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.”
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...."
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
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...
Today we debut a new series of interviews with Northwoods residents over the age of ninety. Allen Krueger served in the U.S. Navy and had a career as an electrician, before retiring in northern Wisconsin. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski went to meet Allen…and his dog Zoe…at his home in Monico.
A donation to the Rhinelander District Library will help seniors and children in the area.
Library Director Ed Hughes outlines the $1,000 gift from the Rhinelander Women's Club...
"....to be distributed between our senior outreach program and our Children's Department. The senior outreach person says she would like to take her portion of the money and spend it on buying CD players for audio books. She does a lot of outreach to nursing homes...."
Electors in the town of Minocqua next week will decide whether the town will purchase a piece of prime real estate next to Torpy Park.
Town Chair Mark Hartzheim says they've been talking with the property owner who has set a floor price of $300,000. Hartzheim says the property owner approached the town. The property is about 26,000 square feet and has a building on it which he says is beyond renovation.
Hartzheim says the annual town meeting next week enables citizens to decide whether the town should go ahead with the sale....