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Opportunity for New Artists
7:14 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Nicolet to Host WRAP Show; Entry Deadline Soon

There’s a call for entries for the Wisconsin Regional Arts Program, also known as WRAP, to be held at Nicolet College in June. Katy Ralph is the gallery director at Nicolet College, and she encourages all artists over the age of 14 to send in their original work.

"And that is for anybody who does any kind of art: 2 dimensional, 3 dimensional. They don’t need to be a practicing artist, and may never have shown their work before, but we just want people to get their work on the walls."

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Sheriff's Second-In-Command
5:14 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

New Chief Deputy Selected for Oneida County

The Oneida County Sheriff’s office has a new chief deputy.  Sheriff Grady Hartman announced today that he has selected Lieutenant Daniel Hess to fill the position.  It has been vacant since March when former Chief Deputy John Sweeney retired.  The Chief Deputy is second in command at the Sheriff’s office, and is in charge when the sheriff is absent. 

Ice Slowly Melting
4:21 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Northwoods Fishing Season Off to Slow Start

Credit David de la Luz / https://flic.kr/p/uX3Vq

Heading into the second weekend of fishing season, conditions look slightly more favorable than they did for the opener.

Mel’s Trading Post Owner Mitch Mode says more and more lakes are opening up.    

“Well things are looking better, we’ve had some warm weather this week, we’ve had some rain.  Rain certainly helps break up the ice.  Warm weather starts to drive the water temperature up, and everything comes around water temperature.”

That temperature affects fish spawning cycles, and that affects what fish do and where they can be found. 

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
6:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

It's Tick Time And That Means Be Ready

Tick season is upon us.
Credit Stuart Meek via commons.wikimedia.org

Next, in his continuing outdoor series "Wildlife Matters", DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz talks about what makes ticks tick, and how you can keep yourself from having the same problem is favorite dog happened to contract.

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz. Listen again for "Wildlife Matters".

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16 new leaders
5:57 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

2014 Leadership Oneida County Class Graduates

Natalie Jablonski(front, left) of WXPR among 16 Leadership Oneida County graduates
Credit Oneida Co. UW-Extension

16 members of Leadership Oneida County graduated Thursday from this year's program.

Recognizing a need to develop local leaders, a professional group started the first class in 2009. The candidates spend 9 months learning what Oneida county has to offer in terms of services, industry and business, human care, media and other topics.

Oneida County UW-Extension leader Erica Brewster says this year's graduates were younger than prior candidates...

 

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Job training for 14-21 year olds
5:45 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Agency Seeking Out Of Work Youth

Credit aspirepost.com

A local agency is looking to speak to Northwoods young people who are out of the workforce and looking for a career.

Serena Adler is Workforce Investment Act Youth Team Leader for Forward Service Corporation. They help young people ages 14 to 21 find work. But she says they're having a hard time locating certain young job seekers....

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Speakers and Field Trips
5:39 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Looking and Learning: Birding Festival This Weekend

Evening grosbeaks
Credit Alan Huett

A birding festival this weekend gets people out and about to Northwoods birding spots.

The North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters hosts the Northwoods Birding Festival this weekend.

Discovery Center Research and Monitoring Coordinator Heather Lumpkin says it aims to engage birders of all levels. 

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All non-tribal members
5:32 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

28 Non-Tribal Members Expelled At Lac du Flambeau

Credit ldftribe.com

28 persons have been told by Lac du Flambeau government and tribal police that they have 48 hours to leave the reservation.

None of the 28 persons who were notified are tribal members.

Tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms says this is part of an on-going crackdown on illegal activity on the reservation...

"....as a result of some on-going investigations, the tribal council acted through a resolution passed that excludes 28 individuals from either physically residing or coming onto the Lac du Flambeau reservation...."

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Tapping Trees in Merrill
4:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Technology Meets Mystery in Maple Sugar Season

Natalie Jablonski WXPR News

Maple syrup production in northern Wisconsin is wrapping up for the season.  For small producers a fickle weather pattern meant it wasn’t a great season in terms of syrup quantity.  But for larger producers who use more high-tech systems, it was still an above average year.  And the reasons behind these sap dynamics are still somewhat of a mystery. 

The day I visit Maple Hollow Farm near Merrill Wisconsin is muddy and cool – a typical backdrop for a process that takes place only in spring, when the sap is running. 

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Chaired Speaker's Task Force
4:01 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Swearingen: Action On Schools Report Likely In Next Budget

Rep. Rob Swearingen(R-Rhinelander)
Credit Wisconsin.gov

The chair of the Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural School thinks some sought after changes asked by educators will come out of the effort. The bipartisan Task Force was put together to hear from educators and parents about the challenges facing rural schools.

Representative Rob Swearingen says after touring the state he came away with greater knowledge on the challenges facing rural schools. He says lack of broadband access hurts students, citing Eagle River area schools as an example..

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