Entered pleas in June
5:02 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Husband, Wife Sentenced To Prison For Drug Distribution


A husband and wife from Lac du Flambeau both face lengthy prison terms for distributing Oxycodone.

28 year old Andrew Meshigaud was sentenced to 12 and a half years  and 25 year old Charlie Sunn Meshigaud to five years in federal prison by U.S. District  Judge Barbara Crabb. They both entered guilty please to the drug charges  June 18. Both will have supervision after release from prison.

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Mining and Other Great Lakes Issues
3:29 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Tribes Feel Positive Takeaway from EPA Meetings

At least one tribal leader is optimistic after the recent meetings between Midwest tribes and the EPA this week.

Lac du Flambeau Spokesperson Brandon Thoms says according to tribal President Maulson, the discussions were positive. 

“It showed that there’s definitely a willingness between the EPA to work with the tribes, and President Maulson indicated that the tribes are understood that they have a vested interest.” 

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
4:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

To Bait or Not to Bait? And Other Bear Hunting Questions

Bear hunting and bear baiting is highly regulated in Wisconsin.

Bear hunting isn’t for everyone.  But its increasing popularity means that for those who do it, the wait times are getting longer and longer...up to nine years in some regions of Wisconsin.  In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz weighs his options heading into his first bear hunting season.  

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Growing Food at School
5:01 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Gardeners, Teachers Talk School Gardens for Health and Education

Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Educators and gardeners from around the Northwoods gathered this week to talk about school gardens.  The conference happened at University of Stevens Point’s Natural Resources Education Center, Treehaven. 

For two days presenters shared tips on things like seed saving, mulching, and planning kid-friendly garden activities. 

Donelle Scaffidi organized the School Garden Symposium as part of her graduate work at UWSP.  She says it’s provided a chance to brainstorm solutions to common problems…like finding funding and how to manage school gardens over summer vacation. 

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Science and Hydrology
3:23 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Presentations to Examine Penokee Wetlands

Two presentations this week will focus on the wetlands around the Penokee Hills. 

Tracy Hames, Executive Director of Wisconsin Wetlands Association, will be giving a talk in Mercer on Thursday, and Hazelhurst on Friday.

Hames says his group has been researching the hydrology of the Penokee Hills, in hopes of understanding the possible impacts of an iron mine proposed for the area. 

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Draw for Tourists and Locals
2:47 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Bearskin-Hiawatha Connection Opens

Cyclists can ride more easily between Tomahawk and Minocqua, now that the Bearskin and Hiawatha trails are connected.

The DNR has finished building a six-mile connector stretch that joins the two major trails together. 

Local business owner Jim Wise has been working to make it happen for more than two decades.  He says while it’s taken a while to secure funding, he has high hopes for the finished trail.

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County would like more time
2:41 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Initial Kwik Trip Offer To Oneida Co. Rejected

Soon to open Kwik Trip on Rhinelander's east side.
Credit WXPR news

Kwik Trip has made an official offer to Oneida county to buy the county highway department property on Rhinelander's west side but the process is a long way from conclusion.  In rejecting that inital offer  Thursday the county board wants more time to think about it.

County Corporation Counsel Brian Desmond told the county board what Kwik Trip's  offer would be for the  14 acre property near the intersection of Business highway 8 and state 47....

"....the offer from Kwik Trip came in at $2.3 million dollars...."

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Innovative program
5:39 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Large Federal Grant Awarded To Vilas-LDF Courts

A large federal grant has been given to a unique program between the Lac du Flambeau tribe and Vilas county to help people with addiction  problems.

The nearly $900,000 grant is through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.

In June, 2013, Vilas County Court and the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Court announced an agreement to move people with chronic addiction problems through the court with a goal to treat the addiction rather than incarceration.

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One suicide every 13 minutes
5:30 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Robin Williams Suicide Brings Call For Awareness

The recent suicide of actor/comedian Robin Williams has prompted a Northwoods  professional to ask  people having problems to come forward for help if they feel suicidal.

Heidi Karns is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Ministry Medical Group. She says Williams shocking death has put a spotlight on mental health issues. She says it's important  to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness and the challenges people with mental illness face each day...

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Board ties on question
5:22 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Forest Co. Board Rejects Park Referendum Vote


A split Forest county board Tuesday failed to pass a resolution putting a ballot question before voters in November concerning a controversial off-road park plan.

The resolution needed a majority vote to pass, but the vote split evenly at 10-10, with one supervisor absent, meaning the question failed to pass.

To get on the November ballot the question had to be approved soon.

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