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Open-pit mine bill
10:40 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Conservation Group Gives Northwoods Legislator Low Grades

Open-pit iron ore mine
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One Northwoods legislator has gotten low marks from a conservation group.

The League of Conservation Voters each year rates how the legislature votes on conservation-related issues. League Program Director Anne Sayers says overall it was a mixed session for conservation. She says half  of the pro-conservation bills supported by them were signed into law. Conservation interests were successful three-fourths of the time in halting what they saw as anti-conservation measures. Sayers says this shows public pressure can change things..

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Gathering Data By Night
4:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Citizen Bat Monitors: Turning Up the Volume On Silence

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The deadly bat disease called white nose syndrome was found in Wisconsin earlier this year.  That’s bad news for bats, but it hasn’t stopped the Department of Natural Resources from investing in bat monitoring efforts.  In fact, biologists say collecting data on bats is more important than ever.  

At nightfall on the end of a pier in Eagle River, DNR Biologist Paul White is standing with his arm outstretched, rubbing his fingers together. 

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Pledge Drive
2:55 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

WXPR Summer Pledge Drive Drawing Official Rules and Regulations

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During our Summer Pledge Drive your pledge automatically enters you into a drawing to win a stand up paddleboard from Chequamegon Adventure Company! 

WXPR’s Pledge Drive Drawing
Official Rules and Regulations

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Would be first public landing
3:55 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Public Meeting On Adding Public Landing At Mercer Lake Set

A public information meeting is set for July 12 on a DNR proposal for a public landing on state owned land on Mercer Lake about five miles west of Woodruff. Currently there's private resort access to the lake. Public access includes a carry-in location at the Mercer Creek culvert and undeveloped pathways across state land.
Fisheries biologist John Kubisiak says the state owns 54  acres on the lake and they've put together a draft plan to put in a public boat ramp...

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Gun control not answer says Kippers
3:05 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

School Safety Key Education Issue: WEAC Leader

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Increased safety following the many tragic incidents at schools across the nation is a priority,  says a state teacher's union leader.

A Racine physical education teacher, Betsy Kippers in President of the Wisconsin Education Association Council. Speaking from a national meeting last week, Kippers says educators across the country want to find workable safety solutions, but were disappointed Congress didn't act....

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Jump start on career
2:47 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

High School Students Get Technical Degrees

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Thirty-three area high school students recently got a jump on college and careers in health care by graduating from Nicolet College's Certified Nursing Assistant program. What's unique  is  all of the students completed the program by taking Nicolet classes  held  in their high schools. State officials and educators have been working on ways for high school students to gain technical college credits while still in high school as a way to jump-start a career.

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Adults fared better in harsh winter
2:38 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Young Deer Have Highest Winter Mortality

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Deer in southern Wisconsin fared better after our recent harsh winter than deer in the Northwoods...especially young deer. That assessment from car-deer killed studies and radio-collar studies done by the DNR.

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Says Income Security Key Issue
2:29 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Westlund Walks The 7th Congressional District

Kelly Westlund
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Friday she worked four Fourth of July  parades  located in the 7th Congressional District.  She walked Rhinelander's holiday parade among them.

Democrat Kelly Westlund of Ashland is challenging incumbent Republican Sean Duffy from Weston for a seat in Congress.

Westlund says she's been talking about a variety of issues...

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Deficit in Medicaid fund
9:42 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Report Decries Not Taking Federal Medicaid Money

A report by the Democratic-leaning Citizen Action of Wisconsin challenges Governor Scott Walker's refusal to accept federal Medicaid money for BadgerCare has resulted in higher health insurance costs here than elsewhere.

During a media call with reporters this week, Citizen Action Director Robert Kraig said with increased transparency from Obamacare, they were able to gather data  on what other states are paying versus here. He says three conclusions came out of the data..

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A Journey to the West Coast
4:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Northwoods Author Tours Book By Bike

Author Brian Benson is touring his new book, "Going Somewhere" on his bicycle.
Credit Andrew Dressel

Brian Benson grew up in the Northwoods and has written a memoir about a bike trip he took from Wisconsin to Portland Oregon.  Now he’s touring with his book around the Midwest…also by bike. 

In his book Benson describes how after college, unable to decide on the one thing he wanted to do with his life, he took a backpacking trip through Central America.  As he tells WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski, in Guatemala he fell for a woman named Rachel…who led him down the cycling path. 

           

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