Skiing in Torino
12:01 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Former Olympian Remembers Racing on the World Stage

Chris Cook competed in two cross country ski events at the Torino Olympic games.
Credit Jeremy Bronson

A Rhinelander man offers insight into what it’s like to compete in the Olympic games.  Chris Cook was on the United States ski team at the 2006 Torino Olympics. 

Cook describes being on the start-line as a moment of clarity. 

“Everything else about the Olympics is a huge distraction, and pulling you in all sorts of directions.  But at the end of the day when you get to that starting line that’s where you’re comfortable, that’s where you’ve had all the training, all the preparation.” 

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Business Educator
5:56 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

RHS Teacher Receives Financial Literacy Award

A Rhinelander teacher has been honored for his role in financial education.  The Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy gave out twenty awards this week, and one of them went to Patrick Kubeny, who has taught at Rhinelander High School for 21 years.

“It would be an award that I knew was out there that I knew existed. Just like guys in the NFL want to win the superbowl someday – you know it’s there but you don’t expect it!”

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Final Deadline Approaching
5:52 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Rhinelander Health Insurance Sign-Ups Scheduled

Northwoods residents have several chances to get help signing up for health insurance through the online marketplace.  Bridge Community Health Clinic has four sessions coming up in Rhinelander, providing one-on-one help. 

The clinic’s Central Wisconsin Enrollment Coordinator Mary Testin says Oneida County residents have been some of the most ready to sign up for health care. 

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Road Construction No Longer Needed
5:45 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

GTac Set to Begin Bulk Sampling

Gogebic Taconite plans to do bulk sampling at three sites in the Penokee Range.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Gogebic Taconite could begin bulk sampling in the Penokee Range at any time.  The DNR has finished reviewing the sampling plan and has no further questions or requirements.

GTac’s original plan involved building a new road to provide access to some of the sites.  DNR mining project lead Larry Lynch says the company submitted a revised plan last week, since frozen roads make that access easier. 

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Team Holds Records
12:59 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

RHS Mock Trial Team Advances to State

Nine of the sixteen members of RHS Mock Trial were on the team that took first place at Regionals.
Credit Rhinelander School District

Rhinelander High School’s Mock Trial team won the regional championships at Wisconsin Rapids last weekend.  It now heads to the state competition. 

Faculty coach Kathy Vick-Martini says Rhinelander could face stiff competition, with teams from around the state getting better and better every year.

“You never go into the state tournament with high hopes, you can be cautiously optimistic.  With this team, there are so many new people to the team this year – but they surprised me at regionals.”

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Beyond the Folk Circuit
4:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Mike and Ruthy: On Pete Seeger and Colliding At a Christmas Party

Formerly of the Mammals, Mike and Ruthy are a duo on stage and at home.
Credit Thomas Schnaidt

Mike and Ruthy are a folk duo and married couple, former members of the band the Mammals.  

  They're headed to the Northwoods this week, appearing on the WXPR stage at Nicolet College.  To find out a little more about their background, WXPR’s Natalie spoke to the two from their kitchen in upstate New York.  

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Bomb Squad Called In
5:31 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

UPDATE: Courthouse Reopens After Suspicious Bag Found

The Oneida County Courthouse was closed Monday afternoon after authorities found an unidentified black bag on the first floor.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Oneida county courthouse opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday, after being evacuated Monday during a bomb scare.  

A black duffel bag was found outside the Social Services department on the buildings first floor.

According to a press release from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department the bag was found at approximately 10 a.m on Monday, and attempts to identify the owner were unsuccessful. 

The Oneida/Marathon County Bomb Team was called in to examine the bag, and the building was evacuated pending further investigation.  

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Expanding Broadband Capacities
4:26 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Northwoods Libraries to See Better Internet

More than 300 libraries across Wisconsin will receive better broadband access this year.

Several Northwoods libraries are set to see improved broadband service by November. 

The Department of Administration and the Department of Public Instruction have announced a 4.2 million dollar expansion of BadgerNet through a partnership with several private companies.  The expansion will increase internet speeds for almost two thirds of the state’s libraries, including in Three Lakes, Eagle River, Crandon, and Mercer.  Libraries in Land o Lakes and Hurley will also benefit. 

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Teeth, eat, hair and cars
4:12 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Public Invited To Student Work At Nicolet College

Richard J. Brown Library
Credit Nicolet College

Nicolet College offers the public a chance to experience what students in certain courses are learning.


College President Libby Burmaster says several Nicolet academic programs offer services to the public ranging from basic auto repair and dental care to haircuts, perms and dining in the Top of the Hill Restaurant...


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Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance reports
4:02 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

County Sales Tax Generally Effective For Property Tax Relief


The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance in Madison looked over 12 years of data beginning in 2000. The county sales taxes came into vogue in the 1980's as a way to offset rising property tax rates.

Spokesperson Dale Knapp says the collections did little to offset property taxes. He said some counties found a reliable revenue stream, but for most others, it wasn't that good...


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