Building the Local Workforce
2:52 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Nicolet Ramps Up Welding Program

Nicolet Area Technical College is partnering with manufacturing company Oldenburg Group.
Credit Ryan Neuls

Nicolet Area Technical College is working with Oldenburg Group, which has a facility west of  Rhinelander, to get more welders in the workforce.

Oldenburg makes equipment for military operations and mining.

Dean of Trades and Industry at Nicolet, Brigitte Parsons says the increased emphasis on programs like welding shows a growing need in the marketplace.

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Budget Woes
2:36 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Democrats Critical of Budget, School District Cuts

While Governor Walker is traveling the state touting the benefits of the recently signed state budget, Democrats say the document promotes Walker's friends while leaving many behind.

In a prepared address, Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca says the budget forgets much about Wisconsin's past.

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Gas Prices
1:36 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Gas Prices Fall In Time For July Fourth Travel

Gas prices have fallen more than almost 50 cents since last month.
Credit Andrew Taylor

Wisconsin gas prices continue to fall, and that’s great news for July Fourth holiday travelers.

Petroleum Analyst for the website, Gregg Laskoski, says the national average has fallen has fallen from $3.64 to $3.49 per gallon.  In Wisconsin the decrease has been more dramatic, from $3.93 a month ago down to $3.44 today.

"Wisconsin was hit hard as part of the Great Lakes region and the Plains states that really had tremendous refinery and supply problems from mid-May up until recent weeks..."

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Changes Accelerate In 20-14
4:35 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Chamber Hosts Affordable Care Act Session

Lara Reed


The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is hosting an information session for area businesses on the unfolding provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Executive Director Lara Reed outlines the "Lunch and Learn" gathering...


"...the whole idea is to take a look at the bill...what it means for small businesses. Things you need to know, how it will apply to your business and what (businesses) can do to be ready when it is implemented in 2014...."

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A community mourns
2:37 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Northwoods USFS Worker At Arizona Fire

Yarnell Fire
Credit KTLA TV

A U.S. Forest Service worker from Rhinelander is at the scene of the fire in Arizona that killed 19 firefighters last weekend. These firefighters were part of an elite team sent in to fight this type of blaze. The fire changed direction and engulfed the team.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spokesperson Suzanne Flory was in Colorado monitoring those fires when she was asked to come to the Arizona fire...


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Stops in Rhinelander Tuesday
2:00 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Walker Says Budget Will Help All Taxpayers

Walker at the Rhinelander Chamber
Credit Ken Krall WXPR

Governor Walker stopped in Rhinelander Tuesday promoting the recently signed $68 billion state budget.

Walker said the key from his view was the budget provides tax relief...


"...if you're a taxpayer in the state of Wisconsin, there's about a billion dollars worth of tax relief...everybody who pays income taxes is going to see the rates go down. That's important for all of us as consumers..."

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A Good Name Goes A Long Way
12:01 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Phelps "Phestival" Earns JEM Grant

The town of Phelps will be host to a new event this summer.
Credit Bill Wilkinson / WXPR News

The state Department of Tourism is lending a hand to a local event this summer.  

The Joint Effort Marketing program has awarded more than two thousand dollars to the Phelps Phly in and Pholk Music Phestival. 

Event organizer Bill Wilkinson is a contributor to WXPR News.  He spoke with Sarah Klavas from the Department of Tourism.  Klavas explains that grant readers are always looking for things that set a grant apart…and in this case it was the unusual spelling of the title of the Pholk Phestival…which does not use any “F”s: 

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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...

" 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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