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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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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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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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Summer Recreation
3:12 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

DNR: Get Outdoors This Weekend, For Free

Many outdoor activities in Wisconsin this weekend are 'free,' as the state is hosting a weekend where charges don't apply in many places and no fishing license is needed.

Wisconsin residents and visitors can fish,  hike, bike state trails for free, and ride public ATV trails at no charge. On Sunday, June 2 only, they can enjoy free admission to state parks and forests.

Department of Natural Resources aquatic education coordinator Theresa Stabo says this is the weekend to get outdoors...

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Invasive Species
5:02 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Science on Tap to Tackle Aquatic Invasives

Aquatic invasive species like the Eurasian water milfoil can cause problems for boaters.
Credit Robin Draheim / USFWS

Invasive species have continued to be a problem here in the Northwoods.  Nonnatives like the Eurasian water milfoil can threaten the ecology of lakes and disrupt summer recreation. 

Next week the Minocqua Brewing Company will host a public discussion of aquatic invasives.  It’s part of a monthly series at the brewpub called Science on Tap.  We sat down with the two scientists, Ben Beardmore and Alex Latzka, who will be talking about their research next week.  

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Call to action
4:37 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

District Website Provides School Funding Info

Rhinelander school district officials have developed a web page so residents concerned about school funding can keep up to date.  Rural school districts are feeling a financial squeeze as many districts have fewer students and are getting less financial aid, but still required to follow mandates.

The legislature's budget-writing group, the Joint Finance Committee, is looking at school funding at this time.

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Mole Lake Stabbing
4:24 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Forest Co. Defendant Enters Plea

Defendant Trevor Lenz was sentenced Thursday in Forest County court.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

One of six young men arrested for a February, 2012 incident where a Wausau man was stabbed  at a Mole Lake residence has been sentenced to prison.

21-year-old Trevor Lenz of Milwaukee accepted a plea bargain in Forest County court. Lenz had been charged with six counts, including party to the crime of attempted first-degree homicide. District Attorney Charles Siminio  said Lenz was less involved in the incident than the other members of the Latin Kings gang.

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