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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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Broadband, better communication key
3:33 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

U.S.D.A. Official Meets With Wisconsin Tribes

Leslie Wheelock, Office of Tribal Relations, U.S.D.A.
Credit Ken Hammond-U.S.D.A.

A top official says she hopes to create a better dialog between tribal governments in Wisconsin and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Tribal Relations Director Leslie Wheelock met in Mole Lake with tribal representatives and organizations in the region under the U.S.D.A. umbrella.

She says they want to get the word out about what they have to offer concerning economic development and a host of programs. She says that communication is one of the most difficult parts of her job as she has to get the word out to 566 tribal governments on all issues.....

 

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Extra Police Out on Halloween
2:11 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Staying Safe on a Spooky Night

Police are reminding trick-or-treaters to stay safe on Halloween.
Credit Phil Whitehouse

Rhinelander police will have extra boots on the ground during Thursday night’s trick-or-treating.

Rhinelander Police Captain Ron Lueneburg says officers will be enforcing traffic safety while kids are out on the streets. 

“Just making sure that people are able to cross the street safely, and that no one is speeding through the residential areas and things like that.”

The extra patrols will be out between 4 and 7 pm Halloween night.  Lueneburg says the department hopes for another safe year of trick-or-treating. 

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Allegedly fled Marshfield hospital
7:48 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Man Arrested After Hospital Escape

An 18 year old Lac du Flambeau man has been captured early Wednesday by authorities after an escape and chase.

Vilas County deputies report Jeffrey Bauman, Jr. walked away from St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield late Tuesday evening. Bauman was taken there last Friday from the Vilas County Jail after saying he had paralysis to his lower body. About 12:40 this morning, Lac du Flambeau police saw Bauman in a car and pursued him. Bauman crashed the vehicle and fled on foot. He was captured about three this morning without incident.

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Home for Entrepreneurs
5:07 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

New Incubator Opens For Business(es)

A new business incubator in Vilas County is opening its doors.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A new business incubator has opened in Eagle River.  The project space off Highway 70 is focused on helping start-up manufacturing businesses.

The new Business Park is a partnership between Vilas County Economic Development Corporation and the Juday family.  The idea is to provide affordable space and help new businesses share resources. 

Dave Juday says his family has a history of community investment, and he was looking for a way to help the business climate. 

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Keeping the Burden Off Taxpayers
4:39 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

City Official Will Talk Tax Districts in Madison

Ken Krall interviews Alex Young.
Credit starjournalnow.com

A Rhinelander city council member will testify before an Assembly committee today on a bill that could have a large impact on city taxpayers. 

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Forest county
1:16 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Partnership Designed To Give Businesses Access To Money

Jim Schuessler
Credit Forest County Economic Development Partnership

A recent partnership should mean more money for business development in Forest county. That word from Jim Schuessler of Forest County Economic Development Partnership.

Schuessler says the state agency the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is asking groups to regionalize to create larger pools of funds. He says Forest county decided to join the Central Wisconsin Economic Development loan fund. Schuessler says that alignment allows for access to millions of dollars of funds for Forest county...

 

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Critical Access Hospitals
10:44 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Federal Budget Problems Stall Cuts For Some Rural Hospitals

Langlade Hospital Antigo
Credit langladehospital.org

For now, a move to cut a subsidy critical for some Northwoods hospitals has been put to the back burner says a hospital group spokesperson.

In August, the Wisconsin Hospital Association put out alarm bells about funding for "Critical Access Hospitals". A federal Health and Human Services Inspector General recommended removing critical access hospitals from Medicare payment status. The money from the federal budget helps the most rural of hospitals maintain service and without it, experts say, it could end service in those communities.

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Families Will See Fewer Dollars
4:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Foodshare Benefits Go Down Friday

Families will see a few less dollars on their EBT card starting next month.
Credit Robert Neff

Thousands of people will see their Foodshare benefits go down starting Friday.  It’s because a temporary federal program that began in 2009 is ending. 

The American Recovery Act gave people extra food stamp money during the economic downturn.  It raised maximum Foodshare benefits by more 13 percent when the federal law took effect.

But Claire Smith, spokesperson for the state Department of Health Services, says the impact won’t be as dramatic when the extra benefits expire November 1st. 

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Mix of Jazz, Blues and Swing
4:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Randy Sabien: "Not Quite Like the Beatles"

Randy Sabien's style is a combination of blues, jazz and swing.
Credit Randy Sabien

WXPR’s Fall Concert and Auction is coming up this weekend.  It features music by Randy Sabien, accompanied by cellist Ed Willet.  

  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski called up Sabien to find out a little more about his musical style and history.

More from our conversation with Randy Sabien: On the importance of teaching, and how he was influenced by Western Swing music.

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