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April is National Poetry Month and Nicolet College is holding its 7th Annual Poetry Project.

Ocie Kilgus is a Nicolet instructor and coordinator of the project. The best original writing from both a student and community member will be judged after the project ends on April 30. The winning student will be awarded the $300 Ron Parkinson Poetry Matters Student Scholarship. The community member will receive dinner for two at Church Street Inn in Hazelhurst.

Kilgus says aspiring poets will also have a chance to read their works at ArtStart in Rhinelander...

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Veterans from  seven  Northwoods counties are coming to Rhinelander Friday(4/21/17) for a Veterans Benefits Expo, designed to help veterans find out more information about the services they are entitled to.

Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters says veterans only need to stop by Friday....

"....this is a seven-county event, including Forest, Iron, Price, Lincoln, Langlade, Oneida and Vilas counties. Of course all veterans, family members, survivors are welcome to join us..."

Wisconsin DNR

A walk in the woods this time of the year will reveal Northwoods wildlife beginning the annual cycle of a new growing year. DNR wildlife researchers are out doing a survey and a spokesperson says be careful as your drive by.

DNR wildlife specialist Brian Dhuey says the surveyors collect data from roadsides, so that's why they are there and there's no need to be concerned...

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Coordination and cooperation in combating drug and substance abuse dominated last Tuesday's meeting of the Vilas County Board of Supervisors with opinions on rehabilitation as well as preventive efforts that could result in a cohesive approach to a growing problem.

Supervisor Tom Maulson, a former Lac du Flambeau tribal chairman, felt efforts to combat drugs have decreased and asked the county board to stand up and take the initiative saying there wasn't the toughness against drugs as when he led the tribe.

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The public is invited to a candlelight vigil Friday evening in Rhinelander that will remember the victims of child abuse and to remember a child who died recently here.

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An Arbor Vitae man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Madison on natural resources-related charges.

An indictment charging 33 year old Matt Raley alleges a hunt he guided took place on November 23, 2012.

The hunts took place on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Raley is owner and operator of Hideaway Hollow Outfitters, in Lancaster, Wisconsin.

Forest County Sheriff's Department

A 52 year old rural Crandon woman has been charged with 156 counts... 6 felonies and the rest misdemeanors... after a raid recently on her property where authorities allege was mistreatment of animals.

Patricia Kirker has been charged after a raid last month involving ASPCA investigators along with law enforcement. They removed 40 wolf-dog hybrids and sickly horses from her property. Kirker has also been charged in another case with drug-related crimes.

Libertarian Party

A state political convention is coming this weekend to the Northwoods.

The Libertarian Party of Wisconsin is hosting a convention and liberty retreat this weekend at Treehaven near Tomahawk. Founded in 1971, Libertarians strongly oppose any government interference into their personal, family, and business decisions.

Phillip Anderson ran in last year's U.S. Senate race and is the interim Wisconsin party Director.

He says among the speakers is the party's national leader...

Point of Beginning To Oversee Field Turf Project at LUHS

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The Lakeland Union High School District will use a Stevens Point’s civil engineering firm to oversee work by contractors who will install artificial turf on the school’s stadium field this summer.

District finance manager Greg Kopp informed the board’s finance committee recently that Point of Beginning was hired for that project oversight. Their fee is said to be $19,000 The total cost for the synthetic turf could range from $769,000 to as high as $850,000, depending on earthwork needed and the base for the carpet.

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Anniversaries are always a good time to remember...and today is WXPR's 34th anniversary. A group of dedicated volunteers answered the call by Peter Nordgren to establish a public radio station in northern Wisconsin. After more than 3 years of planning and fundraising, WXPR signed on at noon on Sunday, April 24, 1983. On the anniversary day, Ken Krall talked with founder Peter Nordgren about the station...

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