Marshfield Clinic Expanding to UP with Iron Mountain Campus Published on 10/13/2021 under News Marshfield Clinic will be expanding to Michigan's Upper Peninsula with a new partnership announced Tuesday.

Marshfield Clinic and Iron Mountain-based Dickinson County Healthcare are working on developing an affiliation agreement.

Dickinson CEO Chuck Nelson called the partnership a "game-changer for the local community."

Nelson says, "Together we will add more primary care and specialty providers, widen our scope of services and improve our care environments across all our locations."

According to the news release, the partnership will focus on expanding locally-provided outpatient surgeries, supporting DCH's large pediatric team with Marshfield Children's Hospital, and growing DCH's primary care provider team. Another key element of the partnership is the construction of a new state-of-the-art cancer center.

Marshfield CEO Susan Turney says, "We are excited to extend care for the first time beyond the borders of Wisconsin, and we could not have a better partner in this venture than DCH."

They expect plans to be finalized early next year.

In Other News

Christmas Spirit Lincoln County Launches Gift Request/Donation for Holiday Season
Published on 10/22/2021 under News We're still two months away from Christmas, but a Lincoln County group is already planning for a local gift distribution program. Earlier this week, we were joined on the morning conversation, by two of the organizers of the Christmas Spirit Lincoln County United Giving Tree program, Chris Copiskey and Kris Reichelt. They partner with volunteers, businesses and fire departments to make sure it's a Merry Christmas for kids in Tomahawk, Merrill and surrounding areas. They do so by filling gift requests for parents or guardians who are struggling financially and may not be able to provide presents for their children. Reichelt noted that the last two years with Covid have been especially tough on some parents to provide around the holidays. Last year, their organization was able to fill requests for 450 children in Lincoln County. The first step in the process is finding out the wishlists. Applications are available at a number of locations including here at the WJJQ studios, Merrill Fire Department, and Merrill Chamber. Those will be due back November 15. As those applications come in, generous people who'd like to provide for the program will be able to pick up tags and purchase the gifts. In mid-December the volunteers will organize and distribute those gifts, which they said was one of the most rewarding parts of the program for them. The Group has a Facebook page with more information. You can hear that entire conversation in the WJJQ audio center.
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Conservancy Group Purchases 70K Acres of Northern Forest
Published on 10/22/2021 under News MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservancy group has purchased 70,000 acres of forest in northern Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports a Virginia-based group known as The Conservation Fund announced the purchase Wednesday. The sale price was not released. The land is known as the Pelican River Forest and includes 16 parcels located mostly in Oneida County that straddle the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds. A succession of companies has owned the land, including Consolidated Papers. The Conservation Fund says it will protect wildlife habitat while continuing sustainable timber harvesting as well as recreational uses such as hunting and fishing.
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State Building Commission Approves Grant, North Central Health Care Mental Health Renovations
Published on 10/22/2021 under News Earlier this week, the State Building Commission formally approved a $5 million grant to assist North Central Health Care in completing a renovation to expand capacity at their mental health facility. North Central Health Care currently serves clients from Marathon, Lincoln, and Langlade Counties. Once the renovation is complete and services expanded, they'll have additional capacity to serve Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties. State Senator Jerry Petrowski of Marathon was among legislators who pushed to put the funding in the state budget. He says, "The need for additional mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities has been growing for several years and the pandemic has only intensified the problem. "This grant will help make more resources available locally and reduce pressure on the state facility in Winnebago." When completed, the project will provide four additional adult psychiatric beds, eight youth beds, three emergency stabilization beds, four adult crisis stabilization beds, five detoxification beds, and 38 residential treatment beds.
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Ice Age Trail Holding “Mammoth Challenge” in October
Published on 10/22/2021 under News The Ice Age Trail spans more than 1,200 miles across the state of Wisconsin. In October, the Ice Age Trail Alliance is encouraging people to explore various trail segments and communities as part of their Mammoth Challenge. Hikers, walkers, runners and backpackers who sign up are asked to traverse 41 miles of the trail while also visiting 3 of the 15 designated communities located along the trail. Here in the Northwoods, Antigo has been designated as one of those checkpoint communities. Langlade County is home to about 150 miles of Ice Age Trail. Those who complete the challenge will receive a hiking certificate and a limited-edition patch. Organizers hope it also it will encourage people to explore new-to-you segments while slowing down, unplugging, and taking in the scenic views. The Mammoth Challenge lasts through October.
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Tomahawk School District Launches Community Survey for Administrator Search
Published on 10/21/2021 under News The Tomahawk School District's search for their next District Administrator is underway, and the community is able to provide input via an online survey. At their meeting last week, the Tomahawk School Board laid out the timeline for this process working with a search firm. While the position is already posted, the search firm will simultaneously work with focus groups to identify district-specific desires for potential candidates. They'll be meeting with board members, school administrators and staff, and school stake holders. That process also includes an online community survey which is now live on the district search website. The survey includes 11 yes/no questions; some 1-10 ratings; and some short answer opportunities. The survey will remain open through November 19. The district is currently operating with an interim superintendent following the abrupt retirement of Terry Reynolds at the start of the school year. The interim hire of Joe Innis was made for the entire school year. They hope to interview finalists in January and name the next District administrator in February. That individual would take over July 1.
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State Building Commission Approves NCHC Behavioral Health Improvements; Bearskin Trail Bridge
Published on 10/21/2021 under News A trail bridge in Oneida County and a mental health facility at North Central Health Care in Wausau are among projects approved by the State Building Commission yesterday. Overall the bipartisan committee approved $124 million worth of projects with a focus on safety improvements and deferred maintenance.This includes building improvements on several UW-Campuses and fire door and elevator upgrades in several state buildings. A pair of local projects also made the list.North Central Health Care received approval for renovations and expansion of their mental health building. The facility currently serves clients from Marathon, Lincoln, and Langlade Counties. This will expand capacity to serve Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties as well. We'll have more on this project on the Friday morning show. Up in Oneida County, another approved project would replace the Pinewood trestle bridge on the Bearskin Trail in Harshaw.  The 50-foot-long bridge is one of 16 trestles along the trail which runs from Nokomis to Minocqua. The bridge was deemed structurally unsafe. In addition to summer trail usage, the replacement bridge, once complete will be able to accommodate snow grooming equipment and snowmobile activity during the winter months. Gov. Evers said in announcing these projects, "I am glad this bipartisan commission moved forward on these important projects as we work to bolster our state infrastructure." 
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Lincoln County Board Applying for Lake Monitoring Grant; Eyes AIS Coordinator
Published on 10/21/2021 under News Lincoln County has applied for a DNR grant that would fund an Aquatic Invasive Species program to protect area waterways. At their meeting Tuesday, the Lincoln County Board unanimously approved applying for a Lake Monitoring and Protection Network Grant. According to the resolution background, Land Services would use the grant to a hire a limited term employee to complete AIS services like outreach and education. This includes coordinating established DNR programs such as Clean Boats, Clean Waters; Landing Blitz; AIS Snapshot; and Drain Campaigns. A number of other Northwoods counties already have similar positions in place. The grant is non-competitive with all 72 counties eligible to receive funds. The base allocation for Lincoln County is just over $16,000. Lincoln County has more than 720 lakes along with 650 miles of rivers and streams.
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DNR: Watch For, Properly Dispose Gypsy Moth Egg Masses
Published on 10/21/2021 under News The DNR is asking the public for help this fall by looking for and disposing the egg masses from the invasive gypsy moth. The DNR says gypsy moth populations have increased in consecutive summers as the weather conditions have allowed more caterpillars to survive and become moths. Treating or removing masses in the fall prevents large numbers of eggs from hatching into hungry, leaf-eating caterpillars in the spring. The DNR described the eggs as tan-colored masses about the size of a nickel or quarter. They can be located on trees, buildings, firewood piles and birdhouses. Each mass will contain hundreds of eggs. The egg masses become more visible on trees as they lose their leaves. If you come across gypsy moth eggs, the DNR recommends spraying them with a horticultural oil, or you can gently scrape them into a container with soapy water. They recommend soaking the egg mass for several days in the soapy water before throwing them in the trash. The DNR has additional information on their website. -Photo provided by the DNR-
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Hatchets Sports Recap - Tuesday
Published on 10/20/2021 under Sports VOLLEYBALL The Tomahawk Hatchets Volleyball Team swept New London in the first round of the WIAA Tournament on Tuesday night. The scores were 25-19, 25-20, and 25-22. The Hatchets will travel to Waupaca to face the Comets on Thursday night in the Regional Semi-Final Match. The match begins at 7pm. You can hear all of the action on WJJQ. UNOFFICIAL STATS: Alyssa Zehner - 11 Kills and 1 BlockMeghan Scholz - 10 Kills and 2 BlocksClaire Albert - 9 Kills and 1 AceMacy Jankiewicz - 5 Kills and 3 Blocks Emerson Lange - 2 KillsMackenzie Scholz - 1 Block and 1 Ace
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Tomahawk Public Library Introduces Story Walk on Library Grounds
Published on 10/20/2021 under News The Tomahawk Public Library has launched a new program that will encourage kids to get outside and walk, while still enjoying a book. Overlooking the Wisconsin River, the Tomahawk Public Library already offers a scenic view. This past week, the staff kicked off a new story walk. For those unfamiliar, a story walk breaks down a children's book, placing the pages at various stations along a path. Kids and families can walk the path reading the books as they go. A number of Northwoods libraries have created their own story walks over the past year or so. Here in Tomahawk specifically, the path begins at the parking lot and heads down to the Riverwalk behind the library. Fittingly for autumn, the first book featured in the story walk is Fletcher and the Falling Leaves. The library was able to use their Natural Resources Education Fund to establish the Story Walk. They're hoping to leave it up through the month, weather permitting. They're also encouraging those who use the story walk to share their experience on the library's Facebook Page so they can gauge how many people are using the program.
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