There's a change going on in local economies, centering on more "micro" and less "macro". The 7th annual Northwoods Research Summit opened Thursday UWSP-Treehaven near Tomahawk. Keynote speaker was Jerry Hembd, Professor of Business and Economics at UW-Superior. Hembd says there's a shift happening between how we economically relate to the environment and the environment. He says current thinking is a short-term dynamic, that we can continue to grow infinitely, and technology has all the answers...
Rhinelander’s ArtStart gallery is open with its first exhibit of the year.
Entitled “WisconsinCity” the show features the work of contemporary artists from Milwaukee, Madison and the Fox Valley.
ArtStart President Ken Juon says it came out of a curiosity to see what emerging Wisconsin artists were up to.
“We were interested in it just to see who was doing what. We wanted to put together a survey – that’s what we like to do here, is put together group shows, surveys to give a broad range of art experiences to the viewer that comes in.”
The state Natural Resources Board has authorized the DNR to take emergency steps to protect Wisconsin’s fish supply. The move comes after Wisconsin’s Chippewa tribes declared they’ll reserve a record number of walleye in the spearing season.
Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes plan to spear up to 63,000 walleye this spring - five thousand more than last year. As Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission spokesperson Sue Erickson explains, typically tribal members only take about half of what is declared.
March is Youth Art Month. WXPR Contributor Beth Brown Anderson wanted to find out what makes art important to many people, so she posed the question to a group of artists and art educators visiting a gallery in Land O Lakes.
Educators are optimistic some key points brought out during the recent Rural School Task Force will be part of the agenda in coming legislative sessions. Northland Pines District Administrator Mike Ritchie says while it's too late for a bill this session, as Thursday is likely the final day for the Assembly this term, he says the discussion will set the stage for a focus on three key issues. He says one idea is similar to what happens for doctors who choose to work in rural areas...
City of Rhinelander residents have been asked to run their water until further notice to keep lines from freezing up. The state Public Service Commission is asking you to check your other plumbing to make sure you're not wasting water. This is "Fix A Leak Week". The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is partnering with the E.P.A.'s WaterSense program to draw attention to the water leaks. Denise Schmidt...the PSC's Water Conservation Coordinator...says the amount of water wasted each year is enormous...
A new and more secure Health Identification card will soon be given to enrolled veterans. A spokesperson for the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain says the new card helps protect a veterans' identity. Brad Nelson says the older cards had information on them that could be stolen...
A bike trail project has netted a $15,000 matching grant to complete a short stretch of trail.
The Three Eagle Trail runs from Three Lakes to Eagle River. It’s being extended by less than a quarter mile through a congested part of Eagle River to the old train depot. The grant comes from Tara Lila, a company that specializes in land conservation and trail construction. It will match community donations up to $15,000 in hopes of covering the $30,000 cost of the construction.
DNR officials are planning a long term study to look at how deer density and forest composition affect each other.
The study would divide 900 acres in Vilas County into several fenced areas, containing different numbers of deer and amounts of available forage.
Some areas will contain no deer at all. Low density enclosures will contain 3 deer over 120 acres. Moderate densities will be 90 acres and contain four deer. High density ones will include 5 deer in an 80 acre parcel.
As a parting move, Oneida County Board Supervisor Jerry Shidell offered two resolutions to hire a County Administrator and cut the size of the county board from 21 members to 9.When the board sent both resolutions back to committee to study, Libertarian Shidell felt the move summarized why he was not running for re-election next month...