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4:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Harvest Camp Turns One

The Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp is moving to a nearby location after its first year of existence.
Credit Monie Shackleford / WXPR News

The Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp celebrated its one-year anniversary this weekend.  

On Saturday, April 26th, a group of about thirty people gathered in Iron County to feast on pancakes and locally produced maple syrup they call “Penokee Gold.”   

Paula Mohan came from Madison for the event.

“I wanted to come for the pancakes and the Penokee Gold and all the other food and the fact that it is the one year anniversary," Mohan said. "I was last here in February and it’s kind of nice to be here because it is not twenty below and there are no bugs yet."

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Announcement in a news letter
5:14 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Heeg Resigns From Eagle River Chamber

Eagle River's longtime Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Connie Heeg has resigned.

In a letter to chamber members, Heeg says he's stepping down due to health concerns.

Heeg has worked for the chamber more than 13 years.

Among the accomplishments he cited was a doubling of the number of business memberships, paying off the chamber building in just over 6 years, bringing the Pond Hockey Championships to the area and others.

We'll have more on this story later.

National Infant Immunization Week
3:47 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Vaccinations Will Help Stop The Return Of Diseases

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Health officials are discussing a recent upswing in cases of mumps and measles breaking out in parts of the nation. Those mostly childhood afflictions had largely disappeared, but an apparent lack of immunizations have health officials asking parents to get their kids vaccinated.

Char Ahrens from Oneida County Public Health says this week is National Infant Immunization Week. She says it's a good time to get it done...

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Recent law changes
3:36 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

All Snowmobiles Need Trail Passes in 2015

Circa 1910
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Two recently-signed laws are designed to help promote snowmobiling in the Northwoods and elsewhere.  One change will affect most riders.

Act 142 goes into effect in 2015. Snowmobile registration will cost $30 and will be extended to three years from the current two. A key provision of the law is ALL snowmobiles on public trails will be required to display a trail pass. But there is a way to pay less.

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Caution advised for fast moving water
3:30 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

High Water On Rivers For Opening Of Fishing Season

The danger zones
Credit Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company

The recent rain combined with runoff from the Northwoods means the Wisconsin River can be dangerous.

Peter Hanson with the Wisconsin Valley Improvement Association says that’s especially true near dams...

 

"We just ask that they watch what they’re doing, pay attention to their surroundings, listening for any warnings maybe that the dam is producing, whether it would be sirens, or staff that’s in the area. All of those large dams are all signed appropriately. They’ve got buoys out in front of the dams to keep boats away."

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Job Fair in Rhinelander
4:55 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Job Seekers Have Opportunity Wednesday

Job Fair in Virginia
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Last week the state released figures showing four of the 9 counties with the highest unemployment rates in Wisconsin were in this region. This week a Job Fair is being held in Rhinelander to possibly lower those rates.

The Job Fair is co-sponsored by Nicolet Area Technical College, Northern Advantage Job Center and the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.

One of the organizers is Angeline Kesler from Forward Service Corporation....

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Poets on Poetry
4:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

A Rose for Shakespeare

The "Chandos" portrait is believed to depict William Shakespeare.
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If you’ve attended high school, chances are good that you’ve read at least one Shakespeare play—and perhaps some of his sonnets, too. 

Minocqua poet Andree Graveley has a special connection to the Bard’s poetry. A few years ago, she decided to pay homage to Shakespeare by bringing him a rose. As part of this month’s Poets on Poetry series, Graveley tells of the surprising coincidences that led her to the very feet of the poet himself.

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Encased in Ice
3:35 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Loons Spared From Ice Storms This Year

Loons return to the Northwoods in late April to find a nesting site.
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With the ice slowly melting, loons are starting to return to the Northwoods. 

Though this winter has been long, one wildlife rehabilitator says it’s been much better for loons than last year.

Marge Gibson from the Raptor Education Group remembers that last spring she treated dozens of loons that had been caught in ice storms while in flight. 

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New report agrees
11:15 am
Mon April 28, 2014

State Economist Sees Continued Growth in 2014

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A state economist thinks the  Northwoods economy will continue to improve. Ken Krall spoke with Department of Workforce Development economist Scott Hodek about the  forecast for the next few months.

A report last Friday by BMO Economics held much the same forecast as Hodek. According to the report published by BizTimes.com,  real gross domestic product  in Wisconsin will increase 2.3 percent in 2014 and rise 2.6 percent in 2015. This is up more than a full percentage point from the 1.2 percent growth rate in 2013, bolstered by firming factory activity and modest export growth.

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Business & Industry
9:48 am
Mon April 28, 2014

DNR, Timber Industry React Against Bat Protections

Biologists fear the loss of the northern long-eared bat due to the spread of the white nose syndrome.
Credit Steven Thomas / US Fish and Wildlife Service

Forest products industry leaders are voicing concern about a federal plan that could designate a bat species as endangered.  The listing could restrict summer logging. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering an endangered species listing for the northern long-eared bat, due to dramatic population declines and the spread of a deadly disease called white nose syndrome.  But protecting the species could cost the forest products industry.  

Federal guidelines to protect the bat discourage some types of summer logging. 

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