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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.
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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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Economy slowly improving
4:24 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Northwoods Home Sales and Prices Lagging

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While portions of Wisconsin are seeing robust growth in home sales and prices, northern Wisconsin lags behind.

Still, an economist says things are improving.

The Wisconsin Realtors Association recent report found statewide, the median price up 7 percent from 2012 and sales up 10 percent from a year earlier. In the north, sales were up 5 percent, but prices were up just under two percent. Many southern and western Wisconsin counties had double-digit growth in both columns.

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Feds, state seeking solutions
4:14 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Older Long -Term Unemployed Can't Find New Jobs

Unemployed workers
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Friday, President Obama met with business leaders to discuss hiring the long-term unemployed.

Dr. Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin says the nation still has the highest rate of long term unemployed since the Great Depression...

 

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Johnson Timber
3:53 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Price County Facility Fined For Air Pollution

Wisconsin Attny. Gen. J.B. Van Hollen
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A Park Falls wood processing facility has agreed to a fine to settle a complaint filed by the state for air pollution.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's office announced the judgment against Johnson Timber Corporation

. The complaint filed by the DNR said the company exceeded its allowable hourly particulate matter emission rate. Also, a June 2011 emissions stack test showed Johnson Timber exceeded two of the particulate matter limitations in its air pollution control permit.

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Northwoods ties
12:04 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Dr. Sookochoff Named MMG President

An area health care provider has selected a new President. Ministry Medical Group

has named Dr. Robert Sookochoff to lead the group of clinics in the Ministry Health

Care system.

Ministry spokesman Geoffrey Huys says Sookochoff has been seeing patients and

showing leadership in the organization for over 30 years. "He has served as a regional

Vice President for Ministry Medical Group’s northern region, so he spent a lot of time

up in the northern region of Rhinelander, Eagle River, Woodruff, but he’s been involved

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