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Allergy Season
4:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Ragweed Pollen Fills Late-Summer Air

Ragweed blooms in late summer.
Credit Sue Sweeney

Late summer means ragweed is starting to bloom in the Northwoods, and that

 could mean the onset of allergy symptoms for many residents.

Jill Blake is a public health nurse with Oneida County Health Department. She says Wisconsin usually has its first pollen surge in May, but ragweed is responsible for second round of allergy flare-ups in the fall.

 

“It’s a tall branch plant and it’s found all over, in dry pastures and fields, it’s by the roadsites, at construction sites. It’s the pollen that produces the symptoms.”

 

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A Small World
4:15 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Northwoods Dance Hopes for Global Impact

A community dance in Land-o-Lakes is hoping to have an impact on the other side of the planet.  Organizers Steve and Rita Kickert had the idea to raise money for an AIDS clinic in Swaziland. But they weren’t sure how to go about it.  Rita says her husband Steve decided to try something he already knew how to do: calling square dances.

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Hear the Music and Conversation
3:06 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Live from the White Pine - Mike Mangione & The Union

Tom Mangione (L) and Mike Mangione of Mike Mangione & The Union performing Live from the White Pine.
Credit Peg Arnold

Relive the magic of Mike and Tom Mangione's Live from the White Pine August 7th performance. Colleen Finn hosted the live broadcast event with the key members of Mike Mangione & The Union on WXPR's Northwoods Cafe.   

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Laying the Groundwork for Broadband
6:43 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Lac du Flambeau Tribe Forms Broadband Start-Up

The Lac du Flambeau tribe is moving forward with a plan to bring high speed internet access to the Lakeland area.  The tribe has formed Ogema Communications, a company it hopes will deliver broadband access not only to tribal lands, but other parts of the Northwoods.  Tribal spokesman Brandon Thoms  says access to high-speed internet would stimulate job and business growth.

“There’s a huge need for reliable service throughout the Northwoods.  And the tribe is looking to fill that need, or fill that void through the creation of Ogema Communications.”

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Stimulating Economic Development
6:37 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Crandon Likely to Net $2.1M in State Loans

The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands has approved $2.1 million in loans for the Crandon area.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A state lending agency has given the green light to loan more than two million dollars to the city of Crandon and its schools.  

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Anything for Fall Color
6:26 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Tourism Dept.: Falling for Fall in Wisconsin

State tourism officials are harnessing some star power for a new fall tourism campaign.  A 90-second television ad released last week features football star Jordy Nelson, and is directed by Jerry Zucker, producer of the movie Airplane.  Danielle Johnson from the state Department of Tourism says the ad tells viewers, ‘there’s no place like fall in Wisconsin.’

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Government
6:21 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Three Lakes Plans For Fire Chief Stipend

Three Lakes has a volunteer fire department.
Credit B Garrett

Three Lakes plans to pay its fire chief starting next year - at least a small amount.  

An outgoing volunteer fire chief went before the town board this week to request that future fire chiefs get a small stipend to cover travel and other incidental costs.  Town Chair Stella Westfall says the budget committee still has to decide how much that stipend will be.

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Education
5:58 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Rhinelander School Accepting Voucher Applications

A Rhinelander Catholic school is hoping to take part in the state’s expanded school voucher program.  Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School is one of 48 schools statewide that registered for the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program.  It allows low-income students to attend private or religious schools using a state-funded voucher.  Nativity Catholic School Principal Shirley Heise says it’s an opportunity for some families to afford a faith-based education. 

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Public Health
5:56 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Health Dept.: Vaccinate In Time for School

Local health departments are urging families to check on their kids' vaccination statuses.
Credit Centers for Disease Control

Health officials are urging parents to make sure their children are up to date on vaccines before school starts. 

Laurel Dreger is a nurse with the Vilas County Health Department.  She says kids and some adults who have already been vaccinated may be due for a booster shot. 

“Parents can check with their health care providers or the public health department in their area, and we will look up their children’s records and let them know if they might be needing some shots before they enter school in the fall.”

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Busy Day for Business
5:49 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Redikulus Dae Draws Crowd

Justine Whitefish recently started a frybread business, after making the bread for over 30 years.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Businesses in downtown Rhinelander put on their best show for an annual street fair Wednesday.  

It was a breezy day on Brown Street and vendors were out in full force, selling everything from antiques to tshirts to shaved ice.  Justine Whitefish is selling frybread.  She's been making it for 33 years but she’s a new entrepreneur.  It’s her first year at Redikulus Dae and she’s a little disappointed by the turnout. 

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