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Rate drops in other counties
2:40 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Jobless Rate Higher In Northern Counties

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While Wisconsin's overall unemployment rate continues to drop, Northwoods unemployment continues above state average. In Iron county's situation, they have the highest unemployment rate in the state.

State numbers released Thursday show Iron county at 13.2 percent, Vilas is fourth highest at 9.5 percent, Forest is at 8.1 percent, but Oneida, Lincoln and Langlade counties are lower in the 7 percent range. Price county is at 5.3 percent. Wisconsin's average is 5.8 percent.

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Eighteen Years As Chief Deputy
2:03 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Governor-Appointed Vilas County Sheriff Says He'll Run For Election

Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says he’ll run for election to the office next year.  Fath was appointed sheriff upon the death of Frank Tomlanovich in June.  To remain sheriff, he’ll have to be elected in November. 

Fath says he has been planning to run for over two years – even before his appointment. 

He says during most of his 18 years as chief deputy, federal law required chief deputies to abandon their posts before running for sheriff.  That provision was recently changed.

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Real Estate Rebound
1:57 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Northern Home Sales Rising Slower Than State

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Home sales were up slightly in November for the Northern part of the state, according to the Wisconsin Realtors Association.  That bucks the trend for the rest of the state, which saw an overall dip in sales for November.  Marquette University economist David Clark says median price increases were also high – at over 8 percent in the north.

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More money but contracts to change
1:11 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Mental Health Contracts Based On Performance Possible

Human Service Center office in Rhinelander
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A consultant has been hired to help the three-county Human Service Center develop outcome-based contracts for local counseling providers.

Board President Bill Korrer said Center staff contacted the three partner counties about getting a pay hike for providers, something Korrer says hadn't been done for a long time...

 

"....we've had the rates frozen for a number of years now, and a lot of the smaller providers haven't had the luxury of a rate increase...."

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History Afield
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.
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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.
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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

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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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