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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
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

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.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

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
Credit en.wikipedia.org

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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Once faced attempted homicide charge
3:34 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Teen Allowed To Live With Grandmother Before Sentencing

A judge has allowed a Lac du Flambeau teen a signature bond prior to his sentencing for allegedly trying to stab his mother's boyfriend.

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Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance Report
3:04 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Wisconsin School Spending Up Slightly

Credit en.wikipedia.org

Numbers compiled by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance show per school student spending rose just over one percent during the last school year.

A new report by the Madison-based non-profit finds per student school spending rose 1.1 percent.

WISTAX spokesperson Dale Knapp says the latest numbers reflect the legislature's move in 2012 that cut district revenue limits by more than 5 percent then increased them modestly last year. Knapp says school districts used the changes brought about in the controversial ACT 10 legislation...

 

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Big Winter Business
2:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Snowmobilers Wait for Snow, and Paperwork

Snowmobile trails need frozen ground and the permission of landowners in order to open.
Credit Manfred Werner

Snow has started to pile up here in the Northwoods, and that’s good news for snowmobilers. 

Oneida County Forest Director John Bilogan says conditions could be frozen enough in a few days.  But he’s guessing it will be about two weeks before the state-funded trails actually open. 

“It’s all the paperwork side of things – the insurance policies, private land easements, land-use agreements, all have to be in place from the snowmobile clubs and on file in our forestry office.”

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Fishermen Use Caution
2:35 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Beware the Perils of Thin Ice

Once covered in snow, it can be hard to tell if an icy lake is frozen enough to walk or drive on.
Credit Joisey Shawaa

Intrepid ice fishermen are already hitting the frozen lakes.  But unstable conditions can make it dangerous. 

Antigo DNR Recreational safety warden Jeff Dauterman says ice thickness can vary even within the same lake…and visual checks are not reliable. 

“You got ice out there, once there’s some snow on it you don’t know if it’s once inch thick or two feet thick.  It can vary that much within a single lake. So you’ve always got to remain cautious.”

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