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Bass populations high in Northwoods
2:23 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Abundant Bass Fishing Opportunities Arrive Saturday

Lucky angler
Credit Wikimedia Commons

If you like bass fishing, you likely will have ample opportunities to reel them in.


That's the word from DNR northern fisheries supervisor Steve Avelallemant.... 



 


"....bass abundance in the northern part of the state is high, or I should say, higher than it has been in the past...."


The bass season opener for this area begins Saturday.

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Nearly decade long cases ending
12:34 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Popenhagen Reaches Plea Agreement

A decade-long Oneida county embezzlement case is nearing a conclusion.


41 year old Michelle Popenhagen of Arbor Vitae entered into a plea agreement Tuesday.. She pled no contest to three counts of misdemeanor theft from her former employer, Save More Foods of Minocqua as presented by Assistant Attorney General Michael Schaefer...



"...three counts of misdemeanor theft by employee, commonly known as embezzlement. Those offenses have offense dates of 2003 and 2004 as well..."

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Brown Street
9:54 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Consultant Hired To Look At Rhinelander DT Study

Brown Street
Credit Natalie Jablonski

The Rhinelander city council has hired a firm to do a downtown economic development and Brown Street Streetscaping study at a cost of $32,000.


The council hired Vierbicher Associates of Reedsburg to do the work.


Council member Mark Pelletier said the consultant will look at a number of aspects of re-doing Brown Street...


"....this is just the first step. The $32,000...we're looking at as $5,000 stormwater, $5,000 water, $5,000 sewer and $15,000 grant and grant application..."

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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.

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