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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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Info session planned in Rhinelander
3:32 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Veterans Get Online Access To Medical Records

Veterans will soon have round-the-clock online access to their medical records.
Credit Ed Schipul

Veterans will have access to their medical records and other services around the clock and the VA will be in Rhinelander early next month to explain it.

Sherry Aichner is the MyHealtheVet coordinator for the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

Aichner says the program gives Internet-connected veterans quick access...

 

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Wisconsin Kids Need Dental Care
3:31 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Wisconsin's Low-Income Kids Lack Dental Care

A new study finds almost three quarters of children enrolled in Medicaid in Wisconsin don't receive any dental care.
Credit United States Postal Service

Wisconsin has a problem with low-income access to dental care.  

That’s according to a new study from the Pew Charitable Trust.   It finds the state ranks second worst in the nation for the number of low-income kids receiving dental care.  Jane Koppelman is Research Director with the Pew Children’s Dental Campaign.

“In 2011 almost 72 percent of kids on Medicaid in Wisconsin – that’s nearly three quarters of the child Medicaid population – did not receive any dental care in 2011.  Not even a routine exam.”

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Driver dies in Marshfield
3:13 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Motorcycle Fatality In Price County

A motorcyclist has died in a Price county traffic mishap.


Sheriff Brian Schmidt reports the crash happened early Monday afternoon on County Road "E" in the town of Lake.


The driver was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. The unidentified driver died Tuesday at St. Joseph's.


Deputies say the driver was westbound on County "E" when the motorcycle veered off the road and overturned in a field.


Names will be released later.

Public Assistance Fraud
3:10 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Antigo Woman Charged With Welfare Fraud

An Antigo woman is facing a felony charge in Oneida county of Public Assistance fraud after investigators allege she was given $22,000 more dollars in benefits than she had coming.


33 year old Nicole Young made an initial appearance Wednesday in Oneida County Circuit Court.


The criminal complaint says Young was living at a residence in Hazelhurst and allegedly obtained food stamps while making false representations. The alleged fraud lasted from 2008 through 2012.

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Consultant warns against micromanagement
3:54 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Vilas Board Gets ACT 10 Update

ACT 10 protests in 2011
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You might have noticed that your county board is going through major change.

The impetus for the change stems from implementation of Act 10, the controversial legislation enacted into law two years ago that bans most public employee unions in Wisconsin. The legality of the law will be decided by the state Supreme Court. In the meantime, counties are struggling to handle their vastly increased responsibilities.

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Products look like candy containers
2:22 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Tobacco Companies Shift Tactics From Smoke To Candy

Open containers of candy cigars
Credit cigarettesreporter.com

An anti-tobacco advocate says the public might have relaxed about smoking in public, but tobacco companies continue to target youth.


The Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition held a "Lunch and Learn" session to talk about the change in corporate tobacco marketing techniques. Many tobacco products are made to look like candy. With fewer adults smoking, the goal, say anti-tobacco advocates is to get younger people interested in tobacco.

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Extra money proposed
11:02 am
Tue June 25, 2013

State Legislator Says Budget Will Help Northern Schools

State Senator Tom Tiffany(R-Hazelhurst)
Credit WXPR

State Senator Tom Tiffany says the biennial budget that passed the legislature last week has some positives for northern Wisconsin.

The Senate approved the Assembly-passed plan early Friday and sent it to Governor Walker.

Tiffany says the $68 billion spending plan will help northern schools...especially those districts within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest... hit with declining enrollments. The budget moves money from towns and provides money to the school districts within the forest...

 

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Logging in national forests focus
10:03 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Opinions Vary Widely At Forestry Policy Conference

U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek(M-1)
Credit WXPR

Dialog was evident Monday during the Forestry Policy Conference held in Carter.


Three Congressional members, U.S. Forest Service represenatives, state legislators and department heads, tribal representatives, and business interests discussed timber management, mainly in Wisconsin and Michigan's national forests.


Michigan Republican U.S. Representative Dan Benishek from Iron River says there has been a push to get more production from the forests...

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