Would need to be funded
4:02 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Legislature Considering More Arts Funding

Credit Natalie Jablonski-WXPR

ArtStart Rhinelander was among the groups appearing before the Assembly Tourism committee this week supporting a bill providing arts grant funding as part of economic development.

AB 760 would provide grants up to $40,000, with an annual cap of $250,000 total per year.

Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander is a member of the Tourism committee..


"....we heard a lot of testimony from group like ArtStart in Rhinelander, for instance...."

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New report
3:56 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

WEDC: Favoring Republican Districts Over Democratic Ones?


Citizen Action of Wisconsin is claiming the state's public-private job generating agency...Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.. is funneling jobs to places in Republican districts and mostly ignoring Democratic districts. A WEDC spokesperson says that is not true.

Citizen Action has been described as leaning Democratic. On the Citizen Action website, their analysis claims fewer jobs were generated in the city of Milwaukee, but the state found jobs in the more Republican suburban areas. Citizen Action of Wisconsin leader Robert Kraig...


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Environmental and Social Impact
4:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Meeting Elephants With a Sad Past

Ann Eshelman

Rhinelander native Ann Eshelman worked for many years as a public defender in the Northwoods.  After retiring she headed to northeast Cambodia to volunteer at a rehabilitation center for aging elephants…that had been used for logging and other hard labor.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski talked with Eshelman about her experience volunteering at an elephant sanctuary that also has a big environmental and social impact.  


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Town of Newbold
4:01 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

New Boat Landing Possible On Rhinelander Flowage

Wisconsin River near Rhinelander
Credit WXPR

A parcel of land along Highway 47 in Newbold is being eyed by the town board as a possible new boat landing site, pending Oneida county's negotiations with the town.

The lot along the Wisconsin River/Rhinelander Flowage was offered for sale at $45,000. The county board this week approved a move to give the county and town nine months to see if a deal could be worked out.

Newbold town supervisor Ed Hammer told the Oneida county board the town has an interest in developing a new landing....


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Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area
3:48 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Gathering Storm Cancels DNR ATV/UTV Meeting

Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area
Credit Wisconsin DNR

The winter storm coming to the Midwest has led to the cancelation of a DNR meeting Thursday evening about an ATV trail in the Woodboro Lakes wildlife area.

The open house was called to get public input on a proposal by the Nokomis ATV club about using part of the 3,000 acre property for a trail. DNR Woodboro Lakes area manager Jeremy Holtz says the weather put a halt to plans...


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Middle-income residents
3:42 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

State Loan Program For Propane Users


Legislators have introduced bills creating a heating assistance loan program designed to help propane users.

In January, Governor Walker declared a state of emergency due to the propane shortage and established a $3 million loan guarantee program. Sponsors say the loans help those who can't get low-income energy assistance.

Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst was one of the bill's authors....


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Crandon daycare
3:35 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Anderson Sent To Prison On Child Sex Charges

A Crandon man will spend 11-and-a-half years in prison for molesting young children at his mother's unlicensed child care center.

A Forest County judge also told 39-year-old William Anderson to spend 12 years under extended supervision when he gets out. He must also write letters-of-apology to the victims and their families.

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Few government races reported
9:31 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

AV-W School Referendum Passes


Voters in the Arbor-Vitae Woodruff school district have passed a three year operating referendum. Unofficially, the vote total was 500 in favor, 465 opposed.

The total additional revenue is $975,000 over three years.

District Administrator Rich Vought was pleased with the outcome....

"....I think this is a good day for the students of the Arbor-Vitae Woodruff school district and the voters of AV-W showed they support the education of their youth as an investment in the future..."

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Annual Speech at Capitol
9:03 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Reacting to State of the Tribes

One Lac du Flambeau tribal member is reflecting on the importance of the annual state of the tribes address. 

Performer and tribal liaison for the state Department of Transportation Kelly Jackson says the speech is an important way for tribes to engage with state government.

“To share with our state legislators some of the key issues and mutual expectations in tribal communities.  Tribes are part of the government system in Wisconsin, so their opportunity to address the legislators is really a critical part of government relations.

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Encouraging Community Policing
8:59 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Rhinelander Police Holding Citizen Training

The Rhinelander Police Department is holding a training about law enforcement for citizens.  The Police Academy takes place one night a week for eight weeks.  Police chief Mike Steffes says the goal is to get more people thinking like police officers. 

“It’s through programs like this where citizens can really get involved in the police department and really know and understand what police officers are doing, and see life through the eyes of a police officer.” 

Steffes says it also helps community members feel more comfortable with police. 

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