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Sick eagle draws attention to lead poisoning problem

Through combined efforts of Homestead resident Mary Brunette, dispatcher Don Hirn, Conservation Warden Kelly Crotty and wildlife rehabilitators at Wild Instincts, Scout the eagle is hoped to recover from lead poisoning and a wing injury. Scout is currently in the care of Wild Instincts of Rhinelander after he was found near Scout Lake on Saturday.…

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Long Lake man spends week in jail on battery conviction

A Long Lake man was sentenced to seven days in jail in Florence County court on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Jaden Kenneth Streu, 21, appeared in court with his attorney Roy Polich, and the court dismissed the misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct against Streu and reduced the felony charge of substantial battery with intent to do…

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Students explore possibilities during Career Day

Jade Dunn, Emma Geldmeyer and Keira Towns with Sally Miller at the NWTC booth during Niagara schools’ Career Day. Bobbie Samme’ Students from sixth through twelfth grades participated in Niagara School District’s third annual Career Day on Friday, Feb. 1. Fifteen professions, together with representatives from NMU, NWTC, UW-GB/Marinette and Bay College were represented at…

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Search for Crandon School Superintendent begins

Dorothy Kegley The process is underway to choose a new superintendent for the Crandon School District. The position has been advertised, and according to the Acting Superintendent Dr. Patrick Saunders, there have been some replies, including a couple of local people. “I am taking it very seriously to help you pick a superintendent,” he said…

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Gangsters in Wisconsin topic of library talk

Find out about Wisconsin’s gangster past with presenter Chad Lewis at the Florence County Library, Saturday, November 3, at 10 a.m. Lewis is a researcher, author and lecturer of the strange and unusual. His background is psychology and he had both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in that field. For the last 20 years he…

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City Council aims to keep tax rate steady

Bobbie Samme’ A public hearing is scheduled for Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. at Niagara City Hall to discuss the city’s 2019 annual budget. “We are trying to hold the tax rate where it stands right now,” said George Bousley, mayor. “We don’t have the equalized valuation from the Department of Revenue at this point.”…

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Injunction to block sex offender placement denied

Jeffrey LeVasseur by Dorothy Kegley A series of meetings between the Town of Nashville, Mole Lake Community, Forest County and other interested parties resulted in the filing of a petition to the court asking for a temporary stay of the placement of recently released sex offender Jeffrey LeVasseur at the residence on Sand Lake Rd.…

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Rickaby looks to take on new role

Sarah Giddings A familiar name will be on the ballot on Aug. 14, but not for the office he’s held for the past 29 years. Sheriff Jeff Rickaby is retiring from his post as sheriff, but hopes to continue to serve Florence County in another capacity: as coroner. Mary Johnson has held the office for…

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Local man achieves U.S. citizenship

Bobbie Samme’ Walk into the Subway in Florence on any given day and you will most likely be greeted by an employee with a contagious smile and a distinctive British accent. Meet Craig Connell, 48, of Florence – a newly inducted citizen of the United States of America. Connell, born and raised in Gillingham, England,…

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Old Forest County highway shop to be demolished

Dorothy Kegley The Old Forest County Highway Shop will soon be a memory. The building sustained severe damage this winter when the heavy snow caved in the center of the roof of the building which had been used by Infinity Flooring for storage. The building will be demolished by Flannery Trucking & Contracting for a…

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