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4:09 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Deer Will Be Included at Spring Hearings

After a tough winter, the state of the deer herd will be one topic of discussion at the DNR's spring hearings.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Deer enthusiasts may want to attend the DNR’s spring hearings on fish and game.  For the first time, the hearings will also include updates on deer herd status after a grueling winter, as well as hunting regulations. 

DNR District Wildlife Supervisor Mike Zeckmeister says it’s a good chance to check in with the public. 

“It should be a great opportunity to give a quick update on what the deer herd is looking like in their particular county, and also to be able to give a really good briefing on changes to the deer season as a result of the deer trustee report.”

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Raising Larger Fingerlings
4:01 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Tribal Fish Hatcheries Receive Walleye Grants

The DNR wants to help hatcheries raise larger fingerlings for stocking efforts.
Credit Eric Engbretson / US Fish and Wildlife Service

Fish hatcheries in Mole Lake and Lac du Flambeau will be getting money from the DNR to raise larger walleye fingerlings.  It's part of a round of grants to nine hatcheries statewide totaling $2 million.

  

  The Wisconsin DNR wants to stock lakes with bigger walleye fingerlings, because they have higher survival rates.  This round of grant money will pay for infrastructure like ponds and tanks….that will allow hatcheries to raise more of those 6 to 8 inch fingerlings.

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Absentee ballots key
3:28 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Two Write-Ins Win Oneida Co. Seats; Other Recounts Possible

Absentee ballots from another election
Credit Matthew Johnson The Uptake

Two write-ins were elected to the Oneida county board Tuesday after no one filed during the standard time for the spots that were vacated by retiring supervisors.

Greg Berard in District 2, city of Rhinelander and Jack Martinson from the town of Lynne and Minocqua did not run again. In District 2, Rhinelander alderman Tom Kelly declared as an official write in and won the county supervisory seat with 17 votes. Lisa Zunker from the town of Lynne won the seat with 40 write-in votes, defeating another write-in candidate Jay Christgau from Minocqua.

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WXPR interview
2:51 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Burke Questions Gov. Walker's Job Numbers

Mary Burke(D-Wisconsin)
Credit maryburke2014.com

The likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate thinks voters should look at what she says are the real numbers regarding job growth in Wisconsin and not the numbers being used by the current job holder.

In an interview with WXPR, Burke touched on her jobs initiative.."Invest For Success" which she says is based on creating jobs in all parts of the state..

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All age groups promoted
2:54 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Northwoods Coalition Wants More Immunizations

Polio vaccination in 1957
Credit en.wikipedia.org

A coalition is hoping to increase the number of immunizations across the Northwoods. Northwoods Immunization Coalition formed in 2005 to provide what a spokesperson says is accurate information.

Laurel Dreger at the Vilas County Health Department says county health departments and providers from several Northwoods counties are involved.. The group wants to decrease the vaccine preventable diseases in several age groups..

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$6.00 per month increase request
2:37 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Wisconsin Public Service Asks For Rate Request

Credit vectorstock.com

Wisconsin Public Service electric customers are being asked to pay eight-percent more to keep their lights on next year.

The utility said today that it asked state regulators for a rate hike that would charge the average residential customer six-dollars more per month.

WPS' Rate Case Consultant Pat Campshure says there are several different reasons for the rate increase...

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More passengers flying out
2:25 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Harsh Winter Sends Northwoods Residents Flying

Warmer days at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport
Credit www.fly-rhi.org

The long, cold, nasty winter had one positive side effect: more people got on flights out of Rhinelander for warmer places.

That assessment about passenger boarding for the first quarter of 2014 from Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport manager Joe Brauer...

"...actually our passenger enplanements are looking good. We're probably up about 20 percent as far as departures out of here, and we're up about 10 percent for people deplaning here at the airport...."

Brauer has a suspicion as to why the numbers were up in the bitter cold season...

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Preventing Spread of Pathogen
11:29 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Avoid Oak Wilt: Don't Prune Too Soon

If an oak tree rapidly loses its leaves, it could be due to oak wilt.
Credit Ronald Billings / Texas Forest Service

Now that it’s April, experts say don't prune oak trees until after July…if you want to keep them safe from the oak wilt pathogen.  Oak wilt is a deadly fungus that gets transmitted through tiny sap beetles. 

DNR Forest Health specialist Brian Schwingle says oak wilt works in a similar way as Dutch elm disease, which devastated North American elm populations in the 20th century.  Both are fungal diseases spread through beetles.  But Schwingle says out of the two, oak wilt is much easier to prevent. 

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Many local races
4:10 am
Tue April 1, 2014

It's Election Day

Election Day 1922
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

The first Tuesday in April brings Wisconsin voters to the polls for the spring election.

There are many local races on the ballot today.

In Forest county, a judge  will be elected between incumbent Leon Stenz and challenger Robert Kennedy, Jr. In White Lake, voters will decide whether to exceed state mandated revenue limits for three more years.

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Community and Student Submissions
3:00 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Nicolet Project to Feature Daily Poems This Month

Nicolet College is celebrating National Poetry Month with a poem a day. 

The Poetry Project invites students and community members to submit original poems.  They’ll be featured on the project’s website

Nicolet instructor and Project Coordinator Ocie Kilgus says the idea came from wanting to build community on campus. 

“Because we all share that common theme of trying to understand ourselves and others, and life in general.  The reading of poetry gives us that kind of insight to common experiences.” 

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