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Appleton, Wisconsin
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Sunday, February 14, 2016
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BEFORE AFTER • Custom-programmedtoyourspeciMchearingneeds • Easy-to-use,andautomaticallyadjuststoyourenvironment • Small,discreetandcomfortablestyles • Includesrobustnationwidesupportbyphone,onlineor inperson • Norisk70daytrialperiod aUnitedHealthGroupcompany Call1-800-459-1217today! UnitedHealthcare®membersmayhaveevenlowerpricing LisaA.Smarzinski YourLicensedHearing InstrumentSpecialist Only$799–$999each! SAVETHOUSANDS onnearlyinvisible,digitalhearingaids Receive$100OFFapair ofhearingaids * *CannotbecombinedwithotheroNers,discountsorbeneMts Mentionthisadandpromocode SAVE50 M.1009_01 BURNS, Ore. - As the F BI focuses on its crimi- n al investigation at the na- t ional wildlife refuge taken over by an armed group, land managers must get ready to reopen t he 300-square-mile area, which draws birdwatch- e rs, anglers and hunters and is a key economic eng ine of the surrounding area. Meanwhile, snow is melting and filling the un- t ended irrigation canals a t the refuge. Tourist g roups are beginning to plan summer trips. Local business owners are wondering what their normal- l y busy summer season w ill look like. Residents a re wondering whether the deep divisions in the community created by the 41-day standoff will leave lasting scars. I n other words, the c lock is ticking for a community eager to resume normal life. “People need to heal,” said Linda Gainer, owner o f The Narrows restau- r ant and RV park. The b usiness is just a few miles from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and counts on the dollars s pent by birdwatchers and other tourists. “I d idn’t have any people say, ‘I’ll never be your friend again.’ But we did have crappy emails. I’m hoping the birders come back.” One National Audubon Society group from Port- l and has already contacted the business to make a d inner reservation for its a nnual trip, which left Gainer feeling relieved. “ That was one of the best emails I think I’ve ever had,” she said. A group of armed protesters angry about feder- a l land-use policy seized the southeastern Oregon p roperty on Jan.2, demanding the U.S. turn o ver public lands to locals a nd exposing simmering anger over the govern- m ent’s control of vast expanses of Western range. Several people have been a rrested during the standoff, and one protester was s hot during a confrontation with police several m iles from the refuge. The last four holdouts a t the refuge surrendered T hursday. Repairing the damage Larry Karl, the assistant special agent in c harge for the FBI in Portland, said it will take s everal weeks for officials to collect evidence a nd clear the crime scene. Then the U.S. Fish a nd Wildlife Service will b e tasked with cleaning u p the site, including garb age or debris left by the occupiers. Because dirt was moved — potentially damaging prehistoric archaeological sites — and t housands of artifacts a re stored at the refuge, archaeologists and members of the Burns Paiute Tribe will have to make sure nothing is missing o r damaged and repair a ny problems. Eventually, land managers will be allowed to catch up on all the maintenance and ecological w ork normally performed during the winter m onths. “There are some water-control issues that are pretty imminent,” said Jason Holms, spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “The refuge is artificially irrigated by r unoff from the Steens Mountains, and they had a g reater than average snowpack this year. There’s 200 miles of irrigation canals within the refuge, and a series of dams and water-control m easures.” Workers normally spend January and February checking the canals and dams and repairing a ny damage that occurred d uring the previous m onths. If that work isn’t completed in time, parts of the refuge could flood —potentially damaging p rehistoric sites — and wetlands could be left w ithout needed moisture, hurting the bird popula- t ions that live there, Holms said. The human factor But more urgently, the 1 7 U.S. Fish and Wildlife w orkers who work at the refuge headquarters have spent much of the last 41 days far from their h omes. They were relo- c ated along with their f amilies during the standoff because of safety concerns. “They’re not just missing work, which is import ant to them, but they’re b asketball coaches and church members. Their children have missed school as well,” Holms said. “We’ve worked real- l y closely with the local s chool district and the sup erintendents to make sure that the students’ progress is impacted as little as possible.” T he homecoming could be difficult for s ome, he said, simply because of all the stress the families endured during the standoff. “They don’t necessarily know what they’re going back to both on the refuge and off the refuge,” h e said. “We’re keeping close tabs on them e motionally.” Town near Oregon refuge eager for normalcy After crime scene work, healing will begin REBECCA BOONE ASSOCIATED PRESS REBECCA BOONE/AP The 41-day standoff at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon divided the community. “People need to heal,” one business o wner says. REBECCA BOONE/AP An armored vehicle blocks the road to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge on Friday. The FBI allowed reporters to move nearer to the refuge as part of a guided tour, but they could not enter, as it is acrime scene. STEVENS POINT - A former central Wisconsin resident who served as S ecretary of the Army during the historic end of t roop deployment in Viet- n am died Friday in Scotts- d ale, Ariz. Robert Froehlke, who was born in Neenah and graduated from Marshfield High School, was 93. His son, Bruce Froehlke, who still lives in Wisconsin, remembers his father as someone who always enjoyed his life. “ He was an honorable m an who worked his w hole life to do as much as he could for his family, his friends and his country,” he said. Bruce saw his father as a constant loving presence in his life, who was always accepting and encouraging toward all of his family and friends. “His life just worked o ut perfectly,” he said. Robert F roehlke w as born O ct. 15, 1922, in Neenah, the second of two children. He graduated from high school in Marshfield in 1940 and soon enrolled at the Univ ersity of Wisconsin, m aking him the first per- s on in his immediate family to go to college, Bruce Froehlke said. Robert was a member of the school’s Reserve O fficers’ Training Corps program and was called to active duty in 1943 before he was honorably discharged in 1946. He married Nancy B arnes, a Marshfield native, in November 1946. H e was a student at the U niversity of Wisconsin’s l aw school at the time and graduated in 1949. He worked at a law firm in Madison and taught at the law school for more than a year before he accepted as general counsel for the Hardware Mutual Insurance Company in Stevens Point. I n 1957, Robert was put i n charge of Sentry Life I nsurance, still a new venture at the time. He eventually moved to Boston, Mass., and became responsible for regional op- e rations in that area. His work there was cut short, though, after his childhood friend, Melvin Laird, was appointed Secretary of Defense by President R ichard Nixon. Robert moved to W ashington, D.C. and w as named assistant sec- r etary of defense in January 1969. He was asked in December 1970 to take control of all of the military’s intelligence services. Then, in 1971, Robert was nominated to become secretary of the Army. He was sworn in that July and would re- m ain in that position until M ay 1973. When he left the Pentagon, Robert wrote: “I think my greatest source of satisfaction is the successful completion of the A rmy’s mission in Vietnam, (and) the improvement in the Army’s confidence, credibility and climate.” Bruce believes his fat her’s greatest public accomplishment was the r ole he played in the with- d rawal of troops from V ietnam as the war wound down. He also oversaw the U.S. Army’s transition to an all-volunteer force. “What he did was succeed, gradually, in ending that war,” his son said. His departure from the Pentagon coincided w ith him being named p resident of Sentry Ins urance in Stevens Point. He served in numerous other positions with several different companies before he retired. L ooking back, Bruce remembers his father as an extremely intelligent man who was always comfortable in his own skin and always had time f or his family. “We spent more time p laying catch when I w as a kid than doing any- t hing else,” he said. Robert is survived by his wife and four children. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery and there will be a memorial service in Wisconsin. Neither event has been scheduled. Chris Mueller can be r eached at 715-345-2251 and christopher.mueller Follow him on Twitter as @AtChrisMueller. Former top Army official with local ties dies CHRIS MUELLER USA TODAY NETWORK-WISCONSIN Froehlke

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