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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.
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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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Preventing Injury and Illness
5:58 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Health Officials Urge Water Safety

Health officials say pools can be a source of germs and other hazards.
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With summer weather arriving in the Northwoods, health officials are reminding the community to practice healthy swim habits. 

This week is designated Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week. 

The Oneida County Health Department says using life jackets and knowing CPR can prevent drowning and other injuries in the water. 

Melissa Nieman, Aquatics Director at the YMCA of the Northwoods, says she hears about lots of young kids going to the lake without parental supervision.  But she encourages parents to keep a close eye on their kids in the water.    

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Make up of advisory group scrutinized
10:33 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Questions Persist About State Wolf Hunt Quotas

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Last week the state Wolf Advisory Committee met in Wausau to work out proposed details of this fall's wolf hunt. The state would like to have about 350 wolves as a stable population, with projections over the winter of around 600. That is down almost 20 percent from one year earlier. 

But Nancy Warren, Great Lakes Regional Director for the National Wolfwatcher Coalition, is critical of the composition of the Advisory Committee and says they're not following the earlier intent of managing the state's wolf population.

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Writing in a Public Space
10:23 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Land O' Lakes Residents Reflect on Goals, Dreams In Public Art Project

A public art project asks community members what they want to happen in their lifetimes.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Land O' Lakes is home to a new public art project with an international reputation. 

It’s called Before I Die. It’s a kind of interactive mural project...that asks people to fill in the blank: "Before I die…"

“I want to see the cubs win the world series,” says one respondent.

“Before I die, I would like to see a kinder world,” says another.    

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Stop spead of pests, disease
11:32 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Tighter State Firewood Restrictions Begin June 1

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The effort to slow the spread of forest pests and diseases by transporting firewood gets ramped up next week.

The DNR's Coleen Robinson King says firewood restrictions close the allowable purchase circle even tighter...

"....as of June 1, the firewood allowed on state-managed properties will need to come from within 10 miles of that property. That means it should be harvested within 10 miles of that property...."

The former restricted zone was 25 miles.

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