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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)
Credit Wisconsin.gov

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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Two Hearings Left
4:54 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Rural Schools Task Force Makes Progress

The Rural Schools Task Force looks at the challenges faced by rural school districts.
Credit http://www.flickr.com/photos/25766289@N00/3898591046

The rural schools taskforce has just two public hearings left before it begins to compile its report.  Assembly Speaker Robin Vos put the task force together to help get a handle on the problems faced by rural school districts. 

Committee chair Representative Rob Swearingen says last week’s hearing in Antigo was productive.               

“The best part was that we actually had time this particular hearing to hear more from the public, taxpaying citizens.  So it went very very well – I was pleased at the end of the day.” 

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"Big Bundle Up" concludes
3:54 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Wis.-Mich. Mitten Battle Helps The Needy Again

The "mittens" from space
Credit en.wikipedia.org

More than 11,000 items were donated during the Department of Tourism's recent "Big Bundle Up" campaign. including items from the Rhinelander, Tomahawk, Minocqua and St. Germain Chambers of Commerce.

Tourism spokesperson Danielle Johnson says the campaign came about after a Wisconsin Tourism promotion made the state look like a mitten. Michigan's Tourism Department was annoyed, saying Michigan looks more like a mitten than Wisconsin. Both states agreed to resolve the dispute by gathering warm clothes for the needy.

Johnson says this year's effort was a success...

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Concern about runways
3:49 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

No Decision On Eagle River Airport Property Purchase

No decision was made Tuesday by the Eagle River city council on the possiblity of purchasing some property near the Eagle River airport.

Mayor Jeff Hyslop says officials would like to buy the Tsevas property using a Federal Aviation Administration grant near the airport as the property is in line with the runways...

 

"....and if that property were to develop and a building go up....it could create a dangerous situation. The Bureau of Aeronautics has some interest in purchasing the property and it's just a matter if we would want to participate or not.

Residents Moving To Friendly Village
3:42 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Taylor Park Rehabilitation In Rhinelander To Close

Taylor Park in Rhinelander
Credit WXPR

One of Rhinelander's long time nursing home facilities will close in 2014.

Taylor Park Rehabilitation Administrator John Ley confirmed in an email that the facility will be closing later this year. He says a comprehensive resident relocation plan has been approved by the state. Both Taylor Park and adjacent Friendly Village Nursing and Rehabilitation are owned by Prestige Health Care.

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Making it Easier to Get Care
5:16 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Rhinelander School District Hosts New Clinic for Employees

A new clinic has opened its doors inside Rhinelander High School.  The new Aspirus clinic won’t serve students - but it will serve school district employees and their families.  The clinic can provide basic primary care. A visit costs just ten dollars. 

Rhinelander Schools Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says clinic access will be good for employee health, as well as save the district money. 

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