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10:08 am
Thu December 26, 2013

The Mysterious Death of Edward Keeler

Edward Keeler and his renowned boat, the Pelican.

Hunters and trappers spend a great deal of time alone in the woods, and outdoor activities in remote areas have their share of inherent dangers.  

Those dangers were even more apparent in the 1930s, a time of limited communication, large tracts of remote country, few heavily traveled roads, and the occasional gangster, moonshiner or poacher.

In today’s History Afield, Bob Willging tells the story of one man’s mysterious death in the woods in 1931.

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Bewley wants "balanced bill"
5:46 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Mining Bill Favors Only One Side: Legislator

Rep. Janet Bewley(D-Ashland), 74th Assembly Dist.
Credit Wisconsin legislature

A candidate for a northern Wisconsin state Senate seat says the state needs a new mining law before she would consider backing it.

Democrat Janet Bewley represents the 74th Assembly District, including Iron, Price and a portion of Vilas county.

Bewley says mining is not a yes or no kind of question, as it is more complicated. She says the people of the north want to have a strong economy and jobs that intersects with their values...

 

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Sixteen Days Abroad
4:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Nicolet Students Set to Depart for Guatemala

This is the fourth trip Ocie Kilgus has led at Nicolet.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A Nicolet College group is heading to Guatemala Friday.  Most of the ten travelers are students at Nicolet - but not all.  The age range of those going is between 18 and 66. 

Trip leader Ocie Kilgus teaches Spanish and English classes at Nicolet Area Technical College.  She says they’ll spend 16 days in Guatemala’s second largest city.

"It’s called Quetzaltenango, and it’s in the Western Highlands.  It’s about three hours away from the capital city."

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56 animals taken
10:29 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Large Public Response To Lincoln Co. Puppy Mill

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Lincoln County humane society officials are thanking the community for their support as they handle the puppy mill situation.

Fifty-six adult dogs and puppies were surrendered Saturday to the Lincoln County Humane Society and workers have been scrambling to find places to put them all. Board president Patrick Hoerstmann says the community response has been amazing. "Right now we just have an overwhelming outpouring of support from the public. It's finally slowing down a little bit. It's been a constant stream of people, I've never seen our parking lot so full."

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Needs federal approval
5:02 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Walker Says He Has Option to Obamacare

Gov. Walker last week at Nicolet College in Rhinelander
Credit Ken Krall-WXPR

Wisconsin could be offering a health care option that is outside the realm of the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare.

During a stop in Rhinelander last week, Governor Scott Walker said he's been talking to the federal government to have Wisconsin residents get another option outside of the Affordable Care Act protocols.....

 

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Community Shows Support
3:34 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Celebrating at Frederick Place

Local high school students donated one of the Christmas trees at Frederick Place.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Holidays can be tough for those facing hard times, who may not have family nearby or even a home to celebrate in.  At Rhinelander’s homeless shelter, community members and staff are doing their best to make Christmas a festive time. 

Paper snowmen grace the windows at Frederick Place, and ornaments adorn a Christmas tree in the living room.  Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing Director Tammy Modic says all the decorations are donated. 

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Forest County Park Could Draw Tourists
2:40 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Committee to Help Oversee Off-Road Park Development

The Forest County Off-Road Park Committee will help assess the park's feasibility.
Credit Robert Thigpen

A new county board committee will oversee Forest County’s role in the development of an off-road park. 

A nonprofit is pushing to build a 10,000 acre off-road vehicle park that it says will stimulate the local economy.

The Forest county board recently approved over $40,000 toward park development, so the project could apply for matching funds from the state’s economic development corporation. 

Count Board Chairman Paul Millan says the new five-person committee will oversee how that money is being spent.

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Death Due to Heroin Overdose Last Year
9:50 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Lewis Pleas No Contest in Homicide Case

The last of three defendants charged after the heroin-induced death of a town of Crescent man one year ago has entered pleas.

Last week, 28 year old Richard Lewis entered no contest pleas to reckless homicide, and other charges in Oneida County Circuit Court. Co-defendant Jennifer Heiting of St. Germain has already entered as to similar charges, and both face possible 6 years in prison and nearly a decade on extended supervision.

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Law requires less local regulation
7:09 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Not Much Change For Cities And New Bow Hunting Law

Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Governor Walker recently signed a bill allowing bow-and-arrow hunters to look for deer within municipalities. Two city administrators in the region don't think the law will change much in their communities.

Several state communities had bow hunts to trim the nuisance deer herd within city limits. In changing laws concerning crossbows, the local municipal codes were set aside by the law, leaving local communities only the option to set how far hunters had to stay away from buildings.

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Plans Advance For New Location
4:00 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Church Donation Boosts Food Pantry's Capital Campaign

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is more than halfway to its fundraising goal for moving to a new location.  St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Rhinelander has donated $25,000 to help the food pantry buy a new building. 

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hansen says it’s the capitol campaign’s largest donation so far. 

“We have had two or three major donations.  But mostly they’re donations of anywhere from one hundred to a thousand dollars typically.” 

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