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Some BadgerCare funding in doubt
4:14 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Group Still Hoping For Walker Medicaid Reversal

Credit insurekidsnow.gov

20 counties, including Oneida and Lincoln, have asked Governor Walker to allow them to access Medicaid money from the federal government to offset local health care expenses.


Earlier this year, Governor Walker notified the Obama Administration he would not be taking money for Wisconsin's version called BadgerCare from the Affordable Health Care Act to offset those costs.

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Captain and crew needed
3:39 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Volunteers Needed for "Lets Go Fishing"

Credit 322variety.com

After a successful launch recently, the "Lets Go Fishing Northwoods" chapter is hoping to find some volunteer help to keep the program going. The program is for seniors and others who aren't likely to get a chance to fish. The boat is launched from the landing on Boom Lake in Rhinelander.


Stephanie Schroeder says they are hoping volunteers step forward for an upcoming training. They're looking for captains...


 

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Live from the White Pine
10:19 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Mike Mangione & The Union Live on WXPR August 7

Mike Mangione & The Union
Credit Artist

Tune in to WXPR's Northwoods Cafe Wednesday, August 7, at 7 pm for a live broadcast performance with Mike Mangione & The Union.   

Colleen Finn will be your host with this versatile Chicago/Milwaukee touring group that combines a folk-rock sound with orchestrated strings and soulful vocals.

Don't miss this unique Live from the White Pine performance, free and in the convenience of your own home!

91.7 fm Rhinelander    91.9 fm Wausau    100.9 fm Ironwood/Hurley

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Meeting this month
5:23 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Lac du Flambeau Tribe's Shullsburg Proposal Returns

Credit Lac du Flambeau Chamber of Commerce

After little action for a long time, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is beginning gathering information for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the Lac du Flambeau Tribe's fee-to-trust transfer and casino project in Shullsburg, Wisconsin. Shullsburg is located near the Illinois border near Platteville.

The tribe would like to operate a gaming facility at Shullsburg, along with it's operation in Lac du Flambeau.

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Leaders meet at WXPR
3:53 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Forum Focuses on Northwoods Broadband Needs

Live from the White Pine - Broadband in the Northwoods Panel Discussion airs Saturday August 3 at 4 pm and Sunday August 4 at noon.
Peg Arnold

Putting together ways to provide faster internet to underserved areas of the Northwoods was the topic of a forum held recently in the White Pine Room at WXPR.

People from a private Internet provider, government, non-profit coalitions, tribal representatives, and education discussed the need for economic development and connecting to the outside world.

Rob Riordan from Cellcom says in the early days of telephone, the government required a little extra from customers to be able to help serve areas without service. That model could work for broadband...

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DNR survey through September
3:22 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Public Invited To Do A Deer Nose Count

Doe and fawn count for two
Credit animals.nationalgeographic.com

Operation Deer Watch is beginning and for the next 60 days, the DNR would like citizens to send them information on the deer they see.

DNR surveys coordinator Brian Dhuey says the count helps the DNR determine herd size...

"...is for the public to tell us the types of deer they are seeing and where they are seeing the deer....does, bucks and fawns. The reason we are looking for this type of information is it helps us to monitor the reproductive status of the deer herd...."

Dhuey says to report all deer you see...

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Four-day run
3:05 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Oneida Fair Next In The Northwoods

Langlade  and Lincoln counties have just concluded highly successful fairs, and Oneida county begins its four-day event  Aug. 1.

This year's fair is again at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander and features the things you expect....food, entertainment, animals, vendors, and carnival rides.

One main exhibit belongs to the 4-H. Youth Development agent Lynn Feldman says they have an exhibit court area where the large 4-H tent is located .... 

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In state budget
2:41 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Local Governments Handcuffed Regulating Cell Tower Locations

Cell towers in Wisconsin
Credit celltowerinfo.com

A little-known provision of the recently-passed state budget bill puts severe restraints on local governments and citizens trying to stop placement of new cell towers.

Local governments can no longer deny wireless tower permits soley for aesthetic reasons, or limit the height of the towers under 200 feet or require them to be on public property.

UW-Madison Telecommunications Professor Barry Orton says the changes were done without public notice...

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Miazga donation
11:03 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Historic Rhinelander Stone Pillars Get Restored

One side of Highview Parkway/Pelican pillars
Credit Ken Krall WXPR

An entrance into a Rhinelander residential area with an historic background is getting a facelift thanks to the donation from a Rhinelander benefactor.

Two stone pillars at the intersection of Highview Parkway and Pelican Street in Rhinelander are being updated after falling into disrepair. Mayor Dick Johns said the city was approached by a resident who wanted to know if something could be done to fix the entrance. While the concensus was the crumbling stone needed work, Johns said they didn't have any extra money. That was solved...

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State needs to agree
4:29 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Effort To Get Counties BadgerCare Money

Credit drsforamerica.org

Oneida and Lincoln county are two of twenty counties asking the state to help run a pilot program supporting health care for poor people.


The state of Wisconsin refused to accept additional dollars from the federal government to cover the cost of a portion of BadgerCare, or Medicaid.


Following the lead from Ohio, the 20 counties would like the state to allow the money to flow directly to the counties.


Kevin Kane Wisconsin Citizen Action says Wisconsin has a long history of this type of funding...

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