NWS meteorologist says they 'skipped'
5:19 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Lincoln, Langlade Tornadoes Were Weak

Forming tornado
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A meteorologist says the tornadoes that touched down in Lincoln and Langlade counties this week were weak twisters.

Ashley Wolf is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Green Bay describes a line of storms starting in Lincoln county last Tuesday as "mini-supercells". She says those storms are nowhere near as powerful as the storms in Oklahoma. But they have rotation and can cause damage...

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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
4:11 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Mine Guards Removed Until Licensed

Guards carrying semi-automatic weapons have been temporarily removed from the GTac drill site.
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Mining company Gogebic Taconite has removed heavily armed guards stationed at its drill site in Iron County.  The move comes after revelations that the Arizona-based security company that supplied the guards is not licensed in Wisconsin. 

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Three year process nearing end
3:39 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Oneida Co. Comprehensive Plan Sent To Board

Oneida county courthouse
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A sometimes bitter debate has ended as Oneida County's Comprehensive Planning Oversight Committee has sent their work to the full county board to consider.

The state requires local units of government to put together a land use plan.

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Training is key
3:24 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Barry: A Million Jobs Open In Wisconsin By 2020

Jonathan Barry with Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch
Credit WXPR Ken Krall

The newly passed state budget will put $100 million dollars more into workforce development and a state leader says it's designed to help local people get jobs.

Department of Workforce Development Deputy Jonathan Barry says the new state budget for the first time puts state money into workforce development. He says the budget funds a new way to analyze the state's workforce, giving technical colleges, job centers and employers better data...


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Clinic serves region
3:14 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Rhinelander, LDF Dentist Gets State Recognition

Dr. Paco Fralick
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A Northwoods dentist has been honored for his work to build a dental clinic in Lac du Flambeau.

Dr. Paco Fralick is also a member of the Lac du Flambeau tribe of Lake Superior Chippewa. At the Wisconsin Technical College System Board meeting this week in Rhinelander, Fralick was honored for his work in birthing the state-of-the-art Peter Christiansen Dental Clinic and training facility. The clinic has 20 chairs in a 36,000 square foot building that is open to the public and tribal members.

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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
3:00 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

DNR: Mine Security Out of Its Jurisdiction

Resident Pete Rasmussen says guards were not displaying their machine guns Wednesday.
Credit Pete Rasmussen

Heavily armed and masked guards at the Gogebic Taconite mine site have raised the hackles of some Northwoods residents and lawmakers.  But state regulators with the Department of Natural Resources don’t see a problem with the new security force.  

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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
4:04 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Armed Guards at GTAC Site Draw Ire, But Not From Lt. Governor

Shown: down the road from the mine proposed mine site near Upson, WI.
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Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor says worker safety is a priority at the Gogebic Taconite mine site in Iron County. 

The company has drawn criticism for hiring military-style security guards armed with assault weapons to patrol the drilling area.  Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch points out GTAC is working to bring jobs to the area. 

“I think we have a duty to make sure that those folks, who are working to better that double digit unemployment rate that we talk so much about, are safe.”

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Non-profits asked to enter
3:41 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Third WPS Energy Challenge Announced

Solar Panels Saving Energy
Credit WPS

Wisconsin Public Service has put an August 23 deadline for Northwoods non-profits to enter the "2013 Energy Challenge". This is the third year WPS is sponsoring the challenge.

Up to 20 selected non-profits could earn up to $1,500 for their conservation efforts and also help the community save energy.

WPS spokesperson Leah Van Zile says the challenge is designed to have non-profits do tasks that save energy...

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Site will be city boat launch in 2014
3:32 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

DNR, Rhinelander Agree On Former Ranger Station

Abandoned DNR Ranger Station
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The city of Rhinelander and the DNR have reached an agreement concerning the former ranger station on Boyce Drive.

The city has plans to build a boat launch on the site. The state had proposed demolishing the building at a cost of just over $13,000 but as City Administrator Blaine Oborn told the city council Monday, it looks like the city will get a check from the state. The city then will take care of the demo. He says the city would like to use the building as a training site first for the police department, then let the firefighters at it to train...

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Small Business Roundtable
3:26 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Lt. Governor Says Many Hurdles Exist For Businesses

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch
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Wisconsin's Lieutenant Governor sat in on a Small Business Roundtable in Rhinelander Tuesday.

Several area business owners discussed a series of on-going concerns including state and federal regulations...the lack of skilled workers in some trades...and more high-speed internet.

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch says the majority of new hiring comes from small businesses....

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