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$6.00 per month increase request
2:37 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Wisconsin Public Service Asks For Rate Request

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Wisconsin Public Service electric customers are being asked to pay eight-percent more to keep their lights on next year.

The utility said today that it asked state regulators for a rate hike that would charge the average residential customer six-dollars more per month.

WPS' Rate Case Consultant Pat Campshure says there are several different reasons for the rate increase...

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More passengers flying out
2:25 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Harsh Winter Sends Northwoods Residents Flying

Warmer days at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport
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The long, cold, nasty winter had one positive side effect: more people got on flights out of Rhinelander for warmer places.

That assessment about passenger boarding for the first quarter of 2014 from Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport manager Joe Brauer...

"...actually our passenger enplanements are looking good. We're probably up about 20 percent as far as departures out of here, and we're up about 10 percent for people deplaning here at the airport...."

Brauer has a suspicion as to why the numbers were up in the bitter cold season...

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Preventing Spread of Pathogen
11:29 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Avoid Oak Wilt: Don't Prune Too Soon

If an oak tree rapidly loses its leaves, it could be due to oak wilt.
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Now that it’s April, experts say don't prune oak trees until after July…if you want to keep them safe from the oak wilt pathogen.  Oak wilt is a deadly fungus that gets transmitted through tiny sap beetles. 

DNR Forest Health specialist Brian Schwingle says oak wilt works in a similar way as Dutch elm disease, which devastated North American elm populations in the 20th century.  Both are fungal diseases spread through beetles.  But Schwingle says out of the two, oak wilt is much easier to prevent. 

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Many local races
4:10 am
Tue April 1, 2014

It's Election Day

Election Day 1922
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The first Tuesday in April brings Wisconsin voters to the polls for the spring election.

There are many local races on the ballot today.

In Forest county, a judge  will be elected between incumbent Leon Stenz and challenger Robert Kennedy, Jr. In White Lake, voters will decide whether to exceed state mandated revenue limits for three more years.

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Community and Student Submissions
3:00 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Nicolet Project to Feature Daily Poems This Month

Nicolet College is celebrating National Poetry Month with a poem a day. 

The Poetry Project invites students and community members to submit original poems.  They’ll be featured on the project’s website

Nicolet instructor and Project Coordinator Ocie Kilgus says the idea came from wanting to build community on campus. 

“Because we all share that common theme of trying to understand ourselves and others, and life in general.  The reading of poetry gives us that kind of insight to common experiences.” 

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Wildlife Matters - Rabbits Across the Northwoods
9:32 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Rabbitat: By A Hare

Snowshoe hare
Credit Karl Friedrich Herhold

Today we have the next installment from Wisconsin DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz as part of his regular contribution "Wildlife Matters". 

Today he tells us about a key member of the food chain.

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Fill in two underserved areas
4:44 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Grants Requested To Build More Vilas Co. Broadband

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Vilas County Economic Development Corporation has applied for a state grant to build more fast internet service.

Barry McLeane manages the Corporation's business incubators and sits on their board. He says they've applied to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for part of a half-million dollar pool of grant money. They've forged a public-private partnership as he explains...

 

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Exceed state revenue limits
4:24 am
Mon March 31, 2014

White Lake Voters To Decide On School Referendum

One school district in the Northwoods has a referendum on tomorrow's spring ballot Tuesday.

White Lake school district in Langlade county is asking voters to spend $250,000 above the state-imposed cap limits each of the next three years. If approved, that referendum would replace a three-year, $200,000 request approved in 2011.

District Administrator Bill Fisher says voters in the district have a track record of supporting this type of referendum.....

 

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Current, past judges contend
4:19 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Charges, Rebuttals In Hotly Contested Forest Co. Judge Race

Forest Co. courthouse
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The past and current judge would like the next term leading circuit court in Forest and Florence counties.

Incumbent Leon Stenz is being challenged by Robert Kennedy, Jr. whom Stenz defeated in 2008. Kennedy won election in 2002 . Kennedy has been in private practice.

Kennedy says during his term, he made the county more money in revenue than Judge Stenz...

"...I was a better manager"...

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Arts & Life
5:14 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Hacked Email Can Lead to Stolen Identity

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A Harshaw woman warns others that email is not a secure way of transmitting information. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down  with Elaine Strite to hear the story.

Elaine Strite  says her email account was hacked earlier this year when she opened an unsafe attachment. The hackers were then able access emails she sent years ago…containing personal information and bank account numbers.

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