Wisconsin Produces Millions of Barrels
10:28 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Cranberry Harvest Down But Still Strong

Cranberry harvest near Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts.
Credit jkb via

Cranberry growers are reporting lower yields than last year but say the quality of fruit has been exceptional. 

Michael O’Brien, manager of the 320-acre Lake Nokomis Cranberries in Eagle River, says yields may have been down because of cool temperatures.   

“Basically weather, we’re dealing with two short seasons in a row.  This summer was quite cool compared to previous years.  That affects blossom, and how the bees respond to the blossom.  Just less heat units in general, we just had less heat to work with.”

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History Afield
9:57 am
Thu October 23, 2014

The Outmoded Art of Hunting With Live Decoys

It was once common practice for duck hunters to use live decoys to lure waterfowl.
Credit Wisconsin Historical Society

It’s duck hunting season in the northwoods and while plenty of artificial decoys will be used by waterfowlers to lure birds within gun range one thing they won’t be using is live decoys.  

  This technique of waterfowl hunting was regulated out of existence in 1935, partly because of the severe drought of the early 1930s that devastated waterfowl populations.  But the practice was once common and even celebrated. 

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The largest program of its kind in the U.S.
9:36 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Federal Grant to Fund Vocational Program for Native Americans

A federal grant will allow the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council to keep funding a disability jobs program for Native Americans.  The grant provides $1.3 million dollars a year for five years. 

Program Director Pat Lerch says the Vocational Rehabilitation for Native Americans program aims to help those with disabilities overcome obstacles and find work.

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Bicycle vs. commercial vehicle
9:24 am
Thu October 23, 2014

UPDATE: Arrest Made After Minocqua Bicyclist Dies In Early Thursday Collision


A Minocqua cyclist has died after colliding with a commercial vehicle, and its driver has been arrested.

Minocqua Police report 55 year old Robin A. Kuzel died at the scene of the crash just before 3 a.m Thursday on U.S. Highway 51 south in Minocqua.

The driver of the commercial vehicle was 28-year-old Adam B. Lynch from Delavan, Wisconsin who was uninjured.

Lynch is being held at the Oneida County Jail pending charges of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, reckless driving causing great bodily harm and inattentive driving.

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Upgrade schools and church
3:42 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Ambitious Fundraising Goal For Rhinelander Catholics

A Northwoods Catholic community has set an ambitious goal to upgrade its school facilities and church.

Nativity Of Our Lord Catholic Community based in Rhinelander is conducting a capital fund drive that they hope brings in $3 million, with a minimum goal of $2 million.

Two churches are under the umbrella of the community, with North Stevens Street and East King Street locations. There are schools at each location.

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Health care eating seniors incomes
3:32 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

COLA Not Very Fizzy For Seniors: SS Advocate

A poster for the expansion of the Social Security Act.

A group advocating the strengthening of Social Security and Medicare says Wednesday's announcement of a small increase in cost of living benefits signals trouble for Seniors.

The Social Security Administration announced a 1.7 percent cost of living adjustment. The National  Committee To Preserve Social Security and Medicare was quick to note the increase falls far short of keeping up with increasing health expenses.

Dan Adcock from the group compares the average $20 per month increase to the cost of health care...

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Declining Populations of Iconic Fish
1:20 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Scientists Investigate How Walleye Are Faring in Wisconsin Lakes

Populations of adult walleye are declining at an average rate of two percent per year.
Credit Eric Engbretson / US Fish and Wildlife Service

Researchers at the Wisconsin DNR are looking for answers as to why walleye populations are declining in the state.

DNR Research Scientist Gretchen Hansen says adult walleye numbers are declining statewide by an average of two percent per year. 

“So there’s a lot of variability.  So in some lakes, populations are going up, but in the majority of lakes populations are going down.  And a lot of that is driven by failed recruitment, so failed reproduction.” 

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Making It Easier for Patrons
1:09 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

RAFP Celebrates New Location

The new Rhinelander Food Pantry has significantly more storage space that is easier to access.
Credit Ken Krall / WXPR News

The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry has a new home. During an open house Tuesday, WXPR'S Ken Krall  saw a facility better set up to handle the many families who rely on the pantry.

Guy Hansen is leading a tour  Tuesday afternoon.

The new facility is at the former Golden Harvest store. Hansen says the building has been remodeled to more efficiently use the space and will be easier for customers to use.

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Counties in Northwoods Join
8:08 am
Wed October 22, 2014

County Referendums To Give Direction on Badgercare

Several Northwoods counties are among those hosting an advisory question on next month's ballot about whether the state should accept federal money to help pay for Badgercare.

The Walker administration has not accepted the money saying with the federal budget deficit, the money could be taken away leaving the state to pick up the costs.

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Waiting for Federal Action
2:08 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Two States Battle Over Who Should Pay for U.P. Power Plant

Upper Peninsula electric customers could see a significant rate increase December 1st…if federal regulators don’t intervene. But Michigan utility regulators are looking into a long term plan to upgrade electricity generation in the region. 

Public Service Commissions in Wisconsin and Michigan are tied up in a dispute over who should pay to operate the Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette.

It’s a coal-fired plant that Wisconsin Electric wants to retire, but Michigan authorities say it’s needed as a back up to ensure a reliable supply of electricity. 

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