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Changing Insurance Landscape
5:02 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Health Insurance Purchasers Will Find Choices, Come October

Advertising for health insurance in New Port Richey, Florida.
Credit Daniel Oines

Northwoods residents looking to buy health insurance will have options when it comes to choosing a plan on the health marketplace.  That’s according to a report from progressive advocacy group Citizen Action of Wisconsin. 

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Proposal Incites Controversy
4:45 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Federal Approval For Off-Reservation Casino Divides Tribes

The Menominee have an existing on-reservation in Keshena, WI.
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The Forest County Potawatomi tribe is condemning another tribe’s proposal for an off reservation casino approved Friday by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. 

The Menominee tribe wants to build a gaming facility in Kenosha.  But Potawatomi Spokesperson George Ermert says the area falls within Potawatomi ceded territory. 

“Potawatomi historical lands have traditionally stretched from the tip of Door County, all along the shores of Lake Michigan.  So for one tribe to go on another tribe’s historical lands is a very very big deal.”

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Weather-related fire
4:27 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Conover Residence Burns

A home burns in Roseville, CA.
Credit Matthew Fern

Fire destroyed a vacation home in Vilas County Monday.  Wisconsin Electric discovered the fire just before 11 am while responding to a nearby power outage. The structure on North Hunter Lake Road in Conover was unoccupied at the time, and the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department reports the property was a complete loss.  The exact cause of the fire is unknown, but authorities believe it to have been weather related.

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Spirit of a Woman
6:51 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Live from the White Pine - Kelly Jackson

Kelly Jackson singing from her 2012 album, Spirit of a Woman.
Peg Arnold

Kelly Jackson's soulful voice and poignant lyrics filled WXPR's White Pine Room with the Spirit of a Woman. Craig Harrison of Northwoods Cafe hosted this Live from the White Pine on-air broadcast Thursday, August 22. 

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Perfect Day on the Wisconsin River
7:31 am
Sun August 25, 2013

WXPR Blues Cruise with Hughes

From left, Dale Zimmerman, Jeff Burke, Eric "Scrappie" Hughes and Craig Harrison. Dale and Jeff host Blues Friday on WXPR and you can hear Craig on Thursday's Northwoods Cafe.
Peg Arnold

Direct from Memphis, Eric Scrappie Hughes or the "Boss of Beale Street" as he's known, brought his deep river blues to the Northwoods August 24th. Floating down the Wisconsin River took on a real Delta feel with Scrappie's authentic delivery of original compositions and blues classics. 

From "The Ballad of Weevil Point Willie" to "Tested Positive for the Blues," Scrappie's musical storytelling and artistry are a pleasure to share with WXPR listeners on Blues Friday and live at the WXPR Blues Cruise.     

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Telemarketing calls targeted
7:44 am
Sat August 24, 2013

No Call List Deadline August 31

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Saturday is the deadline if you want to stop pesky telemarketers from calling your personal telephones.

Wisconsin's "No Call" list allows citizens to sign up for free and have two years without commercial telemarketing calls.

Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection spokesperson Jim Dick details how it works... 

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Listening Session In Rhinelander
7:32 am
Sat August 24, 2013

State Legislators To Hear Veteran's Concerns

State Senator Tom Tiffany(R-Hazelhurst)
Credit WXPR

Three area state legislators are holding a listening session August 28  for area veterans.

State Senator Tom Tiffany, and Representatives Rob Swearingen and Mary Czaja will be holding the meeting along with state Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos.

Tiffany says Secretary Scocos agreed to come north again for the session... 

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Lyme Disease numbers also rise
7:25 am
Sat August 24, 2013

Numbers Of New Tick Diseases Rising

Ticks by size
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As many as 300,000 people each year could have Lyme disease, about 10 times the number that has been established. The Centers For Disease Control made that estimate last week.

Oneida County Health Director Linda Conlon says reported Lyme Disease numbers have held steady here over the last few years... 

"....114 for 2012, 106 for 2011, and then total between probable, suspect and confirmed the year before, in 2010, was 115..."

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Potawatomi tribe opposes move
6:44 am
Sat August 24, 2013

BIA Gives Nod to Menominee Tribe Kenosha Casino

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A spokesman for the Menominee Nation says the U-S Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved plans to build a casino. The proposed casino will be built at the old Dairyland Greyhound Park near Kenosha. The old racetrack has been closed since 2009.

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A Community of Artists
12:07 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

School of the Arts: Many Hands and Much Work

Credit Matthew Rethaber / WXPR News

Each summer Rhinelander gets hit with what amounts to an explosion of creativity: School of the Arts Rhinelander sets up camp for five days in a local middle school, and holds a slew of art classes for adults.  2013 marked the program's 50th anniversary.

Even though more than half of the 150 students enrolled in School of the Arts are newcomers, it’s not hard to spot the longtime attendees.  They’re wearing nametags with colored ribbons to indicate their veteran status. Lee Densmore sports a tag marking 15 years.  He’s here for a poetry class.

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