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Fund joint position
1:56 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

LDF-Vilas Co. Collaboration

Vilas Co. Board Chair Steve Favorite(far left), District Attorney Al Moustakis and Lac du Flambeau Tribal Chair Tom Maulson hold a $25,000 check to fund an administrative position with Vilas county District Attorney's office
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A growing backlog of cases in the Vilas County District Attorney's office has led the Lac du Flambeau tribe to offer $25,000 to help fund a part-time Administrative Secretary position.

The tribe presented the money this week to Vilas county officials. The money is matched by Vilas county contribution over three years.

Many of the cases in waiting are from Lac du Flambeau.

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Youth Art Month
5:03 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Land O' Lakes Art Show Spotlights Youth Work

Youth Art Month coordinators hope showcasing young people's art will let them know that creativity matters.
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March is national Youth Art Month.  Land O' Lakes Area Artisans, or LOLA, is putting the spotlight on young artists’ work with a gallery exhibit. 

The show features almost ninety works from local elementary and homeschooled students. 

LOLA Programming Director Wendy Powalisz says she’s busy framing the art pieces…which are loosely inspired by the four seasons. 

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Features "Airplane" cast
4:41 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

New Tourism Ad Aimed At Other State's Travelers

Minocqua's downtown.
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Though a new Department of Tourism ad doesn't feature much of northern Wisconsin, a Northwoods tourism leader says it will do good things for this region and the state.

The ad revealed this week, shows a remake of the former "Airplane" movie scene with Robert Hays and Kareen Abdul-Jabbar in a cockpit touring the state by air.

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Vilas, Oneida counties in top 5
4:25 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Steep Increase In Numbers Of Snowmobiles In Northwoods

Snowmobiling is becoming increasingly popular in the Northwoods.
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Wisconsin's publicly registered snowmobile total is approaching a quarter-million and Northwoods registrations have increased by 163 percent since 2002.

The state last week released data on the number of registrations in Wisconsin. Oneida and Vilas are among the top five counties registering snowmobiles.

The DNR's Cathy Burrow says this region has seen a large growth in snowmobile registrations...

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Goes To Assembly Next Week
3:47 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

State Senate Passes Tax Cuts

The state Senate has approved a 504-million state tax cut package..

After about three hours of debate, the Senate passed the amended version of Governor Scott Walker's tax cut plan, on a 17-15 vote, with Republican Senator Dale Schultz joining Democrats on the vote.

Last week in Rhinelander, Walker told reporters he thinks everyone would get some tax benefits...

"....property taxes on a medium-value home in this state would go down by over $100. They would be lower than December of 2010...."

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Fragmentation Helps Some, Not All
4:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Wisconsin's Birds Face Changing Habitat

Black-throated green warbler
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Anna Pidgeon is an avian ecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a guest at this week’s Science on Tap discussion.  

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Pidgeon about her research on how habitat loss and climate events may influence the range of some songbirds.

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Time depends on where you live
4:35 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Ice Shelters Need To Be Removed This Month

Carrol Lake shelters
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Though winter is holding on with a vice-like grip, the DNR is reminding those with ice shacks that it's not long until they need to be removed from lakes and rivers.

DNR Conservation Warden Tom Van Haren says the middle of March is a key time to remember....

 

"....for most waters, there's a north-south line in the state...Highway 64 is the dividing line. If you're north of the Highway 64 line then you have to have your permanent shelters removed beginning the first Sunday afte March 12 each year.....

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Avid Group of Birders
4:34 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Wisconsin Home to Plethora of Birds and Birders

Trumpeter swans one species many birders may travel to see in Wisconsin.
Credit USFWS Mountain Prairie

A third of Wisconsin residents age 16 and over are birders.  That’s according to a new survey from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which ranks Wisconsin’s percentage of birders second highest in the nation, tied with West Virginia. 

The report defined birders as those who traveled at least one mile to watch birds, or reported paying close attention to the birds around their house. 

Ryan Brady, research scientist with the Wisconsin DNR in Ashland, says he’s not surprised by the high number. 

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Announced Last Week
4:33 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

New Chamber Director Takes the Reins

Dana DeMet had his first day on the job as Executive Director of the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The new Executive Director for the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce had his first day on the job Monday.  Rhinelander native Dana DeMet says he’s busy getting up to speed on upcoming events like the Hodag Home Show. 

He says one of his goals as chamber director is to help make membership a measurable benefit. 

“I’m really looking forward to expanding on not only just the events that we have, but putting together some measurable results or goals.  I really want to foster the true value for the chamber’s members.” 

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Under Investigation
9:53 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Vilas Man Likely Froze to Death

Vilas county officials are investigating the death of a 49 year old St. Germain man.

Sheriff Joe Fath says Wade Willey was found Saturday evening dead and frozen to the ground. Fath says Willey was last seen about 1:00 a.m. Saturday. Fath says they think Willey succumbed to the extremely cold weather. Fath says alcohol may have been a factor in the death.

The Vilas County Coroner and the Sheriff's office continue to investigate. 

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