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Deaths from indoor grilling
4:14 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Red Cross Offers Holiday Safety Tips

Credit Houston Chronicle

A spokesperson for the American Red Cross is hoping this holiday week is a safe one for Northwoods residents.


Regional Disaster Services Director Lora Hainey says fireworks, grilling, beach safety and sun protection are key...


"...be careful with the fireworks. It's great if you could attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. If you are using fireworks with your family, a reminder not to give fireworks to small children. Always follow the instructions on the packaging. Always keep water close by as a precaution..."


 

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Higher Education
4:00 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Nicolet Anticipates Increasing Numbers

Nicolet College is expecting a higher enrollment this fall.  President Libby Burmaster says that’s been the trend for the past few years. 

“Because having a college credential and the higher level of job skills that come along with higher education is one of the best ways to get ahead.  Especially right now as area employers in a wide variety of fields are looking for the skills and the knowledge that they’re going to need in the workplace.” 

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Penokee Mine
2:48 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Iron Co. Holding Off On Mining Ordinance

About a hundred people gathered in Hurley Monday night for a public hearing.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

 

Iron County zoning officials have taken no action on an ordinance to regulate the mining of metals. That decision after a public hearing on the rules that would affect a proposed iron mine in the Penokee Hills. The hearing drew about a hundred people.

Few empty seats remained in the Memorial Building in Hurley last night...during a two hour public hearing. Residents fervently expressed the need for jobs and environmental protection in light of Gogibic Taconite's proposal to set up a mine on the border of Iron and Ashland counties.

 

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Still apply in other states
4:58 am
Mon July 1, 2013

WisDOT Exempts State Haulers From New Rules

Hauling a load
Credit Freightlinertrucks.com

Wisconsin will create its own set of Hours of Service rules for truckers hauling loads within the state. The federal government set new rules for haulers which began this week. Drivers must stop for half-an-hour after 8 hours on the road. By creating its own rules, Wisconsin will suspend the federal rules for three years.

Great Lakes Timber Professionals Director Henry Schienebeck says the state recognized the new rules could hurt log haulers...

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Tourism
4:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Flying In From Hollywood

Vilas Theatre hosted a special screening of Airplane.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Eagle River got a dose of Hollywood last week.  State tourism officials hosted a screening of the movie Airplane.  Jim Abrahams was in attendance.

The Vilas Theater gave out a hundred and fifty tickets for the Airplane screening, and turned others away.  State tourism officials also highlighted a promotional video shot in Vilas County, and hinted that another was in the works.  As Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett explains, it features Jim Abrahams and two other producers of Airplane. 

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Found Near Green Bay
4:22 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Emerald Ash Borer Forest Service Focus

The US Forest Service is keeping a close eye on the spread of the emerald ash borer in the Midwest.
Credit USDA

The Emerald Ash Borer has killed millions of ash trees in the eastern part of the United States and portions of Canada. 

  A forester says they are keeping vigilant to slow the spread of the invasive insect to this region's national forests.

Kathleen Atkinson...US Forest Service Regional Forester in Milwaukee...says the Forest Service is closely monitoring the spread of EAB....

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Police Chief says no heroin found
4:00 am
Sat June 29, 2013

More Searches Likely in Lac du Flambeau

Credit Lac du Flambeau Chamber of Commerce

The Lac du Flambeau Chief of Police says more arrests are coming. Last week, "Operation Pandora" was launched by several law enforcement agencies on the reservation to stem the tide of synthetic and pharmaceutical drugs being sold.


Dozens of people were arrested as warrants were served.


Police Chief Bob Brandenburg says they achieved some objectives, but not others...

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Following Frank Tomlanovich's Death
12:00 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Gov.Walker Seeks Vilas Sheriff Applicants

Governor Walker has asked for applications for appointment to the vacant sheriff's job in Vilas county.


Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich died last week after a short illness.


 


The new sheriff will begin serving upon appointment and will complete a term ending January 5, 2015.


An applicant must reside in Vilas County at the time the appointment becomes effective.


More information can be found on Governor Walker’s website: www.walker.wi.gov.

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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