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Day of Confusion
5:35 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Memories of Pearl Harbor, 72 Years Later

Walter Wendt survived the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

This weekend marks 72 years since the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  Earlier this fall we heard from Walter Wendt, 95-year-old naval veteran of Pearl Harbor.

He remembers the day of the attacks as one of confusion.

“Rumors filled –spread like wildfire.  They said that there were Japanese landing at Pearl Harbor and there wasn’t any. They said they were landing at Waikiki Beach and there wasn’t any.  There was a guy they put on watch – there was a guy came in, he shot em and it was one of our own men.  The jitters were so high.”

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Timber Sales Fund School District
3:27 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Laona School Forest Kicks Off Three-Year Management Plan

Managers say Laona's school forest has too many aging pines and invasive buckthorn.
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State foresters are set to begin a three-year timber management project in the Laona School Forest.  DNR officials and Laona students gathered Wednesday to kick off the project. 

DNR Forestry Supervisor Craig Williams says the project will benefit forest health. He says some of the trees in the oldest school forest in the country are aging, and are being affected by invasive buckthorn.

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Problem spreading west
12:08 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Invasive Phragmites Seen In Northwoods

Phragmites is present along the shores of Lake Michigan.
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Another invasive plant is threatening the shorelines of our northern waters...a plant that has taken over large stretches of Lake Michigan and Green Bay shores. 

It's called phragmites. Ken Krall spoke with Vilas County invasive species coordinator Ted Ritter about the threat from the tall plant that's very aggressive...

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Oxycodone distribution
9:11 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Grand Jury Indicts Two Lac du Flambeau Men

U.S. Courthouse for the Western District in Madison
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A federal grand jury has returned indictments against two Lac du Flambeau men for allegedly distributing the drug Oxycodone.

37 year old Brandon Vetterneck is charged with two counts of drug distribution. A separate indictment charges 28 year old Derek Armstrong with one count of distributing oxycodone.

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Old Becomes New
4:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Letterpress: An Antiquated Art, Or Maybe Not

Daniel Goscha is at work printing end-of-year cards for Arts Wisconsin.
Natalie Jablonski WXPR News

During the holiday season, you might be receiving more cards in the mail than you normally do.  But how many of those cards are printed by hand?  One Rhinelander arts organization is an expert in doing just that.  The technique is a combination of old and new techniques.   

Daniel Goscha’s tiny printing studio has a cabin-like feel and smells of wood smoke.

He’s standing over an antique letterpress.  It’s kind of like a hundred year old copy machine…except it’s made out of metal and…well, there are some other differences too.

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Statewide Arts Contest
4:23 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

State Park Sticker Contest Opens - But Please, Only Four Colors

The DNR has held its annual state park sticker contest since 1991.
Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Next year’s state park stickers are now on sale.  And the DNR is taking submissions for the sticker’s artwork for the following year.  

The 2015 state park sticker contest is open to all high school students throughout the state. 

DNR spokesperson Paul Holtan says judges are looking for designs that evoke the Wisconsin outdoors. 

“We want it to be representative of the parks experience.  Whether it’s outdoor activities, wildlife watching, beautiful scenes of the state parks – what they feel is the most important part of visiting our parks.”

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Holiday Community Event
4:13 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Bring a Box, the Wrapping's Free

A youth program in Rhinelander is hosting two free gift wrapping nights.  Young people who are turning to Forward Service Corporation for help finding jobs will be giving back to their community by wrapping presents for free.

Youth program coordinator Serena Adler says there are multiple benefits for the young gift wrappers. 

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Drive in Rhinelander and Eagle River
2:05 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

People Still Need Blood During the Holidays

Donors needed
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The need for blood continues during the holidays and a Red Cross spokesperson says he hopes people respond over the next two days.

Blood Represenative Marc Sutton says donations tend to drop during the holidays...

 

"...people are on vacation, on holidays and traveling...we see blood donations go down a little bit....the need doesn't go down during the holiday seasons....'

 

Sutton points out that some people need blood, even during the holidays...

 

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Gift certificates might be better
11:50 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Ask First Before Gifting a Pet

This pet doesn't go back to the shelter.
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Giving a pet as a holiday gift could result in a problem if the person getting the animal hasn't approved it.

Oneida County Humane Society Director Bria Swartout talked with Ken Krall about giving pets as gifts.

Experts ask anyone thinking of giving a pet as a gift to remember it will be a 10 to 15 year commitment to the animal.

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Committee reviewing options
4:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Oneida County Looking At Performance Pay

Oneida county courthouse
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Oneida county is going to take more time before deciding to implement a new compensation package for employees that has a component of pay for performance.

The county board contracted with Carlson-Dettman Consultants of Madison to compare Oneida county's employee compensation to other governments and the private sector.

Consultant Patrick Glinn said their study found a disparity between county compensation and the marketplace and proposes a change...

 

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