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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.
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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.
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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.

Trend Toward Cleaner Fuel
5:41 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Older Unit at Weston Power Plant Soon to Stop Running

Wisconsin Public Service is retiring a coal fired power plant near Wausau, and switching a second one over to natural gas. 

Weston Unit 1 was built in 1954.  WPS spokesperson Kerry Spees says the older plant is much less efficient in generating power, and also needs expensive emissions upgrades. 

“We would definitely have to do upgrades.  We’re in a time it seems when those environmental standards continue to get tighter and tighter.  And at a certain point you just have to cut the cord and say there’s no real sense in trying to keep this plant operating.”

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Freeze ups still possible
5:24 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Keep Water Running: Rhinelander Administrator

Keep it running!
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Temperatures have gotten warmer above the ground, but temperatures below ground is the concern as Rhinelander and Tomahawk residents are being asked to continue running their water to avoid freeze ups.

Rhinelander City Administrator Blaine Oborn says, for now, to continue running the pencil-sized stream of water...

".....the plan of the city is to keep it running. We're still thawing and wierd things happen when it thaws, so as a precautionary measure and to avoid further freezeups, we're still advising residents to continue running their water...."

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Protecting victims
5:17 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

April Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the public should support survivors, holding offenders accountable and working toward prevention of sexual assault.

Locally, Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault  spokesperson Melissa Dailey says

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Trust fund dollars
5:09 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

BCPL Funds Northwoods Schools

A school library
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Several area school districts are getting money from a state trust fund dating back to Wisconsin's statehood.

The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands has announced that Common School Fund earnings of more than $30 million were distributed to state K-12 public schools to support libraries. The fund was established from state sales and management and doesn't involve tax money.

Executive Secretary Tia Nelson says the interest money earned from the trust fund goes to schools like Rhinelander's...

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Six vote difference
4:57 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Recount Friday For Oneida Co. Board Seat

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A recount is taking place Friday for an Oneida County supervisory district.

Incumbent Bob Mott won re-election on election night by six votes over challenger Dennis Schoeneck. Schoeneck has requested the recount.

The district includes the towns of Enterprise, Monico, Piehl, Shoepke, Stella and Three Lakes.

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