Art School for Adults
2:45 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Registration Still Open for Upcoming School of the Arts

School of the Arts offers classes in everything from painting to cooking.
Credit Liana Kyle

It’s almost the time of year for School of the Arts Rhinelander.  That’s when the University of Wisconsin Madison Continuing Studies sets up a five-day art school for adults in a Rhinelander middle school. 

Director Lynn Tarnoff says she and staff are getting ready to haul at least one van full of supplies from Madison. 

“Actually make that two vans.  And one of them’s been upgraded to a pick up truck with a car top carrier.”

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Smartphone options for hunters
4:03 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Hunting Times Are "APP"-ropriate


Hunters will have an improved "app" for their smart phones courtesy the Wisconsin DNR.

Law Enforcement Division Deputy Chief Karl Brooks says the Sunrise-Sunset hunting app gives Android and iPhone users access to information out in the woods without carrying all the printed regulations..


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Speeds large species growth
4:02 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Musky Clubs Donate To Northwoods Hatchery

The musky is Wisconsin's state fish.
Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Donations from the Musky Clubs Alliance have helped the Art Oehmcke state fish hatchery in Woodruff.

Last month, the state Natural Resources Board accepted $21,000 dollars from the Alliance. This is the second donation this year. Earlier, the club donated more than $7,000.

The DNR's Tim Simonson says the recent larger donation will help the young fish. He says the cost of feed minnows for the muskies has sharply risen.

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Increasing debt from borrowing
4:00 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Tax Watchdog Group Criticizes Transportation Fund Borrowing

WTA President Todd Berry
Credit Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

New state budget plans to borrow almost $1 billion to pay for proposed transportation programs is sending a fiscal warning.

The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance President Todd Berry says borrowing to pay for transportation projects accounts for 16 percent of road revenues compared to 6 percent ten years ago. He says Governors and legislators transferred money to the general fund when the transportation fund was flush, leaving the state needing to borrow to finish projects...

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Changing Wolf Populations
3:41 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Wolves' Social Structure Means Dynamic Population Changes

Wisconsin's gray wolf population has rebounded most strongly in the last 15 years.
Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin’s gray wolf population is estimated at over 800 - high enough that the state Department of Natural Resources allows a certain number of wolves to be hunted each year.  

But in the 1970s the wolf population was a fraction of that number, leading to their protection under federal and state legislation.  Jennifer Steinglein studies wolf population dynamics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She says the recent population growth didn’t happen all at once.  Its strongest increase came within the last two decades.              

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July 8 deadline
3:35 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Northwood Homeless Shelter Needs Support

Homeless hands
Credit Northwoods Alliance For Temporary Housing

The Northwoods Alliance For Temporary Housing has entered a contest which could help put a new roof on the Frederick Place homeless shelter and a possibly a new bathroom. A NATH spokesperson says the public's help is needed today.

NATH Board member Carol Miller says the organic products company "Tom's of Maine" is sponsoring an effort called "50 States of Good". Miller says the company give's $10,000 grants to non-profits....

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Milwaukee man
3:22 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Name Of Crash Victim Released


The Vilas County Sheriff's office has identified the victim of a fatal crash as James Luedtke. Only one vehicle was involved in the Fourth of July accident that occurred just before 7:00 p.m. in the town of  Presque Isle, near the intersection of County Highways P and W. The driver, 22 year old Luedtke from Milwaukee, was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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Both refused medical treatment
1:29 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Two Arrested After ATV Crash Near Tomahawk

ATV driver

Two Tomahawk area ATV drivers were arrested Thursday after both of their vehicles collided near Tomahawk.

A Lincoln County Sheriff's deputy reported seeing the pair westbound on county "A" at the U.S. 51 intersection. The deputy lost sight of the operators but found them crashed at Moodig Road.

The report indicates both drivers lost control at the Moodig intersection, with the first driver trying to turn sharply and losing control and the second driver crashing into the first ATV.

Both operators...Ronald J.

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Independence Day
6:22 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Parade Crowds Bring Reflection, and a Business Boost

Rhinelander's Fourth of July Parade featured several clowns.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Many communities marked the holiday Thursday with a Fourth of July parade.  Rhinelander’s celebration drew a crowd of thousands. WXPR spoke with a few parade goers about what Fourth of July means to them.  

Those crowds also meant a robust day for downtown businesses.  

Rhinelander’s Brown Street was bursting with people during the Fourth of July parade.  Flustered lemonade vendor Max Holperin says it’s the busiest day of the year.  He's already sold hundreds of cups of lemonade.  

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Relic of the Past
6:06 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Ninety-Nine Fourths Under Its Hood, And Going Strong

George Scholz has been driving this Model T since the age of 10.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Among the floats, clowns and marching bands at the Rhinelander Independence Day parade was one vintage car celebrating its 99th Fourth of July.  The Ford Model T has been in the owner’s family throughout its long life.

George Scholz is adjusting the gas on his car’s old fashioned headlight before the parade.  Though he’s been bringing his Model T to the Rhinelander parade for more than a decade, he’s been driving it for way longer.

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