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.
MINOCQUA - Something as easy as telling time or spelling a five-letter word backward can get more difficult as we age. People in the Northwoods can test their ability to complete those simple tasks with a memory screening at the Pastime Club Adult Day Center in Minocqua. Individuals or their caregivers can then present that information to a medical provider for further evaluation.
RHINELANDER - For decades, homelessness has been a problem that defies easy solutions.
The number of homeless veterans in Wisconsin increased by 8.1% over the past year.
Assistant Oneida County Veterans Service officer Jason Dailey said that may be due to certain that issues effects of military service.
"There's a lot of the big issues for veteran's homelessness, there's a lot of post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues than cause issues maintaining employment," said Dailey. 'But we don't have the economy to support all those people necessarily as far as jobs go.'
Dailey believes the lack of triggers from a larger city that draw veterans to the Northwoods.
ANTIGO - Like many cities, Antigo puts a room tax on it hotels and motels. The revenue generated is then used by a "tourism entity" to promote more overnight visitors in Antigo. For thirteen years that tourism entity has been the Antigo / Langlade County Chamber of Commerce, but another option is being explored.
Drew Lundt, board president of the chamber, never wanted this to come to a lawsuit.
"Unfortunately if this has to go to a legal battle, nobody's going to win that," said Lundt.
But recent disagreements have put that partnership in jeopardy.
Public meeting documents show Mayor Bill Brandt thought the combined chamber / visitor center was promoting its members, rather than the entire community.
Mayor Brandt pointed to the Visitor's Guide as an example. In the February 27th meeting, he expressed disappointment that only one Antigo hotel was shown in it.
RHINELANDER - Lead ammunition remains the most popular option for hunters in Wisconsin. That's because it's cheap and gets the job done. However, experts encourage hunters to switch to a copper-based ammunition in order to protect other treasured species.
Wild Instincts Rehabilitation Center has seen nearly 30 cases of lead poisoning in bald eagles this year. Rehabilitators say the higher cost of copper ammo is a small price to pay for wildlife safety.
"It's not a gun control issue. It's not about trying to take anybody's rights away, it's to make it safer," said wildlife rehabilitator Mark Naniot. "We took lead out of our paint, out of gasoline because it was affecting us as humans. And of course we're affecting tons of animals out there."
RHINELANDER - The middle of November is usually a lull period between musky and ice fishing season. This year, that period was shortened.
Lakes began freezing a few weeks ago thanks to cold temperatures. Now that ice has formed on the lakes, people are venturing out to ice fish.
Some lakes look quiet at the moment, but as temperatures continue to get cold, that will be changing.
"Usually ice fishing season starts around here, end of November, right after deer season people start," said The Fishing Hole owner Gary Mangerson. "This year we're super early, which I enjoy because I don't have much down time."
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