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Speaking Friday in Rhinelander
1:40 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Sec. Chandler: Tax Reform Will Spur Manufacturing, Agriculture

Revenue Sec. Richard Chandler
Credit Wisconsin.gov

Wisconsin's Revenue Secretary thinks the newly-signed tax changes will spur the state's economy.

Richard Chandler was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Oneida County Economic Development Corporation at Holiday Acres.(April 25)

Chandler says from the Walker Administration perspective, economic growth is tied to the tax climate...

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Prescription drug take back
1:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

LDF Take Back Initiative Saturday

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Many Northwoods law enforcement agencies are participating in Saturday's "Take Back " initiative sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The effort enables residents to bring unneeded prescription medications to a collection spot where the drugs are collected at no charge and then are disposed.

In Lac du Flambeau, the collection will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Lac du Flambeau Judicial Center on Peace Pipe Road.

Program Coordinator Sue Wolfe says there are a few things to remember when you bring in the drugs for disposal...

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March DWD figures
9:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Area Unemployment Remains High

Northwoods jobless numbers remain high, but are lower than one year ago.

The state released unemployment numbers for cities and counties this week.

Iron county has the state's highest unemployment rate at 13.1 percent...Vilas is fifth-highest at 12.1 percent. Forest county is 8th highest of 72 counties at 10.9 percent, Oneida is ninth at 10.1 percent. Langlade county is at 9.2 percent, while Lincoln county is at 8.8 percent. The area's lowest rate is Price county with a jobless rate of 6.8 percent.

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One arrest Thursday
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.
Credit Ron Holmes / US Fish and Wildlife Service

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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