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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
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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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Facing Stiff Competition
5:40 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Mock Trial Team Heads to Nationals

The Rhinelander Mock trial team has been pulling long hours of preparation before the national tournament.
Credit Submitted photo

The Rhinelander Mock Trial team heads to Madison Wednesday to compete with high school teams from around the country.

Faculty coach Kathy Vick Martini says preparing for the national tournament is a grueling process…because the team has only five weeks to prepare its case.   

“The kids basically have to sacrifice everything else that they do for this month and a half to prepare for the national tournament, and to their credit they’ve been working very hard, and they’ve done well.” 

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Five years at Nicolet
4:04 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Burmaster To Leave Nicolet College For Maryland Community College

Elizabeth Burmaster
Credit Frederick Community College website

Nicolet College President Elizabeth Burmaster told staff at the college Tuesday she has accepted the presidency at Frederick Community College in Frederick, Maryland.

Burmaster was named president of Nicolet Area Technical College in 2009, succeeding Adrian Lorbetske. Burmaster is a native of Frederick.

More than 60 applicants applied for the Frederick Community College opening according to the Maryland college's website.

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Lack of workers seen
2:05 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Shifting State Demographics Could Cause Economic Woes

Credit lifecarefunding.com

Ten years ago the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance warned of a shift in Wisconsin's demographics and the negative impact it could have on the economy....

"....none of this is surprising, I guess the problem is none of us want to pay attention to it..."

...that's Todd Berry, president of the tax watchdog group, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. They're out with an update on the shift, some of which is already coming true.

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State case still pending
10:18 am
Tue May 6, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Doesn't Hear Oneida Co. Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a petition from a family hoping to build a Bible camp and conference center on Squash Lake west of Rhinelander. But that likely is not the end of the legal pursuit.

The Jaros family began the effort in 2004 to get needed permits from Oneida county and approval from the town of Woodboro. They want to build a large facility on family-owned acreage.

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Grant period open
4:08 am
Tue May 6, 2014

WPS Foundation Offering Grants To EMT's, Fire Dept.'s

Defibrillator and monitor
Credit Pollo-en.wikipedia.org

Wisconsin Public Service Foundation is offering area fire departments and emergency responders up to a $2,000 grant for needed equipment and training. The Foundation is encouraging all emergency responder agencies to apply for its "Safety-It's Worth the Energy" grant between now and August 1.

WPS' Leah Van Zile says the money is used to enhance operations....

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Quest for Habitable Planets
4:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Antigo Astronomer Searches for Signs of Distant Life

Globular cluster Terzan 7 is on the other side of our galaxy.
Credit NASA / https://flic.kr/p/jXLDrB

Maggie Turnbull lives in Antigo and works as a freelance astrobiologist.  

  It’s the study of the origin and future of life in the universe.  Turnbull has gained international recognition for her work cataloging star systems that could support life, and is now working with NASA on a telescope to better look at those systems.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Turnbull over the phone.  

She says the problem is that stars give out so much light, it’s hard to even see the planets that orbit them. 

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Reflecting on the Cycle of Life
3:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

The Darker Side of Winter

Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

At the tail end of winter, many animals are still struggling to find food as we wait for green leaves to grow.  WXPR Contributor John Heusinkveld of UWSP’s Treehaven has this reflection on how a harsh winter may have a big impact on the deer population.  

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