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Nelson Officially Announced As Nicolet College President

Nicolet College officially has a new president. Dr. Richard Nelson has accepted the position. Nelson previously served as Provost of Paul Smith's College in New York. Nicolet Board Chair Ron Zimmerman says the board was impressed with Dr. Nelson's ability to collaborate with faculty and staff across campus at Paul Smith’s College and his ability to recognize talent and foster the development of these individuals. Nelson serves as the board chair of the Adirondack Economic Development...
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A declining species of bat will be federally protected throughout its range.  But the US Fish and Wildlife’s decision to list the northern long-eared bat as threatened, is drawing criticism from wildlife advocates who wanted stronger protections. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the northern long-eared bat as threatened due to the impacts of the deadly white nose syndrome.  But the agency withheld the more dire designation of endangered.  It’s also exempting activities like forest management from rules that prohibit incidental killing of the bat. 

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Recent Northwoods unemployment numbers find joblessness here remains stubbornly high compared to other parts of the state.

The February rates  find some 'good news-bad news" for Iron county, where the rate is fifth-highest in the state at 10.7 percent. That's about one percentage point lower than one year ago. Vilas county is sixth highest at 10.3 percent, Forest county is eighth highest at 9.4 percent, Oneida county is at 8.4 percent, Langlade 7.7 percent, Lincoln at 6.5 percent and Price county at 5.8 percent.

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The husband of a former Forest county corrections officer will enter a plea to charges of receiving stolen property.

Nicolet College

Nicolet College officially has a new president.

Dr. Richard Nelson has accepted the position. Nelson previously served as Provost of Paul Smith's College in New York.

Nicolet Board Chair Ron Zimmerman says the board was impressed with Dr. Nelson's ability to collaborate with faculty and staff across campus at Paul Smith’s College and his ability to recognize talent and foster the development of these individuals.

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Next Tuesday is Wisconsin's spring election. If you can't vote in person, there's still time to vote absentee.

Vilas County Clerk Dave Alleman says the deadline is approaching to vote absentee. He says the last day to have a ballot mailed to you is Thursday, April 2. Alleman says  in person absentee balloting is currently on-going in all the towns and in the city of Eagle River and the city of Rhinelander.

Should you choose to vote absentee in person, the deadline to vote in the clerk's office where you live is 5:00 p.m. on April 3.

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Another Northwoods region is hoping more broadband will spur economic development.

A survey last year of Iron County residents found that of more than 800 responding property owners, nearly one-fourth would start or move a business to Iron county if higher-speed internet is available.

Terry Daulton of  the Iron County Citizen's Forum says the survey was conducted by the Gogebic Range Broadband Committee....

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The YMCA of the Northwoods has removed the "interim" label from its current CEO.

The Board unanimously approved Laurie Schlitt as permanent CEO.

Schlitt accepted a two-year interim contract in April, 2013.

She says she hopes to stay the course of being fiscally responsible and spending their money wisely...

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As the days get longer many migratory birds are returning to the Northwoods.

Geese and robins have been reported, and birder Bob Dall says sandhill cranes have been back for a few weeks now. 

“They don’t need open water, they are more likely in search of open fields or areas where they can find food.  Some of them come back when there’s still snow and ice.” 

The annual spring Midwest Crane Count happens in a few weeks, on April 18th. 

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The Wisconsin Conservation Congress and the DNR are partnering to expand the Youth Conservation Congress. The Conservation Congress advises the DNR on conservation issues. The Youth Conservation Congress is designed by the Conservation Congress to provide young people with an experience like the advisory role of the adult Congress, says Kari Lee- Zimmerman, a liason with the DNR.

"....to get youth involved in both physical aspects of Conservation and also engage them also in the civics of conservation, the rule making process and what all goes into management...."

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Science on Tap this week is looking at water quality in the Great Lakes.

Director of UW Madison’s Aquatic Sciences Center Jim Hurley says the nature of Great Lakes pollution has changed over the years, now coming from more diffuse sources instead of point ones. 

“We might have mercury, that used to be discharged directly from industrial sources, where dilution was the solution.  And now we’ve pretty much eliminated most of those, but we find that mercury enters the lake based on rainfall, and from the atmosphere.”

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