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New Pantry Could Double Food Aid
4:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

New Food Pantry On the Table for Rhinelander

Ruby's Pantry collects extra food from big grocery stores and distributes it in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Credit Salvation Army USA West

A new food pantry could be coming to town, if a Rhinelander woman can find the right distribution space.  

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Chrissie Peterson who thinks Ruby’s Pantry would benefit the Northwoods.  

Chrissie Peterson says Ruby’s Pantry would be held one day a month, and would serve working class families.

“The target market that I think Ruby’s pantry is for is those familes less fortunate that live paycheck to paycheck.  With Ruby’s Pantry you pay 15 dollars for roughly 100 dollars worth of food.”

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Higher assessment replenishes fund
6:25 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Rhinelander Holds Line On City Budget

Rhinelander city hall
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

A higher than expected city assessed value  has helped the Rhinelander city council  keep a flat property tax level and also help its depleted general fund.

The council passed an option which holds city taxpayers bills flat for the city's portion of the bill. But after the state reported in with the city's property value, it enabled the council to still hold the tax rate the same, but helped the city replenish a depleted general fund. The fund had been tapped during the recession to keep tax increases down.

City Administrator Blaine Oborn...

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Best Six in the State
3:30 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Langlade County Supplies Fine Firs for State Capitol

Jim Draeger is donating a 25-foot balsam fir for the state capitol rotunda.
Credit Justin Russell

A grower in Langlade County is sending a fleet of Christmas trees to Madison Tuesday morning to decorate the state capitol. Jim Draeger says his trees were selected for their shape, color and height.

“I was kind of proud that they picked my trees .  I mean you never tell a mother her baby’s homely, you always say they look good.  If someone tells you they look really good, you’re even happier.”

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4 of 5 dollars stays locally
6:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Red Kettle Volunteers On Duty

Bell ringers will be out front of stores in the next few weeks.
Credit Salvation Army

Thanksgiving is still more than a week away, but the Salvation Army has begun it's annual bell ringers campaign at points across the Northwoods.

Ken Krall talks with Tom Bremer the Field Representative for the Salvation Army, about where the money goes that gets put in the Red Kettles.

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Public Opinion May Be Mixed
4:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Michigan Wolf Hunt Begins, Not Without Some Controversy

Hunters in Michigan's first wolf hunt will take up to 43 wolves.
Credit Caninest via http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4029/4394675343_2e347e32c6.jpg

Michigan’s first wolf hunt has begun.  At least one advocacy group is not happy about it. 

The National Wolfwatcher Coalition is claiming Michigan DNR officials ignored thousands of emailed comments protesting the state’s wolf hunting plan.  The group’s Great Lakes Section Leader Nancy Warren says about 1200 comments were from Michigan residents, and only 13 supported the plan.

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Elcho, Antigo possible
3:53 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Another Northwoods Schools Task Force Meeting Possible

Credit wisconsinsfuture.org

The Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools has had two meetings to date, including one in Rhinelander. The task force has a way for those interested in the issue to follow what is happening.

Task Force Chair Rob Swearingen from Rhinelander said they recently had their second meeting in Elroy, not far from Wisconsin Dells. Swearingen says they heard similar concerns there as the first session in Rhinelander, but some differences as well. He says they've found a way to let the public know what's going on...

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Look at Northwoods resources
3:01 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

AUDIO: WXPR Program Focuses On Alzheimer's Disease

From left, Julie St. Pierre, Dr. Chris Koeppl, Ken Krall, Jim Brust
Credit Peg Arnold-WXPR

November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month. WXPR gathered a panel of experts to talk about the disease.  

Hear the full one-hour broadcast below:

One of the panelists is Dr. Chris Koeppl, Director of the Northern Wisconsin Memory Diagnostic Center at Ministry Medical Group in Rhinelander.

He says people should prepare for the possibility of getting Alzheimer's as they would other issues...

 

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Delay up to a year
9:03 am
Sun November 17, 2013

Backups Slow Northwoods Veterans Claims

Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters
Credit Oneida county

Northwoods veterans are likely facing delays in their medical claims.

Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters says a decision to transfer the processing of disability claims at VA facilities in other states to Wisconsin to eliminate a backlog means recent claims by Northwoods veterans will have to wait...

 

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87 year old woman
6:08 am
Sat November 16, 2013

Pedestrian Fatality Friday In Eagle River

Credit flickr

  

Eagle River police report a pedestrian fatality Friday afternoon.

Police Chief Mark VanderBloomen reports a vehicle driven by an 87 year old man was westbound on East Pine Street or Highway 70. At the intersection with South Second Street, his vehicle struck and 87 year old woman crossing East Pine Street. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident happened just before 4 p.m.

Eagle River police and Vilas county authorities are investigating the fatality. Names will be released when relatives are notified.

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Town Budget Stays the Same
2:34 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Minocqua Budget Frozen Again

Minocqua passed its budget last week.
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

With little fanfare, the town board in Minocqua passed it's 2014 budget Thursday evening. 

WXPR's  Ken Krall talked with Minocqua town chair Mark Hartzheim about the budget which will remain frozen for another year. Oneida county helped November 12 by restoring funding for the Minocqua police dispatch.

The levy was set at $3.6 million dollars and the mill rate at $2.48 per thousand.

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