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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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Arts & Life
10:07 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Pledge Your Love for Your Valentine, Chocolate and WXPR Public Radio!

We're having a mini pledge drive, where we share in the love of WXPR and your valentine! 

We're offering a special Valentine's Day gift, where you get a WXPR membership and a box of hand dipped chocolates from local chocolatiers The Fun Factory Sweet Shoppe.

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Growing food locally
9:21 am
Fri January 31, 2014

N.Pines Science Class Gets State Recognition

Students at Northland Pines have been learning to grow food in a greenhouse.
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A project of Northland Pines high school is one of six to be honored  by the Department of Public Instruction Friday at the state capitol.

High school Science teacher Robin Indermuehle's "Growing Your Own Food In the  21st Century" began, she says.  as a class project.

Indermuehle says the food is donated to the local food pantry. She says there are a series of guest speakers who also help the project including the Seed-To-Seed Garden Project and Master Gardeners. She says the students learn about science and also have something they can take away.

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Mail theft
3:03 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Lincoln Co. Postal Worker Sentenced In Federal Court

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A Gleason postal worker has been sentenced in federal court for theft of mail by a postal employee.

48 year old Lisa Virginia A. Barker was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman to one year probation, a $125 fine and $80 restitution. Barker pleaded guilty to this charge last October.

Barker was employed as a rural mail carrier at the post office in Schofield until May 2011. In late 2010 and early 2011, after customer complaints of missing mail, the Post Office Inspector General conducted an investigation that found Barker had stolen items.

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