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"Lights of the Northwoods" almost ready for tonight's ribbon cuttingSubmitted: 12/14/2017
Story By Natalie Cardona

RHINELANDER - 50,000 twinkling lights will bring holiday cheer Hodag Park in Rhinelander Thursday night.

"Lights of the Northwoods" is a drive-through light show packed with more than 32 individual displays.

Vice President Shawn Will says he's excited and a bit nervous to officially share the display tonight.

Those nerves have nothing to do with the amount of snow we got.

"I was thinking as the snow was flying and I was looking at the lights I'm like, 'This is going to be like one of

those Hallmark movies we watch all the time!' It's really going to be pretty on the lake here with the lights

shining off the snow," says Will.





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MINOCQUA - Among all other fish you can catch, walleyes are especially popular in the Northwoods.

30 years ago, the Minocqua chain of lakes had a sustainable population of walleyes; people could fish freely.

But when the population started to fall in the mid-1990's, artificial management became the only option to help restore the numbers.

Oneida County Fisheries Management Biologist Zach Woiak remembers the time when the walleye's population was all due to their natural way of life.

"Historically the Minocqua chain has had a very good walleye fishery that was all based on natural reproduction, so there was no stocking needed," said Woiak.

A local group of stakeholders, including representatives from the DNR, Walleyes for Tomorrow, and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission came together back in the early 2000's.

The group developed a plan while gathering public input

Woiak says the majority of anglers sided with the stakeholders.

"They were on board with it. We had a lot of public meetings and got a lot of public input. We made sure that all the stakeholders were on board. It's been pretty good," he said.

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MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers announced today that citizen soldiers staffing the Dane County National Guard COVID-19 testing sites have completed as many as 40 percent more tests per hour over two days last week, courtesy of the new COVID Connect testing registration system.

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WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court issued a mixed verdict Thursday on demands for President Donald Trump's financial records that will keep his tax returns, banking and other documents out of the public eye for the time being.

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NORTHWOODS - Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport announced adjustments to its air medical transport operations in northern Wisconsin. 

According to Ascension, Spirit 2 helicopter at the Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, will discontinue its service at the end of this year.

Spirit 3, a fixed wing aircraft stationed in Arbor Vitae, will stop operating at the end of August.

Dr. Stewart Watson of Ascension says that a review showed that their air medical transport needs would be best met with a single helicopter, strategically placed at the Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee.



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GREEN BAY - The catering company for Lambeau Field and Miller Park says it has temporarily laid off about 1,300 employees.

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