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6:25 am
Sat October 12, 2013

Victim Identified In Price County Drowning

Price county authorities have identified the victim in a Wednesday drowning.

Sheriff Brian S. Schmidt reports 76 year old Thomas Hollar of Manitowoc was reported missing on Letourneau Lake in the town of Flambeau.

Hollar's body was recovered by divers on Thursday.

The investigation into Hollar's death continues.

Complaint alleges $22,000
4:53 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Antigo Woman To Trial For Alleged Benefits Fraud

An Antigo woman was bound over for trial in Oneida county circuit court on two felony charges of public assistance fraud greater than 10 thousand dollars.

33 year old Nicole Young of Antigo was charged in June after an Oneida County Department of Social Services review and a sheriff's department investigation allegedly found Young had received assistance to which she might not have been entitled.

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New offer made
3:42 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Duffy Says He Would Support Temporary Debt Ceiling Increase

Congressman Sean Duffy(R-7th) Wisconsin
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Republican leaders in the U.S. House have offered President Obama and the Democrats a proposal to extend the U.S. debt ceiling until around Thanksgiving.

In a conference call with reporters Thursday, Wisconsin 7th District Republican Congressman Sean Duffy said the G.O.P. is making an effort to stave off what could be a financially catastrophic default...

 

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Top DNR officials to attend
3:35 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Second Powell Marsh Listening Session Planned

Credit emsun.org

The DNR is sponsoring a listening session this month on the future direction of the 4,800 acre Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area in Vilas county.

 

DNR Regional Program Manager Mike Zeckmeister says the the process of revising the master plan for the area near Manitowish Waters began in August. A meeting was held at the Manitowish Waters town hall. He says they decided to do a second meeting...

 

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Golden Harvest To Build New Store
3:24 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

RAFP Eyeing Golden Harvest Store For New Facility

Guy Hansen(right)
Credit rhinelanderareafoodpantry.org

After eight years serving the public on Rhinelander's north side, the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is hoping to move into the current Golden Harvest store on Coon Street.

Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hansen says they've been looking for a new place for almost two years. The former Rueckert's grocery story is in need of about $150,000 in repairs and Hansen says another property can be found for about the same money. He says negotiations for the Golden Harvest building are nearing completion...

 

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Budget frozen for next year
3:16 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Towns, City Reject Rhinelander Library Budget Increase

Rhinelander District Library
Credit Natalie Jablonski-WXPR

No increase in budget could result in fewer employees and reduced hours at the Rhinelander District Library.

The government partners voted no to a $40,000 increase during an arbitration hearing this week. If the towns of Newbold, Pine Lake, Crescent, and Pelican, along with the city of Rhinelander object to a proposed budget, they can ask for a hearing. . The government partners voted against the increase. Oneida County also helps with funding. Hughes says the library's budget is close to $900,000.

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A Skeptical View
4:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Retired Mining Engineer Wary of GTac Plans

Controversy continues to simmer over a proposed iron mine in northern Wisconsin’s Penokee Range.  Gogebic Taconite is currently waiting for approval to do bulk sampling of more than 4000 tons of rock.  And the company hasn’t even begun what would likely be a multi-year permitting process to open a mine.  But one retired mining engineer is wondering if there’s enough ore to mine profitably in the first place.  

One thing is clear: Jack Parker’s career in the mining industry has given him a hefty resume in the business. 

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Asbestos found in building
4:58 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Rhinelander Moving Forward On Former Lindey Property

Credit WXPR news

The former Lindey Cleaners in Rhinelander could eventually be leveled and more parking put in it's place.

That outcome started in motion this week when a Rhinelander city committee approved the money to hire consultants to look at what needs to be done to clean up the long-time dry cleaning company property. City Administrator Blaine Oborn says there could be more than one environmental problem at the site...

 

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Groundbreaking possibly in spring
3:56 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Chicago Foundation Puts Olson Library Drive Over Goal

Walter E. Olson Memorial Library
Credit librarytechnology.org

A $1.6 million dollar grant from a Chicago Foundation has propelled the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library renovation project past it's financial goal.

The Tawani Foundation money is said to be paid over five years.

Capital committee co-chair Phil Jensen says they have been hoping to hear from the foundation...

 

",.,.it's something we've been working on for the better part of a year. Our first contact with them was last winter just about January. We've been in conversation with them ever since..."

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Eighth Graders Consider Manufacturing Careers
3:31 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

"Heavy Metal" Appeals to Students

Northwoods 8th graders learn welding on the "Tour"
Credit Terry Rutlin-Nicolet College

WXPR's Ken Krall took a look at the future with some Northwoods 8th graders  at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. He took the "Heavy Metal Tour."

Not a rock band, but a job fair of sorts: the "Heavy Metal Tour" is sponsored by Nicolet College,  North Central Technical College, 27 manufacturing employers, and boards and alliances.

Rene Daniels from North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board says the goal is to give 8th graders a look at careers they might not have considered.

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