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Purchase of 117 acres of DNR lands in St. Germain by Vilas County will allow withdrawl of county forest land for future expansion of the Highway G landfill, but who pays the $180,000 price was debated last Thursday by the county forestry committee.

With little money in the forestry segregated land account, Supervisor Art Kunde suggested the 14 municipal members of the Landfill Venture Group chip in for the purchase since they are asking to lease 72 acres that have to be withdrawn from the county forest.

About 17 percent of children in the Northwoods live below the poverty level.

Rhinelander High School FBLA/DECA has launched the annual Jeans for Teens drive from now until January 5 .

The group is collecting gently used jeans and giving them to teens who need them as explained by Abby Krueger, VP of Community Service, for the FBLA/DECA chapter....

State Dems: Rural Wisconsin Loses With No Net Neutrality

Dec 8, 2017
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Protests were held this week in  Madison and cities all across the nation to demonstrate public support for net neutrality.

At issue is whether the Internet should be regulated like a public utility, with equal access for all content providers.

The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote next week on net neutrality, or what the FCC calls Internet freedom, and is expected to do away with net neutrality.

Only Four Deer Culled From Nuisance Herd In Minocqua

Dec 8, 2017
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While 19 managed hunt permits were issued  to harvest a small herd of deer consuming flowers, shrubs and even small trees on the east side of the Island of Minocqua, only four deer have been harvested as of Dec. 5, according to town officials.

Minocqua, with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ blessing, had a total of 30 permits to issue hunters (archery only) to cull the herd of about 30 animals. Residents on that side of town complained that the deer were destroying their cedar and arbor vitae trees, as well as landscape plantings.

Judge Denies Motion To Dismiss One Homicide Charge

Dec 8, 2017
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A defense motion to dismiss one homicide charge against an Eagle River man, Jereamiah Solis, 19 was denied in Vilas County court Thursday with a preliminary hearing set for December 14th.

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The news this week of the American government placing it's embassy in Jerusalem was of particular interest to a Harshaw resident. Elaine Strite lived in the Middle East for 27 years, including Egypt for fifteen years where she taught English, and founded a project there for women. She also lived in Lebanon for two years, and ten years in Palestine.

WXPR's Ken Krall asked Strite about the embassy change and future ramifications...

Elaine Strite of Harshaw in Oneida county  talking with Ken Krall. Elaine Strite is a member of WXPR's Board of Directors.

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He's been active in Rhinelander city government for 53 years, but this term is his last.

Rhinelander Mayor Dick Johns has announced he's not running for another term.

Johns first was elected to the Rhinelander city council in 1964, and served on the council until he was appointed as mayor in 2005 to fill the unexpired term of Kevin Jenkins. He later was elected to the post. Johns said it was time to retire....

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A busy intersection on Rhinelander's west side is the focus of a meeting next week.

The Department of Transportation is hosting a public informational meeting at Rhinelander City Hall Tuesday concerning the U.S. 8 and state 47 intersection.

Officials say the intersection has had it's share of crashes. Rhinelander Director of Public Works Tim Kingman says the meeting is a good opportunity for the public to see the options the state has in mind for the intersection...

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FoodShare is Wisconsin's version of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, provides food benefits, and education to low-income households. Recipients spend their benefits to buy eligible food in authorized retail food stores. But there's a new drug testing program is in the final review stage in Madison after being approved by Governor Walker. Under the rule, able-bodied adults...

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