$3.9 million
2:51 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Aspirus To Renovate Phillips Facility

A $3.9 million renovation project will begin at the rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility on the Aspirus Pleasant View campus in Phillips later this year.

The project is expected to begin in November and last about nine months. When enhancements are completed, the facility will feature updated patient rooms and facilities, new phone and fire alarm systems and larger commo areas.

$1.2 million deficit
2:14 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Vilas Co. Supervisors Share Insights On Budget, Deficit

Vilas county board of supervisors
Credit Vilas county

There were a couple of "firsts" at the Vilas County board of supervisors meeting Tuesday night. For the first time, their regular board meeting was held at the Arbor Vitae town hall. And for the first time, they participated in a special information gathering session.

Nancy Anne Miller, head of UW-extension in Vilas county, facilitated the process, passing the microphone from one supervisor to the next to hear their feedback on goals for upcoming budgets.

After the meeting, Jason Hilger, Vilas county finance director, said it was a worthwhile exercise:

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DNR reviewing court decision
10:34 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Rest Lake Dam Hearings Postponed

Rest Lake Dam

The DNR is postponing public information hearings for the operation of the Rest Lake Dam near Manitowish Waters.

There has been considerable debate over several years as citizens have wanted to maintain the current water levels, while the DNR has asked to change them.

The DNR's John Spangenberg says the hearings, which had been set for August 9 and 10, will be postponed due to a recent state Supreme Court ruling. The court ruled the DNR had not looked at the economic impacts of water levels on the lake near Fort Atkinson....

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Arts & Life
4:00 am
Wed July 24, 2013

James Pace: How Not to Pop the Magic Bubble

Competition judge James Pace traveled from Texas to choose the show's prizewinners.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Winners have been announced for the Northern National Art Competition at Nicolet College.  

  The 26 winning works chosen by the judge hail from 17 states, and five are from Wisconsin.  The winners will take home a total of $8500 in prize money.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski met with competition judge and visual artist James Pace to hear about his selection process for the exhibition.

Prize-winning works and the rest of the nearly 90 pieces in the juried exhibition will be on display at the Nicolet College gallery through September 6th.  

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Count held twice each year
1:37 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Homeless Count In Northwoods Set For July 31

Rhinelander homeless shelter

The Northern Wisconsin Initiative To Stop Homelessness Continuum of Care will conduct their bi-annual count of the homeless on July 31.

Lori Hallas from Forward Service Corporation says the "Point In Time" count finds volunteers and staff going out in the region to get an idea of how many people are without shelter....

"....right now we're looking at the cities of Rhinelander, Minocqua, Eagle River, Crandon and Antigo...."

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Northwoods up and down
1:28 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Home Sales, Prices Rise

More listings seen

Housing sales and prices continue to rebound in the Northwoods....joining a statewide trend.

The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports statewide, sales rose more than 11 percent for the first six months of 2013 compared to a year ago.

In the 18 county northern reporting region, the median price was down one percent from a year ago at $106,000, but sales grew seven percent to almost 2,700 units.

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60th anniversary
1:13 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Northwoods Korean War Vet Remembers Truce

The dividing line 60 years ago and today

60 years ago July 23, hostilities ended in the Korean War. Technically, North and South Korea are still at war as a formal peace treaty has never been signed. A Northwoods veteran remembers that day.

Tom Sedivy from Minocqua was in the Army's 2nd Infantry Division. They were above the 38th Parallel, which is the demarcation between North and South today. He says when the truce was announced, more firing began...

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37 years as chairman
9:05 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Huettl Dies, Longtime Forest Co. Bd. Chairman

Erhard Huettl

Longtime Forest county Board of Supervisor's Chairman Erhard Huettl has died. He was 82. A published obituary says Huettl was suffering from lung disease. He died Saturday at his home.

Huettl served 37 years as county board chairman, first elected as a supervisor in 1968. He served in a number of functions with the state County's Association and other committees and posts. He had a dairy and beef farm at Wabeno.

Visitation and funeral services will by at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wabeno Wednesday evening with services at 11 a.m. Thursday July 24.

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Rhinelander officials mull request
6:45 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Resident Asks City To Allow Backyard Chickens

A backyard coop

A proposal to be able to house chickens inside Rhinelander will return to committee.

Jen VanOrder of River Street asked to establish an ordinance allowing 4 or less hens at a private residence. She listed a number of positives health and environmental reasons for the change including healthier food.

She says most people are concerned about waste and noise...

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Fire contained quickly
6:17 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Fire Damages Rhinelander Home

Damage was limited from a structure fire Monday afternoon in Rhinelander.

Firefighters were called about 4:00 p.m. to the 200 block of Maple Street.

Fire Chief Terry Williams says they were able to limit the damage...

"....when we arrived there was fire in the wall, we had a crew inside and crew outside...opened the wall from both sides. There were some embers in there...very little smoke water damage..."