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10:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Downtown Rhinelander Hosting Property Open House

Credit WXPR

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. is hosting its second open house Saturday morning(5/17) for people interested in looking at available downtown real estate and buildings.

Executive Director Maggie Steffen says the idea is a type of one-stop shopping if you're looking for a property for a business....

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Hospital Week
3:27 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Hospitals Are Economic Engines In Many Communities

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You rarely think about your local hospital until you or someone you know needs its services. But a spokesperson for the Wisconsin Hospital Association says not only do they provide healthcare, but hospitals are local economic engines.

Hospital Week is being recognized. Executive Vice-President Eric Borgerding reveals  how busy hospitals can be...

 

"....53,000 people in our state on a daily basis had an encounter with their community hospital...."

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November Constitutional Amendment vote
2:20 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Voters Could Decide Fate Of State's Transportation Fund

Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation Sec. Mark Gottlieb
Credit WXPR

The Secretary is hopeful new funding methods will come forward for the state's Transportation fund and voters will help out the situation. Late last month, the D.O.T. revealed a $63 million dollar deficit by next year.

A variety of reasons are said to cause the deficit, including fewer driving miles by motorists and more fuel efficient vehicles. Gas tax revenue makes up a large portion of the revenue.

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High Winter Mortality
2:16 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

DNR Says No Does For Hunters Up North

The deer herd suffered this winter, and the DNR wants to give it a chance to bounce back.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The DNR is proposing a buck-only hunt for most northern counties.  That’s in response to a harsh winter and high deer mortality.

DNR Big Game Ecologist Kevin Wallenfang says not hunting does will give the deer herd a chance to rebound.

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Poison Meant for Predators
12:22 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Sowinskis Plead Guilty In Eagle Poisoning Case

The Sowinskis have pled guilty to illegal possession of a dead bald eagle.
Credit Ron Holmes / US Fish and Wildlife Service

A father and son from Sugar Camp have pled guilty in federal court to illegal possession of a dead bald eagle.

65-year-old Alvin Sowinski and 46-year-old Paul Sowinski were arrested last fall after authorities found mounting evidence of animal poisoning.

A DNR Warden began the investigation in May 2007 after finding a bald eagle, crow, gray squirrel and bobcat on the Sowinski property…all dead from consuming a poison called Carbofuran.  Between 2007 and 2010 officials say they found dozens of poisoned animals, including at least two bald eagles.

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Natural Resources
5:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Planting Seeds for the Future: Trees For Tomorrow Celebrates 70 Years

Credit Trees for Tomorrow staff

 

The year is 1944. While WWII rages abroad, manufacturers at home strain to keep up the supply of resources. Nine paper and utility companies in northern Wisconsin look at the felled forests around them and decide to form an organization to ensure that there will still be resources for the future.

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Woodstock and Beyond
4:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Like Living in Your Imagination: Hendrix's Coat Evokes 1960s Memories

Ray Quicksilver, sporting the coat given to him by Jimi Hendrix.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

This is the story of a special coat that currently resides in the Northwoods.  

It’s a long burgundy, double-breasted coat once worn by both John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix.  It’s now owned by Rhinelander resident Ray Quicksilver.

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Quicksilver to hear how Hendrix came to give him the coat.  It all started when Quicksilver’s father sent him to live with a relative in California…which landed him right in the middle of the countercultural movement of the 1960s.    

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Infrastructure upgrade
5:19 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Lower Property Insurance Rates Likely In Rhinelander

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Rhinelander residents should be seeing lower rates on property insurance thanks to upgrades in the city's infrastructure.

City Administrator Blaine Oborn says an independent agency rates municipalities on things like fire protection.

Oborn says the scale is up to 9. Rhinelander had been rated at a 5, but the rating dropped to a 3. The lower the rating, the better....

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Returns to Northwoods
5:10 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Volunteer Says Arkansas Tornado "like a bomb went off"

Vilonia, Arkansas tornado
Credit Virginia Millwood-commons.wikimedia.org

What she saw in Arkansas was sobering.

American Red Cross Disaster Relief volunteer Carol Miller of Rhinelander has returned home after helping out in the Little Rock area earlier this month. A wave of tornados struck the south in late April, causing massive damage, deaths and injuries. Miller is a registered nurse and helped at hospitals where survivors and families relayed tragic stories...

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Hoping to Draw Community Members
4:21 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Camp Birchrock Says It's Back on Track

A summer camp outside of Rhinelander is hoping a spring clean-up day will help get the word out that things are back up and running.

Camp Birchrock has been in the community since the 1940s.  But it faced a 2011 scandal when its director was ousted for placing illegal cameras at the camp and stealing from the organization.

Treasurer Jim Rice says new leadership is in place.

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