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Running for Congress
2:31 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Democrat Westlund Campaigns in Rhinelander

Kelly Westlund spoke in Rhinelander Tuesday, after declaring her candidacy for Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A Democratic challenger to Representative Sean Duffy paid a visit to Rhinelander Tuesday.  Kelly Westlund declared her candidacy last week.

About thirty people gathered at the Rhinelander Days Inn to hear from the newest candidate to represent Wisconsin’s 7th  Congressional district.  The 30-year-old Kelly Westlund has served for two years on the Ashland City Council.  Her background is in environmental and sustainability work.  And she says she’s not worried about being relatively new to the political game. 

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Fundraising to start soon
10:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Rhinelander Library Project Close To Approval

Credit Natalie Jablonski-WXPR

A draft proposal for an addition to the Rhinelander District Library is nearing a decision by its Board.

The board has been working with an architect to provide additional space, especially meeting rooms says Library Director Ed Hughes...

 

"....I saw what was supposed to be the penultimate drawing for the plan, this is long before the final one, but I'm looking at it and I think there's some things in there that need to be fixed in my opinion. It's looking really good. If it was ready tomorrow I'd say, 'go ahead'.....

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Speaking to the business community
5:30 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Walker Touts Business Growth During Vilas County Visit

Governor Scott Walker says the state’s business climate is improving.  He made an appearance at a Vilas County Economic Development meeting Monday at Eagle Waters Resort.    

Speaking to a crowd of business people and local officials, Walker said good things are happening in Wisconsin, and noted 13,000 new businesses have been created since he took office.   Walker also talked about his Walleye Initiative, which resonated with Dick Mendham, owner of Sunset Resort near Phelps:

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Upgrading All Lighting
5:18 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Crandon Schools Net Thousands For Energy Upgrades

WPS and Focus on Energy presented Crandon Schools with a substantial check Monday.
Credit Wisconsin Public Service

Crandon School District is getting a financial boost to pay for energy conservation measures.  Wisconsin Public Service and the statewide Focus on Energy program presented Crandon Schools with a $34,000 check Monday to help pay for energy-efficient lighting. 

District Administrator Jim Asher says the school was looking to save money on costly energy bills.

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Treaty Rights Tested
3:37 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Tribes Begin to React to Night Hunting Ruling

Night hunting of deer has long been banned in Wisconsin, but some of the state's tribes argue it's a federally protected treaty right.
Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

One of Wisconsin’s tribal leaders is expressing disappointment at last week’s federal ruling against night hunting.  

Six Chippewa tribes had filed suit, arguing that night hunting in ceded territory is a federally protected treaty right.  But Judge Barbara Crabb ruled against the practice Friday, citing a risk to the public.

Lac du Flambeau Chairman Tom Maulson says it’s a traditional practice that hasn’t resulted in any incidents.

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Item Removed From Agenda
12:05 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Iron County Won't Evict Harvest Camp, At Least Not This Month

Several flags of supporting tribes stood outside the entrance to the Harvest Camp in summer 2013.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp in Iron County won’t be going anywhere for the time being.  The Iron County Board has taken the camp’s eviction off its Tuesday agenda. 

Harvest camp residents have been staying on county forest land since the spring in response to Gogebic Taconite’s mine proposal.  But the Iron County Forestry Committee voted last week to evict them.

Iron County Clerk Mike Saari says this week’s delay doesn’t mean the issue is gone for good. 

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70 percent of goal
11:14 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Crunch Time For Northwoods United Way

Credit northwoodsunitedway.com

It's crunch time for the Northwoods United Way. The drive to raise the money needed fund human service programs in the Northwoods concludes in a few weeks.

Nancy Sattler is the interim Director. She says they are aiming at a $210,000 goal. The United Way serves agencies in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties.

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Long term debt at high interest
9:30 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Careful With Credit Cards This Shopping Season

A local agency says spending via credit cards can be risky.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Money troubles can follow people who go over board with holiday spending. Ken Krall talked with Tracy Beckman from the local thrift organization Northwoods Saves about keeping an eye on the bottom line.

More information is on the the website northwoodssaves. com.   The office is at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

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15 to 30 years
4:39 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

Governor Signs Bill Extending Boulder Shooting Range Lease

Example of a shooting range
Credit en.wikipedia.org

  

One of the bills signed by Governor Walker last week allows the Boulder Junction Shooting Range to extend it's use of state land to 30 years from the current 15.

State Senator Tom Tiffany and Representative Rob Swearingen authored the bills in each chamber in Madison to make the change.

Swearingen says he and Tiffany were approached by the club to help them out of a possible problem...

 

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Deemed Public Safety Risk
6:00 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Federal Judge Denies Night Hunting of Deer

A federal judge says Wisconsin’s Chippewa tribes cannot hunt deer at night.  Judge Barbara Crabb issued the decision today, saying night hunting of deer is not protected by treaty rights because of a risk to public safety. 

Chippewa tribal members have been allowed to hunt wolves at night.  They have argued that members should also be allowed to hunt white-tailed deer after dark. 

But the DNR disagrees.  DNR Attorney Quinn Williams says today’s decision protects public safety. 

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