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Creel census data studied
3:18 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

New Bag Limits For 14 Northwoods Lakes

Walleye teeth
Credit Oakley Originals-Flickr

14 of 21 lakes named yesterday receiving higher daily walleye bag limits are in Oneida, Vilas and Price counties.

The DNR announced changes Monday increasing daily limits from one to two on 21 lakes. May 28, Governor Walker approved an emergency rule adopted by the Natural Resources Board allowing the increases.

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Son sentenced last month
2:47 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Probation For LDF Woman Convicted On Oxy Charges

Oxycodone
Credit commons.wikipedia.org

A Lac du Flambeau woman has escaped long prison time after her son was sentenced last month to more than three years in federal prison.

Federal Judge Barbara Crabb in Madison sentenced 54 year old Lois Vetterneck to a one-year term of probation. She had entered  after a guilty plea April 2 to distributing Oxycodone.

In April 2013, confidential informants purchased Oxycodone from Lois Vetterneck and her son Brandon, on three occasions.

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Allows benefits previously denied
2:20 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Same-Sex Ruling Also Impacts Social Security Benefits

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A long-time U.S. Social Security official says the recent ruling in Wisconsin allowing same-sex marriages also has profound affects on that program.

Webster Phillips worked for Social Security for 31 years before retiring. He now is a staff member of the National Commitee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

Prior to Judge Barbara Crabb's ruling last week, Phillips says partners were not eligible for benefits others received....

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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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