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Keeping the Lights On
3:13 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

WPS Plans Underground Powerline Installation

WPS is hoping to improve electricity reliability by getting power lines out of the way of trees.
Credit James Lee

Public utility regulators have approved a $220 million project to bury certain power lines.  


Wisconsin Public Service plans to convert more than a thousand miles of overhead power lines to underground ones.  Todd Steffen from WPS says the project should create more reliable electric service for Northwoods customers.

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Arts & Life
2:56 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

A Prairie Home Companion Drawing

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Last of seven meetings since March
10:55 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Deer Trustee Report Meeting In Stevens Point Saturday

Bucks battle
Credit themotherco.com

The final Deer Trustee implementation meeting is set for Saturday in Stevens Point and the public is invited to attend. There have been six prior meetings working toward an action plan for 2014's deer season.


The DNR's report coordinator Eric Lobner outlines what the final meeting will do...



"...basically taking the recommendations from the Deer Trustee Report and converting them to action on the ground....proposals the (DNR) will use to write the rules for the 2014 deer season..."

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A Virus' Annual Debut
4:53 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

West Nile Turns Up in Oneida Co.

Infected mosquitoes can spread West Nile virus.
Credit Karunakar Rayker

Oneida County health officials have detected West Nile virus in a dead crow.  It’s the virus’s first appearance in the county this year.  

  Health director Linda Conlon says officials have regularly found the virus in previous years, and it’s a sign that residents should try to limit exposure to mosquito bites.

“So what that means is the residents of Oneida county need to use more precaution when they’re outside and make sure that they utilize protective measures to prevent mosquito bites.”

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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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