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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
2:10 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Thursday: DNR to Hear Comments on Penokee Mine

The public has its first chance to share opinions with the Department of Natural Resources on the Gogebic Taconite mine proposal.  The DNR is holding a hearing Thursday at Hurley High School, from 10 am until 8 pm.  DNR Hydrologist Larry Lynch says DNR officials are hoping for feeback on the specifics of GTac’s plan for bulk sampling and testing of the proposed mine site in Iron and Ashland Counties.  The public can also comment on the preapplication for mining filed by GTac - the first step in the permitting process.

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Live from the White Pine
4:49 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Kelly Jackson Live on WXPR August 22

Kelly Jackson's Spirit of a Woman CD
Credit Artist

Tune in to WXPR's Northwoods Cafe Thursday, August 22, at 7 pm for a live broadcast performance with Kelly Jackson.   

Craig Harrison will be your host showcasing this celebrated Northwoods artist. Now residing in Madison, Kelly hails from Wausau originally, and is a member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. 

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Celebration of Life
4:24 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Honoring Cancer Patients, Present and Past

Event organizers will release 50 painted lady butterflies.
Credit William Warby

Rhinelander’s Ministry St. Mary’s Hospital is hosting a gathering for cancer survivors.  

It’s the sixth annual Celebration of Life.  Event organizer Kim Hetland is a Manager in Radiation Oncology at Ministry’s James Beck Cancer Center.  She says the evening is also a chance to honor those lost to cancer. 

“We wanted it more than just a cancer survivor event.  We wanted it more of a celebration – of life, that would honor not only our cancer survivors but also our patients that have passed on.”

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August 27 meeting
4:05 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Meeting set for U.S. 51 Reconstruction in Hazelhurst, Cassian

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The DOT has set a public hearing date for later this month to take comment on the proposed reconstruction of U.S. 51 in Hazelhurst and Cassian.

Minocqua's portion of the road work is being done this year. Hazelhurst to the south of Minocqua and Woodruff to the north have both challenged the DOT concerning plans in those towns, as has Arbor Vitae in Vilas county.

DOT Project Leader Forrest Van Asten says the meeting will give the state input... 

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Strong support at public hearing
3:49 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Snowmobiles Likely on Eagle River Streets

Snowmobile to appear on streets
Credit sno-eagles.org

Eagle River has a registered trade-mark as the snowmobile capital of the world. Yet for all the years--decades in fact--that snowmobiling has been the backbone of the city’s winter economy, snowmobiles have not been allowed to operate on city streets.

That’s about to change.

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September court date set
3:43 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Plea Deal Likely In Forest County Stabbing Case

A plea deal is nearing completion for a Lac du Flambeau teen charged in Forest county with attempted first-degree homicide and two other felonies.

17 year old Christian Soulier was charged in January after a man was allegedly stabbed at Soulier's mothers home. The victim recovered.

At a final pre-trial hearing in Crandon Tuesday, District Attorney Charles Simino asked to delay any action... 

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Man Sustains Gunshot Wound
2:02 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Man Shot in Rhinelander Remains Critical

Rhinelander Police Captain Ron Lueneburg gave a press briefing on Monday night's shooting incident.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The victim in a Monday night shooting in Rhinelander remains in critical condition.  

The 49-year-old male received a single gunshot wound in the abdomen.  Police responded to the incident at a residence on Mason Street at 7:45 pm.  The wounded man was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander, and was later airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. 

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20,000 visitors to Rhinelander
7:41 am
Tue August 13, 2013

City Gives Oneida County Fair Leaders A Thank You

Credit UW-Extension

The Rhinelander city council has given a tribute to a successful 2013 Oneida County Fair.


The fair is held at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander and finished 10 days ago.


Rhinelander Mayor Dick Johns Monday night gave Fair Coordinator Nancy Gehrig, also representing many volunteers, a plaque to say job well done...


 



"...whereas Nancy Gehrig and many, many fair volunteers gave so much time and effort to make the 2013 Oneida County Fair a booming success...and we really mean that..."

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Rhinelander city council action
7:26 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Downtown Revitalization Planning Grant Approved

Rhinelander city council 8/12
Credit Ken Krall

The effort to update Rhinelander's downtown got a boost last night as the city council approved going after federal dollars administered by the state.

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Preparing for the Worst
6:17 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Airport Tests Emergency Response

Fire crews work to put out a simulated fire the runway at the Rhinelander Airport.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Public safety workers got a chance to test their emergency preparedness in a mock exercise today at the Rhinelander Airport.  Crews simulated a response to an airplane engine catching fire while taxiing.

On the airport tarmac, a test plane is lit on fire several times, so different fire crews can practice putting it out.  During the course of the exercise, emergency response teams arrive, make sure the scene is safe, and practice tending to possible victims.  Rhinelander Assistant Fire Chief Tom Waydick says it’s an important chance to practice working with other emergency crews.

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