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Council says could hurt growth
9:44 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Rhinelander Council Opposes State Zoning Change

The Rhinelander city council Monday night sent a message to the Wisconsin legislature about giving state towns more leverage.


Bills in the legislature would put a crimp on municipalities' ability to annex property. It's part of changing rules concerning county development plans. A plan currently must be adopted by a city or village. The new legislation would change that. But the bills also give more power to towns to fight off annexation by cities as outlined by council member Alex Young...

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Northwoods Splendor
4:22 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Splendor in the Spring Grass

Nesting Sandhill Crane
Mitch Mode

Today's takes on Northwoods Splendor in the spring grass come from Mitch Mode.

Changing Libraries
4:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Architect Chosen for Rhinelander Library Remodel

The Rhinelander District Library is working on an expansion plan.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Architects will be drawing up a plan over the coming months for expanding the Rhinelander District Library.  

The Board of Trustees has selected HBM Architects for the redesign.  Board President Janet Baer says the board chose the Cleveland-based firm in part because of its experience redoing Carnegie libraries.               

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Local Politics
2:58 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Cloverland Debates Sex Offender Ordinance

Cloverland residents expressed strong opinions about a proposed ordinance regulating where sex offenders can live.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Vilas County town of Cloverland’s planning commission held a public hearing Thursday night on a proposed ordinance to regulate where state officials house sexual predators.  About two dozen people attended, with many expressing strong opinions on the issue.

The ordinance was prompted by the placement last year of 37-year-old Steven Burgess in a neighborhood on Chicaree Lane where families with young children live.  Burgess, from Lac du Flambeau, served 17 years in prison for attempted sexual abuse of a child. And his neighbors want him moved.

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Libraries
5:17 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Three Lakes Gives Green Light to Library Expansion

The Three Lakes town board has unanimously approved a proposal to expand the local library. The board of trustees has been planning the renovation for more than three years. 

The plan for renovating and expanding the Edward U. Demmer Memorial Library includes a 4000 square foot addition.  Board President Vicki Ruehling says the extra space is badly needed, and points to a 20 percent increase in the number of library visits last year.

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School Funding
4:19 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Budget Proposal Diverts Timber Money to K-12 Schools

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spans over 1.5 million acres in northern Wisconsin.
Credit US Forest Service

Some Northwoods school districts could be getting a financial boost next year, thanks to a proposal included the state budget.

The version of the budget passed by the joint finance committee would send 25 percent of timber sales from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to local schools.  School districts would receive different amounts based on how much forest acreage falls within their district.  Republican State Representative Rob Swearingin describes the proposal as a shot in the arm for rural schools.

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Northwoods Splendor
1:58 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Chestnut-Sided Warbler

Credit John Rasmussen

Chestnut-Sided Warbler image taken by John Rasmussen June 4, 2013 in Oneida County submitted as part of WXPR's Northwoods Splendor photo series.

Local Schools
5:23 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Swisher to Leave School District

The Rhinelander School District is looking for a new Community Education Coordinator.  Kim Swisher announced her resignation today.  She’s headed to a brand new communications position with the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.   

“It was just too exciting to pass up.  I have greatly enjoyed my work with the school district and have learned a great deal serving our students and our community.  And this was just something too exciting and too much of an opportunity to walk away from.” 

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Libraries
5:18 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Rhinelander District Library Foundation Honors Outgoing President

The Rhinelander District Library Foundation celebrated its outgoing leader Tuesday.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Rhinelander District Library Foundation is undergoing a leadership change. 

Former foundation president Linda Davidson has stepped down after 17 years.  She says she’s seen the library through some big changes. 

“When I came on board, we were in the middle of doing the fundraising for the computerization of the library.  Everybody recognized that we really did need these computers in the library.  And from there we added the new parking lot, the HVAC system, we did the lighting in the library.”

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Invasive Species
5:20 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

DNR Says, Time To Have a Chat About Invasives

Garlic mustard is one terrestrial invasive that the DNR would like to keep in check.
Credit Mike Pennington

June is invasive species awareness month and this week you’ll have a chance to brush up on your facts.  

The Department of Natural Resources is inviting the public to chat online with experts Tuesday and Thursday at noon.  DNR Forestry Invasive Plant Coordinator Tom Boos says members of the public can ask whatever questions are on their mind. 

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