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Advisories on northern waters
6:31 am
Sat July 13, 2013

Public More Aware of Fish Advisories

Good catch
Credit greatriver.com

Some people love to catch and eat lots of fish, but since the 1970’s, we’ve been warned about certain species of fish in specific waterways that may be more contaminated with poisonous substances like mercury or PCB’s.


Wisconsin Department of Health Services Researcher is Pamela Imm has been surveying men over 50 who eat fish to find out if they pay attention to fish consumption advisories provided by the state. Imm says most of them are very aware of them...


 

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Trend in education
6:22 am
Sat July 13, 2013

More Money For Youth, Adult Apprenticeships

Credit EEOC

Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship program is a part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative. It's designed for high school students who want hands on learning in an occupational area at a worksite along with classroom instruction.


This one or two year elective program combines academic and technical instruction with mentored on-the-job learning.

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Willow, Rainbow Flowages too
6:16 am
Sat July 13, 2013

Changes In NHAL Plan Lead To Public Comment

Credit Wisconsin DNR

Comments are being sought on proposed changes to the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and the Willow Flowage master plans.


State Forest Superintendent Steve Petersen says they are making some adjustments to previous master plans because of some recent changes...

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Same as boats
4:05 am
Sat July 13, 2013

Paddleboarders Need Lifejackets-DNR

Lifejackets required
Credit Ingrid Taylor

The growing popularity of paddleboards on Wisconsin's waters has prompted a DNR warden to remind users that a lifejacket is required.


Conservation warden Todd Schaller outlines the lifejacket requirement..



"....they are growing in popularity, it's a great way to enjoy Wisconsin's waterways. But they are considered a boat, so they require a lifejacket to be on the paddleboard and we would encourage them to wear the lifejacket..."

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New Year's 2012 fatality
4:59 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Polar Sentenced For Man's Death

Norbert Polar

A 47 year old Crandon man has been sentenced to prison for the New Years Day 2012 death of a pedestrian in Forest county.


Norbert Polar was sentenced Friday by Judge Leon Stenz to seven years in prison and eight additional years of extended supervision for homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.


41 year old Klynt Decorah was walking on Highway 55 near Mole Lake when he was struck and killed by a vehicle. Polar's car was later found in a ditch. Polar was found guilty of five of six counts during a jury trial May 10.

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Science in the Northwoods
4:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Small Lake, Big Picture

Matthew Rethaber WXPR News

Say you’re a scientist who studies lakes.  How do you choose which one to to study?  Chances are you’ll pick one that’s a pretty good size…like Trout Lake, or Crystal Lake.  You might pick one with a lot of species of fish, or one the public uses for recreation.  But what about the tiny lakes…the backyard ones so small they may not even have names, or the ones that dry up completely when it doesn’t rain for a while?

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Top-rated event
5:44 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Festival of Flavors In Eagle River Saturday

Wisconsin cheese at the festival
Credit eaglerivermainstreet.org

The Eagle River Festival of Flavors is Saturday in Riverview Park in downtown Eagle River. The event was named the "Best Downtown Special Event" by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.


Ron Meinholz and spouse Cindy began the event which he says showcases the food and drink of Wisconsin...

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Public invited
5:36 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Large Pow-Wow This Weekend In Lac du Flambeau

Credit Lac du Flambeau Chamber of Commerce

The 31st Annual Bear River Pow-Wow is set for this weekend in Lac du Flambeau.


Tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the Pow-Wow is a gathering of tribal people and visitors that includes singing, dancing and food.....



"...it's basically a social gathering where storytelling and reuniting with friends or family that live outside of the area. It's almost like a homecoming..."


Thoms says this type of gathering has long historic ties, but has been known as a Pow-Wow since the 20th century...

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Keeping the peace
5:30 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Deputies Staff Country Music Festival Grounds

Hodag Country Music Festival
Credit discoverwisconsin.com

A contingent of Oneida county sheriff's deputies are working the Hodag Countryfest grounds in Pine Lake this weekend, as tens of thousands of music fans are here for the annual festival.


Sheriff Grady Hartman says they put as many deputies as possible at the site...



"....we patrol the grounds and we patrol the roads leading into the grounds and the perimeter. We're looking to try and solve problems before they happen and be proactive with our patrols..."


Sheriff Hartman says they typically encounter.....

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

Lincoln, Langlade Tornadoes Were Weak

Forming tornado
Credit Jonas Rogowski(wikimedia commons)

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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