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5:10 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Dropping Temperatures Mean Long Nights for Cranberry Growers

Cranberry bogs are often flooded or put under a sprinkler to keep frost away.
Credit Andrew Leahy

Cool temperatures Sunday night had cranberry growers in northern Wisconsin on frost alert. 

On a chilly night, cranberry bogs can run many degrees colder than the average air temperature on the ground.  Bob Winter runs Vilas Cranberry Company in Manitowish Waters.  He says the mercury would have dipped below freezing in the bogs, if he hadn't turned on water sprinklers to help keep the plants warm. 

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Revitalizing Downtown
4:45 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Rhinelander Looking Into Downtown Improvements

A committee of city leaders in Rhinelander has selected a company to outline an economic development initiative for downtown.  The plan from Vierbicher Associates will also look into giving Brown Street a bit of a facelift, by conducting a streetscape study.

Rhinelander City Administrator Blaine Oborn says doing a streetscape…is kind of like landscaping, for a downtown sidewalk. 

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Town wants stricter limits on placements
4:00 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Cloverland To Host Hearing On Sex Offender Ordinance

A public hearing has been called for Thursday night by the Vilas county town of Cloverland to talk about a proposed sex offender placement ordinance.


Last year a convicted sex offender was placed on Chickaree Lake Road. Local residents were upset with the placement. Cloverland town chair Scott Maciosek says the town wants to spell out what they want...



"....we're trying to protect the kids in our town plus be able to stop them from just being able to drop somebody in here without saying anything to anybody...."

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Car temperatures rise quickly
4:00 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Heat Related Problems Occur Fast For Kids and Pets

Heat could kill pets
Credit flicker

Leaving pets or children unattended on warm summer days is an invitation to real problems says an emergency management spokesperson.


Dawn Robinson from Oneida County Emergency Management says overheating occurs quickly on sunny days...

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Forests in the Spotlight
4:00 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Videos Highlight WI National Forest

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, in partnership with Nicolet Area Technical College, has produced seven promotional videos featuring the state's only national forest.  The short videos were created by Digital Graphics students as a way to help people to learn more about the forest's recreational opportunities and history.

Forest spokesperson Suzanne Flory says they wanted to have a new way to see the forest.

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History of the Potato
4:00 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Rhinelander Festival to Dig Up Potato History

A new festival plans to highlight the local history of potato growing.
Credit Tony Kennick

A new festival is coming to Rhinelander later this summer.

"Potato Fest" celebrates northern and central Wisconsin's industry and research facilities.  A member of the organizing committee, Dan Kuzlik says Potato Fest will be August 31.

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Health
4:00 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Fix Is In To Host Wausau Area Neutering Event

Credit Courtesy The Fix Is In

A Rhinelander pet clinic is hoping to help control the pet population in the Wausau area by offering discounted neutering services. The "Fix is In" director Karla Ortman says cats are an overlooked population when it comes to treatment.


"...it's not just in Wausau, it's everywhere. Organizations everywhere are trying to come up with creative ways to help cats. One of the easiest thing to do is make sure your cats are spayed and neutered..."


 Ortman says they're hoping to help curb the population of stray cats in the area.

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Changing Libraries
4:00 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Eagle River Trustees Hope to Double Library Size

The public will soon have a chance to see the Olson Library Expansion project in Eagle River. 

Trustee Phil Jensen says they've known for a longtime that that they've outgrown the facility. Six years ago they had plans for an upgrade, but the recession halted those plans. Now they've hired Northwoods designer and builder Jeff Visner and they have new plans:

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Northwoods Splendor
5:03 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

A Loon in Morning

Northwoods Loon
Credit Mitch Mode

A loon takes a break from nesting responsibilities to catch breakfast. Mitch Mode captured this perspective while kayaking. If you have spectacular Northwoods photos that the WXPR online audience would enjoy, please send them along to General Manager, Peg Arnold. And help create WXPR's online photo gallery depicting Northwoods Splendor.

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Longtime Northwoods resident
4:52 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

New OC Youth Leader Named

Credit UW Extension

Oneida County UW-Extension has a new Youth Development agent.


Lynn Feldman has joined Extension after working as an advocate for Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault based in Rhinelander. Feldman has been a teacher and worked for 14 years in the family owned grocery business in Three Lakes.


Among Feldman's duties will be Teen Court, Teens Active in Government, 4-H, and assessing the needs of Oneida county young people.


She succeeds Jim Winkler, who retired.

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