Iron County Awarded Grant for Broadband Expansion

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  Governor Scott Walker announced today a broadband expansion grant of nearly 42,000 dollars was awarded to Iron County to improve their wireless broadband accessibility.  UW Extension Community Resource Development Educator Will Andreasen says the grant money will bring the infrastructure to three existing towers in northern Iron County and serve nearly 4,500 people, 2,200 households and 30 businesses.

Joblessness in the Northwoods continues to decline.

The unemployment rate in all the Northwoods counties is down from one year ago, in some cases nearly two percent.

In Forest it was 5.2 percent in October. In Langlande it was 4.7 percent. In Lincoln county the rate was 3.9 percent, Oneida 4.2 percent, Vilas is at 5 percent. Iron county is at 6.3 percent and Price is at 3.5 percent.

School District of Antigo

More than 1,200 Antigo School District surveys have come in as the school board looks at its school buildings.

Dave Melancon-U.S. Forest Service

Monday the Blackwell Job Corps facility near Laona celebrated 50 years.

As part of the President Johnson's War On Poverty in the mid-1960's, Congress created the Job Corps, designed to provide young people with training needed for jobs. 50 years ago this week, the Job Corps facility opened in Forest county. The facility has 135 students ages 16-24 learning a variety of trades.

The Rhinelander School District will be hosting a series of community presentations about the upcoming funding referendum. The first one will be held beginning next week.

Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says they will hold nine presentation through the months of December, January and February...

"......we are trying to do many presentations, trying to do a lot of them at varied locations and different times, so everybody can find one close to them and at a convenient time. We want people to make sure they are getting all the information they need...."

The number of travelers flying out of the Rhinelander-Oneida County airport is holding steady as the nation continues the recovery from a severe recession.

Airport Director Joe Brauer says it's been a good year. He says they probably had the same amount of passengers coming through the airport. He says they're restricted because they have just two flights per day and have 100 seats. He says one month they might be down a couple passengers, the next month they are up a couple passengers..

  A sampling of residents in the Elcho School District will be surveyed over the next month seeking feedback for the school district’s future upgrades. The survey comes on the heels of an assessment completed by the Community Facilities Task Force. District Administrator Bill Fisher says he wants the community to be part of the project.

 “…it will last about 30 days and we hope to contact about 200 community members and it’s going to be a random survey to get their opinions of what some of our options are moving forward.”

WXPR's Live From the White Pine Room Concert Series

Nov 30, 2015


 We have so much fun when we broadcast live from the White Pine, here at WXPR! This week, we have four house concerts going on at 28 North Stevens. If you're a WXPR listener, you can join us in person at no charge.

On Thursday at 6PM, Northwoods Cafe will feature "Never Too Late," Saturday at 9:00 AM will be polkas with the "Jim Pekol Band," and Saturday's bluegrass show will feature "Dig Deep!" Call the station at (715) 362 - 6000 and we'll save you a seat! Or, listen live!

Three out of four online retailers report sales increased substantially on the Monday after Thanksgiving, which led to the marketing term, "Cyber Monday".

In 2014, Cyber Monday online sales grew to a record $2.6 billion. Industry experts say the average order was about $125 dollars. But a state consumer expert says you need to be vigilant so con artists and scammers don't take advantage of your online shopping zeal.

The next Science on Tap in Minocqua features Dr. Patricia McConnell.

She's a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and has made a lifelong commitment to improving the relationship between people and animals. She is known worldwide as an expert on canine and feline behavior and dog training.

Ken Krall spoke with Dr. McConnell about her work and the things we don't know about dogs and cats...

Mole Lake Tribes to Educate Youth About AIDS Awareness

Nov 30, 2015

The Chippewa- Sokaogon community is hosting a youth AIDS conference next week in light of AIDS Awareness Day. Coordinator Rachel Vodar says the conference is an initiative to educate and bring AIDS awareness to youth in the tribal community.  

 “…I asked the youth the other day, are you even aware what is AIDS, what is HIV, and surprisingly a lot of the youth didn’t know, and we are talking about middle school age and high school age who don’t even know what AIDS or HIV is.”

Season's Greetings

Nov 27, 2015

 On behalf of all of us here at WXPR, thank you for your support this year.  You make WXPR possible!  We look forward to serving you with NPR News, WXPR News, and an extensive lineup of locally hosted great music programs in 2016.

2015 has been a productive, innovative year, thanks to your support. And because most philanthropic giving occurs at year’s end, your support now will make our community service possible in 2016.  

Local Shops Prepare for Small Business Saturday

Nov 27, 2015

  While Black Friday and Cyber Monday draw the attention of bargain hunters to large box stores, Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to support local businesses. Cynde Goll is a barista at The Briar House in Rhinelander, and says it’s a day to highlight specialty stores, and their unique gifts.

“…it brings money back into the community. Something like 16 percent of what is spent is put back into the community and the people in the community, so it’s important to support what comes from here stays here.”

Saturday is the next "Warm For Winter" distribution for people without warm winter clothing.

One of the coordinators is Jan Leschke of Rhinelander. She says no questions are asked, and anyone can come in to get the donated winter clothes they need...

"....Warm for Winter is a free clothing pantry held the last Saturday of every month from 10 to noon at 900 Boyce Drive(Rhinelander), also the second Tuesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the same location...."

With holiday shopping getting into full swing this week, state consumer protection officials say be vigilant when buying gift cards.

State consumer protection leader Frank Frassetto says gift cards are among the top gifts for the ninth year in a row. He says scammers know this, then try to get between you and your money by setting up phony cards and asking for information...