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Lawsuit could deactivate 234,000 voters in WisconsinSubmitted: 11/13/2019
Lawsuit could deactivate 234,000 voters in Wisconsin
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - More than 234,000 voters in Wisconsin would be made unable to cast their ballot unless they register again before the next election under a lawsuit that liberals fear could dampen turnout among Democrats in the 2020 presidential race.

The lawsuit being filed Wednesday could affect how many voters are able to cast ballots in both the April presidential primary and November 2020 general election in Wisconsin.

The conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty alleges that the Wisconsin Elections Commission broke the law when it decided to wait up to two years to deactivate voters who may have moved. The lawsuit alleges state law requires voters to respond within 30 days of receiving the October mailing or be deactivated.

The commission has said it is confident it is complying with the law.

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MINCOQUA -
Residents in the Lakeland Union school district will be asked to vote on a $3.45 million funding request Feb. 18.

The funds will exceed the districts revenue limit to cover operating costs, improve student educational needs and facility maintenance per a media release.

The release goes on to say the district is considering the referendum because state imposed funding formulas "have not kept pace with the actual cost of education."

The Lakeland Union school district is the home of Lakeland Union High School and Lakeland Star Academy.

More information on the referendum is available on the district website.

Questions and comments about the referendum can be directed to District Administrator Robert Way.

There will be six community meetings to answer questions and share information about the referendum:

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 6:30 p.m., LUHS, Auditorium
Monday, February 3, 2020, 6:30 p.m., Lac du Flambeau Elementary School, Auditorium
Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 2:00 p.m., Minocqua Public Library, Program Room
Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 6:30 p.m., North Lakeland School, Community Room
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 6:30 p.m., AV-W Elementary School, EL Center
Thursday, February 6, 2020, 6:30 p.m., MHLT School, Library

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EAGLE RIVER - UPDATE 12:45 p.m

Three people were arrested Friday morning in Eagle River for their involvement in the manufacture of methamphetamine per a media release. 

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RHINELANDER - Many people have been busy shoveling snow this winter. Many public works departments have also been busy keeping roads safe.

With another snow storm on the way, the Rhinelander Public Works Department says they're ready to go.

The department was busy on Friday removing snow from the side of roads. It's jobs like this that keep the department busy.

"We actually put in overtime to keep up during the winter when we have this much snow," said Rhinelander Public Works street foreman Dan Hekrdle. "Because of, due to the fact, that after a snow event, the next day we'll have to go out to parking lots, clear them."

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CRANDON - Since 2007, Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) has awarded more than $200,000 to Northwoods area schools through its innovator educator grant.

This year, WPS is awarding more than $24,000 to 27 teachers throughout Northcentral and Northeast Wisconsin who can improve student learning and knowledge in the STEM fields.

Crandon High School (CHS) life science teacher Kay Coates said the grant will expose students to new things.

"It's opening their eyes to other tools that are out there and that we don't see normally in the Northwoods," said Coates.



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EAGLE RIVER - The 57th annual World Championship Snowmobile Derby kicked off Friday night in Eagle River.

The event is often referred to as the 'Indianapolis 500 of snowmobile racing.' Athletes from around the world traveled to the Northwoods in hopes of claiming the 2020 snowmobile world champion title. 

Hundreds of snowmobile enthusiasts will cheer those athletes on throughout the weekend. Wisconsin native Scott Rataczak has been coming to the derby since the early 80's.

Rataczak said his favorite part of the event is the strong sense of camaraderie.

"Just the thrill of everybody that loves snowmobiling and ice oval racing," said Rataczak. "It's a great weekend."

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CENTRAL WISCONSIN - With heavy snowfall expected Friday night, Wausau, Stevens Point, Schofield and the Village of Weston have all announced snow emergencies. Each community will enforce special parking regulations until the weekend.

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