LANGLADE COUNTY - Langlade County wants to become the new home for the state's forestry headquarters.
Lawmakers have asked the DNR to consider moving the department's headquarters from Madison to northern Wisconsin.
Langlade County has submitted a proposal to be considered. The county thinks it makes sense to have the forestry headquarters in the area because Langlade County is very involved in forestry.
The county currently has a forestry-based economy and is surrounded by different forests.
"We have over 130,000 county-owned acres along with 130,000 acres of privately managed forests," says Angie Close, director of the Langlade County Economic Development Corp.
The county is also home to Northcentral Technical College's Wood Technology Center.
Antigo City Administrator Mark Dosotell believes it would be good to have forestry leaders interact with people who use timber on a daily basis.
"Exchanging professional ideas between those who are making decision in the forestry industry with those who are just up and learning and starting their careers��"I think that type of relationship is going to be invaluable, not only for the university, but those who are leading the forestry industry will find great value in that," Desotell said.
Other communities, including Rhinelander and Tomahawk, have also submitted proposals.
RHINELANDER - Donations to members of the military will fill the lobbies of local banks soon as part of a care package donation drive.
Rhinelander's Military Support Group kicked off its 19th donation drive this fall, partnering with People's State Bank for the third year.
"We have vets working for us, we have families of vets, a lot of our base is vets, that's just a strong community base for us," said commercial banking specialist Stacy Timm.
Nearly 7,300 items were donated in 2017 and 8,900 items were collected last year.
A brat fry earlier this month, raised just under 700 dollars to help send those donations to veterans and active duty service members.
Support group member LeRoy Eades said donations mostly go to Wisconsin service members who can't make it home for the holidays.
"A lot of them won't be home for Christmas, so this is just a little piece of Christmas we're giving to them," said Eades.
Peoples State will accept donations until Veterans Day on November 11. Donation drop-offs can be found at bank locations in Rhinelander, Wausau, Rib Mountain, Weston, Eagle River, Minocqua and Marathon.
ST. GERMAIN - Few things can ruin a Friday night fish fry in Wisconsin - except maybe a lack of fish.
"A lot of those Lake Erie perch are ending up on the plates of Wisconsin restaurants and Wisconsin suppliers, so when something happens to Lake Erie … then the restaurants and suppliers can feel that," said DNR Fisheries Supervisor David Boyarski.
Faced with a shortage of yellow lake perch, Cathy Kuske, DJ's Northwoods Family Restaurant manager, has found a way to combat the issue.
"When I ask the distributor how much they have, he'll tell me how many cases and I'll order twice as many cases as I normally do, just so we don't run out," said Kuske.
WAUSAU - After Gov. Tony Evers introduced a "red flag" proposal in September, leaders in the Wisconsin legislature never brought that bill to the floor. The governor revealed his plan Monday to get Republicans on the record about gun control.
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