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$50,000 cash bond
3:16 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Brecht Facing Escape Charge In Oneida County

Brecht mugshot

A convicted murderer who allegedly walked away from the minimum-security McNaughton Correctional Center near Lake Tomahawk in October and was apprehended in Florida has been assigned an attorney.

 

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Preventing Spread of Invasives
3:00 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Deer Hunters: Leave Firewood At Home

State officials urge hunters to buy local firewood to prevent the spread of invasive pests.
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The “buy where you burn” principle still applies in hunting season.  

The Wisconsin Department of Trade and Consumer Protection is reminding hunters not to haul firewood long distances when they head to their deer camps. 

Department spokesperson Donna Gilson says doing so could introduce new pests to an area. 

“There’s always that temptation to bring firewood with you because you’ve got some right in your backyard. IT’s never a good idea to haul firewood around the state.  And in some cases it may actually be illegal to do so.”

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Attorney says he will get treatment
2:31 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Bond Set For RHS Teacher Accused of Theft, Drugs

The Rhinelander high school teacher accused of theft and marijuana manufacturing will be allowed out of jail to seek drug treatment.

Oneida County Circuit Judge Michael Bloom set a $1,500 cash bond for Joshua Jurgens. Public Defender Maggie Hogan said arrangements had been made for treatment December 9....

 

"....we have secured a bed for him at Koinonia that is available for him on December 9. I would also request the court consider to modify his bond to allow treatment..."

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Drug, theft charges
11:36 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Jailed English Teacher Not Likely Back At RHS

Joshua Juergens
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The Rhinelander High School English teacher that is now facing drug and theft charges will not be back in the classroom. That’s according to District Administrator Kelli Jacobi. 35-year-old Joshua Juergens has been suspended from all school activities.

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Says court should look at other law
9:48 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Family Petitions U.S. Court For Reconsideration

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An Oneida county property owner has asked for a federal court reconsideration on a recent decision concerning a religious facility.

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Winter hours only
4:34 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Budget Cuts Means Less Rhinelander Library Hours

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The Rhinelander District Library Board has agreed to cut hours to make up a budget shortfall.

This fall, Director Ed Hughes told the Rhinelander city council his budget was overdrawn because of an error made concerning employee health insurance last year. With the city and supporting towns experiencing tight fiscal times, they rejected an increase to cover the loss.

Hughes says the library board agreed to not fill a vacant position and cut hours...

 

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High Speed Access Plan Gets Pushback
3:30 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Phelps Broadband Tower Goes to Referendum

The town of Phelps has little high-speed internet access outside of downtown.
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Voters in Phelps will have a referendum next spring on whether to go ahead with a plan for a new wireless internet tower.  

A town meeting vote narrowly defeated a proposal for buying a property slated for tower construction.  But a margin of just five votes prompted the town board this week to approve a referendum.

Phelps Town Chair Colin Snook says better high speed access would boost the economy. 

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New one at Highways 8 & 47
3:22 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

More Digital Boards For Rhinelander?

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Rhinelander  will soon have its second digital billboard but some on the city council think it could set a precedent.

The Laska brothers would like to open an auction house at the corner of Highways 8 and 47 on Rhinelander's west side at the site currently being used as a recycling center.

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Social Program Feels the Pinch
2:24 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Sequester Cuts Impacting Meals For Seniors

Diane Jacobson
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Much was debated in Congress about mandatory across the board  budget cuts called sequestration. The impacts the federal sequester made in areas such as air traffic controllers and military bands were widely reported,  but the  cuts are having an impact on meals delivered to senior citizens.  

Ken Krall talks with Dianne Jacobson, the Director of the Oneida County Department on Aging about tough times for the Senior Nutrition Program.

Oneida County Department on Aging Director Dianne Jacobson. More information is available at the office in Rhinelander.

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Going Against the Grain
4:51 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Study Reveals Nuances of Aquatic Invasive Behavior

Invasive species like eurasian water milfoil can be a big problem.
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We usually think of an invasive species as taking over its environment, at the expense its native counterparts.  

But a new study from the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Center for Limnology challenges that assumption.  It compiled survey data from a variety of studies on aquatic species, and finds that most of the time aquatic invasives keep a pretty low profile.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Gretchen Hansen, lead author on the study.  

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