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Taking to the Streets
2:37 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Firefighters Hope to "Fill the Boot" for Muscular Dystrophy

About fifteen firefighters from the Rhinelander Fire Department are hoping to raise money for muscular dystrophy.
Credit Natalie Jablonski

Firefighters are lining the streets of an intersection in Rhinelander.  For the sixth year in a row they’re asking for donations to support kids with muscular dystrophy.

On the corner of North Stevens Street and Highway W, firefighters in yellow safety vests are holding big rubber boots full of money.  Rhinelander Fire Lieutenant Aaron Swaney says it’s a unique way to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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Under DNR review
2:18 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

New Drill Hole Requests At Proposed Penokee Mine Site

Taconite pellets
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Gogebic Taconite has filed a request with the state to renew two exploratory drilling permits for the Penokee Hills mine site.

DNR hydrologist Larry Lynch says the company has filed paperwork to renew their exploration licenses....

"....one of the renewal applications included provisions to drill six more exploration bore holes on the site. We also received a revised stormwater permit application and that application is to cover road improvement on the site....."

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Three Lakes
11:23 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Northwoods Heritage Festival Friday and Saturday

Credit Town of Three Lakes

Looking at the various nationalities and groups who make up Wisconsin is the focus of the the third annual " Northwoods Heritage Fest"  Friday and Saturday in Three Lakes.

Three Lakes Chamber Director Skip Brunswick....

".....bascially what it's about is celebrating the various heritage's here in the Northwoods. We started to do that with German, Polish, Irish , Italian and Wisconsin, U.S.A...."

Brunswick says the event is a good opportunity to explore one's heritage at a family event...

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Keeping Shorelines Wild
11:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Fish Sticks and Half-Submerged Logs: Restoring Woody Shorelines

Fallen trees and branches provide valuable habitat for wildlife.
Credit Matthew Rethaber / WXPR News

Oneida County is holding two workshops on the value of maintaining woody habitat along lake shorelines.  

Rosie Page from the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department says fallen trees and branches provide valuable habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife…but that habitat is being greatly reduced. 

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A Northwoods Institution
4:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

History Afield: Duke's Outboards

Duke Montgomery repaired and collected motors in his Boom Lake shop.
Credit Jim Montgomery

An outboard motor hung on the back of a well used fishing boat is an iconic symbol of summer in the Northwoods.  For years in the Northcentral Wisconsin lakes country of Oneida and Vilas counties, if someone had an outboard motor in need of repair, there was no question of where to take it - Duke’s Outboards.  Dukes was a Northwoods institution for more than 60 years. 

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Delta Connection popular
5:13 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Enplanements Up At Rhinelander-Oneida Co. Airport

Credit en.wikipedia.org

The number of passengers flying out of the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport is showing a sharp increase from one year ago.

Airport Director Joe Brauer says people are coming back after a low point during the Great Recession....

"....our passenger enplanements are up for the year. Our first six months was up 20 percent over the previous year. Kind of attribute that to stabilizing service here with Delta Airlines into its second year of service at our airport....."

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Other operations unchanged
5:07 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Marshfield Clinic Withdraws From Building Dental School

Marshfield Clinic
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Marshfield Clinic has scrapped a plan to build Wisconsin's second dental school and will return a ten-million dollar state grant for the project.

The clinic received the funding in 2010 to construct a new training facility in Marshfield for dentists who commit to working in rural areas.

Dr. Brian Ewert is Marshfield Clinic's Executive Director. He says the grant required the facility to be built in Marshfield....

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Staying Safe on the Water
4:22 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Paddleboarders Need to Be Visible, Bring Life Jackets

Stand up paddleboarding has been growing more and more common in the Northwoods.
Credit http://www.charlottesgotalot.com/outdoors-sports-recreation

Paddleboards are showing up more and more often on northern lakes.  With their popularity skyrocketing over the past decade, the DNR is stressing good water safety practices. 

DNR Recreational Safety Warden Mark Little says a life jacket is required when paddleboarding.    

“It doesn’t have to be worn, although we encourage you to wear it.  Most people strap it down or bungee cord it down so it’s at least with them.” 

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City leaves, towns to step up?
8:48 am
Wed July 9, 2014

More Meetings Possible On Eagle River-Library Split

Olson Library Eagle River
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Last week, the City of Eagle River closed the door on the Olson Memorial Library, imposing an August 15th deadline for finding a new fiscal agent and a new owner.

City officials and members of the council seem convinced the library’s board of trustees and its fund-raising foundation are bungling the expansion and renovation project by not following state law.

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Vilas, Forest counties
6:01 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Homicide, Child Porn Cases In Northwoods

A Manitowoc man charged with 13 counts of Possession of Child Pornography has reached a plea bargain with the state in Forest County Circuit Court.

55 year old John Lang was charged nearly a year ago after a state Department of Justice investigation.

The criminal complaint says Lang allegedly kept images of children engaging in explicit sexual conduct. The charges stem from May, 2007 in the town of Wabeno.

The investigation began with an individual in Arkansas that led investigators to Lang by checking internet connections.

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