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Backpack Project
3:35 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Aspirus Foundation Grant Helps Fund Weekend Food Program

 The Aspirus Health Foundation in Wausau has granted the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry to support it's weekend food programs for youth. The Foundation award was $3,000. Executive Director Kalynn Pempeck says supporting the Pantry's weekend Backpack Program  fits into the Foundation's efforts...  

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Says "Blueprint" Won't Mean Much To Most
3:26 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Northwoods Democrat Says Last Session Wasn't So Rosy

State Rep. Janet Bewley(D-74th) Ashland
Credit Wisconsin.gov

  Governor Walker has been stumping the Northwoods recently talking about his Blueprint for Prosperity. A Northwoods Democrat thinks there's a whole other side to the story that hasn't been heard. Representative Janet Bewley of Ashland...whose district includes parts of Vilas and Iron counties...says while some portions of the business community did very well in the Republican-dominated legislative session, at street level, things didn't go so well...  

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin
2:15 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Key Fundraisers Coming For Mentoring Program

Credit www.bbbsnw.org

Two events coming to the Northwoods next month are fundraisers to help youth in the region grow to their potential.

Mary Kinnunen is a spokesperson for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin, serving Oneida, Vilas, Price and Taylor counties.  The group is considered a national leader in mentoring youth. Through the group, adults meet with young people about an hour a week either in public community setting or at the student's school. They hope to set higher goals for the matches and  have young people avoid risky behaviors.

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Conversation with Entomologist
4:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

How Ticks Spread Disease, and Why There Won't Be Fewer of Them This Year

Ticks can transmit diseases that rodents carry to humans.
Credit NOAA

With summer and tick season coming up in the next few months, today we talk with entomologist Phil Pellitteri…who ran the Insect Lab at the University of Wisconsin Madison for 35 years.  He’ll be a guest at this month’s informal discussion series Science on Tap.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with him about Wisconsin’s tick situation.

Phil Pellitteri will be talking more about preventing tick-borne illnesses at Science on Tap in Minocqua next week, along with pediatrician Holly Frost from Marshfield Clinic.  

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2015 funding
4:54 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Northwoods United Way Seeking Agencies To Fund

The Northwoods United Way is seeking human care agencies in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties who are looking for funding. Executive Director Nancy Sattler says they want to talk to agencies meeting certain criteria...  

Stops in Eagle River
3:53 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Walker Signs "Blueprint For Prosperity", Tours Northwoods

Governor Scott Walker
Credit en.wikipedia.org

  Governor Scott Walker Monday stopped in Eagle River after signing his economic package. Governor Walker says he's on no tight timetable to make a decision whether to allow a multi-million dollar casino complex in Kenosha that is opposed by the Forest County Potawatomi Community. Walker told reporters the federal government took nine years to move forward on the Menominee tribe proposal at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park..  

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Sandhill and Whooping Cranes
3:00 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

April Crane Count Tracks Numbers, Whereabouts

Sandhill crane populations have rebounded in Wisconsin. Last year almost 9,000 cranes were counted in six Midwestern states.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Volunteers are getting ready to count Wisconsin’s cranes.  The Midwest Crane Count happens April 12th, organized by the International Crane Foundation.

The count happens early in the morning, between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m.  Oneida County coordinator Bob Dall says volunteers look and listen for a crane’s call at about 40 known nesting sites in the county.   

“Some of our local wildlife areas like Thunder Marsh, areas near open flowages and wetland bogs.  Cranberry marshes are very popular for cranes, they love to feed or nest there.” 

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Flooding is possible
7:26 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Reservoirs On Wisconsin River Drawn Down For Melt

Alexander Hydroelectric Plant On The Wisconsin River
Credit Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company

  An official from Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company says there's a 50 percent chance of flooding this spring along the Wisconsin River. Peter Hansen is WVIC's Operations Manager. He says with the raised chance of flooding, the interested parties along the river are staying touch..  

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Research shows positives
4:43 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Planners Need To Think About Nature In Communities

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  A UW-Superior educator... speaking recently in Tomahawk... says the research is showing the more people are involved in nature, the more likely they are to want to take care of it. Esther Gieschen was one of the presenters at the recent Northwoods Research Summit at UWSP-Treehaven. Gieschen says as people began to interact more with the natural world, their awareness of grew..  

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Part of comprehensive plan
4:34 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Rhinelander To Survey Residents On Outdoor Rec Desires

Rhinelander city hall
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  As part of a re-worked Rhinelander comprehensive plan, city officials soon will be asking citizens what they want to see for outdoor recreation. North Central Wisconsin Regional Commission planner Fred Heider says he asked the city for their recreational plans so they also could be put into the Oneida county recreational plan. He says city officials had a number of ideas...  

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