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A bold Project
6:27 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Vets Recovery Camp Seeks to Expand

American Legion officials showed building plans to Secretary of Veterans Affairs John Scocos.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A Lake Tomahawk camp for Wisconsin veterans is hoping to expand.  Camp American Legion is exploring plans for a new multi-million dollar building.

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Rhinelander Tradition
6:20 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Rhinelander Prepares for Big Shopping "Dae"

Downtown Rhinelander is gearing up for an annual one-day street fair.  Redikulus Dae is designed to bring people out to shop downtown.  Executive Director for Downtown Rhinelander Inc. Maggie Steffen says it’s been a tradition for 55 years.

“I can tell you – some of us that have grown up here, it was a big deal to go downtown on that day and see your family and friends.  It was a way to meet up with people that you haven’t seen in a while.  It’s just a fun atmosphere – it’s not necessarily just shopping, it’s more of almost an experience.”

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Mike + Ruthy February 13
10:31 am
Tue August 6, 2013

WXPR Concert Series

WXPR Concert Series at Nicolet College

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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
5:13 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

GTac Mine, Bulk Sampling Proposal Up For Public Comment

The public has a chance to comment on a proposed mine in Iron County.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Members of the public have a chance to weigh in on an open pit mine proposal in Iron County next week. 

The DNR is holding an info session and public hearing on August 15th in Hurley.  Staff will provide details about Gogebic Taconite’s plan for bulk sampling, where the company would remove 4-thousand tons of rock for analysis.  DNR mining spokesperson Ann Coakley says the hearing will also cover GTac’s overall mining plan…which has been submitted to the DNR in a preapplication. 

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Oneida County Fair
5:04 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Record Attendance at Oneida County Fair

Turnout at the Oneida County Fair last weekend broke the record for the four-day event.  Fair Coordinator Nancy Gehrig says the tally narrowly cleared 20,000.

“We beat our record attendance from last year which was around 17,800.  So every day the sun was shining and every day the fairgrounds here were filled with people.”

Oneida County 4H youth development agent Lynn Feldman says there were hundreds of entries for the fair exhibit at Rhinelander’s Pioneer Park.  And more than half of them were youth projects. 

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Reducing Preventable Traffic Deaths
5:01 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Clamping Down on Drunk Driving

Wisconsin has a goal of zero preventable traffic deaths, such as those from alcohol-related crashes.
Credit Robert Lachenman / Works Progress Administration, 1936

Local law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on drunk driving.  It’s Wisconsin’s annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, running for two and a half weeks between August 16th and September 2nd.  

Lieutenant Dave Jaeger of the Minocqua Police Department says officers will be extra vigilant during this time.

“They’ll be doing more traffic enforcement.  You know, you keep a closer eye.  And you’re out there conducting more traffic contacts in an effort to eliminate or at least cut back on people making the wrong decision.”

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Conservation Big Year
4:05 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Live from the White Pine - Laura Erickson

Laura Erickson - Live from the White Pine.
Peg Arnold

Laura Erickson, creator and host of For the Birds, stopped by the WXPR studios Friday July 26th sharing her Conservation Big Year presentation with bird-loving WXPR members.

A major component of a birding big year is to see and document as many species as possible within the calendar year. Laura describes her objectives.

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The Art of Sofa Selection
7:41 am
Sun August 4, 2013

Couch Potato Race

A couch on asphalt is a good omen when contemplating entry in YMCA's Couch Potato Race at Rhinelander's PotatoFest August 31.
Peg Arnold

Seeing a couch in a parking lot is hardly a fortuitous event, until you're driving around town contemplating entry in the YMCA of the Northwoods' Couch Potato Race. The race will be held August 31 in conjunction with PotatoFest Rhinelander.

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Lake Tomahawk facility
4:03 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Camp American Legion Gets More Funding

Credit myarmyonesource.com

Tuesday, Wisconsin's Department of Veteran's Affairs Secretary John Scocos will be in the Northwoods to talk about upgrades to Camp American Legion.


Scocos says from the recent budget, the veteran's camp in Lake Tomahawk will receive $50,000 to help the camp continue to serve military members and families with physical or psychological conditions...


 

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Cell towers less regulated
4:01 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Towers Critical For More Broadband Coverage: Consultant

Cell tower array
Credit steelintheair.com

Recent reports detailed how a previously little-known portion of the state budget bill heavily restricts local governments from stopping placement of new cellular telephone towers. But participants in a WXPR forum on broadband says changes could help get more local cell service to under served areas.


Former Three Lakes town chair Don Sidlowski says they were able to work with a private provider...Cellcom...to get tower placements...


 

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