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11:04 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Vander Puy Responds To Sen. Tiffany's Voting Complaint

Flags at the Harvest Camp in Iron Co.
Credit Natalie Jablonski

A member of the Harvest Camp near the proposed Gogebic Taconite mine in Iron county says he went through the proper process to vote as a homeless person.

Thursday, State Senator Tom Tiffany filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board and Attorney General, saying Nick Vander Puy allegedly improperly voted in the town of Anderson on April 1.

Vander Puy says the complaint is without merit....

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Engineering the Bounce
4:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

In Mercer, A Basketball Court is Born

Action Floor Systems is based in Mercer, Wisconsin.
Natalie Jablonski WXPR News

With the Final Four coming up this weekend, many people's eyes will be glued to the basketball courts.  But have you ever thought about where those court floors come from? Most of the country’s wooden gym floors are made here in northern Wisconsin and upper Michigan. 

Here in the small town of Mercer, Wisconsin, a gym floor starts with unloading a pallet of maple planks delivered from a sawmill.

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Change in demographics
5:55 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Jobless Numbers Go Up In February

TVA workers
Credit Lewis Hine-commons.wikimedia.org

There was an uptick in jobless claims in February for both Wisconsin and the Northwoods, but a state economist says changes in the workforce plays a part.

Scott Hodek from the Department of Workforce Development says the labor force is in a state of flux...

 

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Iron Co. election
5:47 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Tiffany Files State Complaint Against Voter

State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst has filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board concerning a person who voted April 1, in the town of Anderson, Iron County. Tiffany authored the mining bill enabling a company to begin exploring for iron ore in the Penokee Hills of Iron and Ashland counties.

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Multiple Issues At Stake
4:27 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Iron County Elections Yield No Clear Message On Mining

Ten seats were contested in this week's Iron County board elections; three challengers prevailed.
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Challengers won three seats in this week’s Iron County board elections.  The wins come despite campaign advertising by a billionaire-backed political advocacy group.

Americans for Prosperity labeled Victor Ouimette, Brad Matson, and Karl Krall as anti-mine activists on a recent mailing.   All three won seats on the county board in this week’s election, beating out incumbents. 

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Ice, heavy snow
10:41 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Winter Mindset Asked As Early Spring Storm Arrives

Ice coated trees
Credit Analogue Kid en.wikipedia.org

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Northwoods for Thursday and Friday until 7 p.m. The National Weather Service says there could be a mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and later inches of heavy wet snow, especially in the Lake Superior snowbelt and portions of Vilas, Iron and Price counties.

Dawn Robinson from Oneida County Emergency Management says this storm should put you back into a "winter" mindset...

"....it is winter so lets be a little prepared so we reduce the amount of damage or effects it may have on us...."

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History Afield
4:00 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Trapping in the Blood: the Carl Schels Story

Young Carl Schels in the wilderness.
Credit Wisconsin Historical Society

When the stock market crashed in late 1929, ushering in the Great Depression, the prosperity of the 1920’s screeched to a halt.  As factories and mills closed their doors, millions of Americans found themselves unemployed.  

In today’s History Afield, WXPR Contributor Bob Willging tells the story of one man who left Chicago during the Depression to make his mark in the Northwoods.

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Full city council has final decision
6:36 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Rhinelander AODA Facility Exception Denied

Neighbors listening to CBRF proposal at city hall
Credit WXPR

The city of Rhinelander's Planning  Commission has rejected a request to place an 8-bed Community Based Residential Facility at 835 West Phillip St, across from West Park. But the rejection is only advisory, and the final decision will go to the full city council.

60 people attended the meeting, with only one person speaking in favor of the facility.

The state Department of Corrections recommended another alcohol and drug abuse treatment facility in Rhinelander. The state contracted with Attic Correctional Services to provide the program.

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Updates and Changes
4:09 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Deer Will Be Included at Spring Hearings

After a tough winter, the state of the deer herd will be one topic of discussion at the DNR's spring hearings.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Deer enthusiasts may want to attend the DNR’s spring hearings on fish and game.  For the first time, the hearings will also include updates on deer herd status after a grueling winter, as well as hunting regulations. 

DNR District Wildlife Supervisor Mike Zeckmeister says it’s a good chance to check in with the public. 

“It should be a great opportunity to give a quick update on what the deer herd is looking like in their particular county, and also to be able to give a really good briefing on changes to the deer season as a result of the deer trustee report.”

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Raising Larger Fingerlings
4:01 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Tribal Fish Hatcheries Receive Walleye Grants

The DNR wants to help hatcheries raise larger fingerlings for stocking efforts.
Credit Eric Engbretson / US Fish and Wildlife Service

Fish hatcheries in Mole Lake and Lac du Flambeau will be getting money from the DNR to raise larger walleye fingerlings.  It's part of a round of grants to nine hatcheries statewide totaling $2 million.

  

  The Wisconsin DNR wants to stock lakes with bigger walleye fingerlings, because they have higher survival rates.  This round of grant money will pay for infrastructure like ponds and tanks….that will allow hatcheries to raise more of those 6 to 8 inch fingerlings.

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