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$17 million project
3:41 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

WPS Seeking Upgraded Coal Dust Collection System

WPS power plants south of Wausau
Credit OSHA

Wisconsin Public Service has asked the state for authority to upgrade an existing on-site coal dust collection system at the utility's Weston Power Plant south of Wausau.


WPS spokesperson Kelly Zagrzebski says the upgrade will make for safer working conditions and reduce emissions..


"...it will intersect all of the plants on site...is safer (working) conditions and better for the environment..."


The original coal dust collection system was installed in 1981....

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Likely to refile
3:08 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Springer Withdraws Request For Treatment Release

Credit co.wichita.tx.us

A former Rhinelander resident has withdrawn a petition for a hearing on whether he remains a sexually violent person.


In 1994, Walter E. Springer was convicted of two counts of second-degree sexual assault. He served 10 years in prison and was released in May, 2004. The state then filed a petition under the state sexual predator law to keep Springer in a secure mental facility for treatment. He has tried several times to be released from care without success.

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A National Competition
2:57 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Northern National Art Show Offers Diverse Subjects, Media

Katie Ralph is the Gallery Director at Nicolet College.
Credit Natalie Jablonski

The National Northern Art Show is opening next week at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. 

When I headed over to talk to the gallery director at Nicolet College, I found Katy Ralph busy organizing the nearly 90 works of art in this year’s show.

“This is the biggest event of my year, and I look forward to it always. With the help of a team of volunteers we unpack all the work that comes in, but then it’s up to me to take it around and around and around in the gallery, until I find the best solution to this puzzle that I can come up with.”

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41st year
11:48 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Artarama Saturday In Eagle River

Credit art-linx.com

One of Eagle River's oldest events is set for Saturday.


The 41st Artarama is set for Riverside Park from 9 to 3 p.m.


Event chair Lori Hahn says Artarama is geared toward more of a fine art show than a craft show...



"....the public will see more than 100 artists in their booths and the mediums range from pottery to metal sculptures, they have many woodworkers from small items to big furniture..."


They also have photography, fused glass and jewelry. Participants are judged in the morning....

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Defeating cancer is focus
11:41 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Relay For Life Friday-Saturday In Minocqua

Luminarias
Credit Minocqua Chamber of Commerce

The next in a series of events designed to raise money to fight cancer happens Friday evening through Saturday morning in Minocqua.


The Relay For Life Northern Lights takes place at Lakeland Union High School.


American Cancer Society spokesperson Diane Hapka says participants will be at the school track from 6 p.m. Friday afternoon until Saturday morning....

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Yarnell Fire
4:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Firefighting Community Copes With Tragic Blaze

The wildfire crossed Highway 89 that runs through Yarnell.
Suzanne Flory U.S. Forest Service

A few weeks ago we brought you the news that one of the Northwoods’ own U.S. forest service employees was on the scene at the Yarnell fire in Arizona, where 19 men died fighting the blaze.  Suzanne Flory has recently returned home, and WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Flory to talk about her experience at Yarnell.

More from our conversation with Suzanne Flory:

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Find air conditioning
5:27 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Careful In The Heat For Lung and Heart Patients

Credit top100doctors.com

People with lung-related health problems really have a hard time in heat and humidity. An official from the Wisconsin chapter of the American Lung Association says people with lung conditions should take extra precautions.


Dona Wininesky says it's not so much the heat and humidity as it is the byproducts of those conditions...


 

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In Affordable Healthcare Act
5:18 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Digital Medical Records Change Healthcare Landscape

Paper to digital
Credit electronichealthrecordrescue.com

This week National Public Radio has had stories about the digitalization of medical records. Supporters say patients get better service, and it's easier for doctors, but it does raise security concerns.


At Aspirus in Wausau Chief Information Officer Todd Richardson says in the former paper process it was more difficult to get records to the right place at the right time...


 

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Committee skeptical
5:11 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Realtors Want Exception to Oneida Co. Sign Ordinance

Credit National Association of Realtors

The Northwoods Realtors Association would like Oneida county to loosen it's rules about signs on roadways. But that proposal is opposed by one government body, and met with skepticism by another.


The county controls signage through ordinance. Small signs pointing to a spot are allowed, but the realtors would like to display larger off-premis directional arrows to properties for sale.


At the county Planning and Development meeting, the proposal was met with opposition from committee member and realtor Jack Sorenson...

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Impact TBD
3:39 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Court Decision Mixed Bag for DNR Regulatory Power

The state Supreme Court issued a decision limiting the DNR's power under the public trust doctrine.
Credit Richard Hurd

 

 Conservation advocates say it’s not clear how lakes will be impacted, now that the state supreme court has narrowly interpreted the DNR’s regulatory power under the public trust doctrine. 

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