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Questions About Environmental Protection
1:00 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

LDF To Hold Referendum On ATV Trail

ATVs could bring visitors, or environmental damage.
Credit Wisconsin DNr

A proposal for an ATV trail in Lac du Flambeau goes to a referendum this week. Tribal members will cast votes this Thursday on whether they want to allow a 23-mile ATV trail to cross the reservation.

The Lakeland ATV Club has proposed to construct and maintain the trail, which some say would benefit the tribe by bringing more visitors and tourists.

But others have voiced concern about noise, dust and the environmental impact of the trail.

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Demonstrations and Conversations
5:25 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Northern Resort to Host Art Fair

A Lac du Flambeau resort is holding an art fair this weekend.  The event hosted by Dillman’s Bay Resort showcases artists doing one-hour demonstrations of their work. 

President of Dillman’s Creative Arts Foundation Denny Robertson says the resort has been hosting art workshops since 1978…that draw locals and visitors from big cities. 

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In Response to Public Demand
5:23 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Plan for Smaller Torpy Park Pavilion Moves Forward

Public outcry over a plan to take out more than a dozen trees in downtown Minocqua has prompted a revision.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

The Minocqua Plan Commission has given its blessing to a new shelter design plan for Torpy Park.  

The Minocqua Lions Club’s original plan drew public outcry when it proposed to remove 13 trees to make way for a large structure.  Many argued that the old white pines are essential to the aesthetics of the downtown park. 

Minocqua Town Chair Mark Hartzheim says the revised plan calls for a building about half the size of the original design.

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License Required to Bore Holes
4:33 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Gogebic Taconite Plans More Drilling, Data Collection in Penokees

Gogebic Taconite is working to collect environmental baseline data at the site of a proposed iron mine.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Gogebic Taconite has indicated it plans to drill more holes in the Penokee Range this summer, though the DNR says the company hasn’t yet applied for the needed permission.

DNR hydrologist and mining project lead Larry Lynch says the DNR must first grant a license for any exploratory drilling. 

“So in order to get that they have to give us the locations of the holes, what their target depths might be, how they intend to maintain the site, handle stormwater…basically give us a good description of what they intend to do.” 

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Visitors Arriving in Northwoods
4:27 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Tourist Season Off to Solid Start

Now that Memorial Day weekend is behind us, many businesses are reporting a strong start to the summer tourism season. 

Minocqua Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Baltus says business seems to have been higher than usual for the holiday weekend. 

 “It was definitely up for the businesses that I spoke to.  I talked to a couple of different restaurants that said it was their largest Saturday on Memorial Weekend that they’ve ever had.  Typically Memorial Day is not the best weekend – but we certainly proved that wrong.” 

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
11:02 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Gardening for Rain and Wildlife

Rain gardens slow down runoff and help water seep into the ground.
Credit Rogersoh via http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rain_garden.jpg

As many people work to put in their gardens this time of year, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz is gardening with particular goals in mind.  As part of his ongoing series Wildlife Matters, Holtz reflects on gardening for wildlife.  

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Emergency Rule Approved
5:41 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

DNR to Consider Raising Bag Limits on More Lakes

A few more lakes could still see higher bag limits for walleye. 

The state Natural Resources Board has approved an emergency rule that gives the DNR slightly more leeway in adjusting bag limits for nontribal anglers. 

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Possible County Ownership
3:57 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Forest County Board Hears Proposal in Closed Session

Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Forest County Board of Supervisors heard the details of a proposed off-road park Tuesday night in closed session. 

RT Krueger, President of the Forest County Economic Development Partnership, says the session was closed because it involved details of possible land purchases that can’t be public. 

He says now county board members have the details they’ve been waiting for.              

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Board Approves Changes
3:47 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

NRB Approves Buck-Only Hunts, Expands Trolling

DNR officials want to let northern Wisconsin's deer herd recover.
Credit Ken Thomas

Deer hunting season will be buck-only this fall for many northern counties.  

The state Natural Resources Board has approved DNR staff recommendations for a zero quota antlerless deer hunt in 19 counties and four tribal reservations.  State officials say the restrictions are necessary to let population levels in the northern forest recover…after a harsh winter took its toll on the deer herd.

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Outlining Park Specifics
6:00 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Committee Proposes Location, County Land Purchase for Off-Road Park

The proposed site is north of Laona and east of Argonne in Forest County.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Proponents of a controversial off-road park in Forest County have unveiled the details of their proposal. 

A planning committee has selected a location north of Laona, near the intersections of county highways G and O.  It includes a stretch of the Peshtigo River. 

The group Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Incorporated wants Forest County to purchase the 10-thousand acre site over a series of several years and phases.  The land is currently held by private companies Crandon Timber and Plum Creek. 

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