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Case still pending in federal court
5:47 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Family Returns Religious Appeal to Oneida County

The appeals continue for a family hoping to build a religious camp and meeting facility on Squash Lake west of Rhinelander.

The Jaros family has been denied by  federal courts in their attempts to get the needed permits from Oneida county to build the Eagle Cove Camp and Conference Center. Most recently, the federal 7th Circuit Courrt of Appeals in Chicago denied a petition by the family to overturn a federal judge's decision from Wisconsin, also denying the needed permits. The family had been denied at the county level and took the matter to U.S. District Court in Madison.

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Accused of breaking groundwater rules
7:09 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Gogebic Taconite President In Spain Groundwater Case

Taconite pellets
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The president of the company that's pursuing a new iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin may be tied to alleged environmental violations at a mine in Spain. Bill Williams of Gogebic Taconite was previously a manager of Cobre Las Cruces, an open pit mine in Spain that's accused of breaking laws in the handling of the mine's groundwater.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the Seville Justice Ministry in Spain rejected an appeal this month from the mine's owners -- and its managers now face criminal charges for allegedly exposing local groundwater to high levels of arsenic.

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Transportation Service Rare in Northwoods
6:00 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Lac du Flambeau Launches Public Transit Service

The new transit service will be up and running on Monday.
Credit Lac du Flambeau

Public transportation is returning to at least one part of the Northwoods, thanks to Lac du Flambeau.  

  The tribe is partnering with the Menominee Nation to provide transportation between several stops in Lac du Flambeau and the Minocqua-Woodruff area.  Lac du Flambeau spokesman Brandon Thoms says it will be the only public transit available in the area.

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Sticking It Out for the Winter
5:56 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

LCO Harvest Camp Giving Thanks

Above: the Harvest Camp has been going strong through spring and summer.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp is celebrating a feast day Thursday.  

The camp formed in the spring of this year in response to a proposed iron mine in the Penokee Hills.  

Five people are spending the winter at the camp…which has already seen more than a foot of snow.  Spokesman Paul DeMain says the camp has visitors every day, and several dozen people could attend the feast.                       

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About a million miles from the sun
5:24 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Comet ISON Not So Spectacular: Astronomer

Above: the comet ISON as seen from the Hubble telescope.
Credit NASA Goddard Space Flight

A local astronomer says the comet which some thought would be a big deal could be fizzling out.  WXPR's Ken Krall yesterday had a chance to talk with Frank Kovac who owns a planetarium in Monico. The majesty of the night sky can be enhanced with a visit from a comet passing by. Some have been spectacular, but this one, called ISON, hasn't lived up to the hype.

Astonomer Frank Kovac from Monico. 

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Iron county has highest rate
3:53 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Jobless Rate Mixed Across the Northwoods

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Northwoods unemployment  levels are falling into traditional patterns says a state economist, but one county in this area now tops the list for joblessness.

In the Northwoods, figures from the Department of Workforce Development find Price county with the lowest rate at 5.1 percent, Oneida at 6.9 percent, Lincoln at seven percent, Langlade at 7.2, Vilas at 7.8 percent, and Forest at 7.9 percent. Iron county has the state's highest rate at 12.1 percent.

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Rising Cost of Food
11:33 am
Wed November 27, 2013

How Much Does Thanksgiving Cost?

The cost of a Thanksgiving meal has gone up about 70 cents in the past 13 years.
Credit USDA

Food prices have gone up in the last 13 years, but a Wisconsin farm group spokesperson says the Thanksgiving meal is affordable.

Amy Manske is a  Farm Bureau spokesperson. She talked with Ken Krall about how much it costs to provide a similar meal this Thanksgiving as compared to the year 2000.

Some critics have said food prices have risen as more corn is used to produce ethanol for transportation.

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One zone still open
4:00 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Wolf Hunt Without Serious Incidents: DNR Official

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One Wisconsin wolf hunt zone remains open and a top DNR official says no incidents have been reported.

As of today, 213 wolves have been taken in six zones from a maximum quota of 251. Only Zone 3, which includes portions of Price and Taylor counties, is still open. In that zone, 31 animals were taken from a quota of 71.

 

DNR Northern District leader John Gozdzialski .....

 

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Through next September
3:42 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Funding for Rhinelander PD Overtime To Fight Drunk Driving

A reminder from 1937
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The state noticed something about Rhinelander's drunk driving arrests and decided to fund stepped up enforcement.

Police Chief Michael Steffes says the DOT has given the city more than $17,000 to up patrols through next September....

 

"...the DOT actually contacted us...they had collected statistics about accidents and traffic stop data and selected us for our population size compared to the number of vehicles(they) assumed were operating under the influence. So they gave us the grant based on that selection criteria..."

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Whitetail deer decision
3:27 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Tribes Waiting On Judge's Decision Regarding Night Hunting

Hunting at night?
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Wisconsin's six Chippewa tribes met last week in Mole Lake with state officials to talk about natural resource issues within the ceded territory.

Lac du Flambeau tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the tribes and the state meet to keep communication open.

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