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Two-Vote Margin
3:39 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Votes to Stop Funding Shullsburg Proposal

A failed referendum presents a major stumbling block for Lac du Flambeau’s off-reservation casino planned for southern Wisconsin.

Tribal members have voted not to continue funding the Shullsburg casino application process.

The margin was extremely close, with just two votes deciding the outcome.

Lac du Flambeau spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the next step is for the tribal council to discuss options with the Shullsburg work group. 

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Summer Approaches
10:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Boat Monitors Prepare To Defend Lakes Against Invasives

A training session demonstrates the difference between native and invasive species of milfoil.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Our lakes may still be covered in ice, but volunteer lake monitors are gearing up for a season of keeping invasive species at bay. 

Dozens of volunteers gathered this week in Rhinelander for a refresher on rules and protocols.  Oneida County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator Michele Sadauskas says they’re a fraction of those working in Oneida County alone.

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History Afield
4:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

One Morning in March, 1933

Vern Frechette (left) grew up in Chequamegon Bay.
Credit Wisconsin Historical Society

It’s May and we’re still waiting for the ice to melt on most lakes in the Northwoods.  Lake Superior is still about halfway iced over.  But even when it’s thoroughly covered with ice, conditions can be treacherous.

In today’s History Afield essay, we hear the story of Vern Frechette’s memorable trip out on the ice…one morning in March 1933.

    

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Streetscape project
6:54 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Public Gets To See Possible New Downtown Rhinelander

Rhinelander downtown designs under review 4/30/2014
Credit WXPR

Rhinelander residents and business owners had a chance to see five possible ideas for what a new downtown would look like.

City officials are planning an upgrade of the underground utilities in 2016 with a primary focus on Davenport, Brown and Stevens Streets. Along with the utility work upgrade, the city and Downtown Rhinelander would like to remake how the downtown appears at street level.

Gary Becker from Vierbicher Associates told attendees last night Rhinelander has a major economic impact in its trade area...

 

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Wolf hunt to continue in 2014
4:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

19 Percent Drop In Wisconsin Wolf Population

Winter numbers show a sizable drop in the state's wolf population, but it is still higher than the target of 350 wolves.
Credit Retron en.wikipedia.org

Two seasons of wolf hunting have resulted in Wisconsin's first major decline in the grey-wolf population. 

The D-N-R issued a preliminary report this week, showing a drop in wolf numbers from a low number last year of 809 to a low number this year of 658. It's the first major decrease in the Wisconsin wolf numbers since the D-N-R started tracking the species' recovery about 35 years ago. The state had 25 wolves back then.

DNR wolf ecologist Dave MacFarland talked with Ken Krall about the numbers from a census done during the winter months.

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U.S. DOT application
3:39 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Grant Sought To Buy Rail Cars To Haul Northern Logs

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Several northern Wisconsin and Michigan counties are working on a grant to buy rail cars to lure more rail business in the region.

Wendy Gehlhoff from Florence county chairs the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission.

The group has been meeting quarterly to keep rail service viable in the region. Canadian National provides service in this region.

She says one approach is to buy rail cars to haul logs, called the Great Lakes Log Car Fleet...

 

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30 businesses seeking workers
3:31 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Large Number Of Job Seekers Attend Rhinelander Event

A job interview
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Attendance was strong Wednesday as Rhinelander hosted a Job Fair.

More than 30 employers were talking to job applicants. Dan Linsmeyer from Pioneer Equipment Company said they were talking to several applicants about three different openings...

"....there are some people that stop by and show great interest in that particular position...."

Serena Adler from Forward Service Corporation works with a program focusing on young people seeking jobs...

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Year-Round Presence
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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