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Announced Last Week
4:33 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

New Chamber Director Takes the Reins

Dana DeMet had his first day on the job as Executive Director of the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The new Executive Director for the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce had his first day on the job Monday.  Rhinelander native Dana DeMet says he’s busy getting up to speed on upcoming events like the Hodag Home Show. 

He says one of his goals as chamber director is to help make membership a measurable benefit. 

“I’m really looking forward to expanding on not only just the events that we have, but putting together some measurable results or goals.  I really want to foster the true value for the chamber’s members.” 

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Under Investigation
9:53 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Vilas Man Likely Froze to Death

Vilas county officials are investigating the death of a 49 year old St. Germain man.

Sheriff Joe Fath says Wade Willey was found Saturday evening dead and frozen to the ground. Fath says Willey was last seen about 1:00 a.m. Saturday. Fath says they think Willey succumbed to the extremely cold weather. Fath says alcohol may have been a factor in the death.

The Vilas County Coroner and the Sheriff's office continue to investigate. 

Meager Food Available
9:47 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Birds Face Shrinking Winter Food Supply

Robins returning in time for spring may be unprepared for wintry conditions.
Credit Marc Evans

Deer aren’t the only wildlife having a hard time finding food this winter.  

Wildlife rehabilitator Marge Gibson of the Raptor Education Group says she’s worried about many of the region’s birds.  She says the rehab center near Antigo is seeing birds like red-tailed hawks, chickadees and even robins.    

“What is unusual is the way that they’re coming in.  People are finding them really not moving very much – they’re kind of in a hypothermic state.  Their breathing is slowed, their heartrate is slowed, and they go into almost a torpor state.” 

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Nicolet College Among Four
5:24 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Walker Supports Direct Technical College Funding

The state's budget surplus is likely to be used to help reduce local property taxes by more fully funding Wisconsin's Technical College system.

During a stop Friday in Rhinelander, Governor Scott Walker says the plan would give direct property tax relief by picking up the majority of technical college costs from the local levy. Walker says the action would not affect local governance....

 

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Toxic material found
1:22 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Funding For Lindey Cleanup Appears Positive Says Council Leader

Funding appears to be in the pipeline for a closed dry cleaning business that has been identified as having toxic material.

That assessment from Rhinelander City Council Finance Committee Chair Mark Pelletier. The former Lindey Cleaners building on Stevens Street has been identified as a spot that needs cleanup says Pelletier....

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More funding needed
12:28 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Northwoods Broadband Effort Moving Forward

A slow but steady move forward is how a spokesperson for the Lac du Flambeau tribe describes the effort to provide a regional high-speed internet service.

The tribe, Vilas County Economic Development and the town of Minocqua and others are partners in the effort.

Tribal Education Director Joni Theobald says a key step was a completed feasibility study...

 

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Named late Friday
6:45 am
Sat March 1, 2014

New Director At Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce

Late Friday Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce officials named a Harshaw resident as its new Executive Director.

Dana DeMet, comes to the chamber after he served two years as administrator and later business manager at Palantir.net, a Chicago-based web development firm.

DeMet succeeds Lara Reed who left the chamber to work for Ministry Health Care.

Stop in Rhinelander
4:47 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Walker Says Milwaukee Staff Isn't His State Staff

Governor Scott Walker says the controversy surrounding his top aides while he was Milwaukee County Executive isn't applicable now because...he says....they aren't around anymore.

Walker says the current administrative team is effective....

"...a handful of people who no longer work with me who are out of the way of state government right now. Instead, the people I have around me are helping us to provide the largest sector job growth we've had in April through December last year...."

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24th year
10:59 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Klondike Days In Eagle River March 1 & 2

One of the largest winter festivals in Wisconsin is set for Saturday and Sunday in Eagle River.

Klondike Days is in it's 24th year. The event is labeled as an historic festival bringing back how Wisconsin looked two centuries ago.

Executive Director Amy Young says the event is geared for family entertainment. She emphasizes in the cold weather, you can also do things inside...

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Thief filed taxes ahead of victim
3:20 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Rhinelander Man Struggles To Reclaim Stolen Identity

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If you think it can't happen to you, talk to Pete Cody of Rhinelander. He's a victim of identity theft and it's taken a lot of time to repair his finances. He spoke with Ken Krall about it.

Cody says he also had to file a report with the Federal Trade Commission, all his banking institutions and he says he's holding his breath hoping nothing else bad happens.

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