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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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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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