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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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Northwoods Splendor
5:14 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Fawns' First Days

Fawn looks on from wooded cover
Tuckey Requa

Tuckey Requa had the pleasure of encountering newborn fawns near Phelps, WI on Sunday, June 2, 2013. She shares these photos as part of our Northwoods Splendor series.

Business & Industry
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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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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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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