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4:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Poets on Poetry: How Being a Poet Prepared Me To Be a Mother

Emily Bright's daughter Abigail Krusack, age 2.
Credit Emily Bright

When Emily Bright decided to get her Masters of Fine Arts degree in poetry, she expected that it would prepare her for a career of teaching and writing. What she didn’t expect was that being a poet would teach her how to be a good parent.  Today in the first of our series “Poets on Poetry,” Bright tells us the story.  

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Law partially repealed
7:56 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Equal Pay For Women Took Hit Last Session: Legislator

Rep. Chris Taylor(D-Madison)
Credit wisconsin.gov

A Democrat thinks little progress was made in the last legislative session to bridge the wage gap between men and women.

Representative Chris Taylor from Madison is on the Assembly Committee on Labor. She says the Republican-dominated legislature actively moved against some equal pay provisions...

 

"....but we also say repeals of the equal pay for women where women had access to courts for legal remedies when they weren't paid equally. That really perpetuated unfairness and had nothing to do with creating opportunities..."

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Large increase in older adults
3:48 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Vilas Co. Given As Example Of Changing Northwoods Demographics

Credit en.wikipedia.org Ian McKenzie

A state economist says Vilas county reflects changing demographics in the north. Those demographic changes could reflect a big change in the workforce.

Scott Hodek says if you look at Vilas county's demographics, in 2010, about 25 percent of the workforce was over 65 years old and likely retired....

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WPS Says Call Now
12:40 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Utility Customers Behind on Bills Could Face Shutoffs

This Saturday marks the end of the winter moratorium on utility shutoffs.  Wisconsin Public Service is urging customers who are behind on their bills to call sooner rather than later…to make payment arrangements. 

State law prevents anyone’s home utilities from being turned off during winter months between November 1st and April 15th, even you don’t pay the bills.

But WPS spokesperson Leah Van Zile says those unpaid bills won’t go away, and customers could face shutoffs if they don’t get in touch with WPS. 

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Rep. Czaja guest speaker
5:02 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Regional Economic Success Focus Of Meeting

The Northwoods regional economic development Corporation...Grow North.....is hosting its annual membership meeting in Antigo.

Executive Director Don Sidlowski says the annual meetings gather all the members to look at the successes and goals. He says there has been successes...

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Thinks it's political
4:39 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Burke Critical Of Walker's Slow Casino Decision

Democrat running for Governor Mary Burke
Credit maryburke2014.com

Democrat Mary Burke says waiting more than a year to make a decision on a proposed casino in Kenosha isn't necessary, and says if a study shows signs, it should be given the go-ahead.

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Weighing Environmental Impacts
3:00 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

LDF Considers ATV Trail

ATVs and UTVs are welcomed by some, but others fear the environmental damage they may bring.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Lac du Flambeau officials are wrapping up an environmental assessment of a proposed ATV/UTV trail. The Lakeland ATV Club wants to build a trail that would pass through the reservation. 

Lac du Flambeau spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the proposed trail would be about 23 miles long.

“It runs from the Oneida county border of the reservation – which would be the southwest corner of the reservation – east to the Woodruff Arbor Vitae area.” 

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Alleges Open Meeting Violation
11:09 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Rhinelander Alderperson Files Complaint Against Committee

A city of Rhinelander  alderperson has filed an open meetings complaint against the Rhinelander Tourism Marketing committee, otherwise known as the Room Tax committee.

Alex Young filed the complaint with the Oneida County District Attorney's office. In the complaint, Young says the committee is created by the council, and as such, falls under the Open Meetings law.

Young alleges the committee met April 2 without posting a timely notice it was going to meet. Unless an emergency, public meetings need to be posted at least 24 hours prior to meeting time.

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Says complaint has generated publicity
11:04 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Vander Puy Responds To Sen. Tiffany's Voting Complaint

Flags at the Harvest Camp in Iron Co.
Credit Natalie Jablonski

A member of the Harvest Camp near the proposed Gogebic Taconite mine in Iron county says he went through the proper process to vote as a homeless person.

Thursday, State Senator Tom Tiffany filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board and Attorney General, saying Nick Vander Puy allegedly improperly voted in the town of Anderson on April 1.

Vander Puy says the complaint is without merit....

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Engineering the Bounce
4:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

In Mercer, A Basketball Court is Born

Action Floor Systems is based in Mercer, Wisconsin.
Natalie Jablonski WXPR News

With the Final Four coming up this weekend, many people's eyes will be glued to the basketball courts.  But have you ever thought about where those court floors come from? Most of the country’s wooden gym floors are made here in northern Wisconsin and upper Michigan. 

Here in the small town of Mercer, Wisconsin, a gym floor starts with unloading a pallet of maple planks delivered from a sawmill.

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