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Could serve 80 percent of town
8:40 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Minocqua Joins In Study For VC-LDF Internet Upgrade

Minocqua from above
Credit thepointhouseinn.com

The Minocqua town board has agreed to pay $34,000 to join in a feasibility study that could lead to high-speed Internet availability within most of the town.


But there are no guarantees.

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Radio Drama Revival
4:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

For Your Ears Only: The Secret of Skeleton Lake

The Secret of Skeleton Lake will be performed Saturday, June 29th.
Credit Design by Paula McHugh

Old-time radio drama is having a revival this Saturday at Nicolet College.

It’s a benefit for the for Rhinelander social services organization the Family Resource Connection.  The performance is called “The Secret of Skeleton Lake: a Doc Merriweather Radio Mystery Show.”  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Northwoods summer resident Joe McHugh, who wrote and directed the play. 

In addition to his work in radio drama McCugh is a writer and producer of the public radio series American Family Stories.

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Calls tie up emergency dispatch
1:16 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Call WPS, Not 9-1-1 Says Spokesperson

Leah Van Zile
Credit WPS

 


With the severe weather in the region, Wisconsin Public Service officials say call them, not 9-1-1, if you see a problem.


Leah Van Zile from WPS says it's best to call them before the local police dispatch for a power-related problem...



"we really want to avoid bogging down the true, life-threatening emergencies at the 9-1-1 center.....calling Wisconsin Public Service if you do see something is the most efficient and really the best way to handle those..."

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Price county
12:31 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Motorcycle Crash Victim Named

Price county officials have released the name of the motorcycle crash victim Monday in the town of Lake.


The driver was identified as 71 year old Gary Cooley of Park Falls.


The sheriff's department reports Cooley's motorcycle went out of control on county road "E" about 1 p.m. The motorycycle was traveling west when it veered off the road and overturned.


Cooley was taken to a Marshfield hospital where he died Tuesday.

Charges in federal court
11:14 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Rhinelander Man Charged with Mail Fraud, Identity Theft

A Rhinelander man has been charged in federal court with three counts of mail fraud and one count of identity theft.


42 year old John E. Henricks the third is the owner of Custom Collision...a Rhinelander auto body repair shop and three vehicle-towing businesses, Rick's Towing, Tom's Towing and Hodag Towing.

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Follow 2012 pattern
10:34 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Unemployment Rates Fall In Northwoods

Northwoods unemployment rates fell slightly last month.
Credit Paul Keheler

The unemployment rate for most Northwoods counties has slipped below double-digits.

The Department of Workforce Development monthly unemployment numbers for May show the lowest rate in the region in Price county at 6.8 percent, Oneida at 8.3, Langlade 8.6, Lincoln 8.8, Forest 9.1, Vilas 9.3 and Iron county the second-highest in the state at 11.5.

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Eleven agencies serve search warrants
6:15 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Drug Raid in Lac Du Flambeau

Credit Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Authorities made more than 20 arrests Wednesday during early morning raids on residences in Lac du Flambeau.


Tribal officials called it "Operation Pandora". More than 40 law enforcement officials from 11 agencies were involved to curtail the use of synthetic and prescription drugs.


Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police Chief Bob Brandenburg said the raids were the first wave of efforts to stop illegal drugs on the reservation.

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Flooding in Forest county
5:54 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Heavy Rains In Parts of Northwoods

Severe storms produced problems in the region yesterday.

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Bringing a Global Perspective to the Northwoods
4:00 am
Thu June 27, 2013

GLEON: the Science of Team Science

Scientists at the UW-Madison Center for Limnology Trout Lake Station are involved in a global data network called GLEON.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Many people come to the Northwoods to get away from the rest of the world.  

But at the University of Wisconsin Limnology Research Station at Trout Lake, scientists are trying to do just the opposite.  

Since 2004 Director Tim Kratz has been one of the pioneers putting together a network of limnologists, or scientists studying lakes, around the world.  It’s called GLEON, the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Kratz to talk about how GLEON is part of a changing way of doing science.

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Natural Resources
6:27 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

DNR Increases Wolf Hunting Quota

The state DNR has increased harvest quotas for wolves.
Credit Herbert Lange / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has approved a harvest quota of 275 wolves for the next year. Meeting in Wausau Wednesday, the board unanimously approved the higher level. Last year, 201 animals were set as the limit.

The quota includes 115 wolves set aside for the Chippewa bands off-reservation treaty rights. That quota will likely never be used as the tribes see the wolf as a sacred animal.

Sarah Johnson from the Timber Wolf Alliance in Manitowish Waters thinks the idea of raising the number by nearly 40 percent in one year without more study might be hasty.

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