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Sheriff Dies Thursday
6:33 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Walker Passes Condolences To Tomlanovich Family

Governor Scott Walker has extended his sympathies to the family of Frank Tomlanovich, the Vilas County Sheriff who died Thursday after a short illness.


While in Tomahawk Friday afternoon to sign bills concerning ATV's Walker said he was shocked when he heard the news..

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Bills signed in Tomahawk
6:26 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Gov. Walker Signs Bills Promoting ATV's in Wisconsin

Walker signing ATV bills in Tomahawk 6/21
Credit WXPR

Governor Walker signed two bills in Tomahawk Friday afternoon promoting ATV use and outdoor recreation.


The first bill allows kids at least 12 years of old to ride an ATV/UTV on private land with property owner consent and if accompanied by an adult.


The second bill establishes an off-road vehicle council within the DNR. The council will make recommendations on trails, grants and other issues.


Walker says both bills will help promote the sport...

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Workforce Development
4:41 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

State Apprenticeship Program Reaches Out

The state workforce development agency and Nicolet College are putting the spotlight on manufacturing apprenticeship programs in northern Wisconsin.  The agency held an outreach session Friday for local manufacturers.

The program is designed for workers who are already employed by a company.  During the apprenticeship the employee keeps getting paid, and spends ten percent of his or her time in school at a technical college.  In Oneida County, that means Nicolet College.  Ben Stahlecker from the Department of Workforce Development…says it’s a win-win situation.       

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One killed, two injured
8:50 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Vilas County Traffic Fatality

One person died, two others injured from a Thursday traffic crash in Vilas county.

Arts & Life
4:00 am
Fri June 21, 2013

From Ducks to Decoys: Hunting and Fishing Exhibit Evokes Outdoor Experience

The canoe shown above was built for famed naturalist Sigurd Olson in 1935.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A new exhibit at ArtStart looks at fine art and objects relating to hunting and fishing.  

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski headed over to downtown Rhinelander for a tour of the exhibit.  The first voice you’ll hear will be Mitch Mode, ArtStart board member and guest curator for the show. 

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Changes in permit times
3:12 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

New Mine Permit Process Underway

Penokee Hills
Credit Joel Austin

The state's new faster permitting process for mining is being seen as Gogebic Taconite has submitted a plan defining five areas they would like to test for minerals.


The company is hoping to open a miles-long open pit mine in Iron and Ashland counties in what's known as the Penokee Hills.


DNR hydrologist Larry Lynch says the company submitted the two plans...

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Swearingen, Wright differ
2:50 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Assembly Budget Has Sharply Different Viewpoints

Rep. Rob Swearingen(R)-Rhinelander
Credit Wisconsin legislature

Republicans were pleased, Democrats disguted as the Wisconsin Assembly passed the bi-ennial state budget on Wednesday. Two freshmen legislators had vastly different views.


34th District Republican Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander was surprised that minority Democrats pulled more than 200 amendments to the document that governs state spending for two years...

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Keeping it Renewable
2:38 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Energy Fair To Draw Thousands

Solar energy will be one topic this weekend at the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair.
Credit Wichita Renewable Energy Group

One of the region’s largest gatherings around renewable energy is coming to Wisconsin this weekend, just outside Stevens Point.  It’s the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair.  

  Ellie Jackson, events coordinator at the MREA, says she expects up to 20,000 people to descend on the small town of Custer.

“The energy fair is a community of people that come together to learn and share all aspects of renewable energy and energy efficiency and sustainable living.  So it’s an educational experience but also a really fun event.”

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Vote Next Week In Wausau
2:32 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Poll Shows Public Opposed Wolf Hunt Numbers

Credit International Wolf Center

A new survey is helping opponents of a wolf hunt in Wisconsin before a vote next week in Wausau.


A poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research and the Humane Society of the United States finds by a margin of 8 to 1, state residents oppose trophy hunting and trapping of wolves. By a 9 to 1 margin they also opposed using dogs to hunt wolves.


Howard Goldman is the Minnesota Director for the Humane Society of the U.S., and is a member of the Wisconsin Wolf Stakeholders Group for three years....

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Dies at home after short illness
10:38 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Vilas Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich Dies

Frank Tomlanovich
Credit Courtesy Lakeland Times

A Northwoods law enforcement leader has died.


Vilas County Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich died Wednesday night at his home after a short illness. A press release from Vilas county says Tomlanovich was surrounded by his family. He was 61 years old.


Sheriff Tomlanovich was employed by Vilas county for 34 years having started in the Eagle River police department. He was a patrol deputy for nearly 15 years and was promoted to Detective Sergeant in 1994, serving in that capacity for 16 years. He was elected Sheriff in 2010.

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