Fatal Accident in Price County
Published on 03/25/2019 under News One person has died following a weekend crash in Price County. That accident happened Sunday morning at just before 11am. The vehicle was traveling along Highway 70 in the Town of Fifield. Officials say the driver lost control and left the roadway. The vehicle then struck several trees and caught fire. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the victim was not immediately released. Officials continue to investigate.
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Tomahawk Area Wins "Snowmobile Friendly" Distinction
Published on 03/25/2019 under News It's no secret to locals that the Tomahawk area is a fantastic destination to snowmobile, and now the area clubs have an award to prove it. The Association of Snowmobile Clubs of Wisconsin held their annual convention over the weekend in Green Bay. The organization made up of more than 600 Wisconsin based snowmobile clubs is celebrating their 50th year. As part of the anniversary, they awarded the Tomahawk area with the recognition as a "Snowmobile Friendly Community" in the state of Wisconsin. Among the clubs sharing the award: Northwoods Passage, Northwoods Riders, Northern Trails, Knight Owls, and Harshaw Wanderers. The local clubs had several representatives on hand in Green Bay to accept the award. Just nine communities around the state received the distinction.
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South African Musician Shares Songs with Tomahawk Community
Published on 03/25/2019 under News A talented musician from halfway around the world has called Tomahawk home for the past few weeks, and yesterday he shared his gift with community. Trevor Sampson paid a visit to the WJJQ studios in the lead up to his concert yesterday at Grace Lutheran Church. The native of South Africa had previously been in the area and said, "I can write here." That lead to this month's visit to a small cabin with his wife. In addition to living with snow for the first time, Sampson said he "wrote more than enough for an album." He says he hopes to be back next year to share his music inspired by the Northwoods. Yesterday, he spent some time with the Grace choir during the morning service before "being turned loose" with his own concert in the afternoon. We've uploaded our conversation with Sampson in the WJJQ audio center. During his visit, Sampson played several songs as well.
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DNR Reviewing Bear Management Plan; Several Info Sessions in Northwoods
Published on 03/25/2019 under News Wisconsin wildlife officials are busy updating the management plan for the black bear and are inviting the public to weigh in starting this week. The Department of Natural Resources has revised the plan to outline objectives and strategies to guide black bear management in the state from 2019-2029. Scott Walter, DNR Large Carnivore Specialist says, "The management plan emphasizes the science-based approach to managing our state's black bear population and will also address current issues such as range expansion into southern counties, agricultural damage, and hunting opportunity. Given the ecological importance of black bears and their direct relevance to so many people, we're excited to get this plan into the hands of the public." As part of the process DNR staff will be offering 6 different informational sessions around the state. That includes two in our listening area; Wausau on April 2 and Woodruff April 3. The plan is also available online and they'll accept online comments starting Monday and through April 14.
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Lincoln County Sheriff's Report: Remember Burning Rules as Snow Melts
Published on 03/25/2019 under News With the snow cover decreasing everyday, local law enforcement are reminding people about burning rules. In the Lincoln County Sheriff's Report, they said more than 20 people contacted their agency regarding brush burning this past week. They ask people burning near well-traveled areas to contact the non-emergency line at the Sheriff's Office prior to burning. They also said, "As the snow melts, the risk of fires increase and a permit will be required once the ground is bare." A 29 year old Tomahawk man was arrested Tuesday afternoon on a warrant charge. When contact was made the man provided a false name twice before running into his house. The man eventually surrendered and was brought to the Lincoln County Jail on the warrant, he was also charged with obstructing an officer. A 17 year old Merrill man was arrested Saturday evening on a charge of second degree sexual assault of a child. One caller reported that a scammer tried to convince him that he owed money to Wisconsin Public Service. Numerous law enforcement agencies have reported that they are receiving reports of scam attempts using WPS. You are reminded that a public utility will never ask you to provide them with gift cards for payment. We'll have more on these scam calls Tuesday morning. Nine people reported striking deer in Lincoln County last week. That was up significantly from earlier this month
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Northwoods Snowmobile Season Comes to Close on Sunday
Published on 03/22/2019 under News After two and a half months of riding, the Northwoods snowmobile season will largely come to close at the end of the weekend. The Lincoln County Forestry, Land, and Parks Department announced the closure of the remaining trails in Zone 1 as of Sunday. Zones 2-4 had already closed over the past few weeks. It's a similar story up in Vilas County. Their 11 club snowmobile alliance voted unanimously to close their trails Sunday. And earlier this morning Oneida County made the call for Sunday, as well. After a snow-filled February, the clubs had hoped there was enough snow built up to make it until the end of March, but the mild temps and sunshine closed that door. It was a mixed bag of riding throughout the season. Most clubs opened their trails between Christmas and New Years. With the closure of the trails this weekend, it will also mark the end of our snowmobile trail reports for the season.
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Special Olympics World Games Comes to Close; Tomahawk Coach Returning Home
Published on 03/22/2019 under News An emotional day capped a whirlwind three weeks for a Tomahawk Special Olympics coach. We've been following the World Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi over the past week. Tomahawk's Bonnie Kahn was part of the 300+ member delegation of Team USA, coaching the track and field athletes. The athletes were actually competing in the summer games which were moved into March because of the heat in the summer months during the traditional dates. Over the past week, Kahn has shared the emotional ups and downs of the athletes from DQ's to gold medals. Yesterday, she once again experienced the spectacle of the closing games. She highlighted a performance of the "bearded lady from Greatest Show on Earth singing This Is Me while fireworks are going off all around the stadium." Tim Shriver, son of Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver also spoke. After a short sleep, the squad was up early for their return trip to New York, where they'll have a final send off dinner. Kahn will then be on her way back to the Northwoods. The ESPN/ABC family of networks has been covering the games and have a "Best of" program scheduled a week from Saturday on March 30 at 2pm on ABC. Kahn has been communicating with the community via her blog. (We also had Kahn on our Morning Forum before she left, available in the WJJQ Audio Center)
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Fix-a-Leak Week Reminds that a Drip Adds Up
Published on 03/22/2019 under News A small drip can lead to a climbing water utility bill. The DNR is partnering with the US Environmental Protection Agency to observe 'Fix-a-Leak' week. As part of the campaign the remind homeowners that leaks can waste thousands of gallons or more per year. Adam Frienhoefer is a DNR water use section chief. He says, "Finding leaks and fixing or replacing inefficient water fixtures, can save homeowners more than 10 percent on water bills while at the same time conserving our water resources." In order to save your wallet and the environment they recommend taking a few minutes this week to check for leaks in your home including faucets, showerheads, and fixtures. -Checking for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, and fixture connections. -Check toilets by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank, wait 15 minutes before flushing and see if the color appears in the bowl. If it does, you have a leak. Make sure to flush as soon as your test is completed as food coloring can stain. As the weather warms, don't forget to check irrigation systems and outdoor spigots, too. -Twisting and tightening pipe connections. To save more water without a noticeable difference in flow, twist on a faucet aerator with a WaterSense label. Aerators add air into the water stream, so you use less water to wash your hands or brush teeth without noticing a difference in water flow. -Replacing inefficient fixtures, if necessary. Look for WaterSense-labeled models, which are independently tested and certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as, or better than, standard models.
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Area Reservoirs Coming Up with Spring Thaw
Published on 03/22/2019 under News With the spring thaw well underway, residents on area waterways are closely monitoring reservoir levels which are beginning to come up rapidly. According to data from Wisconsin Valley Improvement, three of their five reservoirs came up significantly this week. For example, the Eau Plaine came up 6.5 feet over the past week. It's now at 3.5 feet below full. Nokomis came up a foot and a half and is now at 5.75 feet down. The Rainbow came up approximately a foot and is at 7.5 feet below full. The Willow and Spirit were steady at 7 and 6.5 feet respectively.
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Tomahawk Police Report
Published on 03/22/2019 under News Scammers continue to target Northwoods residents, this past week a Tomahawk woman was targeted on her computer. The scammers communicated with the woman that she had a virus that needed to be fixed. The scammers gained remote access of her computer and demanded $350 for repairs. No money was exchanged. The woman was advised to disconnect the computer from the internet. She still had protection services through an area electronics store to unlock the computer. Officers conducted a traffic stop and learned a 25 year old male had a warrant. He'll also be cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. The officer recovered marijuana from the purse of a female passenger. The 35 year old will be cited for possession of THC. A River Street resident reported some small items missing from their home after vacation. There was no forced entry, and they theorized someone may have found a hidden spare key. Officers were contacted by Probation and Parole regarding a warrant for a 51 year old male. The agent was contacted after the man allegedly threatened a neighbor over a shared parking area. The other individual did not want to pursue the threat complaint further.
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Fatal Snowmobile Accident in Vilas County
Published on 03/21/2019 under News One person died in a snowmobile crash in Vilas County last night. The Vilas County Sheriff's Office says that accident happened at around 7pm just north of St. Germain. The snowmobiler was traveling west on the eastbound side of Found Lake Road and struck a vehicle. The victim is a 62 year old St. Germain man. His name has not been released pending notification of family.Officials continue to investigate and believe that speed may have played a role in the accident. This is the 19th fatal snowmobile accident this riding season in the state of Wisconsin.
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Lincoln County Crime Stoppers Utilizing New Reporting Methods; Seek Facebook 'Likes'
Published on 03/21/2019 under News While the Crimestoppers organization has been around for decades, their technology and reporting methods continue to evolve. The mission for Crimestoppers is to offer a way for the public to anonymously provide tips to law enforcement, often times becoming eligible for a reward. We recently spoke with Ken Neff and Tom Berg about how the Lincoln County Crimestoppers organization has been modernizing. The local chapter has been around 22 years, and Berg joked that for a good portion of that time, they still used an old-style, rotary phone. Last year, they joined the P3 network. That allows tipsters to use an app on their smart phone to report suspicious activity or information. That's available for free in both the Android and Apple App stores. Now, the local Crimestoppers are on a drive to achieve a live tip button on their Facebook page. Due to the Facebook parameters they need to reach 2,000 'likes' before they are able to utilize that reporting method. During their visit, they encouraged any local Facebook users to click the like on their page. Both the App and the Facebook live tip button continue to offer anonymity. Neff, with his background in law enforcement, noted how much more convenient the new reporting methods are. Rather than a mailed in tip, the latest technology allows instantaneous communication, and that communication is interactive. You can hear that entire conversation in the WJJQ Audio Center.
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Scams Pick Up Around Spring Break Time
Published on 03/21/2019 under News With spring break right around the corner, officials are reminding those seeking sun and relaxation to take a few extra steps to avoid a common scam. During vacation season, scammers often target family members of those traveling with what is known as a 'grandparent' or 'family emergency' scam. The fraudsters will call a potential victim claiming to be a relative that's run into some trouble while traveling and that they need money immediately. The State Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection notes that a common warning sign is a request to keep the incident secret, be it an accident or arrest,. The DATCP says the best way to combat these scams is to share travel plans with family members; plan for regular, quick check-ins; and consider a family code word or phrase that would be used in a true emergency call. The DATCP says if you do receive a questionable emergency call, resist the pressure to act immediately and never send money or provide personal or financial information.
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Nicolet Partners with Local Fishing for Musky Classes
Published on 03/21/2019 under News While most area lakes are still covered with ice, it won't be long until anglers are casting a line. One of the prize fish here in the Northwoods is the Musky. Over the next few days, Nicolet College will be providing an opportunity to learn more about the fish. On Friday, Saturday, and a third date in early April, Nicolet will welcome Steve Heiting, an expert in landing a lunker. Overall, they've designed 10 different sessions over the three days ranging from beginner classes to those help an experienced angler learn some new tricks. Some of the offerings include: how to get started; building your own lure; live baits; locating muskies; using technology; and the best times to fish. Heiting, who's been the managing editor of Musky Hunter Magazine for 24 years, says, "If there's a secret to catching muskies, and catching them regularly, it's putting together a whole bunch of little things and doing them correctly."
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Rhinelander Masonic Lodge Kicks Off Library Fundraiser
Published on 03/21/2019 under News The Rhinelander District Library recently restored an entrance to their original Carnegie doors, another local group has set out to help cover some of the cost. This month, the Rhinelander Masonic Lodge launched a "Restore the Door" fundraiser. The Masons approached the library board with the campaign, noting its similarity to the "Pete the Penny" campaign the original Friends of the Library used to raise money for the addition.  Funds raised will assist in completing a vestibule for Carnegie entry, and other necessary renovations. The partnership between the Masons and library dates back more than a century. In the announcement, it was noted that the Rhinelander Masonic Lodge actually laid the original cornerstone in 1903. Those collection cans will be located at Rhinelander businesses into the summer.
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