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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
Credit Kelly Westlund For Congress

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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Black Flies Hinder Reproductive Success
5:43 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Loon Chicks Likely To Number Forty Percent Fewer

Northwoods loons continue to feel the effects of black fly swarms earlier this year.
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Loons are still feeling the impact from swarms of black flies that drove most pairs from their nests earlier this year.  There’s likely to be a 40 percent drop in the number of chicks compared to last year.

Thanks to the black flies, more than two thirds of loons in a study abandoned their first attempt at a nest.  Researcher Walter Piper of the Loon Project says even though most have by this time made a second attempt, reproduction is way behind. 

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Bicyclists get discount
3:21 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Bicyclists Show Vilas Co. Businesses Their Green

Credit Great Headwaters Trails

Bicyclists in the Northwoods have an opportunity to show  their preferred recreation has an economic impact.

Vilas Bike Bands offer green, silicon wristbands to participants purchased from participating businesses in Vilas county.

Great Headwaters Trails spokesperson Jeff Currie says in February they talked with area businesses in the process of applying for state grant to fund trail construction. From those meetings the idea for the wristband took hold...

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Embezzlement from Northwoods Animal Hospital
3:12 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Arbor Vitae Woman Bound Over For Trial

Brenda J. Wigglesworth
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A former office manager at Northwoods Animal Hospital in Minocqua has been bound over for trial.

47 year old Brenda J. Wigglesworth of Arbor Vitae is charged with theft from a business over $10,000. The criminal complaint says  Wigglesworth allegedly started writing improper checks in 2008. She was employed at the animal hospital until 2013. Investigators say the amount of money allegedly improperly written to her is in the tens of thousands of dollars.

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Interpretations of History
4:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Sculptures Line Ironwood's Aurora Loop

Credit Monie Shackleford / WXPR News

Miners Memorial Heritage Park in Ironwood, Michigan, unveiled a new art exhibit last weekend.  As WXPR Contributor Monie Shackleford reports, artists unveiled twelve temporary outdoor pieces along a one-mile trail called the Aurora Loop.  

The one mile loop winds through forests and meadows, and many of the art pieces have a natural theme and use natural materials.  When Amy Anderson heard about the plans for Art in the Park, she had an immediate idea of what she would create.

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Four decades of development
5:24 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Hiawatha-Bearskin State Trail Nearing Completion

Bearskin Trail
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A popular state hiking, biking and snowmobile trail in Lincoln and Oneida counties will soon be finished and when that happens, users can go from Tomahawk to Minocqua on the trail.

The Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce announced the first phase of the Hiawatha-Bearskin Trail in nearing completion. The 18 mile Bearskin trail was completed in the 1970's and the Hiawatha Trail portion in 1989. The trails use a former railroad bed. There is a six-mile section being completed that will link the two trails  says spokesperson Jim Wise...

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