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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
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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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Died in Mosul, Iraq 2004
3:24 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Law Enforcement Memorial Dedicated To Stephen Martin

Dedicated to Stephen G. Martin
Credit WXPR

A law enforcement memorial was dedicated Wednesday(5/14) at the Rhinelander Police Department, specifically remembering the life of fallen Rhinelander police Sergeant Stephen Martin.

Sergeant Martin was a veteran member of city police. He was also a sergeant in the 330th Military Police Detachment of the Army Reserve.. On June, 24, 2004, Martin and others stopped a suicide bomber trying to destroy a police training facility. Martin was critically injured and died a week later.

Mayor Dick Johns honored Martin's duty...

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Verifying information
4:50 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

OC Deputies Contacting Registered Sex Offenders

Oneida County Law Enforcement Center
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Oneida County Sheriff's deputies are stopping by each registered sex offender to make sure offenders are compliant with the state program.

Detective Sergeant Terri Hook says the deputies will make sure the information on state file is correct in the Sex Offender Verification Program....

 

"....deputies are going to be assigned to each offender on the registry. They will make personal contact with them to make sure the information is correct, such as where they are living, where they are working, that kind of information...."

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Lions to meet Wednesday
4:45 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Smaller Pavilion, Fewer Trees Lost In Latest Minocqua Proposal

Torpy Park trees in distance
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 The Minocqua Plan Commission will ask the town board to look at whether to remove some problem trees at Torpy Park. At a meeting Tuesday(5/13) the commission also heard a scaled-back proposal for a pavilion by the Minocqua Lions at the park.

Last week, more than 120 residents discussed a proposal for a new 54 by 96 foot pavilion that would require the removal of 11 old trees. Many were opposed to removing the trees, though a few of the trees were said to be diseased.

Town chair Mark Hartzheim says the Lions brought forward a proposal for a smaller pavilion...

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Engaging with Options
4:22 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Nicolet Career Expo Draws Hundreds

Nicolet Career Expo for 7th grade students
Credit Peg Arnold

More than 600 middle school students learned about career options today in Rhinelander.  Seventh graders from schools around the Northwoods attended the Nicolet College Career Expo. 

Organizer and Career Coach Kelly Anunson says it’s the second time Nicolet has hosted the event…that tries to draw a variety of exhibitors.

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Says he understands impacts of crime
12:02 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Brecht Gets More Prison Time For OC Escape

Todd Brecht
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Office

Todd Brecht was closing in on a time when he might rejoin society after a killing in 1985. That plan took a sharp curve Tuesday when he was sentenced for escape.

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Warning issued
6:52 am
Tue May 13, 2014

D.A.--Committee Violated Open Meetings Law

Rhinelander city hall
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A Rhinelander committee violated the state's open meetings law, but won't get fined...this time.

City council member Alex Young asked for an investigation into a meeting held April 2 by the Rhinelander Tourism Marketing Committee. District Attorney Michael Schiek had the Oneida County Sheriff's Department investigate.

In response, Schiek said the committee is a group that falls under the provisions of the open meetings law, and as such, must give a full 24 hours public notice prior to meeting. The meeting had been noticed on April 1, with the meeting held 22 hours later.

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