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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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Rural Schools Task Force
3:55 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Wright Says GOP Kicking Education 'Down The Road'

Rep. Mandy Wright(D-Wausau)
Credit Wisconsin.gov

Former teacher and Assembly Democrat Mandy Wright from Wausau says the legislature had a chance to move on some recommendations from the report but majority Republicans said no.

Wright was a member of the bipartisan Speakers Task Force on Rural Schools.

She says she agrees with most of report, a couple she disagrees with, but she says the report was written in good faith. But she says the report is not specific on how to make changes. She says educators were clear what their needs are....

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Appreciates college community support
3:48 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Burmaster Says She Will Miss The Northwoods

Libby Burmaster
Credit Frederick Community College

Nicolet

College's departing president says she will greatly miss the Northwoods.

Tuesday, Libby Burmaster told staff she was returning to her hometown of Frederick, Maryland to be president of the community college there.

Burmaster succeeded Adrian Lorbetske at Nicolet in 2009. She had been Superintendent of the state Department of Public Instruction prior to coming to Nicolet. She says she loves the school and the Northwoods and enjoyed the work put in by the communities for the college...

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More jobs
3:41 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Sartori Cheese Breaks Ground In Antigo For Expansion

Sartori Cheese  in Antigo Wednesday broke ground on a $14 million expansion and renovation of its facilities in Antigo and Plymouth, a project expected to create up to 53 new jobs.

The family-owned cheese company, which is also celebrating its 75th  anniversary, plans to update equipment, improve employee work conditions enhancing safety while expanding capacity.

Lots of water
1:00 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Flowage Levels Close to Maximum

Lots of water is passing through dams, as the Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company opens the gates of the Rainbow and Willow Flowages.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Wisconsin River levels are high in the Rhinelander area, thanks to rain and snow melt.  Water is being released from flowages as they near their maximum levels. 

The Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company controls most dams and water levels on the Wisconsin River.  Operations Manager Peter Hansen says the company is releasing a lot of water from the Rainbow Flowage…which is close to its maximum level.

“We have a maximum elevation that we must not allow it to go over, so we have the gates open and the water level is coming down slowly on a daily basis now.” 

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Minocqua Lions offer finds opposition
8:31 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

No Action But Opinions Strong On Torpy Park Trees

Torpy Park pines part of Minocqua skyline
Credit en.wikipedia.org-Royalbroil

The Minocqua town board took no action on a plan by the Minocqua Lions to build a pavilion at Torpy Park. But debate about whether to remove trees in the park brought out many opinions.

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Concern Over White Pines
5:43 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Torpy Park Controversy Prompts Town Meeting

A special town hall meeting is taking place Tuesday evening in Minocqua, regarding the fate of a group of trees in Torpy Park. 

The Minocqua Lions Club wants to build a new shelter in Torpy Park, and in the process remove about a dozen white pines estimated to be over a hundred years old. 

Many locals are up in arms about the plan, and have been contacting town officials and spreading the word through social media.  They say they like the atmosphere the trees provide, and say the trees are a vestige of old growth forest in the Northwoods. 

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