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Shidell proposal
3:11 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

More Study For Smaller OC Board, County Administrator

Oneida county courthouse
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   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...  

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Purchased in 2008
2:59 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Oneida Co. Sells Former WPS Building For $340K Loss

The former WPS building near the courthouse
Credit WXPR

  After several years of sitting idle and just a few offers, the Oneida county board accepted a bid Tuesday authorizing the sale of the former WPS building near the courthouse. The original asking price was more than $500,000 in 2008. The county sold the building to Midwest Lease, LLC for $185,000. The  vote was 15-3 to sell the building. County Land Information Director Mike Romportl said Midwest Lease owner Leo Krivikas could not attend the meeting, but told Romportl the reason for the lower asking price was the building needs work...  

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Step Forward for Off-Reservation Casino
2:48 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Reaches Agreement with City of Shullsburg

Lac du Flambeau’s plan for an off-reservation casino in southern Wisconsin is moving forward.  

The tribe and the city of Shullsburg have reached an agreement on the terms of the 20-acre casino resort complex.

Lac du Flambeau’s Project consultant Joseph Hunt says the agreement indicates the tribe and the city are on the same page.  But he says it’s one step in a long process.  

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Preserving Culture and Getting Outdoors
4:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Snow Snakes: A Lesson in Survival

Snow snakes is a game using thin painted sticks, often made of ash or maple.
Credit Matthew Rethaber

A group of middle school students gathered last month in Lac du Flambeau to learn outdoor winter skills.  Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission organized the weekend camp.  As WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski reports, it’s as much about cultural preservation as it is getting outdoors. 

At Deep Snow Camp, most of the activities are focused on survival skills like building a snow shelter or ice fishing with simple materials.  But a lot of the sessions focus on another type of survival: the cultural kind. 

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Median Prices Steady in North
3:19 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Northern Home Sales Slumped in February

Housing sales dipped significantly in the northern part of the state - down 16 percent compared to February of 2013.
Credit Bill McChesney

Northern Wisconsin’s housing market did worst in the state in February, compared to last year’s numbers.

According to the latest figures from Wisconsin Realtors Association, sales in the Northern region dropped more than 16 percent last month compared to February of last year.

Statewide sales also dropped, by about ten percent. 

Economist Dave Clark says weather is to blame.

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Tracts in six counties
3:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Northwoods Land Trust Protecting More Land

Credit Northwoods Land Trust

The Northwoods Land Trust reports another successful year preserving lands for future generations.

The Northwoods Land Trust  is a non-profit conservation organization  in Eagle River. They work with property owners, accepting conservation easements on property with natural or scenic resource values. After conservation easement is granted, the land trust provides long-term stewardship following the landowner's wishes.

Ken Krall spoke with Trust Executive Director Bryan Pierce. He says it was a good year.

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Meeting People and Sharing Knowledge
2:14 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Conference Aimed at Women in Business

A conference this week focuses on networking and skill sharing for women in business. 

It’s hosted by Nicolet College and the Northwoods Women in Business networking group.

Organizer Michelle Madl-Soehren says the one-day conference is designed for women already involved in business or thinking of starting one. 

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Feinstein Funds
5:50 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Gets Matching Funds

Unloading donations
Credit FEMA

   The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is participating in a $1 million national challenge to raise money for local pantries. Executive Director Guy Hansen says the Alan Feinstein Foundation will grant to the Rhinelander pantry in proportion to what is raised locally during March and April. Hansen says the donations include cash, checks and food items...  

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Bipartisan trip
5:38 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Sen. Johnson Says Ukraine Trip To Support Protestors

Ukranian protests
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  Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson joined Senate colleague John McCain and others this past weekend on a fact-finding tour to Ukraine. Tensions have been high as the nation has been divided as to bend it's loyalty toward Europe, or to neighboring Russia. During an interview with WXPR last week, Johnson says they hope to find out what the people are feeling...  

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City to redo Brown Street
5:28 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Facade Update In Downtown Rhinelander's 2016 Plan

Credit Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.

  Last week, the Rhinelander city council approved a $20,000 commitment to bolster an effort to help businesses downtown redo their facades. The money is contingent on another $60,000 state grant being available. The city is also planning a major utility upgrade down Brown Street in 2016. The street would also have a new look after construction. Downtown Rhinelander Incorporated Director Maggie Steffen says that group is working toward an eventual $250,000 program so downtown businesses can redo the front of their buildings if they choose...  

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