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Hunt returns to Rhinelander
5:22 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

New Law Overrides City Deer Hunt Laws

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The city of Rhinelander deer hunt was canceled this fall after the number of nuisance deer had diminished. But the hunt can resume after Governor Walker signed a bill this week.

The bill allows for greater crossbow use and also opens up deer hunting in cities across the state. But Rhinelander city council member Alex Young points out the bill also takes away many of the regulations local communities had over bow hunts within city limits...

 

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Loosens regulations on hard surfaces
3:11 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

NRB Approves Shoreland Zoning Changes

Grindstone Lake, Sawyer county
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The state Natural Resources Board has approved changes in Wisconsin's shoreland protection laws that a DNR spokesperson says make them better for landowners.

The state updated the regulations in 2010 for the first time since the 1960's. The changes were met with resistence by local zoning administrators who said they were going to be costly and difficult to implement.

 

Russ Rasmussen, an administrator in the DNR's water division, says the update clarifies hard surface regulations concerning runoff. He outlines the changes...

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Plan under review
1:55 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Mine Sample Plan Submitted To DNR

Taconite pellets
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The mining company has submitted it's revised plan to sample iron ore at a mine site in the Penokee Hills, and a DNR spokesperson says they've identified the remaining issues.

The initial plan for Gogebic Taconite's desire to mine the large site in Iron and Ashland counties involves submitting what's called a Bulk Sampling Plan.

DNR spokesperson Larry Lynch says the agency has determined specific permits will be needed...

 

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Signing Up Can Be Challenging
11:27 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Health Exchange Gains Momentum, and Critics

The Mercer Library held an info session last week to help answer questions about the Affordable Care Act.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

More people are signing up for health insurance through the federal health exchange, now that some of the website’s bugs have been fixed.  But not everyone’s finding it easy…or affordable. 

Alicia Cook is a certified application assistant at Aspirus Grandview in Ironwood, Michigan.  That means she helps people in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula sign up for health insurance. She says two months into the open enrollment period, people are just starting to come to her for help. 

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Aiding in Peace and Comfort
4:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Go With the Flow: A Conversation About Hospice Care

Florence Reisgies has been a hospice volunteer for three years.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Dying is something that everyone faces, sooner or later.  For those close to death, hospice can make that prospect a little easier.  

It’s a form of care that focuses on comfort and pain relief…for those who are thought to have less than six months to live. 

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with hospice volunteer Florence Reisgies, about the experience of spending time with patients in their last months of life. 

Florence Reisgeis volunteers through Ministry Home Care Hospice Services.  That program is currently seeking new volunteers for a training next month.  

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Frozen Road Declaration
2:19 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Heavier Trucks Allowed On Northern Roads Friday

Heavier hauls
Credit Wis. Dept. of Transportation

The very cold weather in the north has enabled state officials to begin the Frozen Road Declaration for this winter.

The declaration enables haulers to increase weights on the roadways. In zones 1 and 2...roughly the northern half of the state.... the declaration begins Friday morning.

 

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$14 million dollars
12:24 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Antigo Cheesemaker To Expand, Jobs Added

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A $14 million expansion and renovation project at the Sartori cheese facilities in Antigo and Plymouth was announced Wednesday by the state.

The expansion is expected to bring 53 new jobs to the two facilities.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation spokesperson Mark Maley(mail-lee) says the project will enable the fourth-generation family-owned company to update equipment in its 100-year-old facility in Antigo, improve employee working conditions, enhance safety and sustainability initiatives while expanding capacity....

 

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Oneida county case
11:37 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Bible Camp Rehearing Request Denied By Court

Credit Eagle Cove Camp and Conference Center

The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago has denied a rehearing on a decision against a family hoping to build a bible camp and conference center on Squash Lake.

The Jaros Family has tried for nearly a decade to build the facility on family owned land in the town of Woodboro, Oneida county. Oneida county and the town of Woodboro, along with the Oneida County Board of Adjustment have all denied needed permits.

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Deadline Approaching
4:55 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Decision Time Nearing for Mascot Bill; Opponents Want Veto

The Great Lakes Intertribal Council is calling on Governor Scott Walker to veto legislation regarding race-based mascots.  The bill makes it harder for a person to file a discrimination complaint against a school mascot.  It would require a petition of signatures and then proof of discrimination to get a mascot changed.

Michael Allen is director of the Great Lakes Intertribal Council.  He says the rule changes would encourage stereotyping of Native people. 

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Highly Anticipated Winter Recreation
4:52 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Vilas County Snowmobile Trails to Open Early

Snowmobilers can hit the trails in Vilas County as of this Friday evening.
Credit Joe Ross

An early opening for Vilas County trails has snowmobile clubs and local businesses in good spirits.  The date was moved up from Tuesday December 17th to this Friday December 13th at 6 pm.

Vilas County Parks and Recreation Forester Dale Mayo says opening day usually happens after the four-day antlerless deer hunt ends.  But he says this year low temperatures and snow conditions seem to have discouraged many hunters.

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