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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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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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