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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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Forest County
4:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

RC Racecars: Vehicles to Learning, Community

Cars ready at the starting line at the RC Havok Raceway.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A new program in Forest County is kicking up dust at the racetrack.  Forest County UW Extension is hoping to prevent juvenile delinquency by teaching kids to build remote control, or “RC," race cars.  

If you’ve never seen remote control car racing before…there’s a good chance you’re not prepared for how wild it is.

At the RC Havok Raceway in Crandon, a group of kids are test driving remote control trucks.  The miniature trucks leap off the starting line and start zooming around indoor dirt track.  You can hear them crashing into each other and flipping over. 

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McNaughton Trail
3:57 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Helping Homeless Pets Fundraiser Sunday

Sleepy felines
Credit Flickr

You can burn some shoe leather to help homeless pets in the area.


The Oneida County Humane Society is hosting the "Hike For Homeless Pets" this weekend.


Spokesperson Sue Otis says the fundraiser helps keep the Rhinelander shelter in business...


 


"...funds will be used for our adoption center. That's basically for our operations and the needs of the animals and to take care of them and basically to run the building. Any maintenance...just to keep the center going..."


 

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Help area small businesses
3:32 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Tribal Agencies Get USDA Grants


Two grant awards for northern Wisconsin Native American communities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are intended to spur local economic development.


 


Acting Under Secretary for Rural Development, Doug O'Brien says the Great Lakes Intertribal Council in Lac du Flambeau received $80,000 to fund a small business training program.


NiiJii Capital Partners in Keshena received more than $93,000 to provide technical assistance to 12 Menominee county businesses.

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Trust Fund Monies
3:15 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Rhinelander Awarded $2 Million For Redevelopment

Credit wikimedia.org

The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands has approved more than $2 million in state trust fund loans for 7 city projects.


Three of the news loans refinance existing debt, while four involve tax incremental districts, including the downtown upgrade project.


Board Executive Director Tia Nelson says this array of loans help fund local economic development...

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Fine Arts
2:29 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

ArtStart Exhibit Brings the Outdoors In

"The Art of Hunting and Fishing" features a birch bark canoe crafted by a Wisconsin artist.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

ArtStart kicks off a new summer exhibit today in Rhinelander.  It’s the first show to go up in the gallery after a series of renovations. 

The work on display in the "Art of Hunting and Fishing" ranges from woodcuts and drawings of duck hunters, to a collection of antique decoys and a birchbark canoe.  ArtStart Board President Ken Juon says he hopes the outdoorsy topic will appeal even to those who might not typically find themselves in a gallery.

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