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Promoting School and Community
1:50 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Three Lakes Schools Will Build Sign to Get the Word Out

Three Lakes will soon be home to a new digital message board.  The Three Lakes School District and the Chamber of Commerce are putting up a fourteen-foot sign that will feature community events and announcements. 

School District Administrator George Karling says one of its goals is to get more exposure for Three Lakes Schools.

“We’ve had people move into the outer fringes, and they’ve told us later, we weren’t aware there was a school here.  We thought you went to school in one of the neighboring communities.”

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New U.S.G.S. research
11:39 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Research: Wolf-Coyote Mating is Possible

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A new report finds that female coyotes can give birth to mixed wolf-coyote pups. The study could have implications in the debate regarding placing wolves on the endangered species according to one researcher.

Three groups, including the U.S. Geological Society did the research.

U.S. G. S.'s Dr. David Mech says the study adds a bit of information to an on-going debate among geneticists about whether eastern gray wolves are a unique species from it's western U.S. counterpart....

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Tune in Thursday, March 13 at 7 PM
10:50 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Garnet Rogers Concert- Postponed

Due to inclement weather across Ontario, we unfortunately need to postpone the "Garnet Rogers- Live From the White Pine Concert" and interview scheduled for Thursday, March 13th. We will notify ticket holders and listeners once a new date has been confirmed.

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Wildlife Matters
9:38 am
Thu February 27, 2014

How Wildlife Cope in Winter

Ruffed grouse are one of many species that have adapted to survive in winter.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Next on his commentary "Wildlife Matters" DNR biologist Jeremy Holtz says there are critters in the woods that can adapt to winter, just like humans.

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Skiing the Nikkerbeiner
4:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Good Old Days of Wooden Skis

Nikkerbeiner skiers line up, sporting their finest knickers, sweaters and wool socks.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The American Birkebeiner is well known for its difficulty and impressive distance: a course more than 30 miles long that takes hours to complete. 

But Birkie weekend hosts other events, including one that celebrates the Nordic roots of cross country skiing: the second annual Nikkerbeiner race on wooden skis.

On the streets of downtown Hayward, it’s easy to spot the Nikkerbeiner skiers among the fray.  They’re the ones wearing woolen knickers, knee socks, and an occasional Vikingish helmet. 

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Garage Fire in Vilas County
4:12 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Plum Lake Blaze Consumes Two Structures

A fire near Sayner destroyed two structures and one vehicle Wednesday.  The Vilas County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call just before 11 am…reporting a garage fire at 8616 Camp Highland Road in the township of Plum Lake.  The blaze fully engulfed the garage and the vehicle inside.  The fire also spread to an adjoining mobile home.  Both structures were destroyed. 

The Vilas County Sheriff’s office responded to the fire along with crews from Plum Lake Fire, Saint Germain Fire, Boulder Junction Fire, Westside RIT and Wisconsin Public Service.

Convicted twice
3:53 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Sex Offender Moves To New Location In Oneida Co.

Steven A. Kunze
Credit Wi. Dept. of Corrections

  

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department says a convicted sex offender has been released to the community and they are providing public information on his new residence.

Steven A. Kunze was convicted in 2001 and 2006 of felony sex offenses, including second degree sexual assault and exposing genitals to a child. Kunze was placed on parole in 2013 and was living in Rhinelander. Kunze recently relocated to 3441 County Highway Q in the town of Enterprise, Oneida county.

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Planned for 2017
3:39 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

DOT Gets Public Input On U.S. 51 In Woodruff, AV

U.S. 51
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A town chairman says they will sit down as a board soon and discuss the state's construction options for U.S.51.

Tuesday evening, the Department of Transportation held a public information session on a proposed road upgrade between 3rd Street and state Highway 70 in the towns of Woodruff and Arbor Vitae. The state presented a series of options.. Minocqua had its portion redone this year. Hazelhurst in Oneida county also is in the construction cue.

Woodruff Chairman Michael Timmons says the board will meet soon...

 

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Captured in Florida
3:29 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Escapee Enters Plea, Sentencing in April

Todd Brecht
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

The convicted killer that escaped custody in Oneida County was back in court Tuesday.

54-year-old Todd Brecht walked away from the Camp McNaughton State Prison October 1st, and wasn’t located until three days later. Brecht had ridden buses and taxi cabs until he was arrested on a bus in Orlando, Florida.

Brecht appeared for a pre-trial conference with Judge Michael Bloom, where he entered a guilty plea. He will remain in the Oneida county jail awaiting an April 29th sentencing hearing.

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Thinking Spring
3:14 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Gardening Project to Host Seed Swap

Gardeners save seeds to reduce cost and encourage genetic diversity.
Credit Alex Bayley

Gardeners will be swapping seeds next week in Eagle River.  The Seed to Seed Edible Garden Project and Vilas County Master Gardeners are hosting the fourth annual exchange of vegetable and flower seeds.

Debbie Jircik is founder of Seed to Seed.  She says seed saving is the process of letting plants flower and go to seed at the end of the season, and saving those seeds for next year’s planting. 

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