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5:48 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Crowd Attends Opening of Boulder Junction Community Center

State and local dignitaries attended the ribbon cutting.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A new community center in Boulder Junction opened its doors today.  For supporters of the project, it was a long time coming.

It was standing room only at the ribbon cutting as more than 200 people packed the new community center.  But five years ago it wasn’t clear if the center would ever be built.  Voters rejected an earlier proposal for a more expensive building.  With the final price tag coming in under budget at around $2.1 million, Town Chair Charlie Spencer says the investment will pay off.   

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March 12 in Madison
4:35 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Wisconsin Arts and Economic Development

Credit artswisconsin.org

Artists from all over Wisconsin will gather in March to remind legislators that Wisconsin has a thriving arts community.

Arts Day 2014 is set for March 12 at the new central library in Madison.

Anne Katz is Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin. She says it's the only big arts conference in Wisconsin.....

 

"....we have people coming from around the state to meet with their legislators. That's the main part of the day. The point is for the people to come to the capitol and tell their stories...

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Causes lung cancer
4:22 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

January A Good Time For Radon Testing

Radon test kit
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

 January is National Radon Action Month. Exposure to radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Smokers have an even larger threat of developing lung cancer if radon is present in their surroundings.

Charlotte Ahrens from the Oneida County Health Department describes radon...

 

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Economy slowly recovering
4:54 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Local, state taxes down, federal taxes up-WTA

Credit Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

2013 state and local taxes fell slightly and federal taxes rose according to a tax watchdog group.

The non-partisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance has a new report on 2013 tax collections.

Stephanie Rubin is a WISTAX research analyst...

 

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Judged with large schools
4:45 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

UW-Superior Rep Says Online Degree Ninth Ranking

UW-Superior
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Of all the colleges and universities in the nation offering some online degree programs, UW-Superior has ranked ninth in a U.S. News ranking for colleges offering bachelor's programs online.

UW-Superior has been offering distance learning for 35 years. A local university representative , Dan Kuzlik, says the ranking is a bit of a small school versus large schools....

 

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Named last Thursday
4:13 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Local Agent Approves Of Cross As Chancellor

Erica Brewster
Credit Oneida Co. UW-Extension

A local UW-Extension agent thinks the UW System has made a good choice for it's new Chancellor.

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Arts & Life
5:55 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Vintage Racers Hit the Track

Vintage snowmobiles race in the qualifying rounds at the Eagle River Derby Track.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Vintage snowmobile racers compete this weekend in Eagle River in the world championship.  

The world championship may be a week away…but spectators at the vintage race are all about the here and now.  The qualifying rounds for the vintage championship are filled with sleds from the 70s and 80s…or older.  They’re smaller and more antique looking than today’s ultrafast monsters.  And though next weekend’s races will draw a bigger crowd, more people enter the vintage categories.  Elmer Jensen is a longtime volunteer at the derby. 

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Join the fun of broadcasting!
2:13 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Love the Music?

Northwoods Cafe Hosts, Craig Harrison and Jeremy Starz
Credit Peg Arnold

Love the music you hear on WXPR? Classical, jazz, blues, adult alternative, polka, bluegrass, folk, country – it’s all here.

And you can become an integral part of it. Volunteer on-air hosts are essential in creating and delivering 70 hours of vibrant and unique musical programming each week.

Actualize your sonic passions. Give us a call at 715-362-6000 or email and we’ll show you how.

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Puts in place merit pay and caps
4:05 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

New Pay Plan Likely Going To Oneida County Board

Oneida county courthouse
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The Oneida County Board in February will consider a new way to pay employees which...among many other points.... sets in place merit pay for extra achievers and caps pay increases.

A committee this week recommended a multi-faceted change in how compensation is handled. Separate wage schedules were established for salaried and non-salaried employees. The schedules establish a market value. For management and professional staff, it sets a wage point pay beyond that achieved by extraordinary effort.

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Energy conservation grants
3:44 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Four Rhinelander Non-Profits Get Grants From WPS

Credit Wisconsin Public Service

The Rhinelander area was well represented among 15 northeastern Wisconsin non-profit groups getting energy-efficiency money from Wisconsin Public Service.

WPS's Energy Challenge asked non-profits to work toward energy efficiency and weatherization.

ArtStart Inc., of Rhinelander placed third overall, garnering a top $1,500 check. Others getting $1,000 awards are the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, Northwoods Community Elementary School, and the Rhinelander Basketball Association.

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