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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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Bat Populations In Trouble
10:00 am
Sun April 13, 2014

White Nose Turns Up in Wisconsin

White nose syndrome is caused by a fungus that fatally interrupts bats' hibernation.
Credit Marvin Moriarty / US Fish and Wildlife Service

Biologists have found the first trace of a deadly bat disease in Wisconsin.  Bats tested positive for white nose syndrome at a mine in southwestern Wisconsin.

The Grant County location where white nose was found…is within flying distance of an Illinois site where the syndrome turned up in 2012.  Biologists are guessing a bat from that location carried the disease to Wisconsin. 

White nose has also been found for the first time in several locations in the Upper Peninsula.

The Wisconsin DNR’s Paul White says it’s likely the disease will spread throughout the state.

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Ears Open for Cranes
3:47 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Listening for Early Morning Calls

Hoping to spot a crane on the Nokomis Flowage in the early dawn.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Birders were out before dawn this weekend for the annual Midwest Crane Count.  

     

“We’ll it’s about 6 oclock in the morning.  The rain is coming down lightly, but we’re out here counting cranes, or trying to.  Listening for their territorial calls or their guard calls.” 

Oneida County Coordinator Bob Dall explains that every spring, volunteers spread out to document sandhill crane populations, as well as rare sightings of whooping cranes.

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Board meets Tuesday
5:46 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Recounts Keep Three Oneida Co. Board Races The Same

Three close Oneida county board races after voting last week have not changed after a recount.

Voters April 1 elected incumbent Bob Mott in District 7 in the Pelican Lake area. After the recount requested by challenger Dennis Schoeneck, Mott picked up one vote to 187 to 180 for Schoeneck.

In District 16 in the Woodruff area after the recount, incumbent Michael Timmons had 114 votes with challenger Michael Pockat with 107. Timmons picked up three votes from election night.

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