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Downtown revitalization
3:19 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Large USDA Grant Back In The Mix For Rhinelander

Sewer line work
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A federal grant to fund the underground infrastructure along downtown Rhinelander streets looked dead as of last week, but it appears to be back on again after a meeting Monday night.

The city weeks ago was given positive indications it would get $1.6 million dollars but there was a hitch: the work had to commence next year. City officials and Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated officials want to do the work, but felt the timeline was too short to have the details worked out to do the job successfully.

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Ethanol price spike
3:11 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Northwoods Gas Prices Among Highest in Midwest

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Corn is likely one  reason why gas prices have inched up lately, but there is another reason.

A petroleum analyst for the website gas buddy dot com says gas refiners are still in the process of shifting over to summer blend gasoline  so states can meet federal air quality rules.

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Off-Reservation Casino Sparks Debate
2:39 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Potawatomi Say New Report Shows Gaming Market is Saturated; Menominee Disagree

Editor's Note: This report was updated at 4:01 p.m.

A report on Indian gaming is drawing mixed interpretations about how casinos are doing in Wisconsin. 

The report from gaming information publisher Casino City shows a slight increase in Wisconsin’s gaming revenue from 2011 and 2012.  But it also shows more than 3-percent drop over six years, from 2007 through 2012. 

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Arts & Life
4:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Poets on Poetry: How Being a Poet Prepared Me To Be a Mother

Emily Bright's daughter Abigail Krusack, age 2.
Credit Emily Bright

When Emily Bright decided to get her Masters of Fine Arts degree in poetry, she expected that it would prepare her for a career of teaching and writing. What she didn’t expect was that being a poet would teach her how to be a good parent.  Today in the first of our series “Poets on Poetry,” Bright tells us the story.  

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Law partially repealed
7:56 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Equal Pay For Women Took Hit Last Session: Legislator

Rep. Chris Taylor(D-Madison)
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A Democrat thinks little progress was made in the last legislative session to bridge the wage gap between men and women.

Representative Chris Taylor from Madison is on the Assembly Committee on Labor. She says the Republican-dominated legislature actively moved against some equal pay provisions...

 

"....but we also say repeals of the equal pay for women where women had access to courts for legal remedies when they weren't paid equally. That really perpetuated unfairness and had nothing to do with creating opportunities..."

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Large increase in older adults
3:48 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Vilas Co. Given As Example Of Changing Northwoods Demographics

Credit en.wikipedia.org Ian McKenzie

A state economist says Vilas county reflects changing demographics in the north. Those demographic changes could reflect a big change in the workforce.

Scott Hodek says if you look at Vilas county's demographics, in 2010, about 25 percent of the workforce was over 65 years old and likely retired....

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WPS Says Call Now
12:40 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Utility Customers Behind on Bills Could Face Shutoffs

This Saturday marks the end of the winter moratorium on utility shutoffs.  Wisconsin Public Service is urging customers who are behind on their bills to call sooner rather than later…to make payment arrangements. 

State law prevents anyone’s home utilities from being turned off during winter months between November 1st and April 15th, even you don’t pay the bills.

But WPS spokesperson Leah Van Zile says those unpaid bills won’t go away, and customers could face shutoffs if they don’t get in touch with WPS. 

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Rep. Czaja guest speaker
5:02 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Regional Economic Success Focus Of Meeting

The Northwoods regional economic development Corporation...Grow North.....is hosting its annual membership meeting in Antigo.

Executive Director Don Sidlowski says the annual meetings gather all the members to look at the successes and goals. He says there has been successes...

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Thinks it's political
4:39 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Burke Critical Of Walker's Slow Casino Decision

Democrat running for Governor Mary Burke
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Democrat Mary Burke says waiting more than a year to make a decision on a proposed casino in Kenosha isn't necessary, and says if a study shows signs, it should be given the go-ahead.

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Weighing Environmental Impacts
3:00 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

LDF Considers ATV Trail

ATVs and UTVs are welcomed by some, but others fear the environmental damage they may bring.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Lac du Flambeau officials are wrapping up an environmental assessment of a proposed ATV/UTV trail. The Lakeland ATV Club wants to build a trail that would pass through the reservation. 

Lac du Flambeau spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the proposed trail would be about 23 miles long.

“It runs from the Oneida county border of the reservation – which would be the southwest corner of the reservation – east to the Woodruff Arbor Vitae area.” 

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