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Eight Miles of Iron Gate Road Open
12:00 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

More of Willow Flowage Opens to Vehicles

More areas of the Willow Flowage are open to vehicle traffic this fall.
Credit Ryan Afflerbaugh

Willow Flowage roads may see more ATVs and UTVs.  The DNR’s Natural Resources Board has approved an amendment that increases motorized vehicle access. 

Thomas Shockley is the DNR’s Willow Flowage Forester.  

He says the public weighed in on the original management plan for the Flowage.

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Daylight Savings Time ends
11:19 am
Fri November 1, 2013

"Fall Back" Happens This Weekend

Turn your clocks back Saturday before bed.
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend.

Emergency Management Director Todd Pritchard says when you set your clock, it’s a good time to make sure you and your family are set for some of the safety things that we sometimes just forget about. One of them is checking smoke detectors. "Nearly 2,700 people die and 1,500 are injured because there is either a non-working smoke detector, and a vast majority of those are just (the ones with) no batteries in the smoke detector. Obviously, that’s a very preventable tragedy."

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Increases in Northern Wisconsin
3:24 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Northern Wisconsin Using More Water Under Warm, Dry Conditions

Irrigation is one of the main uses for groundwater in Wisconsin.
Credit John Poyser

Weather conditions last year caused a spike in water use in northern Wisconsin and statewide.  That’s according to new numbers from the DNR water monitoring program.  

DNR water supply specialist Bob Smail says in the northern part of the state one of the biggest increases in surface water use came from cranberry producers.

“Cranberry withdrawals were up.  It was a very warm spring and a lot of growers in the state had to flood their beds to keep their plants from growing too early. So there was an additional withdrawal that they didn’t usually have.”

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Settlement with town
2:10 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Chief Gee Resigns From Minocqua Police

Andrew Gee
Credit wdtimes.com

The police chief in Minocqua has resigned, after the town reached a settlement with his former administrative assistant. The town board accepted Andy Gee's resignation last night after six years as chief. The town reached a 100-thousand dollar settlement with his former aide Julie Mager. Media reports said Mager accused the chief of shouting so loudly at her, it could be heard throughout the police station. She claimed Gee discriminated against her, and intimidated her. Lieutenant Dave Jaeger will temporarily head up the Minocqua police department until permanent chief can be hired.

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Quota Met in Half the Zones
12:27 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Wolf Hunt Goes Quickly: Three Zones Closed

Over 180 wolves have already been taken in Wisconsin this wolf hunting season.
Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Just over two weeks into Wisconsin’s wolf hunting season, and more than two thirds of the wolves have been taken.  

As of October 31st, 181 wolves have been killed.  That leaves just 70 before wolf hunting season closes statewide.   

Zones 1, 2 and 5 are closed, all in the northern part of the state.  DNR Carnivore Specialist Dave MacFarland says two other zones are nearing quotas as well.

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Dispute began in 2004
11:49 am
Thu October 31, 2013

U.S. Court Backs Decision To Deny Bible Camp Permits

Squash Lake, Oneida county
Credit americanlisted.com

The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago has backed a federal judges decision concerning a family's plan to build a religious camp on Squash Lake near Rhinelander.

 

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Sunday, Nov.3 at 4:06 p.m.
11:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

WXPR To Broadcast ACA Information Program

As the debate continues in Washington, D.C. over the  implementation  of the Affordable Care Act, the law begins in full on January 1.  In mid-October, Kevin Kane from the group Citizen Action Wisconsin gave a presentation at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Rhinelander on how the ACA will work. He discussed how people can sign up, who it affects and costs.

The program will be broadcast Sunday, November 3 at 4:06 p.m. after a short NPR newscast. All Things Considered will not be heard this Sunday only.

Conflict Over Local Control
4:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

1930 Deer Revolt: When Oneida County Took On the State

We’re heading into November, and that means deer hunting will soon be in full swing. 

It’s a cultural phenomenon in the state, with deeply rooted traditions that go back 100 years or more. While there has been much change in Wisconsin deer hunting over time, controversy and disagreement have never been far away.

In the first of a series we’re calling History Afield, WXPR Contributor Bob Willging has the story of one of the oddest deer hunting political battles of the last century.

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Start-Up Mode
4:13 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Tribe Builds Renewable Energy Plant

The new biodigester can process 130,000 gallons of liquid food waste each day.
Credit Forest County Potawatomi

A new waste recycling plant built by the Forest County Potawatomi is up and running.  The Milwaukee facility turns organic material into electricity that’s sold to WE Energies. 

Project Manager Charlie Opferman says the $20-million facility converts food waste into methane gas using tanks full of bacteria.

“We keep these tanks full.  They’ve got bugs in them, and the bugs have food.  We keep them warm with heat that comes off the engines. Keep them basically at body temperature – as long as we can keep the bugs warm and happy they eat.”

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Oneida County vs. Rhinelander
4:05 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Dispatch Dispute Comes Back to Life

Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

With Halloween here, local governments are proving that some things can come back from the dead. 

"I thought this thing was dead and buried"....

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