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Selected For Waterfowl and Pheasant Stamps
3:39 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Lake Tomahawk Artist Selected Twice For Stamps

2014 Wisconsin Duck Stamp by Caleb Metrich
Credit Wisconsin DNR

A 30 year old Lake Tomahawk artist has been selected to place not one, but two of three prints placed on Wisconsin conservation wildlife stamps. This is the fifth time in the history of the three stamp design contests that the same artist has painted the winning design for both the pheasant and waterfowl stamps.


Caleb Metrich is a mostly self-taught artist with a love of the outdoors. Previously, he also won the state turkey stamp, and was named "Artist of the Year" by Ducks Unlimited. He says he's honed his craft by trial and error...


 

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Anticipating the ACA
3:34 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Health Insurance Rates May Rise, Especially for Young People

JP Wieske gave an overview of how the Affordable Care Act will affect community members.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

State officials visited Rhinelander today to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act.  

About 30 people gathered in the conference room of the public safety complex in hopes of clearing up often-hazy understandings of changes to come.  One of those people was Mike Barnes, who says he and his wife purchase their own insurance. 

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Science on Tap is Back
3:28 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Science on Tap Brings Overseas Adventure Stories

Land-use research often relies on satellite images, like this one of Yaroslavl, Russia.
Credit NASA

After a summer hiatus Science on Tap is resuming Wednesday, with a discussion of land use…but with a bit of a world traveler twist.

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Missing since February
3:25 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Remains Found Near Antigo Identified

Langlade county officials have released the identity of a person found dead west of Antigo August 22nd.


Sheriff Bill Greening reports the skeletal remains were identified through dental records at 77 year old Leonard Allen Peth of Antigo. The remains were found at Western Road and Hazel Road just west of Antigo.


Sheriff Greening says the Langlade County Coroner has ruled the cause of death as undetermined, although no foul play is suspected. Peth was last seen in Antigo in February of 2013.

More than a million dollars to be cut
3:17 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

OC Board Begins Debate On Projected Deficit

Supervisors Sonny Paszak(L) and Greg Berard and the rest of the Oneida County Board in special session 9/3
Credit WXPR

The Oneida county board has begun what could be some tough budget meetings.


Administration committee chair David Hintz says the county is looking at a $1.1 million deficit out of a $50 million routine budget.


Some department heads were called in to talk about capital projects including more road building, fixing problems in county buildings and aging equipment that needs updating among others. Buildings and Grounds Director LuAnn Brunette said the projects for that department could be in the neighborhood of $500,000 alone if the board went ahead with them.

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Early morning and afternoon
4:02 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Drivers Asked To Be Alert As School Begins

Kids on the way to school
Credit futurity.org

County health departments treat the ills of the public, but they also are concerned about the safety of children to and from school.


Public Health Nurse Rob Deede in Oneida county says while walking can be a great way for kids to get some exercise, drivers should be cautious...


 

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A Long Day's Ride
4:00 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Bike Path Expands to 33 Miles

Part of the newly-paved section runs parallel to Highway M.
Credit Pete Rondello

Cyclists can now enjoy over 30 miles of paved bike trails in Vilas County.  

The town of Boulder Junction has finished an expansion of the bike trail system that connects Boulder Junction, Sayner and St. Germaine.  Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Theresa Smith is hoping the expanded trail will be a boost for tourism.              

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A Convenient Location
4:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

School Lends Space to Sheriff's Department

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department is opening a new office station at an elementary school.  Deputies will use a room at the Northwoods Community Elementary School as a stopping point to take care of administrative tasks.  No suspects will be brought to the location.  County Sheriff Grady Hartman says the new office on Highway K will help the department have a stronger presence on the west side of the county. 

“We get a high call volume especially around Highway 51.  And we needed a place where the officers could stop or take care of personal business.” 

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Rhinelander Info Session
2:00 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Questions About Obamacare? State Officials May Have Answers Tuesday

Health insurance questions abound as the state's health exchange prepares to launch.
Credit Daniel Oines

With the state health exchange opening in less than a month, state officials are working to demystify changes to the health care system. 

The state Insurance Commissioner’s office is holding an info session in Rhinelander Tuesday to answer questions consumers may have. 

Topics won’t be limited to the health exchange; discussion will include all parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 

The Rhinelander session will be at the county sheriff’s department training center from 10:30 to noon.

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Recent labor actions
4:03 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Spokesperson: Labor Day Has New Meaning

Pullman strike image
Credit lib.niu.edu

Labor Day for many is a day off from work or school. But for people active in today's labor movement, it's a day to pause and reflect.

Dean Einerson of Rhinelander is a member of the Northwoods Labor Solidarity Group. He attended a rally in Wausau last week as fast food workers rallied for higher pay. He says the continuity of worker needs from the 19th century to today is similar...

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