneida County Sheriff's Department locked down Rhinelander City Hall today. They were joined by Marathon and Vilas County Deputies and the Wisconsin Department of Justice Digital Forensics Unit. Price County Sheriff's Department also assisted in the investigation.The organizations executed two warrants against an unnamed individual representing the City of Rhinelander.

The warrants were for two felony counts: one of Tampering with Public Records and one of Misconduct in Public Office.

Chief Deputy Dan Hess is heading the investigation. He says more details will be released later. We will interview Chief Deputy Hess for our 5pm broadcast and will update you with any additional breaking news.

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STEVENS POINT - Worzalla held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday to unveil its recent $12.5 million investment into expanding their company.

Worzalla's CEO and President, Jim Fetherston said this expansion will help the company become a leading book manufacturer in the United States.

"The reason it is important for us right now is a lot of book manufacturing has gone offshore to Asia," said Fetherston. "A lot of American book publishers would like to publish more books domestically."

The $12.5 million investment is expected to create 50 new jobs.

The mayor of Stevens Point, Kevin Wiza said he saw major benefits to the community from this expansion.

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RHINELANDER - Contaminants found in Oneida County's Crescent Spring in August led the health department to put up signs that read "drink at your own risk." Those man-man substances, Perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHxS), belong to a family of chemicals called Perfluorinated alkylated substances (PFAS).

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RHINELANDER - The Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department hosted its third annual Seed Sowing Party Wednesday morning. Volunteers scooped dirt and planted native seedlings at the Oneida County Courthouse.

"We are putting out, and I'm not kidding, probably 10,000 seeds from different species of wildflowers," said Pollinator Coordinator Baerbel Ehrig.

Ehrig says those seeds will help restore a number of natural habitats here in Oneida County. But first, nature must take its course.

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Keep human food away from petsSubmitted: 11/20/2019

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THE NORTHWOODS - Thanksgiving means bringing out the best foods. The food we enjoy however may not be safe for animals.

"It's easy to think of your pets as part of the family and that they're people an when you're having a special meal, it's easy to [want to] include your pets," said Northwoods Pets owner Jennifer Marshall.

While that might like a nice gesture, it can be dangerous.

"We're not the same species," said Marshall. "And there are things out there such as onions and grapes are really good example that contain chemical compounds that the dog's digestive system cannot process properly."

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MADISON - Wisconsin wildlife officials say hunters killed 10 elk in Wisconsin's second elk season.

The Department of Natural Resources set a 10-bull limit for the season, which ran from Oct. 12 to Nov. 10 in Ashland, Bayfield, Price and Sawyer counties.

The department says hunters authorized by the state killed five bulls. Ojibwe tribal hunters killed five.

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LINCOLN, NE - Nebraska and federal health officials say a hepatitis A outbreak that includes Nebraska, Indiana and Wisconsin has been traced to blackberries sold in Fresh Thyme grocery stores.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says in a news release Wednesday that the outbreak began several week ago in Nebraska. The department says it, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating and have confirmed 11 cases. Six of those cases are in Nebraska.

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MADISON - The DNR hopes hunters after bucks will bag a feral pig or two as well.

The state's traditional nine-day gun deer season begins Saturday and runs through Dec. 1..The Department of Natural Resources wants hunters to look for feral pigs and kill them whenever possible. Feral pigs are unprotected wild animals and may be hunted year-round with no bag limits.

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MADISON - Attorney General Josh Kaul says testing is finally finished on thousands of unanalyzed sexual assault evidence kits.

Kaul said Wednesday testing was finished on all 4,471 kits designated for analysis. The state Justice Department started analyzing the kits in 2016. Testing has resulted in a dozen criminal cases so far.

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