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Part of Walleye Initiative
7:31 am
Sun January 19, 2014

Anglers Still Can Determine Where Walleyes Will Go

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Anglers are asked to go to the DNR website and fill out a form on what waters they should consider for stocking under the new "Wisconsin Walleye Initiative".

 

The state has spent $8.2 million for infrastructure improvements and $1.3 million each year for annual operating costs to expand production at DNR state fish hatcheries. Production is projected to increase 60,000 to 120,000 large walleye fingerlings to well over 500,000 by 2016. The young walleye will be larger than previously in the hope of having more survivability to adulthood.

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Misconduct charges
12:57 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

England Agrees To Plea Bargain With State

Traci England booking photo 2012
Credit Oneida County Sheriff

Two years ago, Oneida County's Medical Examiner was arrested for allegedly keeping human tissue from autopsies to train a cadaver dog. Friday, 46 year old Traci England entered into a plea bargain with prosecutors.

England was found guilty by Judge Leon Stenz of two counts of felony Misconduct in Public Office.

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Residents and non-residents
11:35 am
Fri January 17, 2014

No License Needed This Weekend To Fish In Wisconsin Waters

Ice fishing
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The state is adding another weekend of free fishing and it happens this Saturday and Sunday.

The state waives fees and allows anyone...residents and non-residents to hit the frozen water.

DNR Northern Regional Director John Gozdzialski says a free fishing weekend happens in June each year, but instead of boats, you have ice augers...

 

"...this is an opportunity to enjoy fishing but with with frozen conditions not the open water....

Gozdzialski says it's a great way to get kids involved with the outdoors.

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Faster Than Ever
4:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Not Your Parents' Sled: Vintage Racing in the 21st Century

Vintage snowmobiles come in all stripes.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

This weekend is the snowmobile World Championship, expected to draw tens of thousands.  But last weekend was the World Championship for vintage racing.  

Vintage cars, vintage records…but vintage snowmobiles?  That I had not heard of before moving to the Northwoods. I was curious about what draws people to the sport, so I headed to the offices of the Eagle River derby track for the weekend of the vintage racing championship. 

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Authored mining bill
5:51 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Tiffany Says Mining Bill Does Not Allow Lakebed Mining

State Sen. Tom Tiffany(R-Hazelhurst)
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The author of Senate Bill 1, or what's known as the "mining bill" disagrees with one legislator's interpretation that mining is allowed on lakebeds and waterways.

Democrat Dana Wach's bill would make it clear that certain types of mining would not be allowed on lakebeds. He says the revised mining bill has loophole language to that effect.

State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst disagrees with Wach's assessment....

 

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Lakebed mining?
5:43 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Bill To Close Reported Loopholes In Mining Law Authored

Rep. Dana Wachs(D-Eau Claire)
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State Democrats are introducing legislation that would close what the author says is a loophole in the new mining law that would allow mining on navigable bodies of water, like lakes.

 

Representative Dana Wachs of Eau Claire said in reading the new law, he became concerned that it would allow lakes, flowages, and reservoirs to be drained, or filled in by mining activities. His bill, called "Save Our Lakes" would explicitly prohibit this activity..

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No injuries
5:33 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Fire Destroys Lincoln County Home

A fire Thursday morning in the town of Harrison, Lincoln county destroyed a home. Traffic had to be detoured for seven hours.

The Lincoln County Sheriff reports a garage along State Highway 17 Rhinelander was on fire about 4:15 this morning. The attached home had caught fire when authorities arrived to put out the blaze. The family escaped the burning structure with no injuries. Fire units from the towns of Crescent, Newbold, Pelican, Russell and the city of Rhinelander fought the blaze.

Highway 17 returned to normal traffic about noon.

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D.A.--Evidence didn't fit charges
5:28 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

No Charges In New Year's Day Death At Rhinelander Bar

Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek
Credit WXPR

No charges will be filed concerning the New Year's day death of a Rhinelander man at a downtown Rhinelander bar.

Thursday afternoon, Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek announced after gathering more than 23 interviews and autopsy evidence he would not charge 59 year old Gregory Dryden for the death of James Tanner.

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The Mill Retrospective
5:07 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Paper on Display: Exhibit at Nicolet

A gallery exhibition at Nicolet College closes Friday. It features paper and book arts made by people involved with the Mill, an arts nonprofit based in Rhinelander. 

Executive Director Daniel Goscha says the show is a kind of retrospective of the nonprofit’s first year. 

“It is a very diverse show.  There’s examples of book arts, of printmaking, of letterpress and cyanotype.  So it really is a broad show in terms of featuring paper making and book arts and all of the many facets that can take.” 

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Week in the Woods
4:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Studying Science, For Art

To take water samples of the lake below, students had to first drill through the ice.
Michelle Sharp

A group of art students traveled to the Northwoods last week...for a dose of science.  Students at the Milwaukee Institute for Art and Design spent a week at the Kemp Station Natural Resources Station near Woodruff. 

It may surprise some people to find art students also interested in science, but to Maddy Dall, it’s totally natural.

“I’ve always really been interested in paleontology especially – so like dinosaurs.  I always told myself if I could draw dinosaurs I’d be a happy person – so scientific illustration really appealed to me.”

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