State utility regulator, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, is proposing that a utility serving much of central and northern Wisconsin cut rates.
Wisconsin Public Service had proposed a six percent electric rate increase and a four percent natural gas increase. Public Service Commission attorney Cindy Smith talked with Ken Krall about the Commission's decision.
Smith says the Commission should have the final order in place after public input sometime later this month.
A St. Germain postal worker is facing charges concerning alleged mail theft.
A federal grand jury in Madison returned an indictment against 26 year old Katie Dassow . She's charged with removing articles contained in a letter intended to be conveyed by mail, while a U.S. Postal Service employee. The indictment alleges that she committed the theft from a piece of mail on June 8, 2013.
The Lac du Flambeau tribe of Ojibwe is urging Governor Scott Walker not to sign a bill making it harder to change race-based school mascots. The Republican-backed legislation has passed the Assembly and the Senate. The new rules would require a petition of signatures and proof of discrimination before a school mascot can be changed.
Current law has it the other way around – a school must prove its mascot isn’t discriminatory.
Lac du Flambeau spokesman Brandon Thoms says the proposed rule changes encourage destructive stereotypes of Native people.
November and December is a big time for shopping. It’s also a critical time for people who need assistance. The Rhinelander Salvation Army is seeking bell-ringers to stand outside big stores and collect donations.
WXPR’s Ken Krall sat down with coordinator Kim Swisher.
Swisher says 86 cents out of every dollar goes to help needy families in Rhinelander.
The deadline is approaching for Oneida county non-profits to get some free volunteer help.
Each year Leadership Oneida County needs projects from non-profits. The effort is jointly sponsored by UW-Extension and Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce. This year 16 professionals are learning about the business, education, medical, media and other aspects of Oneida county life with an eye toward finding a new generation of leaders here.
Chamber Director Lara Reed says they need at least five more non-profits to submit entries to have enough for the prospects...
Statewide, three hunters have died this year after they fell out of treestands. A DNR leader says most injuries and fatalities are preventable.
Jon King is DNR Hunter Education Administrator. He says for a purchased stand, take the time to read all the directions. He says setting it up alone is not advised...
"....we encouraging using the buddy system. Take somebody with you while you do this. When you're climbing in a tree stand and it's not attached to the tree, it could fall over on you and end up injuring you...."
More of us are flying from the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.
Airport Director Joe Brauer says the switch to the Delta-connect airline SkyWest has improved the number of passengers flying out of Rhinelander...
"...through the first ten months of the year we're running about a 53 percent load factor. We started out slow in the first quarter. We had a very strong summer where (the number of passengers) were running in the high eighties..."
A wildlife rehabilitator is hoping to pin down the extent of salmonella sickness in birds.
The Northwoods Wildlife Center is planning to train citizen scientists to notice and report cases of salmonella in birds. Executive Director Sharon Reilly says the center got dozens of calls this spring reporting sick or dead birds…where salmonella sounded like the culprit.