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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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Avoids jail time
6:01 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Crandon Daycare Provider Is Sentenced

No jail time for a Crandon woman who was charged with running an unlicensed daycare. Her son, facing multiple sexual assault and other charges, facing sentencing next month.

62 year old Nancy Anderson pleaded guilty to three counts of failing to have a daycare provider license in her home. Counts of neglecting a child were dismissed in Forest County court.

Nancy Anderson received two years probation and can only watch over children to whom she is related. She also was ordered to do 100 hours of community service

Private camps, CNNF remain 25 miles
5:14 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Board Tightens Ring On Firewood Purchases

Buy campfire wood locally
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The state Natural Resources Board voted unanimously in favor of key provisions to change the state's hunting culture -- changes drafted by Texas researcher James Kroll. One key provision eliminates in-person deer registrations at places like bars and gas stations, in favor of online and phone registrations.. Other changes include a reduction in deer management units, the creation of county committees to advise state wildlife experts on deer population goals.

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$520,000 in 2006
5:06 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

"Sustainability Park" Killed By Oneida County Board

Oneida county courthouse
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In 2006, Oneida county invested more than a half-million dollars in what promoters said would be a sustainable business park on Rhinelander's west side. Tuesday the Oneida County Board of Supervisors officially killed it.

The county purchased 272 acres in the hopes of attracting modern manufacturers and young entrepreneurs. A feasibility study discovered problems getting enough tax revenue back and also access problems to the site. Area trout fishers also worried about a well-regarded trout stream on the property.

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$4 million purchase price
4:52 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Langlade County Buys 2300 Wooded Acres

Langlade county courthouse
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The Langlade County Board of Supervisors made a major land purchase Tuesday.

The board purchased 2352 acres of what's called prime woodland from Plum Creek Land Company for a price tag of just under $4 million. The land is all within the town of Langlade in the eastern part of the county.

County Forest Administrator Eric Rantala says the county received a Knowles-Nelson Stewardship grant for half, or just under $2 million dollars. Rantala says it's a great timber resource...

 

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Remediating Vacant Lot
4:22 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Argonne to Clean Up Site of Abandoned School

Argonne School, pictured here about a hundred years ago, closed in 1991.

The town of Argonne is planning to remediate the site of its former elementary school.  And a new grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will cover a quarter of the expected cost. 

Town clerk Don Gordon says the 3-acre site next to the town hall is currently a vacant and overgrown lot. 

“There is extensive cleanup that has to be done – there’s a lot of bricks and trees and what have you, that all have to be leveled, cleaned and taken away.”

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Traditional Method Less Efficient
4:16 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Electronic Deer Registration Could Hurt Tavern Business, Owners Argue

A proposed switch to electronic deer registration has some business owners up in arms.
Credit Ken Thomas

The state Natural Resources Board will consider new rules tomorrow for how the state handles deer registration.  But some tavern owners are complaining the rules will hurt business.       

      

The governor’s so-called deer czar James Kroll has recommended a switch to registering deer online or by phone, instead of in person like at a gas station or bar. 

Steve Moran owns Moran’s Landing in Nokomis.  He says registration brings in a sizable portion of business during deer season. 

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Affects two county departments
3:37 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

County Rejects Offers To Buy WPS Building

Three proposals to purchase the former WPS building near the Oneida county courthouse by a Rhinelander businessman were rejected by the county board Tuesday, but it might not be the end of bargaining. That rejection also had a bearing on the location of two county departments.

Mike Boyd's offers included Oneida county paying to use some of the office space he would construct. One of the options was to locate the county UW- Extension and possibly Land and Water Conservation departments in the new building.

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