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DNR May Restrict Anglers
2:46 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Tribes Reserve More Walleye for Spearing

Chippewa tribal members spear walleye in springtime, when the fish swim into the shallows to spawn.
Credit Eric Engbretson / US Fish and Wildlife Service

The state Natural Resources Board has authorized the DNR to take emergency steps to protect Wisconsin’s fish supply.  The move comes after Wisconsin’s Chippewa tribes declared they’ll reserve a record number of walleye in the spearing season.

Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes plan to spear up to 63,000 walleye this spring - five thousand more than last year.  As Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission spokesperson Sue Erickson explains, typically tribal members only take about half of what is declared.  

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Hearing from Artists
3:30 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Slideshow: Youth Art and Why It's Important

Artist Riley Cain points to her work displayed at the Land O Lakes Area Artisans gallery.
Cheryl Pytlarz Land O' Lakes Area Artisans Submitted Photo

March is Youth Art Month.  WXPR Contributor Beth Brown Anderson wanted to find out what makes art important to many people, so she posed the question to a group of artists and art educators visiting a gallery in Land O Lakes.   

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Towards next Assembly session
4:11 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Assembly To Discuss Rural Education Issues

Dr. Mike Ritchie
Credit Northland Pines School District

  Educators are optimistic some key points brought out during the recent Rural School Task Force will be part of the agenda in coming legislative sessions. Northland Pines District Administrator Mike Ritchie says while it's too late for a bill this session,  as Thursday is likely the final day for the Assembly this term, he says the discussion will set the stage for a focus on three key issues. He says one idea is similar to what happens for doctors who choose to work in rural areas...  

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National "Fix A Leak" Week
3:58 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Fix A Leak, Save Water, Money and Energy

Save money, fix it!
Credit en.wikipedia.org

   City of Rhinelander residents have been asked to run their water until further notice to keep lines from freezing up. The state Public Service Commission is asking you to check your other plumbing to make sure you're not wasting water. This is "Fix A Leak Week". The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is partnering with the E.P.A.'s WaterSense program to draw attention to the water leaks. Denise Schmidt...the PSC's Water Conservation Coordinator...says the amount of water wasted each year is enormous...  

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New cards beginning in April
3:48 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

New VA Health Card Designed To Cut Identity Theft

Credit Veterans Administration

  A new and more secure  Health Identification card will soon be given to enrolled veterans. A spokesperson for the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain says the new card helps protect a veterans' identity. Brad Nelson says the older cards had information on them that could be stolen...  

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Plans for a Cycling Hub in Eagle River
2:41 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Trail Groups Land $15K Grant for Bike Path Segment

A print by Dick Bonkoski called “Farewell to The Fisherman." C&NW train No. 228, a special from Chicago in the 1930s, was called The Fisherman.
Credit Used courtesy of the Eagle River Historical Society.

A bike trail project has netted a $15,000 matching grant to complete a short stretch of trail. 

The Three Eagle Trail runs from Three Lakes to Eagle River.  It’s being extended by less than a quarter mile through a congested part of Eagle River to the old train depot.  The grant comes from Tara Lila, a company that specializes in land conservation and trail construction.  It will match community donations up to $15,000 in hopes of covering the $30,000 cost of the construction. 

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Examining the Deer-Forest Relationship
3:33 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

DNR Plans 900-Acre Deer Study in Vilas County

A DNR study will involve twelve forest parcels with different levels of deer and available forage.
Credit Rennett Stowe

DNR officials are planning a long term study to look at how deer density and forest composition affect each other.  

The study would divide 900 acres in Vilas County into several fenced areas, containing different numbers of deer and amounts of available forage. 

Some areas will contain no deer at all.  Low density enclosures will contain 3 deer over 120 acres.  Moderate densities will be 90 acres and contain four deer.  High density ones will include 5 deer in an 80 acre parcel.

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Shidell proposal
3:11 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

More Study For Smaller OC Board, County Administrator

Oneida county courthouse
Credit en.wikipedia.org

   As a parting move, Oneida County Board Supervisor Jerry Shidell offered two resolutions to hire a County Administrator and cut the size of the county board from 21 members to 9.When the board sent both resolutions back to committee to study, Libertarian Shidell felt the move summarized why he was not running for re-election next month...  

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Purchased in 2008
2:59 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Oneida Co. Sells Former WPS Building For $340K Loss

The former WPS building near the courthouse
Credit WXPR

  After several years of sitting idle and just a few offers, the Oneida county board accepted a bid Tuesday authorizing the sale of the former WPS building near the courthouse. The original asking price was more than $500,000 in 2008. The county sold the building to Midwest Lease, LLC for $185,000. The  vote was 15-3 to sell the building. County Land Information Director Mike Romportl said Midwest Lease owner Leo Krivikas could not attend the meeting, but told Romportl the reason for the lower asking price was the building needs work...  

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Step Forward for Off-Reservation Casino
2:48 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Reaches Agreement with City of Shullsburg

Lac du Flambeau’s plan for an off-reservation casino in southern Wisconsin is moving forward.  

The tribe and the city of Shullsburg have reached an agreement on the terms of the 20-acre casino resort complex.

Lac du Flambeau’s Project consultant Joseph Hunt says the agreement indicates the tribe and the city are on the same page.  But he says it’s one step in a long process.  

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