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The recount has ended in the Northwoods and the vote totals from last month's presidential election didn't change much, but a new wrinkle was tossed at county clerks.

In Oneida County, after five days of recounting ballots, Clerk Mary Bartelt gave the totals, which saw both candidates vote totals rise...

"....Trump originally had 12,120 votes he now has 12,132 votes(Ken) 'did it change at all for Hillary Clinton?' 'yes, by six votes she was originally 8,103, it's now 8,109..."

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Ken Krall talks with Jack Bourgeois , Founder of Soldiers on Sleds.

The organization provides a weekend of snowmobiling for active military personnel. Recently, Marshfield Clinic donated first aid kits to the cause and we hear about how the community has helped out...

Duffy: Madison A "communist community"

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House Republican Sean Duffy of Wausau does not apologize for calling Madison a "communist community" on Fox News.

He tweeted Wednesday that the "P-C crowd is humorless" -- and for those offended, he'll send therapy dogs to their "safe place of choice."

Turning the Tide on Declining Wildlife Numbers

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The online wildlife community has recently been buzzing about the most recent results of the Living Planet Index, a study done cooperatively by World Wildlife Foundation and the Zoological Society of London. The LPI examines populations of over 3,000 species of fish, wildlife, and birds around the globe and compares them to actual or estimated population levels from 1970. According to this study, the global population of wildlife has dropped by more than half in that time span, and by 2020 those population levels will be one-third of what they were in 1970.

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Friday, the first graduates from a unique program at Blackwell Job Corps Center near Laona get their diplomas.

The graduation ceremony is for 16 Job corps students who have completed structural firefighting certification and have jobs with local fire departments.

The program was in cooperation with Nicolet College. Blackwell Center Director Richard Lassiter says the graduation is a first of its type...

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The cold weather means precautions for pets and animals who live outside.

WXPR's Pet Talk expert, Dr. Ron Reupert says dogs living outside have special cold-weather needs...

"....good shelter, insulated usually, door may not be necessary, a door that closes, but a door that is facing south out of the wind and water that won't freeze or using a tank heater for their water bowls. Extra food, they'll burn more calories just maintaining their body heat even when they aren't exercising much...."

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It quickly went from fall to winter, but officials think this winter could be good for tourism.

Department of Tourism spokesperson Kristina LeVan says the public does travel in the winter for snowmobiling, skiing of all types, snow tubing and festivals.

She says many ski hills are opening for the season because of the snow and cold which has settled into the Midwest....

Minocqua Chamber Announces New Summer Event

Dec 7, 2016
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Canines took center stage at last night’s Minocqua Town Board meeting. Not only was the police department’s new K9 officer announced by the police chief, a Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce official unveiled plans for a DockDogs competition next summer.

The Army Corps of Engineers' recent decision to deny a permit for the construction of a key section of the Dakota Access Pipeline was a victory for thousands of protesters. A local Ojibwe singer/songwriter, and anti-pipeline advocate, spoke with WXPR’s Miranda Vander Leest about the temporary victory and the ongoing fight for the Sioux tribe. 

Paco Fralick hosted a benefit for Standing Rock last Friday and raised $3,400.

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In this month's installment of Field Notes, Susan Knight of Trout Lake Station pushes back the frontier of science...

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McNaughton resident and veteran of Pearl Harbor, Walter Wendt died in March of this year. He was 97.

In 2013, WXPR's Natalie Jablonski interviewed Wendt about his experiences at Pearl Harbor on that fateful day. Here is a link to the story....

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The late Walter Wendt with WXPR's Natalie Jablonski in 2013. Today is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Northwoods Transit Connections is continuing to grow with some added routes being added soon, providing a public transit option for residents in Vilas and Oneida counties.

Transit Manager Jim Altenburg says the bus service has grown to the point they have 3 to 4 buses running the Rhinelander area, 2 to 3 in the Lakeland area, along with a couple buses in Eagle River.

He says a new service will be added in January with shuttle routes between Rhinelander and Minocqua...

Local Musicians Celebrate Successful Standing Rock Benefit

Dec 6, 2016

A spur of the moment fundraiser for Standing Rock left local musicians hurdling over last minute setbacks, but now they’re celebrating their success.

About 240 people stood in solidarity with tribal people at the Rhinelander High School auditorium Friday night to honor and raise money for the protestors standing at the frontline of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Paco Fralick is an Ojibwe singer/songwriter who organized the fundraiser in two weeks time. He says they raised $3,400 for the indigenous environmental justice group, Honor the Earth.

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This week's colder weather forecast gives folks who like to ice fish an itch to go out on the hard water.

DNR recreation safety warden Mark Little of Spooner says be extra careful.

Little also ice fishes, and says even though the early season can be some of the best ice fishing, safety on the ice should always be on your mind....

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Public comments on changes in the Vilas County shoreland zoning ordinance as a result of Act 55 which reduced minimum lake frontage, expanded viewing corridors, and allowed both expansion and upgrading non-conforming structures had both supporters and opponents Monday before the county zoning committee.

Mary Platner of St. Germain said Act 55 was a step backward in protecting the lakes in Vilas County. She wants a return of local control to the county and to show the rest of the state how to be a leader in protecting lakes.

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