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Budget Committee Considering Sales
3:29 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Wright Says Not All Legislators Knew Of JFC's Actions

85th Assembly Democrat Mandy Wright
Credit Wi. Legislature website

State Representative Mandy Wright is questioning the tactics of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee as the committee proposes selling off state land and property.

The Wausau Democrat says she was left in the dark prior to last Tuesday's committee vote...

"....how come I as a legislator have heard little or nothing about it. Suddenly its passed through the budget and I haven't had any chance to talk to my consituents, get their feedback and have a vote in this decision..."

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Release is Saturday
3:02 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Convicted Sex Offender To Be Released In Northwoods

Dennis Williams
Credit Wi. Department of Corrections registry

Rhinelander police are notifying the public of the release of a convicted sex offender to the community next month.


Police Chief Michael Steffes says 51 year old Dennis Williams will be released from custody this Saturday. He was convicted in July of 1998 of second-degree sexual assault of a child. Williams was sentenced to 15 years for a sexual assault in the Town of Minocqua within 90 days of release from prison by threatening a 14 year old female with a screwdriver.

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Crash being investigated
2:38 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Crash Kills Rhinelander Driver

The Oneida County Sheriff's office reports one person has died from a town of Pelican traffic accident last evening.


Deputies report a 55 year old Rhinelander man, James Hagen, was killed in the one vehicle crash on County Road "G" about 6:30 Monday evening. Hagen died at the scene.


The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, Oneida County EMS, Pelican Fire Department and the Pelican First Responders responded to the scene.


The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Call for Community Journalists
12:57 pm
Sat May 25, 2013

Become a WXPR News Contributor

Credit Peg Arnold

WXPR is expanding our news coverage. If you have a passion for local news, arts, and interesting stories about people and happenings in your area, consider becoming a contributor on WXPR.

We're recruiting volunteer citizen journalists to cover local news and events from Ironwood to Wausau-Merrill and Park Falls to Iron Mountain. Modern technology makes it possible for you to contribute from anywhere in the WXPR listening area.

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Join the Discussion
8:47 am
Sat May 25, 2013

WXPR Visits Eagle River June 20

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WXPR is hosting a community listening session in Eagle River on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm at Eagle River Roasters.

News Director Ken Krall and WXPR's new Community Features Editor, Natalie Jablonski, will be on hand to tell you more about exciting opportunities to become a contributor journalist. As WXPR expands our news service, we're looking for people with an interest in covering local news in their communities.

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Rhinelander man among deaths
7:42 am
Sat May 25, 2013

ATV Deaths Concern DNR Officials

Helmets emphasized
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State ATV officials hope to curb a quick climb in the number of ATV deaths in Wisconsin. Four people have died so far this year. One death was a Rhinelander man in an ATV crash near Merrill.

DNR Warden and ATV Administrator Gary Eddy says with summer here, more people will be on the trails. He says in some cases some people with limited experience will be driving....

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Law enforcement, domestic violence
7:31 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Legislators Get Money Restored To Budget

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State Representative Rob Swearingen joined several legislators last week to get additional money for Forest county law enforcement and for domestic violence victims.


Swearingen joined with fellow Republican Jeff Mursau of Crivitz to restore funding for additional law enforcement near tribal casinos. He says the county has two Native American casinos at the eastern and western most points...

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Thousands lose healthcare
7:12 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Advocate Says State Should Take Medicaid Money

Wisconsin Capitol
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In the past 10 days, 7 county boards have written the Joint Finance Committee preparing the budget to accept federal Medicaid dollars to help fund Wisconsin's BadgerCare program.


Three of the boards included Oneida, Lincoln and Marathon counties.


Kevin Kane from the group Citizen Action of Wisconsin says the counties know they are likely to see first hand what will happen if those dollars don't come in....

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More money in budget
7:04 am
Sat May 25, 2013

State-Youth Tribal Partnership Proposed

As part of an effort to stock more walleyes into Wisconsin lakes, the state last week announced a $13 million dollar plan to boost larger walleye fingerlings.


One part of the overall initiative was $250,000 to expand the summer Tribal Youth program, a state-tribal partnership giving high school aged tribal members the opportunity to work on natural resources related projects.


DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says the state has wanted to expand the program and now have the dollars to do so...

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Served in Afghanistan
5:20 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Vilas Deputy Wins Military Silver Star

Silver Star
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A deputy with the Vilas County Sheriff's Department will be receiving the nation's third-highest military combat decoration on Memorial Day.



Deputy Greg Fulton, also a First Sergeant in the U.S. Army, will get the Silver Star from the Army Monday at Volk Field during a ceremony. The Silver Star is being awarded to First Sergeant Fulton for his leadership and participation in combat operations in Afghanistan.


He's worked for Vilas county for 13 years. He is also certified as a law enforcement trainer.

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