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Carnivores in the Northwoods
4:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Wolves, Cougars and Bears, Oh My

Bear hunting is popular in Wisconsin, with record numbers being harvested last year.
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Dave MacFarland is a large carnivore specialist with the Wisconsin DNR.  He coordinates the state’s wolf and bear management plan, plus its cougar response team.  

He’s also the guest at this week’s Science on Tap discussion at the Minocqua Brewing Company.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with him about what carnivore management looks like in the state.  

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Fundraiser for trail support
5:12 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

RASTA Offers Snowshoe Competition

Handmade snowshoe
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The Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association is hosting an event next weekend near Rhinelander to raise money for area silent sport trails.

RASTA spokesperson Suzanne Flory talks about the Snowshoe hare race...

"...it's a great opportunity for folks who have never snowshoed before, or folks who are doing it a lot and doing different races to come out and enjoy the day. It's January 11 and it will be at Holiday Acres...."

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Frost May Bite Your Fingers
5:05 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Keep Warm on Cold Days

In a cold snap like this one, it doesn’t take long for temperatures to become a health risk. Amy Lavin is a nurse practitioner at the Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff.   She says in weather this cold, exposed skin can become frostbitten in about 5 minutes.  If you’re exercising or have certain medical conditions, you might not even notice it happening. 

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Issues with rural schools
4:57 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Task Force Coming To Antigo, Elcho This Wednesday

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The Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools is holding its fourth public hearing Wednesday afternoon(Jan. 8) at the Antigo high school.

Task Force Chair, Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander, says they wanted to start with a meeting in Rhinelander. He says after going to other parts of the state, they come back to this region...

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SportFit program
5:05 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Packers Foundation Funds Athletes In Antigo

Langlade Hospital Center for Health and Performance
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The Langlade Hospital Center For Health and Performance has received a grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation which should help local athletes be in top shape.

Center Supervisor Greg Renfro says the $2,000 grant will enable them to purchase equipment for the "SportFit" program...

 

"....the program is set up so student athletes can come into our facility. We design a program for whatever their sport is...lets say baseball...we design a program that is designed to help that individual perform optimally as a baseball player..."

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Deadline in March
12:00 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Session This Week To Sign Up For the ACA

The President's signature on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
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While one deadline to enroll in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has passed, another deadline is approaching in March. People needing help to enroll in Obamacare can meet with experts this week who can help.

Mary Testin is the Regional Enrollment Network lead person for this region.....

 

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Cold Times for Canines
5:00 am
Sun January 5, 2014

Keeping Warm a Challenge for Some Animals

Horses can survive a cold winter, as long as they are kept out of direct wind.
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With temperatures expected to stay well below zero for several days, humans are not the only ones suffering.  Animals kept outside may also be having a hard time. 

Dr. Ron Reupert at Animal Health Care Center North in Rhinelander says most pet owners know how to take care of their animals.  But he says many dog breeds like hounds aren’t built for weather this cold. 

“Short haired dogs I have seen not do well.  If they are kept outdoors, they need to have a supplemental heat source, and a lot of people do do that.” 

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Fifteen Extra Holes
3:56 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

GTac Applies for More Exploratory Drilling

Gogebic Taconite has proposed drilling 15 exploratory holes in Iron and Ashland counties.
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Gogebic Taconite wants to drill more exploratory holes in the Penokee Hills this winter.  The mining company has applied for a permit to drill an additional 15 holes. 

The holes would be about 2 and a half inches in diameter, with depths ranging from 280 feet to almost 1500.   GTac drilled eight similar holes last summer.    DNR mining project lead Larry Lynch says these holes would be in different areas of the Penokee Range.

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Cold could be life -threatening
3:51 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Warming Shelters Set Up In Northwoods

Frostbitten hands
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The Oneida and Vilas Public Health and Emergency Management Departments have released a list of facilities open 24 hours that people could go to if they need to warm up in the extreme cold.

In Oneida county, Trig's Riverwalk Centre and Wal-Mart...both in Rhinelander... are facilities that are open 24 hours. In Minocqua, Trig's and WalMart along Highway 70 are open 24 hours, as is Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff..

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Admitted to addiction problems
2:53 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Former Teacher Sentenced On Theft, Drug Charges

Juergens at the time of his arrest.
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A former Rhinelander high school English teacher has been sentenced for theft and drugs.

As part of a plea bargain to include several charges, 35 year old Joshua Juergens was given four years probation, and 31 additional days in jail. Juergens was arrested in September after a disturbance at his residence. Later a search warrant was served by police who found a computer belonging to Rhinelander high school and a marijuana grow operation. District Attorney Michael Schiek said four charges were dismissed after Juergens entered guilty pleas to theft and drug charges...

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