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Five-year commitment
3:05 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Ministry Health Care Finding Rural Doctors With $$ Help

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

The enrollment period has opened again for medical students to get tuition money from Ministry Health Care.

The Medical Student Loan Repayment program enables students to get up to $200,000 wile they're enrolled in a medical education program. In turn, Ministry asks the student to commit to at least five years practicing at one of the groups' medical facilities.

Medical education program manager Brant Bergeron says this program helps bring in doctors to rural areas, where he says it's difficult to find enough doctors...

 

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Room to Grow
5:48 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Crowd Attends Opening of Boulder Junction Community Center

State and local dignitaries attended the ribbon cutting.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A new community center in Boulder Junction opened its doors today.  For supporters of the project, it was a long time coming.

It was standing room only at the ribbon cutting as more than 200 people packed the new community center.  But five years ago it wasn’t clear if the center would ever be built.  Voters rejected an earlier proposal for a more expensive building.  With the final price tag coming in under budget at around $2.1 million, Town Chair Charlie Spencer says the investment will pay off.   

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Economy slowly recovering
4:54 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Local, state taxes down, federal taxes up-WTA

Credit Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

2013 state and local taxes fell slightly and federal taxes rose according to a tax watchdog group.

The non-partisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance has a new report on 2013 tax collections.

Stephanie Rubin is a WISTAX research analyst...

 

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Energy conservation grants
3:44 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Four Rhinelander Non-Profits Get Grants From WPS

Credit Wisconsin Public Service

The Rhinelander area was well represented among 15 northeastern Wisconsin non-profit groups getting energy-efficiency money from Wisconsin Public Service.

WPS's Energy Challenge asked non-profits to work toward energy efficiency and weatherization.

ArtStart Inc., of Rhinelander placed third overall, garnering a top $1,500 check. Others getting $1,000 awards are the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, Northwoods Community Elementary School, and the Rhinelander Basketball Association.

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Single-Stream Recycling
4:04 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

New Recycling Sorter Opens in Eagle River

Single-stream recycling may become more common, now that a new sorting facility has opened in Eagle River.
Credit Michael Cote

Recycling may be getting easier, for some in the Northwoods.  Eagle River Waste and Recycling has completed a new sorting facility, that separates different kinds of recyclable materials.

Jenni Raats is the company’s account manager.  She says customers in Eagle River…won’t have to sort their recyclables any longer.

“We’ve made recycling so much easier for all our customers.  You can take all materials, glass, plastic, tin, aluminum, paper, cardboard – even small kitchen appliances, toasters and things like that.  Put them all loosely in one container.”

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Prices at five-year high
3:52 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Propane Supply Under Pressure

Propane prices are up, and supply is under pressure.
Credit http://www.flickr.com/photos/59641171@N08/5468335363/in/photostream/

With the cold winter we’ve been having, those heating with propane may be wincing at the cost of filling a tank.  Prices this winter are up more than 60 cents since this time last year.

A gallon of propane in Wisconsin right now costs an average of $2.15, according to the US Energy Information Administration.  Last January, that price was closer to a dollar fifty.

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Expanding Job Opportunities
2:31 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Construction Training Program Welcomes Less Traditional Workers

Construction is a male-dominated profession, but a local jobs nonprofit is trying to broaden the pool.
Credit S Lampkin / US Air Force

A job training program is looking to help women and minorities join the construction trade.   

The Transportation Alliance for New Solutions- or TRANS program - starts later this month.  Coordinator Kim Kircher says the 120-hour course will cover everything from math skills to hands-on use of tools.    

“We try to prepare them for a trade in the construction field.  They have speakers come in – we have contractors come in, they have mock interviews, they do a resume.”

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No longer made
3:28 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Phasing Out 60 and 40 Watt Incandescent Light Bulbs

Lights out on the 40 and 60 watt'ers
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

2014 begins the next "phase" of slowly eliminating incandescent light bulbs.

A new federal law ends the production of 60 and 40 watt bulbs. A prior law already has banned the production of 100 and 75 watt bulbs.

The federal government wants consumers to move to the more energy efficient halogen or compact flourescent bulbs.

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Free rides for patrons
1:07 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Safe Ride Home Program Heavily Used In Oneida County

Counties with a Safe Ride Home Program
Credit Tavern League of Wisconsin

While revelers go out to ring in the new year, a program is there year round to make sure patrons get home safely.

Aaron Schultz is the vice-president of the Oneida County Tavern League and coordinates the Safe Ride Home Program...

 

"....it is no cost to the patron and it is funded by the Oneida County Tavern League through our fundraising efforts and money from the state....if your establishment is a member of the Oneida County Tavern League, you're able to offer this service to your customers...."

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Domestic Production On Rise
4:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Analyst: Gas Prices To Remain Stable In 2014

Patrick, DeHaan, Senior Petroleum Analyst
Credit GasBuddy.com

Just before Christmas, gas prices took a jump after falling to about $3.11.  

Patrick DeHaan, a petroleum analyst for the website Gas Buddy.com told Ken Krall this likely is a short-term rise.

DeHaan says another factor in rising gas prices, tension in the oil-producting Middle East, is beginning to lessen. He says that factor also is stabilizing prices.

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