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Town of Cassian fire
3:13 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Autopsy To Determine Identity Of Fire Victim

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An autopsy is being done to positively identify the victim of a Monday afternoon house fire in the Oneida county town of Cassian.

Oneida County Sheriff's officials report the fire at 3892 Woodland Trail...north of Tomahawk. The home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

Lieutenant Dan Hess says further investigation on the body of the victim is being done...

 

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Public Comment Period Underway
3:09 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Northwoods Waters Listed On Impaired Waters List

A Northwestern Wisconsin lake.
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The DNR is out with an update list of waters that are listed as having too much pollution in them. They are also asking for public comment on the list.

Water Resources Management Specialist Aaron Larson told Ken Krall says states are required by the EPA to develop this list every other year.

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Public School Choice Time
2:38 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Open Enrollment Period Begins

School districts hope more students enroll there, as it brings more state resources.
Credit Christopher Sessums

Open enrollment begins this week.  Wisconsin families have the option of enrolling their kids in any public school district, even if they live outside its boundaries.  

  For some districts open enrollment brings more revenue, while for others it draws resources out of the area. 

Northland Pines right now is losing about 70 students, but has a net positive gain with around 85 coming in.   District Administrator Mike Richie says they’ve been on the positive end of the equation since 2010, and he keeps a close eye on the numbers. 

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Fixing Frozen Pipes is Expensive
6:14 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Rhinelander to Run Water All Day and Night

It's cheaper for 3400 customers to run water constantly than to keep thawing frozen pipes.
Credit Scott Akerman

Rhinelander water users are being asked to run their water 24/7 to prevent frozen pipes. 

Tim Kingman, Rhinelander Director of Public Works, says the city has been thawing out dozens of households every day. 

“At a certain point in time, we have to make some hard decisions here to let this water be run on a system wide basis.  The reason we do so is it’s the best economy we can get.”

Thawing out frozen pipes for hundreds of people is very expensive.    Running water constantly is also expensive, but still cheaper than the alternative. 

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School Closed Unexpectedly
5:28 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Heat Problems Resolved at Central

In Rhinelander, Central Intermediate School is scheduled to be open Tuesday after Monday's unexpected closing.  School District officials say part of the school’s electrical system failed, affecting the heat in the building. 

Staff became aware of the problem around 6 am and called WPS. 

But the announcement software designed to alert parents of school closings also malfunctioned.  Rhinelander Schools Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says parents were notified late.

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Sometimes on snowmobile trails
5:15 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Fat Tire Bikes Appearing On Winter Recreational Trails

Winter biking in the woods
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Fatter-tired bikes are popping up on winter recreational trails and a DNR spokesperson says to keep in mind legalities and safety.

The bikes have ultra-wide tires for traction. Brigit Brown, state trails coordinator for the DNR, says this has led to concern over potential collisions between snowmobilers and the slower bikes. Brown says on the bikes are legal on state-owned linear trails, but can't operate on snowmobile trails not owned by the state...

 

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Downtown fundraiser
4:44 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Taste Of Chocolate Friday Evening In Rhinelander

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A mid-winter event in downtown Rhinelander that has drawn big crowds happens Friday. The 7th Annual "Taste of Chocolate" gives chocolate fans a chance to sample in various downtown stores. There's also a sizeable prize to be won by a lucky patron.

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.'s Maggie Steffen says besides being a good time, guests can visit stores they haven't been to...

 

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Maintaining Bone Health
4:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Vitamin D Supplements May Keep Bones Strong

Vitamin D could help prevent osteoporosis and falls in older adults.  That’s the message from an aging specialist from Madison giving a talk at this week’s Science on Tap discussion.    

Winter in the Northwoods means…not a lot of sunshine.  And that means not a lot of Vitamin D.  Dr Neil Binkley is Director of the Osteoporosis Clinical Research program at UW Madison.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski talked with Dr. Binkley to find out why Vitamin D supplements might be important for preventing osteoporosis and bone fractures.    

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Cold Winter Means Big Payments
3:06 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Hundreds Seek Assistance With Energy Bills

High propane bills are squeezing budgets for lower income households.
Credit Jason Woodhead

Families and individuals struggling to pay high heat bills may be able to get help.  Northwoods state lawmakers stopped in Rhinelander today to spread the word about the nonprofit Keep Wisconsin Warm fund.

That program has expanded its income limits to 80 percent of the state median income…to try and help more working households who may be feeling the pinch. 

Senator Tom Tiffany, and Representatives Rob Swearingin, Jeff Mursau and Mary Czaja each donated a hundred dollars to the fund.  Tiffany noted donations can be routed to aid whichever county you choose.  

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No alcohol or smoking during pregnancy
4:38 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Folic Acid Critical To Preventing Birth Defects

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An easy to take vitamin supplement can dramatically lower the chances that a child is born with health problems. Every four minutes a baby is born in the U.S. with birth defects.

Oneida County and other health departments were involved during January with National Birth Defects Prevention Month.

 

Brenda Husing, Registered Dietitian and Lactation specialist says there are ways for pregnant women to cut the risk of birth defects...

 

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