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Alternative Education Opportunities Grow
1:00 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Montessori Charter School Set to Open Next Year

Montessori learning relies on a hands-on and child-centered approach.
Credit Pixabay

A new Montessori school is set to open next year in St. Germain. The district is taking applications starting next week.

The Northland Pines Montessori Learning Center will span 4K through second grade, with 3rd and 4th grade to be added in 2016. When paired with the new project-based learning program SOAR in Land o’Lakes, students will soon have the opportunity to attend 4K through 12th grade in an alternative learning environment.

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Stopped in Rhinelander
12:10 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

Burke, Happ, Westlund Make Final Campaign Swing Here

Mary Burke
Credit WXPR news

Three Democrats hoping to win state or federal jobs Tuesday stopped in Rhinelander Saturday morning.

Candidate for Governor Mary Burke says she optimistic heading into the vote..

"....I can't wait to get to work as Governor as we have so much  potential here in Wisconsin and if we just put the politics aside, focus on common sense, focus on strong growing communities, that people get that fair shot...."

Attorney General candidate Susan Happ outlines her priorities..

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Final Days Before Election
8:32 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Walker Campaigns In Northwoods With NJ Governor Chris Christie

A crowd of about a hundred people gathered on an icy Friday evening to support Governor Scott Walker.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Governor Scott Walker campaigned in the Northwoods this weekend.  He had some help from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. 

Temperatures may have been low but spirits were high as Walker supporters stood outside for nearly two hours braving the icy air. 

Governor Scott Walker spoke Friday evening outside the Rhinelander headquarters of logging equipment maker Ponsee.

Walker emphasized his track record on jobs and the economy, and blasted what he called negative attack ads coming from his opponent. 

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19 counties and Kenosha
4:46 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Badgercare Referendum On Tuesday's Ballot

19 counties and the city of Kenosha will be hosting an advisory referendum question on Tuesday's ballot  concerning federal funds for Medicaid or Badgercare.

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Downtown Rhinelander
4:41 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

The Flag Flies Again On Large Downtown Cell Tower

The flag on the AT&T tower Halloween afternoon
Credit WXPR news

With a stiff northerly breeze to unfurl it in full Friday, both the city and AT & T  are hoping the problems concerning a large flag on a cellphone tower in downtown Rhinelander is over.

As part of an agreement with the city to put the large commercial tower downtown, AT & T agreed to mount a large American flag. After several ill-fated attempts, it appears the problems discovered in prior attempts have been fixed.

AT&T spokesperson Eric McGrath...

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Rhinelander appearance
4:13 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Duffy Talks Tax Reform, ISIS During Campaign Stop

Congressman Sean Duffy(R-7th Wisconsin)
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Fresh off a Wednesday debate with Democratic challenger Kelly Westlund, incumbent Sean Duffy says the next Congress will begin a long list of issues, with the top one being tax reform.
The 7th District Republican stopped by Rhinelander for a campaign stop Wednesday. Duffy says much depends on the make up of  the U.S. Senate, but he has a list of issues...

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Budget Increase Halved
3:15 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

New Budget, New Director At Rhinelander District Library

Credit Natalie Jablonski-WXPR

An arbitration hearing conducted among the government members of the Rhinelander District Library resulted in  a smaller increase than requested.

The city of Rhinelander and the towns of Newbold, Pine Lake, Crescent and Pelican form the district that supports the library.

The approved budget was $916,000. Library Board President Jan Baer(bear) says they had requested about $41,000 more than last year but that request was cut in half...

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Referendum vote Nov. 4
3:10 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

White Lake Voters To Decide On School Funding

Credit White Lake School District

Last April, a school referendum at White Lake lost by the narrowest of margins. Voters next Tuesday in that district will again see the same question.

School Superintendent Bill Fisher says voters will consider whether to exceed mandated state spending limits by $250,000 a year for three years. This vote is non-recurring, meaning it is only for the term specified, which is three years.

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No resolution yet
3:27 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Teen Charged With Vehicular Homicide Has Case Move Forward

Austin Ginter
Credit Forest County Sheriff

No resolution yet  from a Forest County criminal complaint against an 18 year old man charged with vehicular homicide after a traffic crash killed another teenager.

Austin Ginter is charged with 1st Degree Reckless Homicide and 1st Degree Reckless Injury. Court records indicate the fatal crash happened July 13 on Old Eight Road near Crandon. Witnesses allege the car was travelling at a high rate of speed prior to the crash. A 15 year old male died in the crash. Ginter and a 16 year old girl were injured.

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Book found in jail cell
2:57 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Meeting Called In Minocqua Wednesday About Sex Offender

A meeting has been set for Wednesday evening in Minocqua so the public can find out more information about allegations against a registered sex offender.

31 year old Albert Chagnon was scheduled to be released from state prison in Oshkosh when officers found a book that allegedly contained photos of about 250 young girls collected from various publications. He was convicted on child pornography charges and has been in and out of prison, most recently for violating sex offender rules.

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