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2:44 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Late Blight A Threat To Potato, Tomato Crops

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Farmers and gardeners are keeping an eye on their potato and tomato crops as a fungal-like disease known as late blight has been discovered in Portage county.

Langlade County Extension Agriculture agent Stephanie Plaster says to date NO late blight has been found there...

".....this disease can kill plants and whole fields in a matter of weeks. It's spread by wind and rain. It really costs the potato farmers and home gardeners a lot of money as it can destroy whole crops...."

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Packed Arbor Vitae hall
11:28 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

VC Board Approves Adding ATV Use To Land Use Plan

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The Vilas county board voted 15-4 last night to amend the county's land use plan to allow motorized trails on county land and roads. The vote is a victory for those seeking to overturn a 2004 referendum vote where a majority wanted no county ATV trails and a subsequent county board resolution banning ATV's on county properties and roads.

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Bringing Kids to the Library
6:07 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Fast and Slow, Worms Wriggle at Rhinelander Library

Natalie Jablonski WXPR News

The Rhinelander District Library had a day at the races…when more than a hundred kids competed in the 28th annual Worm Race.  As WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski reports, some worms just move faster than others.    

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Rescue Attempt
5:04 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Two Hospitalized After Nearly Drowning

A woman and child have been hospitalized after nearly drowning in Star Lake in Vilas County Tuesday. 

Shortly before one o’clock Tuesday, the Vilas County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call reporting two adult women were trying to rescue three children swimming in Star Lake. 

The women apparently rescued two of the children without incident, but when rescuing the third child, one of the women went under the water, along with the child.  A family friend arrived on a boat to pull them out of the water. 

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Softball games this weekend
3:22 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Wounded Warriors Come To Northwoods To Aid Kids

Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team in action
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A traveling team of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will be playing three games this weekend in Lake Tomahawk and Minocqua.

The team is composed of wounded veterans from the War On Terror, Iraq and Afghanistan whose mission is to raise awareness about service members who are overcoming the loss of limbs and to raise money.

The team will be taking on the local "Snowhawks"  in snowshoe baseball Friday night in Lake Tomahawk, then will play a double-header regular softball game Saturday at the Highway 70 complex in Minocqua.

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In demand worker training
2:59 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Nicolet College Gets $1.9 Million Fast Forward Grant

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, DWD Sec. Reggie Newson, Nicolet College Interim President Kenneth Urban(l-r)
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Nicolet College in Rhinelander has

picked up a $1.9 million dollar state grant which will train more than 300 area workers in high-demand technical jobs.

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson made the announcement. Kleefisch says the idea is to get the money to the tech colleges to close specific job openings sooner rather than later....

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Summer Months Good for Sales
6:21 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Home Sales Rise For First Time in 2014

Home sales were up last month for the first time this year.  According to the Wisconsin Realtors Association, over 4 percent more homes sold in Wisconsin in June than in that month last year.

In the northern part of the state, that increase is a little higher – with sales up more than five percent. 

Housing sales for the year to date are still behind compared to 2013, thanks to five consecutive months of lower sales.

Economist Dave Clark says it’s a good time to see a turnaround. 

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Diverse Media
6:18 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Nothing Northwoods About It: Northern National Set to Open

The Northern National features almost ninety works from around the country.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Northern National art exhibit opens Tuesday night at Nicolet College.  It includes artwork from all over the country…that ranges from oil paintings to quilts. 

Natalie Jablonski spoke with judge Linda Benedict-Jones…from the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh…about her approach to jurying a large exhibit.  

She selected the works in the show, whittling down more than 500 submissions to about 90.

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Single-Vehicle Accident
6:08 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Motorcycle Crash Injures One In Woodboro

A motorcyclist injured in a crash in Oneida County has been identified as 33-year-old Jed M. Travis of Weston. 

He was injured in a single-vehicle accident Saturday evening in the town of Woodboro.

Around 5:30 pm, the Oneida County Sheriff’s office received several 911 calls of a motorcycle accident on Highway 8 near Birch Bay Road.

Travis was the only person involved in the accident.  He was airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. 

Officials are continuing their investigation and believe the motorcyclist had been drinking.  

Arts & Life
11:19 am
Mon July 21, 2014

WXPR Blues Cruise- August, 23

Peg Arnold

The annual WXPR Blues Cruise down the Wisconsin River leaves the dock, Saturday, August 23rd, at 1:00pm.  We welcome back crowd favorite Eric “Scrappie” Hughes. “Scrappie” Hughes is a delta blues man direct from Memphis.  He’s a fixture every week on Beale Street, playing world-famous clubs like BB King’s and The Rum Boogie Café.   Tickets are $25.00. The ticket price includes a picnic lunch on the boat.

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