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Raise Hunger and Homeless Awareness
3:42 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Food Pantries, Homeless Shelter Get WPS Grants

Leah Van Zile(far right) and members of area food pantries and Frederick Place
Credit Wisconsin Public Service

As part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation has given money to local pantries and a shelter.

Leah VanZile from WPS says area food pantries and homeless shelter were granted...

 

"....the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation to three area food pantries, the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, the Lakeland Area Food Pantry and the Vilas Food Pantry along with a thousand dollar donation to the homeless shelter, NATH, at Frederick Place..."

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Natural Resources
2:24 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Oak Wilt Arrives in Minocqua-Woodruff

Oak wilt may be spreading north in Wisconsin.
Credit Ronald Billings / Texas Forest Service

A lethal tree disease has been found for the first time in near Woodruff.  Oak wilt is prevalent in southern and central Wisconsin.  But tests have confirmed its presence in the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest. 

DNR Forest insect and disease Specialist Brian Schwingle says the finding is significant.               

“It’s concerning that we found it on our largest state property, the Northern American Legion state forest, where oak is an extremely valuable tree.”

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Hoping to Lower Cancer Risks
2:12 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Quit Smoking for Smoke Out Day

Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.
Credit Thomas Leuthard

Quit smoking for a day, and see if you can stick with it.  

That’s the message from the American Cancer Society for the Great American Smoke Out Thursday.  On this day the organization encourages smokers nationwide to quit the habit for a single day…or use it to jump start their plans to quit permanently.

Spokeswoman Diane Hapka in Lake Tomahawk says it’s not easy. 

“It is very difficult for people to quit.  But it is something that we try to have people do at least for that one day.”

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Committee recommends remodeling
6:45 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Nicolet Board To Consider Possible LRC Remodel Referendum

Nicolet College LRC building
Credit campusexplorer.com

No decision was made, but a work team has recommended a possible referendum involving three projects deemed critical and five other projects at the Nicolet College LRC building.

The Board of Trustees assembled the team this summer after a proposal arose to use the maximum allowed borrowing authority without a referendum to remodel parts of the Learning Resources Center. When opposition to that approach surfaced, the work team met to recommend a course.

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Funds Approach $100K
5:40 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

New Trail In the Works Near Phelps, Conover

A biking and walking trail planned between Phelps and Conover is getting a financial boost.  Great Headwaters Trails has gotten 90-thousand dollars to begin work on a 5 mile section between Phelps and Conover.  Half of that is coming from the DNR.  It’s being matched by money from state snowmobiling funds and Great Headwaters Trails. 

But Great Headwaters Trails President Jeff Curry says trail construction is still not fully funded.

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More arrests likely
3:14 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

16 People Arrested In Forest County Drug Sting

Sheriff John Dennee
Credit forestcountysheriff.org

16 people have been arrested and three more are being sought in connection with an undercover drug investigation in Forest county.

Sheriff John Dennee reports confidential informants allegedly purchase marijuana, cocaine, and prescription meds from county residents and people not in Forest county.

Nine of the suspects are from Crandon ...Steven Polar, Laurie Olds, Kyler Williams,Mackenzi McGhesick, Candice Holmes, Alexander VanZile, Ahshoni Daniels, Tonya Malone and Jodie Burnett. Two others are from Wabeno.. John Powless and Sheenah White.

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Tomahawk Venison Feed
3:06 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Venison Burgers Renew Nearly Half-Century Tradition

Credit en.wikipedia.org

They're cooking them until their gone....the 48th Annual Venison Feed is Friday in downtown Tomahawk.

Chamber Executive Director Tamra Anderson says they are ready for hungry hunters...

 

"...it's our free feed in downtown Tomahawk. This year we're going to give away about 1600 venison burgers....we fire up 5 grills starting at about 10:00 o'clock and we start serving burgers around 11:30....."

The event is free. She says its a way to say thanks to the community...

 

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Parkinson to retire in December
1:49 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Miljevich Named As Rhinelander City Attorney

After 33 years, Rhinelander will have a new city attorney beginning next month.

The city council Monday night hired Carrie Miljevich of Rhinelander to succeed Phil Parkinson. Parkinson began as city attorney in 1980 and is retiring next month.

Mayor Dick Johns says Miljevich is qualified for the position..

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Sales Slowing Down
12:02 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Home Prices Continue to Climb

An economist says a high inventory is keeping prices from soaring.
Credit Bill McChesney

Home prices went up again last month, but the number of sales remained flat. 

Wisconsin Realtors Association reports median sale prices are up seven and a half percent so far this year...compared to 2012.  Economist David Clark says a high market inventory should keep prices from skyrocketing.

“I think those increases will moderate as we go forward.  And that ought to keep housing relatively affordable.”

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Program next weekend
10:22 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Alzheimer's Panel Discusses The Disease On WXPR

The panel November 14 at the White Pine Room
Credit Peg Arnold-WXPR

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Caregivers Month. Earlier this month, WXPR public radio gathered experts at its studios to talk about the disease, the warning signs, treatment and research, support services and how caregivers cope with a family member with Alzheimer's Disease. The one-hour program will be broadcast twice: Friday, November 22 at 3:00 p.m. and again Sunday, November 24 at 12:00 p.m.

WXPR is heard at 91.7 FM, 100.9 FM near Ironwood-Hurley, and 91.9 FM in central Wisconsin. More information is available at 715-362-6000.

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