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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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Forest County Park Could Draw Tourists
2:40 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Committee to Help Oversee Off-Road Park Development

The Forest County Off-Road Park Committee will help assess the park's feasibility.
Credit Robert Thigpen

A new county board committee will oversee Forest County’s role in the development of an off-road park. 

A nonprofit is pushing to build a 10,000 acre off-road vehicle park that it says will stimulate the local economy.

The Forest county board recently approved over $40,000 toward park development, so the project could apply for matching funds from the state’s economic development corporation. 

Count Board Chairman Paul Millan says the new five-person committee will oversee how that money is being spent.

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Death Due to Heroin Overdose Last Year
9:50 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Lewis Pleas No Contest in Homicide Case

The last of three defendants charged after the heroin-induced death of a town of Crescent man one year ago has entered pleas.

Last week, 28 year old Richard Lewis entered no contest pleas to reckless homicide, and other charges in Oneida County Circuit Court. Co-defendant Jennifer Heiting of St. Germain has already entered as to similar charges, and both face possible 6 years in prison and nearly a decade on extended supervision.

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Law requires less local regulation
7:09 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Not Much Change For Cities And New Bow Hunting Law

Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Governor Walker recently signed a bill allowing bow-and-arrow hunters to look for deer within municipalities. Two city administrators in the region don't think the law will change much in their communities.

Several state communities had bow hunts to trim the nuisance deer herd within city limits. In changing laws concerning crossbows, the local municipal codes were set aside by the law, leaving local communities only the option to set how far hunters had to stay away from buildings.

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Plans Advance For New Location
4:00 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Church Donation Boosts Food Pantry's Capital Campaign

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is more than halfway to its fundraising goal for moving to a new location.  St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Rhinelander has donated $25,000 to help the food pantry buy a new building. 

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hansen says it’s the capitol campaign’s largest donation so far. 

“We have had two or three major donations.  But mostly they’re donations of anywhere from one hundred to a thousand dollars typically.” 

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E-Cycle program began in 2010
5:25 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

DNR: Don't Trash Old Electronics--Recycle Them

Electronics recycling
Credit Cascade Asset Management/Wisconsin DNR

New electronics often find their way under the Christmas tree and a DNR spokesperson says don't throw the old electronics out in the trash.

The E-Cycle Wisconsin program began about four years ago as electronics manufacturers help fund the recycling program.

Coordinator Sarah Murray describes what should be e-cycled...

 

"....so if folks have old TV's, computers, computer accessories, any type of computer electronics like that there's several sites throughout the state where they can take those to be properly recycled...."

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One of few requests picked
5:17 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Packers Foundation Helps Fund Northwoods Trails

Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee Judge John Zakowski(left), GHT representatives Lauri Gerlach and Gary Meister
Credit submitted

  

Thanks to a very competitive grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation, a group building Northwoods biking paths have gotten a boost.

The Great Headwaters Trails picked up $3,500 dollars from the Packers.

Group vice-president Gary Meister says they went to Lambeau Field to get their check. He says they're working on 40 miles of off-road, family friendly trails...

 

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Says recent bills proof of power play
4:47 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Legislator Says Local Communities Losing Power

State Rep. Janet Bewley(D-Ashland)
Credit wisconsin.gov

A legislator is concerned about the centralization of control being pushed on local units of government by the Republican-controlled legislature.

Democratic State Representative Janet Bewley of Ashland says the majority party is showing a tendency to want more power focused in Madison...

 

"....fact we want to have a say in what we want in our own communities. Ironically, we're seeing with the majority that is in now, they want to erode local control, they want to focus power in Madison on many issues...."

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Online Health Exchange Improves
4:00 am
Sun December 22, 2013

As First ACA Deadline Looms, Application Assistants Lend A Hand

With the federal online health exchange working better, more people are signing up.
Credit Will Brady

Monday is the deadline to pick a plan on the federal health exchange, if you want your coverage to start January 1st.  Most insurance companies are extending the deadline to pay for that coverage…until January 10th. 

Meanwhile healthcare groups in the Northwoods are seeing an uptick in the number of people asking for help signing up via the exchange.

Myra Kubesh is a certified application assistant at Langlade Hospital.  She says many people have questions about whether they qualify for a subsidy...and what kinds of coverage different plans offer. 

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Printed and online
5:28 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

New "PAL" Shows State Recreational Opportunities

Public Access Lands Atlas(PAL)
Credit Wisconsin DNR

A new DNR Public Access Lands Atlas...with the acronym "PAL"... is now available online and in a printable format. The atlas highlights the significant increase in public access to Wisconsin lands made possible through the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, as well as other lands open to the public for outdoor recreation.

The atlas contains 441 maps, two indexes, a glossary, and extensive contact information to help you connect with land managers to learn more about the properties.

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