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Northwoods still a destination
10:52 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Northwoods Tourism Showed Growth In 2013

Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett
Credit State of Wisconsin

The state's Tourism Secretary says 2013 showed strong growth by travelers in Wisconsin and especially the Northwoods.

This week is national Travel and Tourism week.

Stephanie Klett says tourism had a 17 billion dollar impact on the state's economy last year up $700 million from the year before. More than 100 million visits from travelers. She says increasing the tourism marketing budget has paid off big dividends..

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Board distributes funds
10:41 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Bewley: No One From Ashland Co. Named To Mining Board

Rep. Janet Bewley(D-Ashland)
Credit State of Wisconsin

A Northwoods legislator is asking questions about an announcement Friday concerning a board that helps local communities deal with mining.

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Other Side of Ninety Series
10:19 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

WXPR Wins WBA Award

Matthew Rethaber and Natalie Jablonski at WBA's Awards for Excellence
Credit Peg Arnold

WXPR received recognition from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Saturday night in Madison. The Ocean Epic of Walter Wendt by Community Features Editor Natalie Jablonski earned WXPR’s placement in the Best Features category for small markets.

In the Veteran’s Day feature, Wendt shared his experiences serving in the Navy during World War II. He described being aboard the U.S.S. Helena while under torpedo attack in Pearl Harbor.  

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Art Show at Nicolet
3:16 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Northern National Entry Deadline Approaching

There's just over a week left to submit entries for the Northern National art exhibit at Nicolet College.

Gallery Director Katy Ralph says the show solicits work from around the country…in a variety of subjects and media.  A judge chooses about 80 pieces to for the show. 

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Home owner finds man
10:51 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Prowler Arrested After Running Out Of Vilas Co. Home

Credit en.wikipedia.org

Fast work by the Vilas County Sheriff's office results in the apprehension of an alleged prowler in an Arbor Vitae home.

Sheriff Joe Fath reports a 9-1-1 call came in at 3:42 a.m. Friday from a home on Highway 70 east. The spouse of the caller heard a noise in their dining room and saw a figure bent over the floor. When she touched the person the man jumped up and ran out the door. He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

The Vilas Sheriff's office K9 unit and deputies looked around the area. The K9 unit followed tracks to a neighboring home.

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2016 construction
10:43 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Antigo Gets DOT Grant For Volm Expansion

The city of Antigo has picked up a large grant to improve access to a company that is expanding.

The Walker Administration announced the $100,000 Transportation Assistance Grant, which will lead to the design and resurfacing of the north end of Clermont Street to benefit the expansion of Volm Companies' Plaspack USA plant. The plastic and mesh bag manufacturer is building a new 36,900 square foot building at a cost of $4.1 million. That building will house resin silos and production equipment and the addition will manufacture high-tech mesh products.

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At risk for car strikes
6:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Wildlife Matters: Eagles and Cars in the Northwoods

Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Next, we hear from DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz with his commentary, "Wildlife Matters". 

He says even though eagle numbers have rebounded, this time of the year can be deadly for our national symbol.

"Wildlife Matters" with DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz is heard most weeks during Morning Edition on WXPR.

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Six-state storm kills 30
5:42 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Northwoods RN To Aid Arkansas Victims

Rhinelander resident Carol Miller is heading to Arkansas with the Red Cross.
Credit American Red Cross

A Rhinelander-area woman is in Arkansas to help  tornado victims north of Little Rock.

Tuesday, at least 30 people died in six states  affected by intense thunderstorms and tornados.

Carol Miller is a trained Red Cross Disaster Relief volunteer. She told Ken Krall she got the call to help out.

Miller says she will be working with people who lost medications, or devices in the storm she will help to find replacements.

This is Miller's seventh Red Cross deployment. She encouraged people to consider a donation.

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Three Lakes administrator
5:31 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

School Administrator Faces Disorderly Conduct Charge

The District Administrator at the Three Lakes School has been arrested on an alleged Disorderly Conduct charge.

The complaint filed at the Oneida County courthouse alleges 59 year old George J. Karling of Minocqua was arrested for misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

The complaint says law enforcement officers were called to Karling's home the afternoon of April 19. He made an initial appearance before Judge Michael Bloom on April 21. He posted $150 cash bond that day. Karling will next be in court on May 23.

RAPTOR system for visitors
5:22 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Northland Pines To Increase School Security

Northland Pines
Credit Royalbroil-commons.wikimedia.org

One Northwoods school district is upping its security efforts.

The state Department of Public Instruction this week sent out a report saying they wanted to, among other tasks, increase safety at schools by increasing help for students with mental illness issues.

While school administrators were sifting through the recommendations, Northland Pines District Administrator Mike Ritchie says they have already upped security at their schools. He says they still do the standard drills, but have added others..

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