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Late Spring But No Problem
5:54 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Muskie Season Set to Open

Muskies are generally found in low densities, because they are a top predator.
Credit Eric Engbretson / US Fish and Wildlife Service

Musky season opens tomorrow. State officials are predicting a normal opener, despite the late spring. 

Tim Simonson from the DNR Bureau of Fisheries Management says spawning for muskies has generally already happened. 

 “Yeah one of the reason that we open the season later in May is to allow the fish to spawn.  Usually about 50-55 degrees water temperature, they’re peaking.” 

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Three Lakes July 11-12
10:08 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Northwoods Heritage Festival Gets JEM Grant

Tourism Sec. Stephanie Klett(bottom center) at Three Lakes
Credit Dept. of Tourism

Three Lakes has also picked up state money to promote an event coming this summer.

State Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett stopped by this week to present a $7,000 Joint Effort Marketing grant to the Chamber of Commerce to promote Heritage Fest in July.

 

Northwoods Heritage Festival is a two day event taking visitors through a journey of German, Irish, Italian, Polish, and Wisconsin cultures. The festival provides guests with a taste of the past and features traditional foods, crafts, demonstrations, exhibits, dances, and music.

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Federal grant application
8:21 am
Fri May 23, 2014

ER City Council Heads Toward Downtown Street Work

Downtown Eagle River
Credit Royalbroil-en.wikipedia.org

City of Eagle River officials this week held a special meeting and took the action required to apply for federal funds to make needed improvements to Division and Main streets in downtown Eagle River. The city wants to make repairs to the street, storm sewer and utilities between Railroad and Third streets, which includes the intersection with Main street.

The price tag on the first phase of the project is $1,l67,000. If the application is successful, nearly half the cost would be paid through a Community Development Block Grant. The grant would provide $500,000.

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5:28 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Lentz New President At Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Darrell Lentz
Credit Aspirus

Aspirus Wausau Hospital has a new president, and it's the same person currently filling the position.

Darrell Lentz has been interim hospital president since last November. Prior to that, he was Aspirus Vice-President of Finance. Aspirus' Chief Executive Officer is Matt Heywood. Former CEO and President Duane Erwin retired last June.

A native of Maine, Lentz has been in health care and finance for 16 years.

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Personal reasons
5:21 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Scheussler Resigns From Forest Co. Economic Development

The Executive Director of the Forest County Economic Partnership has resigned as reported by the Florence Mining News and Forest Republican.

Jim Schuessler cited personal reasons for his decision. A call to Schuessler for comment was not immediately returned.

Schuessler has been a proponent of a proposed off-road park in Forest county which has been controversial. Proponents say the park would bring economic development. Opponents say the park could cost local taxpayers and question tactics used by those in favor of the project.

Memorial Day weekend
5:15 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

A Few Dry Days Could Result In A Forest Fire: DNR

Canadian forest fire
Credit Cameron Strandberg-commons.wikimedia.org

While wet conditions continue from a snowy winter and a cold, wet spring, a DNR ranger says don't be lulled into thinking the fire danger isn't there.

DNR Forester/Ranger John Gillen in Rhinelander says the time prior to 'green up' or the time prior to plants having new leaves, is a time when fire danger can be high. Even though it's been damp, he says things can change quickly...

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In Ceded Territory
5:07 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

State Ups Walleye Bag Limits In Northern Wisconsin

Sander vitreus
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Bag limits will be increasing on 447 northern Wisconsin lakes as the Chippewa bands are nearing the end of their walleye and muskie harvest.

DNR Treaty Fisheries Coordinator Joe Hennessey...

"....so these changes are being made in response to actual walleye harvest numbers accomplished by six bands of Wisconsin Chippewa...."

 

The six Chippewa bands harvested 27,433 walleye and 201 musky as of May 22. The average harvest of walleye since 2004 is 29,907.

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Boom Lake Log Jam
4:35 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Klett Delivers $10K Marketing Check To RCOC

Stephanie Klett(with check) delivering Joint Effort Marketing money to the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce
Credit WXPR

The state's top tourism official dropped by the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Thursday with a big check to promote this year's Boom Lake Log Jam.

Tourism Secretary Stephenie Klett delivered $10,000 in Joint Effort Marketing money to promote Rhinelander's relatively new event. She says it's a competitive marketing grant and there were many groups hoping to get some of the promotion money. She says Rhinelander's application stood out....

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
4:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Frogs Bring Spring Feelings

A chorus of frogs is a sure sign of springtime in the Northwoods.
Credit Pam Fray via commons.wikimedia.org

Among the joys of spring is hearing the frogs in Northwoods wetlands. 

This morning on his series "Wildlife Matters", DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz says the amphibian chorus has deep meaning for the ecosystem.

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Clean up site
3:58 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

County, Rhinelander Agree On Lindey Property Sale

A future parking lot
Credit WXPR

The Oneida county board has signed off on a plan to help the city of Rhinelander dispose of the hazardous Lindey Cleaners property downtown.

The former owners owe about $70,000 in back taxes, but the county was hesitant to foreclose because of the chemicals in the former dry cleaners. The city and county have reached agreement for the county to convey the property to the city, with the city paying 2014 fees.

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