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Student council advisor Kimberly M. Kargus-Myers holds aloft the state Spirit of Excellence Award that this year went to Lakeland Union High School. Representatives from the sponsor, the Wisconsin Association of School Councils, as well as other representatives involved in the selection process made the formal presentation Tuesday, Feb. 21st at an all-school assembly.

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After Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek late last year ordered the Oneida County Board to undergo training in the state's Open Meetings law, that happened Tuesday at the monthly meeting.

Lori Lubinsky is an attorney with a Madison law firm that has represented Oneida county in other cases, some of them open meetings cases, and gave supervisors a primer on conducting open meetings.

She says transparency should be the standard...

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January usually isn't a stellar sales month for Wisconsin's realtors, but overall, a spokesperson says the trend upward continues.

David Clark is an economist for the state's realtors. He says January only accounts for about 5 percent of the year's sales. Clark says home sales were strong in January...

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A decision is likely to be made next month whether a well-known lake west of Rhinelander will have its own lake district.

Oneida County Conservation and UW-Extension committee chair Bob Mott discusses the Squash Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District, saying a petition was received last November and a public hearing was held on December 3....

".....I think 60 attended the meeting all together. Of the 32 who spoke, 20 something were in favor and 7 against the petition...."

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Antigo area residents will have an opportunity next week to help out during a critical time in blood donations.

American Red Cross blood representative Marc Sutton says people need blood every day, but they can't always get the blood that is needed....

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Oneida county's rate of sale of tobacco to minors is just over 11 percent and a health department spokesperson says enforcement will be increased this year.

As part of the Wisconsin WINS, a statewide tobacco control effort, the Oneida County Health Department and the Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition conduct compliance checks with retailers to see if there are illegal sales to minors.

Spokesperson Maria Otterholt outlines the new enforcement effort...

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As you prepare your taxes, a DNR official hopes you consider a donation to the Endangered Resources Fund to help preserve rare plants and animals and high quality natural areas. The fund works with landowners, businesses, communities and other customers and partners to consider the potential impacts of land development, planning and management projects on rare and sensitive species and habitats very early in the project planning process.

The Director of the DNR Natural Heritage Conservation Bureau, Drew Feldkirchner says tax deductions are a key way they stay funded...

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Decades ago, it was common to see Monarch butterflies across Wisconsin. But years of habitat loss, the loss of milkweed, their only food source, and pesticides have reduced the monarch to possibly being placed on the Endangered Species List.

Caitlin Williamson is director of conservation programs at the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin says the monarch's population has been decreased by almost 80 percent. She says that organization has joined with the Monarch Joint Venture of more than 50 partners to promote the monarch and its habitat throughout the country.

Rising Healthcare Costs: The Hidden Retirement Danger

Feb 20, 2017

A local financial adviser says don’t wait to educate yourself about healthcare costs until it threatens your retirement dreams

As part of The School District of Rhinelander Community Education Program, Dave Schmitz of Northland Financial in Rhinelander will talk about how healthcare works in retirement, the cost of healthcare and its coverage options later this month. He says highlights key topics:

CWD is Focus of Next Science on Tap

Feb 20, 2017

Chronic Wasting Disease will be the focus of the next “Science on Tap” at the Minocqua Brewing Company next month.

Professor of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at UW-Madison, Mike Samuel, has been working with the DNR for nearly 15 years researching CWD, and will talk about findings from their work. Among the topics he will address is how to manage the spread of the disease….

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Starting February 27th 1pm-4pm

WXPR’s Crossroads Café will feature a signature mix of folk, jazz, rock, blues, and world music all programmed locally by WXPR volunteers

Upcoming Open Turntable Shows

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February 26- Elvis

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WXPR Concert Series at Nicolet

Unity the Band

Saturday, June 3rd. The annual WXPR Concert Series continues to be a favorite event and with good reason - stacked with amazing talent, every concert is a must-see!

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Three Lakes Town, Library Moving Toward Construction

Two building projects are coming more into focus in Three Lakes after meetings this week. The Three Lakes town board picked DeLeers Construction to be the contractor for the town offices, police department and food pantry. The board narrowed the choice to two firms, and picked the DePere firm Tuesday. DeLeers is the firm also working on the updated Olson Library in Eagle River. Town chair Stella Westfall says they hope to have some initial plans soon... “....we’re pretty excited at this point...

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