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5:07 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Marshfield Clinic Withdraws From Building Dental School

Marshfield Clinic
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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.
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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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Registrations still open
4:18 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

School of Arts Classes Filling Up

Credit UW-Madison Continuing Studies

While much of this week is dedicated to the Hodag Country Festival, in less than two weeks, another multi-day event begins in Rhinelander.

The 51st School of the Arts at Rhinelander begins July 19 through the 23rd at James Williams Middle School. It's sponsored by the UW-Madison Continuing Studies Department.

The school is open to anyone with an interest in writing, music,  performing, cooking, spiritual enhancement, painting,  and other arts.

Director Lynn Tarnoff says they too have some headliners...

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Show begins Thursday
1:47 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Millions $$$$ From Country Festival Visitors

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Many of the 'FESTERS' are already in the Rhinelander area as the 37th Hodag County Festival begins Thursday. A local official says the economic impact is large.
Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Executive Dana DeMet says they have seen much increased traffic at the chamber. He says estimates are that the city's population quadruples in size for the week of the festival....

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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

Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

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

PLEDGE NOW

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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