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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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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.

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