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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

Credit sartoricheese.com

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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Former Oneida County Administrator
1:33 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

La Du-Ives Takes Over Marathon County Jail

After months of turmoil and searching for a new administrator, the Marathon County

Jail again has a permanent leader.

Sandra La Du-Ives was selected by Marathon County to run the jail, which has been

experiencing several problems that climaxed with the assault of two corrections officers

by an inmate last winter.

La Du-Ives was the Deputy Administrator for Oneida County’s jail, and has spent the

last eight months as their Administrator after her supervisor, Kaye Juel, died with her

husband in a February house fire.

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Must follow judge's orders
1:24 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Teen Avoids Prison Time In Stabbing Incident

A Lac du Flambeau teen has avoided prison time in connection with the stabbing of his mother's boyfriend.

17 year old Christian Soulier had entered a no contest plea to amended felony charges concerning a January incident at his mother's home in Forest county. He initially had been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, but entered into a plea agreement with the state in return to a guilty plea to lesser charges.

V.A. and private sector
1:18 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Veterans Without Dental Ins. Can Join New Program

Veteran getting dental care
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Veterans have another dental option as part of their VA healthcare.

V.A. spokesperson Brad Nelson says they're now offering dental isnurance at reduced premiums. He says veterans now get comprehensive dental benefits if they meet stringent eligibility standards, including total disability. But Nelson says the majority of veterans don't have full care. He says the VA has contracted with private companies MetLife and Delta Dental to provide insurance. He says the VA website has a link...

 

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Bustling Time of Year
12:00 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Help a Worker Out: Mail Sooner, Not Later

An influx of packages and letters make it a busy time of year for the US Postal Service
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

With the holiday season upon us, post office employees may find themselves up to their ears in packages.  The post office is asking you to mail early to avoid a last minute rush.

  More than two weeks before Christmas and the Rhinelander post office is already hopping with customers mailing cards and gifts.  Joan Santy walks in carrying a large package. 

“I like to mail early so I know they get it.  I’d feel bad if they didn’t get their presents on time, and this way I know it’s done, and I can relax a little bit.”

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