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Fourth Annual Event
1:59 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Sustainability Fair to Celebrate Earth Day

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Earth Day is April 22nd, and organizers are gearing up for the fourth annual Sustainability Fair in Rhinelander.

Co-chair Ann Eshelman says it’s going to be the biggest one yet, with about 30 exhibitors ranging from green contractors to local farms.  

“It’s a wide variety of exhibitors.  We have people in the construction business, we have people in the gardening business, we have people in the retail business.  And we also have a lot of organizations that are conveying information about their sustainability mission.”

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Poets on Poetry
4:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

My Year in Haiku: Learning to Write Poetry Again

Haiku are known for evoking images and a sense of season.
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Rhinelander poet Brent Goodman once vowed he’d never write a haiku.  So why has he been writing nothing but haiku for the past 10 months?  As part this month’s Poets on Poetry series, Goodman tells how it all began with a course by Haiku Master Lee Gurga.

It’s April again, which for me means participating in a daily challenge called “NaPoWriMo,” or National Poetry Writing Month. It’s an annual project in which poets attempt to write a poem a day for the entire month of April.

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Debate whether to proceed
8:30 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Rhinelander Council Approves Downtown Grant Application

Applying for a $1.6 million dollar federal grant was approved by the Rhinelander city council Monday night. But it left questions in the minds of some council members.

If approved by the feds, the grant would be the initial money to redo the underground infrastructure along Brown Street and downtown. The grant would be for 2016 and 2017, a year later than earlier sought.

While the matter had been in two committees, council members Alex Young and Steve Sauer both objected to the speed which the large project...potentially $9 million dollars...was going through council...

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Legal issues to be addressed
8:22 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Decision Postponed On Controversial CBRF

No decision on a controversial Community Based Residential Facility on West Phillip Street in Rhinelander.

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Fab Lab moving toward reality
5:43 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Three Lakes Schools Working With A 'Revolutionary' Concept

Fab Lab in Amsterdam
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Three Lakes increased broadband capacity and a willing community and school will likely put them on the cutting edge of a revolutionary education and economic development effort called a Fab Lab.

The technology exists to build a box,tooth brush or any manufactured item without a large manufacturing facility.

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Long Distance Race
4:13 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Rhinelander Native to Run Boston Marathon

Thousands of qualifying runners will compete in the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014.
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A former Hodag track and cross country star will run in the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Lisa Nienstaedt grew up in Rhinelander and now lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she works in physical therapy. 

After setting records in high school she went on to run marathons.  This year’s Boston Marathon will be her seventh race of that distance. 

WXPR’S Natalie Jablonski spoke with Nienstaedt over the phone about her feelings leading up to the race. 

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Deadline Fast Approaching
4:00 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Post Office Prepares For Last Minute Tax Filing Rush

Tuesday is tax day.  You have until midnight to mail your tax return or file it online. 

The Rhinelander Post Office has double staff on hand to handle the volume of customers.

Rhinelander Acting Postmaster Joelle Nelson says there’s an automated postal center that should help with the high traffic.         

“Which allows customers to mail products 24 hours a day.  I will actually be at that center tomorrow, trying to help customers fill out forms, make it as easy as we can.” 

World War II, Korea, Viet Nam veterans
6:13 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Honor Flight Returns To Washington D.C.

World War II Memorial
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The next flight of veterans being taken to Washington, D.C. to see the monuments to their military service leaves Monday morning from Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee.

The Never Forgotten Honor Flights program flies veterans and caregivers to Washington, D.C. for a one-day experience.

Co-founder Jim Campbell says this is the 15th Never Forgotten Honor Flight....

".....to date, we have taken 1, 314 veterans on Monday(4/14) we have 85 veterans from World War II, Korea and a Viet Nam vet..."

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Deer donation program
6:06 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Venison Donation By Hunters Down From Prior Years

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More than 90,000 pounds of venison were donated following the 2013 gun-deer harvest as part of the DNR deer donation program.

Wildlife damage biologist Dan Hirchert says hunters again have been generous....

".....the program was set up for hunters to shoot additional deer and have somewhere to go with those deer. In that regard, any deer that are donated to the program are a bonus. We look at it as another source of good will. We can provide meat items to folks all around the state that need(it)...."

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Slide show
5:54 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Rare Opportunity To See Rhinelander Of Old

Vintage Rhinelander photo
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A rare opportunity for area residents to see Rhinelander in its earliest days will be held this week at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander.

The Rhinelander Historical Society is presenting a photographic slide show, says Society President June Thiel....

"....these are slides given to the museum years ago. They belonged to Estelle Sipple and they are pictures from as far back as the late 1800's...."

Thiel says the slides are mostly pictures of buildings and life of the times...

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