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Providing Emergency Help
5:41 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Minocqua's Caritas Helps Fill Gaps For Those In Need

Caritas is located at 300 Arbor Vitae Street, next to St. Matthias Church in Minocqua. Hours are Tues and Thurs 9:30 – 11 a.m. and the last Saturday of each month, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Credit Emily Bright / WXPR News

There are a number of agencies in the Northwoods that help people in need, but when you’re faced with a crisis, it can be difficult to figure out where to go. Who do you call, and how do you pay for gas to get there? One Minocqua organization aims to address that challenge.

Caritas is a one-stop shop for people in Vilas and Oneida Counties in temporary urgent need of help. Run by volunteers and donations, it’s given out more than $2300 of emergency help to over 250 people since it opened just over a year ago. Sometimes, says volunteer Laurie Glowac,

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Wetlands still unfrozen
5:34 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Many Northwoods Snowmo Trails Remain Closed

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Snowmobile trails in Vilas county remain open but travel on them is not advised, other counties remain closed.

Oneida county trails remain closed according to a message from the Oneida County Forestry Department.

In Forest county, Forestry/Parks Administrator David Ziolkowski says those trails also are closed. He says the wetlands remain unfrozen...

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Lead Northwoods hospitals
5:25 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Hilt Moves To Fox Valley Hospital

Monica Hilt
Credit Ministry Health Care

The past President of Ministry-St. Mary's Hospital has been named as leader of several Fox Valley Ministry Health Care facilities.

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Weekend format
5:19 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

SOA at Rhinelander To Change Format In 2015

SOA Director Lynn Tarnoff
Credit UW-Madison Continuing Studies

A change in format for School of the Arts at Rhinelander. Director Lynn Tarnoff announced the 2015 program will run Friday through Sunday July 17 through the 19 only. Previously the program had run a week.

Tarnoff says a key reason is what appears to be a changing lifestyle of participants, geared more toward a weekend format...

"....we looked at the change in our attendee and with the success of adding the weekend option only we have some growing interest for a weekend program versus a five day..."

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Work at embassies
4:55 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Brown To Leave UW-Extension For U.S. Service

Tim Brown
Credit Tim Brown

Oneida County UW-Extension is losing two members as one of them has been hired to by the State Department to work in U.S. embassies overseas.

Community Resource Development agent  and department co-chair Tim Brown and his spouse, Kim Brown will be leaving next month. Kim Brown is  coordinator of Nutrition Education Program for Oneida and Langlade counties.

Tim Brown talks about his new job...

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Referendum suggested
4:47 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

County Asks Kwik-Trip For More Time On Land Purchase

Credit WXPR

Oneida county is asking Kwik-Trip for an extension until May 1 concerning a major property purchase on Rhinelander's west side.

In special session Tuesday, the board asked for the extension concerning relocating the Highway Department shops to county land near the Highway 8 bypass.

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Will Come On Board In January
4:40 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

WXPR Hires Rondello As New Station Manager

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After a nationwide search, WXPR Public Radio has hired longtime Northwoods resident and current WXPR volunteer Pete Rondello as new station manager. 

Rondello graduated from Eagle River High School and currently lives near Boulder Junction.  Though he’s worked with Coldwell Banker in Minocqua for more than twenty years, Rondello has a background in radio that predates his work in real estate. 

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Decision to Come in January
4:35 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Northland Pines School Board Discusses Proposal to Combine Grades 7-12

The Northland Pines School Board met last night to discuss the proposal to move the 7th and 8th grades into the high school next year. A dozen community members weighed in with passionate opinions and prepared statements, coming down evenly for and against. Those in favor of the proposal called for people to trust the school board, such as 3rd and 4thgrade teacher Gretchen Yagow:  

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Melting Snow and Bare Ground
4:30 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Snowmobile Trails Thin After Warm Weekend Temps

Snowmobile riders are being advised to wait until conditions improve.
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This weekend’s thaw was bad news for winter recreation trails. 

Snowmobile trails in Iron County closed Monday after being open since early December.  Forest Administrator Joe Vairus says a significant amount of snow melted during the thaw. 

                                

“It was 45 degrees for a few days, so things really opened up. It looked like spring.  The swamps are open and the trails are bare in a lot of places so we’ve got to get things frozen again and get snow coverage on top of that.  So it will take several inches, a foot or two.”

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First Round of Recommendations
4:30 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Council Recommends Increasing Oneida County Deer Herd

A citizen's advisory council feels there aren't enough deer in Oneida County.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Oneida County’s Deer Advisory Council is asking for an increase in the deer herd for the next three years. 

The council met last week to finalize its first round of recommendations to the DNR.

As chair Ed Choinski explains, it will be a few months before the council sets specific recommendations for the number of antlerless permits. 

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