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A decision on Marshfield Clinic’s hospital plans may finally come at Wednesday's(5/24) meeting of the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee.

The conditional use permit needed by the Clinic to build a 12-bed hospital in Minocqua returns for another round of talks and possibly a decision.

Possible 25 Mile Detour Looming In Vilas County

May 23, 2017
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Vilas County roads and the cost of maintenance and repair including a possible 25 mile detour when a bridge is replaced in the town of Conover were explained recently by highway commissioner Nick Scholtes .

Scholtes  indicated the Highway K bridge over the Wisconsin River needs to be replaced at an estimated cost of $1.2 million with 80% funded by the state and 20% by the county.

Wisconsin DNR

With the spring breeding season beginning for many Wisconsin turtle species, DNR biologists are again asking citizens to submit their observations of where turtles and other wildlife are found crossing roads.

Conservation biologist Andrew Badje says females are coming out of the wetlands, lakes and rivers and they're looking for places to nest upland in open sandy or gravel areas. Badje coordinates the turtle conservation program...

More than a year ago, UW-Extension began a statewide reorganization that will likely change how services are offered in all of the state's 72 counties.

Last week, County U-W Extension leader Lynn Feldman detailed to the Oneida county board the many areas the local staff is involved with throughout the county...

"...for 2016, unduplicated people served, 5,548....teaching lessons, 338. Our volunteer network is huge, so we have 107 active volunteers...."

Trees For Tomorrow

Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River is offering a chance for the public to help re-seed the Northwoods.

Operations Manager Cheryl Todea says the 'two-for-one' seedling program goes back a long ways, saying it started 72 years ago..

Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Lincoln county authorities are looking for an inmate who failed to return to jail after a furlough.

24 year old Chastity Lerae Ritchie was furloughed by order of Lincoln county court but did not return as scheduled on Friday.

. Ritchie is described as 5’2, weighs 120 pounds has brown hair, green eyes and tattoos.

She had been in jail on failure to pay child support. Lincoln County officials ask if you have any information to call

Nicolet Area Technical College

An innovative approach to inclusive post-secondary education for adult learners with intellectual disabilities had their graduation ceremonies Friday.

The program is based at Nicolet College in Rhinelander and is designed for students who require more than the traditional level of support in order to be successful in a college environment.

Katherine Garrison is Jump!Start liaison.

She says the program is just one of six of its type in Wisconsin and the only program in northern Wisconsin.

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Marshfield Clinic Health System is making it easier for patients and community members to safely dispose of medication by adding collection kiosks at 14 Marshfield Clinic pharmacy locations across Wisconsin.

The kiosks are part of a partnership between Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan of Wisconsin to help curb prescription drug abuse in Wisconsin.

Sue Wilhelm is Director of Pharmacy at Security Health Plan, part of the Marshfield Clinic Health System. She outlines how the kiosks work...

Grow North Regional Economic Development Corp.

Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation is hosting its 1st annual Legislative Update in Three Lakes Monday morning.(May 22)

Grow North focuses on creating economic development opportunities in Oneida, Vilas, Forest, Lincoln, Langlade and three other counties.

President Collette Sorgel says because they have four key initiatives they're working on, they decided to invite Northwoods legislators to the meeting to share what is happening with those issues in Madison.

She says the first topic is broadband expansion..

Pete Rondello

A picture from the 2017 White Deer Triathlon being held Sat. May 20 in Boulder Junction, Wi. Hundreds of participants paddle kayaks on Boulder Lake, bike from Camp Manitowish and run to the finish line in downtown Boulder Junction. WXPR is a cosponsor.

Here are Pete Rondello's updates...

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Rhinelander's First Dog Park Gets Committee OK

Rhinelander is close to having its first dog park. The city Parks, Buildings and Grounds committee unanimously approved the use of Shepard Park on the city's southside as an off-leash, fenced in dog park. Tina Werres has long sought a facility. Earlier this year, the request to locate the park at Pioneer Park was rejected after other groups objected. But the little used Shepard Park along Boyce Drive was suggested and Werres told the committee she had complied with the committee's requests......

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