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County Won't Budge on Camping Limit
3:48 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Iron County Votes to Evict Harvest Camp

The Harvest Camp, or Harvest Education Learning Project, has been in existence since last spring.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Iron County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to close the Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp Thursday night, saying residents are violating a 14-day camping limit on county forest land. 

About 30 people attended the meeting, most speaking in support of what’s officially called the Harvest Education Learning Project, or HELP Village.  An hour of public comment was followed by an hour in closed session, where county supervisors consulted with legal counsel.  A motion to close the camp passed 13 votes to 0, with two members absent. 

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Decorate the Hodag
1:33 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. Makes Call For Artists

The Hodag at the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce
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  A call for artists has come from Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated. To  raise money for downtown projects each fall, D.R.I. auctions off decorated mini-Hodags which are painted in the spring and displayed at various locations through the summer. D.R.I. Director Maggie Steffen says they need artists in the region to come forward and transform the mini-Hodags into works of art...  

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Rhinelander students recital
1:27 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Updated Grand Piano To Debut This Sunday at RHS

Grand Piano
Credit Photo: © Copyright Steinway & Sons".

  Not many schools have a Grand Piano, but you have a chance to hear one this Sunday for free and benefit the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry at the same time. Funding for the  newly restored Steinway Model B Grand  was made possible by a grant from the Hodag Schools Foundation and a gift by Dori Brown. Rhinelander students from grades 4 through 12 will perform a variety of selections  including pieces by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Lorrie Line and George and Ira Gershwin. Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says the event is part of recognizing music in the schools..  

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Campaigns in Rhinelander
5:12 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Westlund Says Duffy Talks One Way Here, Votes The Other

Kelly Westlund(D-Ashland)
Credit Westlund For Congress

  The Democrat challenging Congressman Sean Duffy says what Duffy says in the district and how he votes are two different things. Kelly Westlund of Ashland appeared Thursday for a breakfast meeting in Rhinelander...  

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Conference call with reporters
5:04 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Sen. Johnson Heading To Ukraine This Weekend

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson(R-Wi.)
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  Republican Ron Johnson has joined fellow U.S. Senator Democrat Tammy Baldwin in calling for more forest management in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. In a conference call with reporters Thursday,  Johnson says the impacts of below-limit cutting is affecting the northern economy... 

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Two juveniles detained
4:49 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Six Persons Arrested In Forest Co. For Att. Homicide

Raymond Jones
Credit Forest Co. Sheriff's Department

  Six persons... four adults and two juveniles, have been arrested for the attempted murder of an unidentifed person.   The Forest County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant Wednesday in the town of Wabeno. They arrested 45 year old Raymond Jones. He will likely face 1st degree attempted homicide charges, along with 8 other charges including strangulation and suffocation. Also charged as party to the same offenses were 38 year old April Jones, 21 year old Justine A. Bey, and 18 year old Samantha B.S. McClellan.

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Joins several other Northwoods schools
1:32 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Three Lakes Schools Join WPS "Solarwise" Program

Solar panels
Credit Wisconsin Public Service

  Three Lakes schools have joined the Wisconsin Public Service "Solarwise for Schools", designed to teach about renewable energy with a hands-on program. WPS Program Manager Mike Moore says they donate a two-to-three kilowatt solar system, a 26 lesson curriculum,  train teachers in the fall, and in the spring offer the "Solar Olympics", a solar-based science fair. He thinks Three Lakes more northern location will provide some valuable data for the program...  

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
4:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Unknown How Turkey Population Affected By Harsh Winter

Next we hear from DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz with his on-going series, "Wildlife Matters".  He says it's still unknown how our severe winter will affect turkey populations.

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High-Tech Treatment, Locally
4:57 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

New Machine Offers Precise Radiation Therapy

The TrueBeam Linear Accelerator can rotate to provide more accurate radiation therapy.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Rhinelander is home to a new piece of state-of-the-art cancer treatment technology.  As WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski reports, Ministry Health Care’s James Beck Cancer Center held a ribbon cutting for the machine Wednesday.

The True Beam Linear Accelerator offers radiation therapy that’s much more precise than previous technology at James Beck.  It also has powerful imaging capabilities which help to give a more accurate picture of a tumor.   

Radiation therapist Lynnette Fittante demonstrates how the machine even rotates around the patient.

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Walker asks for decision delay
3:42 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Potawatomi Tribe Asks Govenor To Make Casino Decision

Casino activity
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  A tribal spokesperson supports a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel editorial last weekend asking Governor Walker to make a decision soon on a new $800 million casino complex in Kenosha county. The Menominee Nation is requesting a new casino be built at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park. While nine Wisconsin tribes back the proposal, two do not: the Ho-Chunk tribe and the Forest County Potawatomi Community. Both tribes have gambling facilities off reservation.

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