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Late July election likely
2:13 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Crandon Mayor Likely To Face Recall Election

210 signatures have been gotten to recall Crandon's mayor Rob Jaeger.

A petition effort was begun by organizer Larry Alsteen who feels Jaeger is not running an open government in Crandon.

Jaeger has 10 days to review the petition and file a challenge.

City Clerk Treasurer Cindy Bradley says the matter will go to the city council, but if the petition is not successfully challenged, a recall election will take place sometime in either late July or early August.

From Northwoods Animal Hosptial
10:32 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Arbor Vitae Woman Arrested For Alleged Embezzlement

Brenda J. Wigglesworth
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

An Arbor Vitae woman has been arrested for what authorities allege is a large amount of money taken a business.
Mincoqua Police Chief David Jaeger has an update...

"...in April of 2013, it was reported to our department that a former employee had embezzled money from the Northwoods Animal Hospital located here in Mincoqua on Blumenstein Road. While investigating that theft it was found that large amounts of money were missing....."

Arrested was 47 year old Brenda J. Wigglesworth.

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Wanting to Protect Groundwater
10:02 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Oneida County To Inspect Older Septic Systems

While older septic tanks were often made out of steel, newer ones are usually concrete or plastic.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Oneida County is trying to inventory and inspect older septic systems.  Until recently the county only required regular inspections on systems built after 1980.

But Oneida County Zoning Administrator Karl Jennrich says that has changed.  The county now needs to inspect all of them. 

“ Which is kind of interesting this year, because there are individuals that we’ve contacted that don’t know anything about their septic system, that may never have had it inspected or pumped – that don’t even know what they have for a system.” 

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Keeping Kids Fed
2:00 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Rhinelander Schools Offer Free Breakfast and Lunch in Summer

School is almost out…but the Rhinelander School District wants to make sure kids get enough to eat even after the school year is over. 

It’s offering free breakfast and lunch for four weeks starting June 16th.. 

Food Service Director Pat Karaba says most of kids who attend summer school do take advantage of the summer food program.  But it’s open to all kids under the age of 18.

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Communicating Problems and Solutions
1:09 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

County Lake Associations Will Meet Friday

Each county has its own rules for protecting shorelines, so each may face different issues.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Six county lake associations are meeting on Friday in Rhinelander.

It’s a meeting that happens every other year…so groups can share ideas about protecting shorelines and waters.

Bob Martini is President of Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association.  He says counties face very different situations depending on how protective shoreline ordinances are.  But some issues are shared. 

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An Investigative Piece
12:16 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Al Jazeera America To Air Film on Penokee Mine

Filmmakers from 371 Productions journeyed to northern Wisconsin to gather footage for their documentary.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Controversy over a proposed iron mine in northern Wisconsin will get some national attention this weekend, when a documentary on the topic airs on Al Jazeera America’s investigative program Fault Lines.

Milwaukee-based 371 Productions filmed and edited the piece over the past nine months. 

Producers made a series of trips to northern Wisconsin to look at the impact an iron mine could have on tourism and natural resources. 

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Hoping to Strengthen Community
3:00 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

Tribe Funds College Course At County Jail

Lac du Flambeau is helping offer college courses to inmates in Vilas County Jail. 

Lac du Flambeau Education and Workforce Development Director Joni Theobald says the program will be open to tribal and nontribal inmates.

She says it’s an effort to help inmates, who may lack higher education or workforce skills, to move forward.

“We see those correlations, of lack of college or even a lack of high school completion.  How can we help them make productive use, or start introducing that reintegration process? 

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Government
5:42 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Federal Judge Rules Wisconsin's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

A federal judge has overturned Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban.   

In her decision Friday afternoon, U.S District Judge Barbara Crabb cited the US Supreme Court’s overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act. 

Wisconsin’s Attorney General AG Van Hollen describes it as a setback and says current law remains in force. 

Van Hollen says he will file emergency motions in federal courts to stay Judge Crabb's order, in response to reports of some county clerks already issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Biking Grows in Popularity
5:12 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Boulder Junction Awaits Bike Trail Connection

Boulder Junction offers 29 miles of paved bike trails, and soon will connect to another trail in Manitowish Waters.
Credit Pete Rondello

Boulder Junction is hoping to rally enthusiasm for its growing bike trail system this summer.

Chamber of Commerce Director Theresa Smith says the original Boulder Junction trail was built in 1994 and has been expanding ever since.  Right now there are 29 miles of paved trail connecting Boulder Junction with Sayner and St. Germaine.  And she says there’s more to come.

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
4:56 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Migratory Birds in the Northwoods

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says indigo buntings get their color not from pigment in their feathers, but in the way the feathers reflect light.
Credit Dan Pancamo

Today we hear the next in our series Wildlife Matters.  DNR Wildlife Biologist takes a look at some of the migratory birds we see here in the Northwoods.

    

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