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City of Rhinelander, Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.
5:23 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Key Meeting April 30 For The Look Of Rhinelander's Downtown

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The public is invited to a meeting next week which could determine the look of downtown Rhinelander for generations to come.

Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated and the city of Rhinelander are planning to renovate the downtown streets in 2016 and 2017. The city is expected to receive a grant this week to help fund the underground upgrade of Brown and other streets. Downtown Rhinelander is working with a firm to design a new downtown look called a Streetscape.

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DNR still has final decision
5:16 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

New Law Allows Use Of State Trails Anytime

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One of the many bills signed recently by Governor Scott Walker allows people to be out later on state funded trails. State trails are posted under the same hours as state parks.

One of the bill's authors...State Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander...says he was approached by Democrat Eric Genrich from Green Bay. Genrich was looking for support and Republican Swearingen said it was a good idea. Genrich says people in the Fox Valley use the trails to commute to and from work, and Swearingen says trail use flexibility would also work in the Northwoods...

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Key meeting Wednesday in Mole Lake
5:10 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

Possible Highway 55 Designation As Scenic Byway

A stretch of Highway 55
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State Highway 55 could become the state's fifth Scenic Byway corridor. A meeting Wednesday, April 23,  in Mole Lake will enable the public to see what is in the works.

The program is administered by the Department of Transportation. Highways with historic and scenic corridors are considered. If adopted, the stretch of Highway 55 north from Menominee county through Forest county to the Michigan line would be known as the the Wolf River-Nicolet Scenic Byway.

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Additional business possible
4:53 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

Broadband Brings Fab Lab, Second Home Business

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The Executive Director of Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation says the advent of faster Internet service will make a potentially-game changing effort possible.

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More records fall this weekend
4:39 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

2013-14 Sets Several Winter Records

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You can tell your friends and family

you have lived through what will be the most notable winter in Northwoods history.

WJFW NBC-12 Meteorologist Matt Brooks tells us all the records that have been established....

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Many travel great distances to breed here
4:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Still Uncertain Why Birds Migrate

Tachycineta bicolor or Tree Swallow
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Next, we hear from DNR biologist Jeremy Holtz with his continuing series, "Wildlife Matters". Today he explores why birds bother at all to return to the Northwoods.

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UW annual study
5:42 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Some Northwood Counties Rank Low in Population Health

Credit UW Population Health Institute

Rural areas continue to lag behind other Wisconsin counties in overall wellness. That is one aspect of a  2014 County Health Rankings report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Researcher Kate Konkle says this is the fifth year the report has been released. Konkle talked with Ken Krall about some of the findings. She says a variety of things lead to a healthy population including education, community safety, smoking, housing, diet and exercise.

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At one point 6,000 without power
5:21 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Power Restored To Much Of Northwoods

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   The situation has dramatically improved for thousands of WPS customers in the Northwoods without power.

WPS spokesperson Leah VanZile has an update...

 

"...we've made tremendous improvement in restoring power throughout the Northwoods due to additional crews we had come up this morning working through the day to restore power. We're looking for full restoration for all areas by this evening...."

 

VanZile tells us much of the region had outages...

 

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Asking for Treatment as State
3:16 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Potawatomi Seek EPA Approval for Water Quality Authority

Wolf River, Langlade County
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The Forest County Potawatomi Community is taking a first step towards controlling water quality on its reservation. The Wisconsin DNR is looking for public input on the proposal.

The tribe has applied to the EPA for treatment as state.  Which means it would have authority to uphold water quality standards on the reservation.  Potawatomi spokesperson George Ermert says to do that the tribe must prove that is has the resources to manage water quality. 

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Students Learn from Tradition
4:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Building a Canoe to Preserve Culture

Jessica Samuelson WXPR News

Culture, in my own personal definition is ‘life as we know it,’ but it is also life as it once was long ago before you or I or even our parents walked the earth.  Although I am not of Native American descent, I have spent the last 18 months as a Tribal AmeriCorps Program member serving the Lac du Flambeau grade school. Part of my service there involves working closely with the Envision program. I think it would be best if Ariana, a seventh-grader in the program described it for you in her own words.

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