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Iraq crisis to blame
3:33 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Gas Prices Rise Though Supply Is Ample

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The recent spike in gas prices is not only because prices rise for summer travel but because of the turbulent situation in the key oil-producing nation of Iraq.
That's the assessment of a senior petroleum analyst for the website...gas buddy dot com Greg Laskoski...

"....we're at $3.74 right now, a week ago they were at $3.72. A month ago it was $3.59. So there's no doubt we're seeing increases. This is all across the Great Lakes region and certainly across the rest of the country as well...."

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New offerings, flexible schedule
3:23 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

School Of The Arts One Month Away

Recent School of the Arts at Rhinelander participants
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July 19-23 the much anticipated annual event "The School of the Arts at Rhinelander". The event passed a half-century last year. Director Lynn Tarnoff and Ken Krall  chatted about some of the offerings this year...

Lynn Tarnoff of the UW- Madison Continuing Education Department and Director of the School of the Arts at Rhinelander. The school is July 19-23 at James Williams Middle School. More information is available on line at www.soawisconsin.org   or catalogs are available at the Rhinelander District Library.

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"Safety Is Sweet"
9:14 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Kids With Bike Helmets Get Rewarded By Police

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Rhinelander kids on bikes could be surprised with a sweet treat if they are wearing bicycle helmets.
Since last week officers on patrol have been looking for kids wearing the safety helmets as part of the "Safety Is Sweet" initiative.

Police Chief Michael Steffes says this is the second year the department has had the campaign...

"....it's very important to us that all kids wear the bike safety helmet as it's the main way of keeping their heads safe while out and about on their bicycles...."

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Company self-reported violation
4:07 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Merrill Company Fined By State For Pollution

Attny. Gen. J.B. Van Hollen
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The state has obtained a judgment against a metal fabrication facility in Merrill for violations of state pollution control laws.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen reports his office fined Merrill Fab, Inc. $60,000 including court costs.
The DNR compliant reports Merrill Fab was classified as a "major source" of air pollution for toluene and xylene. Officials say over exposure to these pollutants can be a serious health threat.

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Among top health departments
3:58 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Health Official Details Top OC Dept. Status

Oneida Co. Health Director Linda Conlon
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Oneida County's Public Health Department is ranked among the elite few following an accreditation process.

In an annual report to the county board, Assistant Director Carl Meyer said the health department is only one of 31 agencies to get this type of national accreditation. He says the department had to meet rigorous standards to achieve the designation, something that is rare...

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State of the art courtroom
3:44 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Judge Praises Oneida Co.'s New Courtroom

New first floor courtroom
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High praise from a Northwoods circuit court judge about Oneida county's new courtroom.

Oneida county took space on the first floor and converted the area into a modern courtroom, replacing a tiny room which often served as the third courtroom in the courthouse. Visiting judges were often packed into the small room.

Judge Neal Nielsen from Vilas county is also Chief Judge of the 9th Judicial District, including  12 north-central counties...

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Running for job to be 'fired'
3:32 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Rhinelander Man Seeking End To State Treasurer's Job

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He's been the city's mayor, a well-known businessman, a movie actor, a member of the Oneida county board and now he would like to be your state Treasurer. Until, he says, the public  abolishes the job.
 

Rhinelander resident Jerry Shidell has made the statewide ballot this fall as the Libertarian Party candidate for state Treasurer. He gathered the required 2000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Libertarians like Shidell would like to see smaller government, and he says the Treasurer's job has little to do....

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$139,500
6:55 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Electors, School Board Approve Sale Of South Park School

South Park School in Rhinelander
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Bethesda Lutheran Communities won unanimous approval of Rhinelander School District electors and the school board last night and will purchase the closed South Park School.

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Numbers put city in money crunch
5:22 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Rhinelander's Daytime Population Doubles

Rhinelander city hall
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Rhinelander's City Administrator would like the city council to consider a revenue generator used by other communities with lots of tourists: a premier resort tax.

It's a local retail sales tax where the municipality may only use the proceeds  to pay for infrastructure expenses within the municipality. Eagle River has a half of one percent premier resort  tax.

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Wildlife Matters
4:41 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Even A Veteran Outdoorsman Sometimes Gets Baffled

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WXPR brings you a commentary  from DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz with his continuing series, "Wildlife Matters".

He says even a veteran outdoorsman can be stumped when asked to look at an odd pile of scat....
 

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz and "Wildlife Matters".

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