Community Members Comment on Healthcare

Jul 25, 2017
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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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A deadline is approaching to join a program designed to build the next generation of leaders in the Northwoods.

Leadership Oneida County is a nine-month program for professionals the cultivates an awareness of what Oneida county offers and how participants can be in the forefront of leadership. Deadline to apply for the next program is Aug. 1.

Erica Brewster is a spokesperson for the steering committee. She says this year's offerings have been updated ...

Celebrate Wisconsin's Forests at the 7th Annual Forest Fest

Jul 24, 2017

Trees For Tomorrow in Eagle River will celebrate Wisconsin’s forests this weekend. 

The 7th Annual “Forest Fest,” is a family fun event and is a day to learn about the ecology of Wisconsin’s forests, and will teach visitors how the modern forestry industry sustains itself.  Trees For Tomorrow Director Robin Ginner says the event is their way of giving back to the community….

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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 attack to cure.

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Earlier this month, a Milwaukee-area businessman launched a campaign as a Democrat for Governor.

60 year old Andy Gronik of Fox Point says he's interested in returning Wisconsin to the values the state had prior to the Governorship of Scott Walker.

He spoke with WXPR's Ken Krall about his candidacy....

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The bi-annual count of the Northwoods homeless population takes place this week.

The Northern Wisconsin Initiative To Stop Homelessness Continuum of Care will be out in the Northwoods looking to count the number of people without proper shelter.

N*WISH spokesperson Lori Hallas says similiar counts are happening across the state...

"....locally, we will have teams in Oneida, Vilas, Forest and Langlade(counties). Going into to know locations and seeing if there's anybody homeless on the streets for those overnight hours...."

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A woman reported missing Thursday evening in Vilas county was found safe, though she had received minor injuries. Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports a 70 year old woman was reported missing just before 8:00 p.m. Thursday.

The woman and her husband had been kayaking along the Deerskin River earlier in the day. Her husband reported the woman had taken a walk from a remote campsite. The woman was located shortly before 2:00 a.m. near Pitman Road in the town of Washington.

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Oneida county authorities have released the name of a man taken into custody after an incident Thursday evening near the Oneida-Langlade county line.

51 year old Richard D. Hitchcock of Waukesha was arrested Thursday evening along Highway 45 north of Elcho. Information from the department says they were called about 6:30 p.m.

A person reported a friend of his drove what is presumed to be the caller's car into the woods and started the vehicle on fire. Three gunshots were also heard.

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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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