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Sentence far longer than recommendation
3:01 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

England Sentenced To Jail For Misconduct In Office

Traci J. England
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Oneida and Forest County's former Medical Examiner will spend a year in jail as part of a plea bargain to end a case that has lasted more than two years.

47 year old Traci England was arrested in January, 2012 after a sheriff's detective heard her talking about bringing home parts of autopsied bodies to train a cadaver dog, referring to it as a 'doggie bag'. England had no authorization to take the parts.

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Community Education speaker
4:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Former Educator Seeks Positive Student Attitudes

Credit Rhinelander School District

Rhinelander School District Community Education Program is sponsoring a talk by a Rhinelander native who is hoping to show young people what a positive attitude can do for them. 

Tom Montgomery has a  long background in private business, but he also taught  at Wausau West high school for many years before retiring. He talked with Ken Krall to preview an upcoming talk at Rhinelander High School.

Tom's  father was Duke Montgomery, who is honored at the Logging Museum at Pioneer Park with the Duke Montgomery Antique Outboard and Fishing Museum.

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Workshops offered
3:38 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Nicolet Offering Scholarships For Students

Heather Schallock
Credit Facebook.com

Nicolet College Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for students hoping to get money to attend Nicolet.

Last year the Foundation awarded scholarships ranging in value from $400 dollars to $3,000.

Foundation Executive Director Heather Schallock says students should be thinking about how they're going to be paying for college in the upcoming school year....

 

"....I want people to know there is help. We have more than 250 scholarships available for students, but you have to apply....."

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Arts Workshops Annually
2:00 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Registration Opens for School of the Arts

School of the Arts offers classes in everything from visual to culinary arts.
Credit Matthew Rethaber / WXPR News

Summer might feel far away, but organizers of School of the Arts Rhinelander are already looking ahead to this July's programming. 

The 51st year of the program will offer five days of art workshops at a Rhinelander middle school. 

Director Lynn Tarnoff says registration is open for more than 50 courses.

“And we have five different tracks for people to take.  We have scheduling that is weekend-only, and scheduling that can be Saturday through Wednesday.”

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Boat Rides for Seniors, Vets, Disabled
10:00 am
Sun February 9, 2014

Let's Go Fishing Seeks Boom Lake Mooring Space

The Northwoods chapter of Let’s Go Fishing is running into some obstacles leading up to its second season. 

The group formed last year to take seniors, veterans, and disabled people on boat rides, free of charge. The trips leave from Hodag Park in Rhinelander, as it’s close to many care facilities.   

But chapter Vice President Mark Schroeder says the program faces the problem of where to store the 33-foot pontoon boat between rides. 

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Forest County proposal
6:03 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

Off-Road Park Draws Opposition At Public Hearing

Credit en.wikipedia.org

A proposed 10,000-acre off-road vehicle park in Forest county drew opposition at a Saturday public hearing in Laona, along with calls for a referendum.

About 60 people attended the first gathering called by the Forest county board.. A private non-profit organization, Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park, Inc wants to develop the large facility but has not produced on the record details where the park would be located, saying it could be in seven possible locations.

One speaker asked a series of questions to the four committee members present...

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Arts & Life
4:08 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

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Travelers coming north
3:49 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Silent Sports Study Shows Large Impact in North

Credit en.wikipedia.org

A recent study shows the increasing economic impact of silent sports in northern Wisconsin.

The report was authored by three UW-Extension researchers, a bicycle industry consultant and a former graduate student.

The study surveyed Ashland, Bayfield and Sawyer counties in 2012. The authors administered a year-long set of surveys.

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Looking For Financial Sustainability
3:41 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Northland Pines to Take Over Eagle River YMCA

The YMCA of the Northwoods is stepping away from its facility in Eagle River.  As of March 1st the Northland Pines School District will run the fitness center that’s housed at Northland Pines High School.

YMCA Interim CEO Laurie Schlitt says the Eagle River facility has been operating at an average loss of $15,000 a year, subsidized by fundraising and the Rhinelander location. 

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Northwoods main rail line
3:35 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Canadian National Rail Strike Averted

Canadian National
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Wisconsin farmers, loggers, and factories have avoided what could have been a major disruption in their operations. Many of them use the Canadian National Railroad, which faced a possible strike this weekend until Canada's government put the clamps on it. A union that represents three-thousand conductors, train workers, and rail-yard employees issued a strike notice early yesterday, after they rejected a tentative pact from last fall. Late yesterday, a new three-year contract agreement was announced.

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