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A proposal to disband a board that oversees for-profit higher education is getting some pushback from those in the field. 

The Educational Approval Board, or EAB, oversees about 250 Wisconsin institutions.  Governor Walker wants to shift its duties into other agencies like the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. 

But some educators think that’s a bad idea. 

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Property owners have a free opportunity this week to find out how they can improve wildlife habitat on their properties.

The DNR's Jeremy Holtz of Rhinelander is the chair of the Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership. Holtz says the Partnership was formed in 2014 by several different groups with the goal of a landscape-scale conservation approach. He says the group has been successful in getting grants and are about to start their outreach...

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A provision of the state budget bill would eliminate a program that a local invasive species coordinator says helped them fight water invasives here in the north.

The Wisconsin Environmental Education Board helped get grants to Oneida county's A.I.S. program says Coordinator Michele Sadauskas. She says one grant enabled the program to hire a person to contact ice anglers...

"....they were able to talk to just over a thousand people...and we were able to gather a lot of data that we normally would not have during the winter time. So (WEEB) really helped us..."

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An advisory referendum will be on the ballot April 7 in Rhinelander as voters will let city government know their feelings on the Premier Resort Area Tax. The half-cent on a dollar sales tax would be used by the city for infrastructure maintenance.

WXPR's Ken Krall spoke with Mayor Dick Johns, City Administrator Blaine Oborn, Public Works Director Tim Kingman and Tony Gilman about why the city feels there is a need and how the money would be used.

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An injury was reported and home a total loss in Vilas county after a fire Saturday afternoon.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports a fire at 2034 Townsite Road in the town of Winchester, called in shortly after one p.m.

A passerby saw smoke coming from the home. The occupant saw fire and smoke and she was able to leave the building with her pet and went to a neighbor's home. She was taken to Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff for treatment. There was no report of major injuries in the blaze. Officials say the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

Five persons were  busted in Rhinelander Wednesday on drug charges. Arrested are 40 year old Michael Stienmetz, Jr., 38 year old Jamie Rickert, 35 year old Jesus Fernandez, 47 year old Carrie Stienmetz and 36 year old Crystal Schirmacher. All five were arrested for alleged use, manufacture, and delivery of methamphetamine.

WXPR has a new addition to the staff.  Station Manager Pete Rondello announced well-known Northwoods resident Dave Havel of Rhinelander has been hired as Director of Development.

Rondello says Havel has a long history in the community, working with non-profits to raise funds in many capacities. Rondello says Havel has many success stories including his work with Rhinelander Kiwanis, Oneida County Animal Shelter, YMCA of the Northwoods and several others.

Rondello says while talking with people in the community, they said Dave was "Mr. Hodag" for his work in the community.

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A decision over whether to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered is no more than a week away. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed the listing because bat populations face devastation from the deadly white-nose syndrome. 

But some farmers and loggers have argued the bat is still too numerous to warrant an endangered listing. 

Great Lakes Timber Professionals Director Henry Schienebeck says it would bring too many restrictions.

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With the deadline approaching to file taxes, three non-profit groups are again offering free tax help for low to moderate income individuals and households.

Goodwill Industries International, the United Way and the National Disability Institute offer the website my free taxes dot com

Goodwill Industries spokesperson Brad Turner-Little says there is no advertising on the free site...

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A former Forest county corrections employee will go to trial after entering not guilty pleas to charges that include felony Misconduct in Public Office.

43 year old Melvin Donek of Argonne entered the plea in Forest county court. He is also charged with misdemeanor theft, receiving stolen property and obstructing an officer.

In court Thursday, Donek waived a preliminary hearing and entered  not guilty plea. Judge Leon Stenz found enough evidence to continue proceedings.

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