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With the state budget under discussion, many of the topics at the Northwest Regional Planning Commission’s annual meeting in Hayward on June 24 revolved around how the budget would affect Northwest Wisconsin.

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Each year, an average of 37 children in the United States die from heatstroke due to being in a parked car. It takes 10 minutes for a parked car’s temperature to climb 20 degrees. Even at an outside temperature of 60 degrees, the temperature inside your car can reach 110 degrees.  A child di…

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MINONG– After the fifth week of play, the leaders at Minong Black Bear Golf’s Senior Men’s League  are Jerry Edgett and Fritz Schroeder.

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The National Park Service, in partnership with the St. Croix River Association, will host a unique opportunity to explore the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers with a park ranger this summer.

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SPOONER– The Spooner Bandits baseball team is playing well, though suffering some narrow and frustrating losses. The team has seen a lot of recent action on the road but will return to Roberts Park in Spooner just in time for Spooner Rodeo Weekend and the four-team Summer Bash.

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MADISON-- A Frederic woman, Sarah Ricci, 33, was sentenced on Thursday by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 96 months in federal prison, to be followed by four years of supervised release, for her role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamines, Washburn County Sheriff Terry Dryde…

LeRoy Glen Schrock, 95, of Sparta passed away peacefully on Th…

Irene Rose Wagner, 88 of Shell Lake passed away on Tuesday, Ju…

Helen I. Roe, 80, of Barron died on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at…

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In July, with American flags flying, we celebrate our nation’s birthday and the freedoms and protections we hold dear. Although love for your country can take many forms, Social Security takes preventing and combatting fraud as seriously as we take our other vital missions.

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The second Northwest Wisconsin Writers’ Festival is inviting area authors to participate in the two-day event which will be held Friday and Saturday, August 14-15, at University of Wisconsin-Barron County in Rice Lake. The festival will be held in conjunction with the university’s U-Fest: A …

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The 13th annual Shell Lake Art Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, in Shell Lake.

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Thomas Jefferson called it “the declaratory charter of our rights” – The Declaration of Independence. What better time for our nation to rededicate itself to the rock-solid principles of liberty that it represents than the Fourth of July, the day it all began.

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I spend a fair amount of time talking to students and other young people about Congress and politics in general, and I’ve noticed something. It used to be that I’d regularly get asked how one runs for office. Nowadays, I rarely do.

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