Work Begins on Dog Park at Shepard Park

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After years of challenges, work on the off-leash dog park at Shepard Park has begun. Leader of the dog park effort Tina Werres says the public stepped in to help get things started on Saturday with a debris removal effort.

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The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands has approved the purchase of nearly a thousand acres of primarily woodland in the town of Minocqua from American Timberland LLC. The purchase price was just over $1.1 million. The vote was 2-1 to make the purchase. The land is on the Oneida-Price county line.

Tune in to WXPR's Crossroads Cafe Wednesday, July 26th, at 1:00pm for a special live broadcast with singer songwriter Meghan Hayes.

Sales and prices of homes in the Northwoods continues to grow according to the latest report from Wisconsin Realtors Association.

In June, the 18-county region including Oneida, Vilas, Forest, Lincoln, Langlade and Iron counties saw sales grow by 10 percent over June, 2016 sales and the median price rose from $147,000 to $155,000.

Realtors Association economist David Clark says sales set a record for June, topping the record set last June. He says June usually finds the highest numbers of purchaes for the year.

Langlade County Fair

One of the longest running fairs in northern Wisconsin is beginning its five-day run.

The Langlade County Youth Fair in Antigo begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday. This is the fair's 131st year.

Fair Coordinator Rhonda Klement says among the highlights is the return of sprint-car racing Friday night, along with a demolition derby and a tractor pull. The fair is also packed with agriculture and 4-H events, including animal exhibits. She says they've brought back many of the musical favorites...

YMCA of the Northwoods

The YMCA of the Northwoods has a new leader.

The Board of Directors announced Ryan Zietlow is the new CEO. He succeeds Laurie Schlitt, who left to take a position with the Mukwanago YMCA in April.

ER Council Reverses Sidewalk Decision

Jul 25, 2017
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Faced with what was considered unacceptable state maintenance requirements for sidewalks that were planned for Pine Street when reconstructed from four lanes to three, the Eagle River city council reversed their earlier decision for new sidewalks from 4th Street to 7th Street.

Dept. of Transportation (DOT) officials indicated the city cost has been reduced substantially from $76,000 to $32,000 using federal highway improvement safety dollars due to pedestrian  accidents that resulted in one death and a severe injury.

Community Members Comment on Healthcare

Jul 25, 2017

Healthcare. With the 115th United States Senate and President Trump vowing to make changes to the current healthcare system i.e. the Affordable Care Act,  the topic has become increasingly contentious. WXPR’s Andrew Padgett hit the streets to find out what people in Rhinelander had to say.

“It needs to change.”

“It needs to change.”

“Something needs to change.”

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A critical access hospital is defined as a rural acute care facility providing 24-hour emergency services, acute inpatient and swing-bed care and offers inpatient stay up to 96 hours on average.

A recent report sites the state's critical access hospitals as the best in the nation. The federal Health Resources and Services Administration reported Wisconsin's rural hospitals achieved the highest reporting rates and levels of improvement in the country over the past year.


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Researcher Studying Fire To Slow CWD Spread

Chronic Wasting Disease is a major threat to Wisconsin's deer herd. Within the last two years it was discovered for the first time in this area. It has confounded researchers looking for a way to deal with it. Prions are abnormal, pathogenic agents that are transmissible and are able to induce abnormal folding of specific normal cellular proteins called prion proteins that are found most abundantly in the brain. Unlike bacteria, for example, prions don't have the stuff that medicine can...

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