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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
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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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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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Vilas County
4:11 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Vilas County Leadership Program Seeks New Participants

The next group of leaders is being recruited in Vilas County.

Vilas Vision was born in 2003 to find and train new leaders. More than 100 people have gone through the program.The program is in cooperation with the Lac du Flambeau tribe.

UW-Extension Community Resource Development agent Chris Stark says the program is an investment in people to improve their leadership skills. He says business people and volunteers are two key groups who could be involved.

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Privacy
4:04 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

No-Call Registration May Expire Friday

Another deadline is Friday for the state’s no-call list.  Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection officials maintain a list of phone numbers that they distribute quarterly to registered telemarketing firms, so that marketers do not call you.

Jerad Albrecht is with DATCP.  He says you need to re-register your phone number if you haven’t done so in a while.

"Numbers fall off the list every two years, so if it has been more than two years since you registered your number you're going to want to get it refreshed."

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Relates to mine project
5:51 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Forum Looks At Iron Co. Forest Land Removal

A recently-formed group has set up an educational forum next week on how county forest land will be involved in a proposed mine project.


Iron County has a portion of the proposed Penokee Hills mine.


Terry Daulton of Mercer is part of the Iron County Citizen's Forum which is sponsoring the event next Wednesday. Daulton says these forums are aimed at educating the public on issues...

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