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1:56 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

WXPR Public Radio Seeks Board Candidates

WXPR is seeking applications from candidates for its Board of Directors. Directors are elected for three-year terms. Applications are due by February 14, 2014. The election will be held at WXPR’s Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, April 22nd  at 7:00pm. The public is invited to attend.

Interested persons may obtain an application by calling WXPR at 715-362-6000 or emailing jessie@wxpr.org

WXPR Board of Directors

No Income Limits
10:26 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Ruby's Pantry to Deliver in Rhinelander

Ruby's Pantry is set to drop off up to tens of thousands of pounds of food each month in Rhinelander.
Credit Salvation Army USA West

Rhinelander will soon be home to a new food pantry.  Ruby’s Pantry is slated to make a large delivery of surplus and donated food once a month. 

Organizer Chrissy Peterson says she originally had trouble finding the right space to house what could be thousands of pounds of food and hundreds of people.   Eventually she found Grace Foursquare Church on Highway 17. 

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Local Food All Year Round
4:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Winter Farmers' Market Opens in Eagle River

Locally-made cheese is one of the things you'll find at Eagle River's new winter farmers' market.
Credit Emily Bright / WXPR News

Eagle River is on the front end of a trend that’s becoming more popular across Wisconsin: winter farmers markets.  The new effort could make local food available all year round, even in a cold Northwoods climate.

When Al Pittelko, executive director of the Eagle River Revitalization Program, was approached about holding a winter farmers’ market, he hesitated.

“I said how can we when we don’t have any farmers’ stuff," he said, "but they do.”

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8th annual conference
4:49 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Conference Honoring Caregivers Coming To Nicolet College

Honoring caregivers
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Professional and family caregivers who provide direct care services at home or in long-term care settings are invited to attend the 8th Annual Direct Caregivers Conference next month at Nicolet College.

Sandy Bishop from Nicolet College is a member of the Northern Wisconsin Long Term Care Workforce Network. She says it's a day to celebrate those who give care to others...

 

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Slowly moving into Northwoods
4:41 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Stopping Land Invasives Focus Of Upcoming Meeting

Phragmites
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Groups are meeting next month to try to stop the spread of invasive land plants in the Northwoods.

The Wisconsin Headwaters Invasive Partnership is hosting an open-to-the public meeting at Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River.

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Department of Tourism report
4:32 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

1600 Jobs From Tourism In Vilas County

Downtown Eagle River
Credit en.wikipedia.org

The economic impact of tourism in Vilas county and elsewhere was shown in a recent report.

The state reported tourism accounted for more than $10 billion in visitor spending in Wisconsin in 2012, $6 billion of that on dining, retail and recreation. Cindy Burzinski, Executive Director of Vilas County Tourism and Publicity says visitors spent a lot of money in places to stay, eat, and shop...

 

"....in 2012, visitor expenditures were at $195.4 million dollars, and that was a 10 percent increase over 2011...."

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Spreading to Nearby States
3:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

DNR On Alert for Potential Bat Disease

The above little brown bat affected with white nose syndrome was found in Greenley Mine, Vermont.
Credit Marvin Moriarty / US Fish and Wildlife Service

Biologists are on the lookout for signs of a spreading fungus that could affect bats in Wisconsin.  

Signs of the deadly white nose syndrome have been found in neighboring states and as close as 30 miles from the Wisconsin border, but haven’t yet appeared here. 

DNR Conservation Biologist Paul White says preventative measures may have helped.  All cave bats in Wisconsin are listed as threatened, and officials enforce decontamination procedures at public caving sites. 

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Part of Statewide Effort
4:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Groups to Conduct Winter Homeless Count

Volunteers will be scouring four counties this Wednesday night to tally the area’s homeless population. 

The point-in-time count is conducted by a coalition of groups called Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness, including Oneida County UW Extension and Forward Service Corporation.  It covers Forest, Langlade, Oneida and Vilas Counties. 

Coordinator Lori Hallas explains the count is an important tool to measure the homeless population.   

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New procedures for quick response
12:00 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Cold Weather Deadly if Alzheimer's Patient Wanders

Credit Alzheimer's Association

Next we hear from Diana Butz from the Greater Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. 

Cold weather is tough on anyone, but for a person with Alzheimer's Disease who wanders, it could be deadly. She says there's a new approach for quicker response should someone wander away from home.

Diana Butz, spokesperson for the Alzheimer's Association. There's an Alzheimer's Association Outreach Office in Rhinelander.

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Pelican Lake area
9:20 am
Sun January 26, 2014

Firefighters Called To Saturday Morning Fire

Credit en.wikipedia.org

  A fire in the town of Enterprise, Oneida county, destroyed a trailer home Saturday morning.

Reports indicate firefighters from Pelican Lake, Monico and Elcho were called out after 7:30 a.m.

The home was on Eagle Lake Road. No injuries were reported. No report was given on the cause of that blaze.

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