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Businesses Hoping for Relief
2:09 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Minocqua 51 Construction Set to Take a Break Soon

Orange cones and construction signs are a common sight in Minocqua right now.
Credit Grant Hollingworth

Construction along Highway 51 is getting closer to completion.  But it will still be jamming up traffic and slowing business for a little while longer. 

“Here in Minocqua and there is lots of construction going on, lots of traffic and heavy equipment, whole lanes are torn up…” 

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Weather Lengthened Year
6:02 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Long School Year Comes To An End

Credit Basheer Tome

School is finally out for the summer, for most students.  Mercer has its last day Friday.  Northland Pines and Rhinelander school districts finished Thursday.  Several other districts like Three Lakes and Tomahawk finished last week. 

It was a long year for many students, thanks to canceled days of school during the winter months.

Northland Pines District Administrator Mike Richie says rain and cloudy weather on the last day of school helped the kids hang in there. 

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Door county discovery
2:47 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Emerald Ash Borer Not Found on CNNF....Yet

Emerald Ash Borer
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The recent discovery in Door county of the ash tree killing  Emerald Ash Borer  means the infestation is creeping closer to the Northwoods.

The bug has been found in 21 counties. At risk are the stands of ash trees in the national and state forests. The borer destroyed millions of trees in the eastern U.S. and Canada.

 Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says the key concern remains bringing firewood into campsites from infested areas.

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Some requests coming in
2:39 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Northwoods Clerks Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Northwoods county clerks have been issuing marriage licenses, or would do so if asked, to same-sex couples.
The legal matter has been in limbo since federal Judge Barbara Crabb last week issued a decision that Wisconsin's 2006 ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has appealed that decision to a federal appeals court.
Oneida County Clerk Mary Bartelt says Monday was hectic, as there were conflicting signals coming to her from legal circles. But Tuesday, the Wisconsin Counties Association relayed that clerks should begin the process...

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Campaign cards sparked controversy
10:34 am
Thu June 12, 2014

OC Supervisors File Complaint Against Third Supervisor

Oneida county courthouse
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Two Oneida county board supervisors have filed ethics complaints against a third supervisor.

The Northwoods River News is reporting supervisors Ted Cushing and Lance Krolczyk filed the complaints against fellow supervisor Jack Sorenson.

At the May meeting, Sorenson made sharply critical comments about campaign flyers distributed in four districts prior to the last county elections.

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Immersed in Music
4:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

How to Be A Jazz Musician

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Last month a group of jazz musicians from all over the country gathered for a long weekend outside of Rhinelander.  Eight of them were professional musicians, and a dozen of them were students…at Holiday Acres’ annual Northwoods Jazz Camp. 

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski went to talk with some of the teachers and students…and came away with a few tips on how to learn to be a jazz musician.       

 You heard from instructors Kim Richmond, John Harmon, Clay Jenkins and Scott Whitfield.  And students Connie Fellman and Joe Swierczek.  

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New proposal smaller
3:10 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Electors To Vote On Torpy Park Pavilion

Electors in Minocqua will need to vote on building a smaller pavilion at Torpy Park proposed by the Minocqua Lions Club.

At a meeting last month, more than 150 people met with the town board to discuss building the pavilion at the park. The original proposal was 56 feet by 96 feet and would have required the removal of up to 13 older trees. Complaints centered on taking away a Northwoods legacy for a large building. The Lions felt a larger pavilion was needed to take care of large crowds such as during Beef-A-Rama.

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Fast Forward program
3:06 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

State Grants Given For School Manufacturing Training

DWD Dep. Secretary Jonathan Barry in Minocqua
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A collaborative agreement between Oneida County Economic Development, Three Lakes High School and Nicolet College brings a large grant to support the development of a "Fab Lab", and related curriculum.

Department of Workforce Development Deputy Secretary Jonathan Barry and David Anderson formally presented $132,000 for the "Certifiable Employability Project" for Three Lakes at the Grow North meeting in Minocqua.

Barry says the program allows high school students to get  one-of-a-kind state-of-the art training towards getting hired right out of school..

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Educating Kids About Invasives
3:00 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

AIS Poster Contest Spreads Awareness, Not Species

Elise Tesch (left) and Reagan Hartman won second and first place in the 4th/5th grade poster contest division.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Kids at Rhinelander schools celebrated winning awards in an aquatic invasive species poster contest Wednesday.  The contest spans nine Northwoods counties…and asks kids to design a poster and slogan that spreads awareness of aquatic invasives.  

Central Intermediate School fourth grade students Reagan Hartman and Elise Tesch took first and second place in their division. 

“Well I drew a boat…and I wrote stop and pick off invasive species," Hartman explained.

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It Happened Near Upham
2:45 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Langlade County Drowning Under Investigation

A man has drowned in Langlade County.

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