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9:20 am
Sun January 26, 2014

Firefighters Called To Saturday Morning Fire

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  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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Remains under investigation
11:21 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Three Fox Valley Men Die In Friday Langlade Co. Crash

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Three Appleton area men were killed Friday night in a one-vehicle crash in Langlade county.

The Sheriff's Department reports they were called shortly after 9 p.m. to a rollover crash on Pickerel Lake Road near the Langlade-Forest county line. Deputies found a Jeep Cherokee overturned and partially submerged in Pickerel Creek. The driver, 69 year old Gerald Randerson, was dead, along with two passengers, 50 year old John Cohen of Combined Locks and 65 year old Daniel L.Krubeck, of Appleton.

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Looking for all ages
5:02 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

UW-Extension Survey Asks "Why Do You Live In the Northwoods?"

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A survey is underway to find out why people live in Oneida county. Survey proponents hope as many young people as possible participate.

Oneida County UW-Extension and Rhinelander Young Professionals are hosting the survey. Extension Agent Tim Brown says there is plenty of chatter why young people leave the community or stay, but little in the way of hard numbers...

 

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Successful since 2001
4:52 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

White Lake School District Goes To Referendum

 

Voters in the White Lake school district will go to the polls in April to decide whether to extend school district operating funds.

The Langlade county district is ending a three year approval to spend $200,000 over state limits, and District Administrator Bill Fisher says a similar request will be on the ballot...

 

"....the (White Lake) board approved going to a referendum for non-recurring purposes, $250,000 per year for three years for the purposes of maintaining basic programs...."

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A Different Way to Be Outside
10:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Crossing a Snowy Landscape, by Candlelight

Organizers say a one-mile trail lined with candles can make for a magical outdoor experience.
Credit Helena Jacoba

Winter brings a special evening opportunity for snow enthusiasts: skiing and snowshoeing by candlelight.

The events are common across the state of Wisconsin, some organized by the DNR and others by independent groups.

MECCA, the Mercer Cross Country Association will host one such event this Saturday night, with hundreds of candles set along a mile-long loop. 

Spokesman Dan Bormann says it’s a lot of work to set up but it’s worth it. 

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WPS school presentations
5:10 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Students Hearing About Natural Gas Safety

WPS natural gas school safety presenters Eric Berg(l), Tom Gryskiewicz, and Jeff Schaal(r).
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As people turned up their thermostats during our recent cold snap, a three-member Wisconsin Public Service team has been stopping by Northwoods schools talking about natural gas safety.

 

"....when you smell gas, leave the door open, turn around and get away..."

The 35-minute program uses a variety of visual demonstrations showing the properties of natural gas and how it’s used.

As a class at James Williams Middle School listened intently, Eric Berg said the message is natural gas is safe when used properly....

 

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Possibly more hearings
4:43 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Public Hearing Set For Forest Co. Off-Road Park

Off-roading
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A public hearing about a proposed Off-Road Park in Forest county is set for early February.

Wisconsin Off-Road Park, Incorporated will be holding the first public hearing February 8 at the Laona School gymnasium.

Forest County Economic Development Partnership Director Jim Schuessler says there will be a presentation on the proposal, then open mike time...

  

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More People Reading in 2013
3:54 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

E-Books On the Rise, But So Are Paper Ones

E-books are on the rise, but may not be replacing print formats.
Credit Johan Larsson

Old-fashioned books are holding their own in a world of e-readers, according to a new online survey. 

The Pew Research Center reports that in 2013, a bigger percentage of American adults read e-books.  But there also appears to be more people reading more print books.   That could indicate people aren’t necessarily giving up one for the other. 

Rhinelander Library Director Ed Hughes says the findings are surprising.

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Building the future or misdirected?
3:31 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Legislators React To "State of the State" Address

Gov. Scott Walker
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Governor Walker Thursday said he has called a special session of the legislature to work on his Blueprint for Prosperity announced during his "State of the State" address.

Walker announced that a major portion of a projected $911 million surplus will be returned to property      taxpayers and workers.

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Recycling Just Got More Efficient
4:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Eagle River's Great Green Machine

Plastic bottles head up a conveyor belt to be crushed into bales.
Natalie Jablonski WXPR News

State of the art sorting technology has arrived in the Northwoods.  Eagle River Waste and Recycling has opened a new facility that sorts different types recyclables locally, instead of having to be shipped far away to places like Whitewater.  

The green and yellow painted machine looks kind of like a playground for recycling:   instead of kids going down slides, it’s flattened bottles and cans headed up and down on conveyor belts.

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