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A Hiker's Journey
5:06 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Once-Glacial Trail Makes For Good Hiking

Toby Clark has been out hiking the Ice Age Trail for more than two months.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

You may be planning to get outdoors this weekend, but you probably won’t be outside as much as Toby Clark.  

He’s been hiking the ice age trail since April, and still has more than 400 miles left to go.  But he seems undaunted.

“Around mid-April the weather started to break and I started to get into more actual trail.  Instead of road-walking.  And it’s been great since then.  My body’s getting in shape and I’ve been meeting some wonderful people, and seeing some beautiful Wisconsin landscape.”

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Father's Day Special
9:19 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Bald Eagle Models Foster Parenting

Foster dad Amp looks after four younger eagles.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

This Father’s Day weekend, we take a look at a story of model parenting from an unlikely place: the world of birds.  We meet a bald eagle who’s done a remarkable job as a foster father to over a hundred and fifty orphaned chicks.

They call him Amp. 

“People are always surprised when I say we have a foster dad eagle.  And they’re like, “well where’s the mom?” Well, it would be great if we had a mom…but we don’t have a non-releasable mom .  And he does such a great job.”

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Swearingen bill passes Assembly
3:55 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Bill Adds Child Enticement To Property Forfeiture List

34th Assembly Rep. Rob Swearingen
Credit Wisconsin legislature

Bi-partisan support emerged for a bill authored by state Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander.


Swearingen's bill would allow authorities to sieze the personal property or vehicle used in the crime of child enticement. Child enticement would be added to the list of crimes where forfeiture of property would be allowed.


Swearingen says the bill originated from a Northwoods incident...



"....in Eagle River, in  Vilas

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Police Department promotion
3:18 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Bike Helmets Mean Sweets For Rhinelander Youth

Treats for bicyclists wearing helmets!
Credit Flickr

Sweet treats for Rhinelander youngsters out on their bicycles...but only if they're wearing their bike helmets.


Police Chief Michael Steffes has announced the "Safety Is Sweet" campaign. The campaign encourages young bike riders to wear a safety helmet...

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Northwoods Democrat objects
2:39 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Assembly Ups Campaign Contributions

Rep. Janet Bewley D-Ashland
Credit Wisconsin legislature

A Northwoods Democrat doesn't like a Republican action in the Assembly Wednesday boosting campaign contributions for Wisconsin state candidates.


Majority Republicans pushed for a doubling of allowable campaign contributions by individuals. Donors to statewide candidates could give 20-thousand-dollars per cycle, two-thousand to Senate candidates, and a-thousand to Assembly hopefuls. Those limits would be automatically adjusted for inflation in the future. A voice vote was held.

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Put caught fish on ice
2:11 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Effort This Weekend To Drain Boats

Credit Flickr

Boaters can expect to see local volunteers at Northwoods boat landings this weekend wondering if your live well has been "drained".


The "Draining Campaign" is a statewide initiative to get anglers to not take water from lake to lake.


Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator Michele Sadauskas says the effort started here...

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Safety and insurance issues
11:37 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Committee Postpones ATV Decision On County "A"

ATV's(file)
Credit Kruusamägi

Whether to allow ATV's in Three Lakes to use busy county road "A" will return to a county committee after they decided they needed to find out more information.


The town board in Three Lakes approved the use of town roads. Other lesser-traveled Oneida county roads are open to ATV use, but Highway Commissioner Freeman Bennett says he has concerns about allowing ATV's on "A". The committee has given Bennett the authority to regulate whether county roads should be open to ATV's, but he says the county "A" corridor between Sugar Camp and Three Lakes is different..

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Government
3:37 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Block Grant Turned Down For Eagle River

Credit Governor's office media

It looks like a block grant sought by fundraisers hoping to improve the Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River won't happen this year. Eagle River Mayor Jeff Hyslop says the city was informed the grant sought by the city for the library was not approved by the feds...

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Extras needed at Pioneer Park
2:25 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Documentary On Rhinelander's Hodag To Be Filmed Saturday

Hodag at the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce
Credit travelbestbets.com

Area residents are invited Saturday morning to Pioneer Park in Rhinelander as a Canadian documentary crew comes to do a program on the Hodag.


Gene Shepard's mythical beast of the woods is part of a 13-segment series says Jerry Shidell, former Rhinelander mayor, current county board member and actor who has portrayed Shepard...



"....Saturday morning(6/15) at 11:00 a.m., they would like a crowd to show up at the Logging Museum in Pioneer Park where they're going to film Gene Shepard's showing of the Hodag

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Grants help expand opportunities
1:36 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

NATC Budget Passes With No Levy Increase

Nicolet budget approved
Credit Flickr

The Nicolet College Board of Trustees has passed a budget for next year that keeps the total tax levy the same as last year.


The local levy stays the same at $20.8 million.


College President Libby Burmaster says they were able to cut one and a half positions from the staff and hold the levy. They have cut 22 staff positions since 2010-11.


She says they were able to find outside dollars...

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