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Snowmobile complaints are down but accidents are up so far this winter in Vilas County according to a report from Vilas County Sherifff's Department recreation officer Randy Schneider.

Schneider said they've had 15 complaints this winter compared to 23 last year and of significance there were no complaints of groomers depositing snow on roads. But accidents are up slightly; 24 this year compared to 22 last year with one fatality this year and two last year.

Wisconsin DNR

A new general permit that streamlines approvals for small-scale dredging in the state's lakes, rivers and streams has been drafted and  the DNR is seeking comment. There are several environmental and sporting groups opposed to the action.

The proposed general permit will allow applicants to remove up to 25 cubic yards from streams and inland lakes and up to 100 cubic yards from the Great Lakes if the project meets all eligibility criteria and conditions.

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The relatively low gas prices we've enjoyed for many months are likely to be ending soon says a gas expert.

Senior Petroleum Analyst for the website gasbuddy.com , Dan McTeague,  says a seasonal shift to more expensive gasoline is underway as refineries shift to more environmentally friendly gas blends...

Vilas County Landfill Has About 10 Years Left

Feb 15, 2017
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Future expansion of the Vilas County Highway G landfill will depend upon finding other properties to replace acreage removed from the county forest along with both DNR and county board approval.

At a meeting Monday,  landfill community members were informed there are about 10 years left in the final cell and they need to seek additional land for future operations.

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A settlement has been reached between the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and several parties after years of litigation between the tribe, business firms and lawyers involved in a 2008 bond issue.

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Six people have been arrested as part of an on-going crackdown on drugs.

Forest County Sheriff John Dennee reports a search warrant earlier this month at   the Leach residence at 501 North Prospect Avenue in Crandon resulted in the arrests.

Arrested were 22 year old Christopher Leach, 19 year old Caleb Leach, 25 year old Larry Swanson, 21 year old Skyler Hennes, and 25 year old Charli Brownell. A 17 year old female was also referred to the District Attorney for possible charges.

Ascension Health Care

Major renovation plans were announced Tuesday by Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. This is the second announcement within weeks of healthcare expansion or renovation plans in Minocqua and Woodruff.

Marshfield Clinic is in the process getting approval for a hospital to be built on its nearby property.

Ascension and Ministry Health Care officials announced the multi-million dollar multi-phased renovation and replacement is expected to begin June 1 and last two years.

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An action shot from reporter/photographer Dean S. Acheson.  Dean took hard shot from a hockey puck but managed to get this picture to WXPR.  300 teams competed on Dollar Lake.-KK

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The City of Rhinelander has approved its portion of a 10-year agreement to operate the Rhinelander District Library.

The joint library district includes the city and the towns of Crescent, Newbold, Pelican and Pine Lake.

Council member Alex Young noted the major change in the new agreement finds the city getting reimbursed for doing administrative duties, but in kind will pledge more to the library....

"....the administrative services the city provides, but it doesn't have a cash impact on the library district or any of the municipalities...."

Anda Union Brings Mongolian Music and Culture to Northwoods

Feb 14, 2017
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  A musical group from Inner Mongolia is visiting the Northwoods and is ending their week-long tour with a show Saturday evening at Nicolet College.

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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

Sunday 5PM-8PM

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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