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3:43 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Two More Indictments For LDF Drug Distribution

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A federal grand jury in Madison has handed down a nine-count indictment against a Lac du Flambeau couple for drug distribution.

 

28 year old Charlie Sunn Mishigaud and 25 year old Andrew Mishiguad were named in the indictments. Count one charges them with conspiracy to to distribute Oxycodone from January to June 2013. Count two charges Charlie Sunn Meshigaud with unlawfully distributing Oxycodone on May 21, 2013. Counts Three through Nine charge both defendants with unlawfully using wire communications to further the distribution.

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
3:30 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Young People Learn Much From Hunt

The Youth Spring Turkey Hunt took place earlier this month.
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Turkeys are the focus of the on-going series "Wildlife Matters" with Jeremy Holtz. Today he thinks there are many things to be learned during the hunt.

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz. His series, "Wildlife Matters" is heard most weeks on WXPR.

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More investigation is possible
3:16 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Initial Tests Show Air Quality OK For Extension Employees

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A study conducted at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport found that levels of contaminants in the air did not exceed safe levels.

A complaint about air quality was presented to the Oneida county board several weeks ago by Oneida County UW-Extension leader Erica Brewster. The Extension offices are housed in the basement of the airport. An employee at the airport filed a complaint with the state about diesel fumes from planes near the terminal. A study was ordered and a demand was given to take corrective action.

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Roadside Risk
2:54 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Cars Pose Significant Risk to Bald Eagles

Eagle populations are on the rise in the Northwoods.
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Spring migration means more birds arriving in the Northwoods, including eagles. 

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz says by some estimates, car strikes represent the leading cause of eagle deaths.

Holtz explains that eagles typically take flight from high up in a tree.  But in times of low food availability they turn to roadside carcasses which can put eagles in the path of danger.   

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Northwoods Splendor
2:14 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Slideshow: Spring Birds in the Northwoods

A great blue heron has taken a fish.
Mitch Mode WXPR News

On an early April morning north of Rhinelander, WXPR Contributor Mitch Mode captured images of several bird species returning to the Northwoods this spring.  

Just Too Muddy
2:03 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Weather Delays Opening for Chequamegon-Nicolet

Campgrounds and recreation trails in the Chequamegon-Nicolet won't open until later in May.
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You’ll have to wait several more weeks to go hiking or camping in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. 

Spokesperson Dave Melancon says trails and campgrounds usually open around the last week in April, but conditions this year are too wet and muddy. 

“Well we’ve had a pretty rough winter, as you can tell.  So we want to keep our campgrounds and trails up in the best condition we can.  Traveling on them could cause ruts in the road, or damage to the road.  So they’re not ready for people to use yet.”

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As Soon As the Snow Melts
5:11 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

DNR Warns of Wildfire Risk

As snow cover lessens, fire danger increases.  The DNR has designated this week as “Wildfire Prevention Week” to mark the upcoming anniversary of the Germann Road Fire that burned more that 7000 acres in Douglas County last May.  

Wildfire Prevention specialist Catherine Koele says the highest risk for fire comes after the snow melts and before things green up. 

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Marketing Natural Beauty, History
5:07 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Scenic Byway Planners Look for Local Involvement

Organizers are pushing for a stretch of Highway 55 near the Wolf River to be designated as a scenic byway.
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Organizers around a proposed scenic byway near the Wolf River are trying to drum up local support for the plan.  Members of the public were invited to Mole Lake Wednesday to get involved. 

To convince state officials that Wolf River Heritage Corridor has what it takes to be a scenic byway, the first step was a detailed scenic assessment.  It scored each mile of the route based on natural beauty, historical significance and amenities.  Overall the byway averaged a promising 7 out of 8 possible points. 

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March WRA report
3:01 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Northwoods Home Sales Off, Prices Up

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The intense winter weather hurt Northwoods home sales in March, but prices continue to rise. An economist thinks it shows the housing market is recovering.

The Wisconsin Realtors Association monthly sales and price report shows a price rise of 14 percent in the Northwoods from a year ago, but sales were off about 100 units in the 18-county area from a year ago.

Economist David Clark noted the above average price rise here, but said statewide, it was just about 2 percent....

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Many in urban areas
2:58 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Trout Stocking Continuing Prior To May 3 Opening

A planted brook trout
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While much of the focus has been on the state's Walleye Initiative to put more survivable-sized walleyes into lakes and rivers, another large scale fish stocking effort is underway.

The DNR reports more than 316,000 catchable size trout are being stocked in waters across the state.

DNR state fish production manager Dave Giehtbock says the snow and cold slowed the trout stocking this year, but they should be ready by the fishing opener May 3....

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