winter en Weather Delays Opening for Chequamegon-Nicolet <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You’ll have to wait several more weeks to go hiking or camping in the </span>Chequamegon-Nicolet<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> National Forest.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Spokesperson Dave Melancon says trails and campgrounds usually open around the last week in April, but conditions this year are too wet and muddy.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:03:23 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 17412 at Weather Delays Opening for Chequamegon-Nicolet The Answer Is to Just Keep Pedaling <p>With winter still holding the Northwoods in its icy grip, most of us try to avoid going out in the cold for longer than we have to.&nbsp; So you might be surprised to find that one commuter relies on his bicycle to get to work all winter long, even refusing offers of car rides and choosing instead to brave the icy streets of Stevens Point.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s 7 a.m. on a clear morning in March, and 20 degrees below zero outside.&nbsp; Rich Sweet is in his kitchen, in the process of what he calls “gearing up.”</span></p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 15269 at The Answer Is to Just Keep Pedaling Birds Face Shrinking Winter Food Supply <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Deer aren’t the only wildlife having a hard time finding food this winter. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wildlife </span>rehabilitator<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Marge Gibson of the Raptor Education Group says she’s worried about many of the region’s birds.&nbsp; She says the rehab center near </span>Antigo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is seeing birds like red-tailed hawks, chickadees and even robins. &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:47:20 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 14999 at Birds Face Shrinking Winter Food Supply Keep Warm on Cold Days <p>In a cold snap like this one, it doesn’t take long for temperatures to become a health risk. Amy Lavin is a nurse practitioner at the Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff.&nbsp; &nbsp;She says in weather this cold, exposed skin can become frostbitten in about 5 minutes.&nbsp; If you’re exercising or have certain medical conditions, you might not even notice it happening.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 23:05:33 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 12831 at Snow-Blocked Vents Mean CO Danger <p>With a cold snap hitting the Northwoods this weekend it can take some effort to keep your car and heating systems up and running.&nbsp;</p><p>WPS Spokesperson Leah Van Zile says outdoor maintenance is important to make sure your heating appliances are working properly…especially with newer high-efficiency furnaces that vent out the side of the house.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>“For any of your vented appliances, your natural gas or vented appliances – be sure that those are kept free of ice and snow buildup.”</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:20:24 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 11625 at Snow-Blocked Vents Mean CO Danger Mosquito Madness, Even in Autumn? <p>Despite several nights of frost in the past week, some Northern Wisconsin residents are still plagued by the telltale buzz of mosquitoes. &nbsp;How does a mosquito survive in cold temperatures?</p><p>Common knowledge holds that once nighttime temperatures dip into the 30s, mosquito populations drop off.&nbsp; But that didn’t seem to be happening last week. &nbsp;Susan Paskewitz, a mosquito expert at the University of Wisconsin Madison, says it’s possible most of the still-active mosquitoes are newly formed.</p> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 8259 at Mosquito Madness, Even in Autumn?