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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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Shots fired in house
11:26 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Schaller Avoids Prison For February Incident

Forrest Schaller
Credit Forest County Sheriff

An Armstrong Creek man has avoided prison time but will be jailed for a February incident at his home in Forest County.

A first-degree attempted homicide charge was dropped against 52 year old Forrest Schaller. Schaller was arrested after gunshots were fired February 3 at a Dallman Road residence. Two people were found unhurt in the home.

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Assisted Living
4:17 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Nursing Facility Officially Opens New Location

Staff, patients and community leaders gathered for the ribbon-cutting at Rennes Health and Rehab Center.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A new assisted living center has opened in Rhinelander.  The Rennes Health and Rehab Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony today.

A few dozen staff members, community leaders and patients gathered at the new nursing facility to celebrate its opening.  But the Rennes Health and Rehab Center has actually been taking care of patients since March 1st.  That’s when the group closed its location in Phelps and moved 33 patients to the new Rhinelander facility.

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Prices off in May
3:24 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Northwoods Home Sales Continue Long Climb

Uptick in home sales
Credit Jeffrey Turner

Another strong sales report from a realtor's group shows that market sector is recovering from the recession.


The monthly Wisconsin Realtors Association report shows statewide, the sale of existing homes in May increased 18 percent over May 2012. That's the 23rd straight month of sales growth in Wisconsin.


Economist David Clark says a key factor is the diminishing number of available homes to buy...



"....we're down to under 10 months of supply and it was about 13 months this time last year....."

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Only person certified in UW System
2:41 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

McReynolds Achieves Top Facilitator Certificate

Corky McReynolds
Credit Linked In

A Northwoods environmental education leader has achieved a rare certification.


Dr. Corky McReynolds....Director at UW-Stevens Point Treehaven near Tomahawk has been certified by the International Association of Facilitators as as a Certified Professional Facilitator....



 

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Date stays the same
12:14 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

OC Board Sets Flexible Meeting Times

The Oneida County board has approved the option of having flexible meeting times.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The long-festering issue of meeting times for the Oneida county board was addressed Tuesday...for the time being.

Citizens have asked the board to hold night meetings. The board routinely meets the third Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. as spelled out in county bylaws. Some felt the meeting times cut out workers from running for the board and attending meetings. The board earlier rejected night meetings, but left the door open to have some flexibility concerning scheduling meetings.

Administration committee chair Dave Hintz....

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Veterans
5:00 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Nine Hired at VA Med. Center

A spokesperson says The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain has hired nine mental health professionals to meet the demand.

Those hires are part of more than 1,600 new mental health hires within the VA system.

Spokesperson Brad Nelson says four of the new hires are under an Executive Order signed by President Obama to meet the needs of veterans and their families. He says with more than a decade of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the need is there.

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Demographics
5:00 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Northwoods' Aging Population Grows More Rapidly

A local UW-Extension agent says the population shift toward more older residents in Wisconsin is even more pronounced in the Northwoods.The U-S Census Bureau says 14 percent of the state’s population was 65-or-older as of last July. That’s .7 percent more than in the 2010 Census. Wisconsin had an estimated 824,500 seniors as of last July. That includes 124,000 who were 85-or-older – an increase of 6,000 during the previous two years. Also, Wisconsin’s percentage of senior citizens is larger than the national figure of 13.7  percent.

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Open Mic
4:00 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Open Mic To Feature Northwoods Stories, Songs

The Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department, Lumberjack RC&D and UW-Extension are inviting people with a need to talk about the Northwoods to an open microphone this Thursday evening in Three Lakes.

County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator Michele Sadauskas says the new event is called "Northwoods Expressions."

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Construction
4:00 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Kemp St. Construction May Disrupt Traffic Flow

Construction is coming soon to Rhinelander's Kemp Street.
Credit Grant Hollingworth

A main artery into Rhinelander will be closing soon and will be shut down for several weeks.

The city of Rhinelander is doing new utility lines and will extend the work down Kemp Street. Kemp is the southernmost of three bridges over the Wisconsin River in Rhinelander.

Water and Wastewater Superintendent Tim Kingman gives us an update as to closure dates.

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