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Beware of phone, internet scams
In recent months, word has spread among local businesses, banks and residents of an increase in phone and internet scams. However, the Minocqua Police Department, unfortunately, claims that reports of scams are a perpetual occurrence. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2016

Tiffany, Jarchow propose homeowners' Bill of Rights
Northwoods Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) are launching a comprehensive initiative of property-rights' goals they call the Homeowners' Bill of Rights, which, among other things, would reform eminent domain laws, control property taxes, and guarantee property owners the right to fly an American flag. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2016

Republicans warn AGs over prosecuting climate-change skeptics
Thirteen Republican state attorneys general - including Wisconsin's Brad Schimel - have fired off a letter to 17 mostly Democratic attorneys general, warning them to back off their efforts to prosecute climate-change realists for their dissident beliefs, which the latter group of AGs says constitutes fraud.

What is good for the goose is good for the gander, wrote the GOP attorneys general, and the desire to prosecute scientists and others for their climate-change beliefs can be a double-edged sword. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Assembly candidate aims to renew voter faith in politics
Matt Michalsen, a 34th assembly candidate, hosted a meet and greet fundraiser on Friday, June 17 at Rocky Reef Brewing Co. in Woodruff. Michalsen met with constituents and explained his reasons and goals in running for assembly. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2016

DFI subpoena of Eliason attorney quashed
The Department of Financial Institutions will not be allowed to depose an attorney who provided legal advice to two St. Germain businessmen accused of securities fraud, a judge has ruled.

The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) wanted to question Terry Nelson, the lawyer who advised David and Brian Eliason about the financial disclosure at the heart of the criminal case against them in Vilas County. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

As autism increases, leaders explore education options
In recent years, headlines about autism have centered on the growing head count - one in 68 children are officially on the autism spectrum, according to the Centers for Disease Control - and on the possible causes of the disorder.

But, as that growing population inexorably ages, new priorities are beginning to take center stage: How do young autistic adults learn to live independent lives? How do they transition from more dependent support settings to self-sufficient community life and employment? (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

H. Sterling Burnett: Paris Accords not rooted in reality
The latest in an ongoing series of articles on climate change

As everyone knows, climate change is a hot-button topic on the national stage, but it is also a hot-button topic on the international stage, and, if advocates of human-driven global warming theory have their way, it will all be one stage, as the world unites to fight an intensely warming Earth. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

In Minnesota, an innovative autism school soars
The very name Lionsgate Academy sounds exalted and exceptional, and, to those who have been touched by the growing wonders of the school, which specializes in educating students with autism spectrum disorders, that's exactly the kind of experience the academy provides. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 17, 2016

Day of reckoning comes for Martinson
Two indisputable truths were repeatedly presented to Branch II Judge Michael Bloom during a nearly 10-hour sentencing hearing June 10 for 18-year-old Ashlee Martinson on two counts of second-degree intentional homicide.

The first truth was that sometime during the afternoon of March 7, 2015, Martinson's mother Jennifer Ayers and her stepfather Thomas Ayers died at her hands in their town of Piehl home just one day after she turned 17. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Meet and Greet with Matt Michalsen tonight
Matt Michalsen, running for 34th assembly candidate, will be hosting a meet and greet fundraiser from 4 to 6 p.m. tonight, June 17, at Rocky Reef Brewing Co. in Woodruff. Please stop in and learn who Matt is, why he is running and what he stands for.

For more information about Michalsen, visit www.mattmichalsen.com.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Deputies resign, retire in aftermath of rape allegations
Two deputy sheriffs in Clark County - one accused of rape, the other accused of omitting the allegations from a Clark County hiring report on the alleged perpetrator - are no longer with the Clark County sheriff's department.

Lee Lech, the officer accused of rape while working previously as a sheriff's deputy in Oneida County, has resigned, while captain Clay Kreitlow, who conducted the Clark County background check when Lech later applied for and attained employment there, has retired, according to a report by USA Today Network-Wisconsin. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Michaelsen announces candidacy for 34th district state assembly seat
Earlier this month, Matt Michaelsen formally announced his intention to run for Wisconsin's 34th District State Assembly seat. That seat is currently held by Republican Rob Swearingen, first elected in 2012. Michaelsen will face Lawrence Dale of Eagle River in an Aug. 8 Democratic primary.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Senate hearing targets EPA's unfunded mandates
The broad reach of the federal government doesn't bypass state and local governments, especially when it comes to unfunded mandates imposed on states and municipalities, and this week a U.S. Senate hearing tackled both the scope of the regulatory costs, particularly inside the Environmental Protection Agency, and potential solutions. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 10, 2016

H. Sterling Burnett: No scientific consensus on man-made global warming
The latest in a series of articles about climate change

Supporters of man-made climate-change theory often wonder why some people insist on questioning its existence.

After all, they contend, not only is the evidence of global warming irrefutable but a scientific consensus exists that humans are driving it with greenhouse gas emissions. Case closed, right? (subscriber access)

Friday, June 10, 2016

EPA proposes increases in ethanol requirements
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week proposed increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all types of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard program, increases the agency says would boost renewable fuel production and provide for achievable growth.

In plain language, the amount of ethanol in the nation's gasoline supply is going up. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Potential for deer crashes will be high in June
With their size, swiftness and unpredictability, deer are huge hazards for motorists. In June, they likely will be even more prevalent on Wisconsin roads.

Deer activity increases this time of year as does search for places to give birth and young deer separate from their mothers. With this increased activity, drivers may encounter more deer darting into the paths of their vehicles without warning.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

BREAKING: One in custody in Price County
UPDATE: 8:41 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2016. The Price County Sheriff's office has stated that the two additional suspects have been apprehended. There is no longer any threat to citizens.

A spokesperson for the Price County Sheriff's Office said one of the two men being sought after fleeing from Park Falls police officers is in custody.

Lynn Wallace with the sheriff's department said the 23 year-old is from Florida.

Still not found is another man he'd been with when the two fled from police as they were being approached this morning.

The subject is described as having dark hair with goatee, wearing a tan or pink button down shirt, khaki pants and flip flops and is seen on the left in the attached photo.

Friday, June 3, 2016

BREAKING: Price County manhunt underway
Personnel with the Price County Sheriff's Office and Park Falls Police department are looking for two male individuals who fled on foot and are considered to be armed and dangerous. They're about 23 years old and were last seen in a wooded area behind the McDonald's in Park Falls. Both subjects are described as having a darker complexion, dark hair and goatees. One of the men is wearing a tan or pink button down shirt, khaki pants and flip flops. The other is wearing a black zipper jacket and blue jeans. The Price County Sheriff's Office urges anyone who thinks they've seen the men to call 9-1-1 and not approach them.
Friday, June 3, 2016

H. Sterling Burnett: Global warming claims don't add up
The latest in a series of interviews about climate change

To those who believe in man-made global warming - most of the mainstream media among them - the debate about climate change is over, humans are driving climate change, and the discussion should be limited, simply, to what to do about it.

Beyond the headlines, though, there is a different point of view. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 3, 2016

Congress looks to regain budget authority
News analysis

There's no question that Congress has ceded much of its power and authority to the executive branch in recent times, but a question does remain about how complicit Congress has been in the transfer of power.

Last week federal lawmakers on the U.S. House Budget Committee acknowledged the battery drain in a hearing that examined ways to reassert its constitutional responsibilities, "Reclaiming Congressional Authority Through the Power of the Purse." (subscriber access)

Friday, June 3, 2016

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