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Risk of Carbon Monoxide Exposure
2:01 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Furnace Maintenance Cuts Down on Health Risks

Wisconsin Public Service is urging homeowners to get their furnaces checked to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
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The early cold snap has residents cranking up their furnaces. A Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson offers a reminder to think about maintaining that furnace, to prevent a possibly fatal build-up of carbon monoxide.

News Director Ken Krall talks with Leah Van Zile.

Van Zile says chimneys should be checked to make sure critters haven't taken up residence in them and preventing good ventilation.

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A Case of Influential Public Comment
12:00 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Wednesday: Natural Resources Board to Consider Van Vliet Changes

DNR's management plan for a small portion of the Van Vliets drew substantial public comment.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The state Natural Resources Board is set to decide Wednesday on a plan for the Van Vliet Hemlocks.  DNR officials are recommending the mostly old-growth parcel be managed with as little involvement as possible. 

The agency had originally planned to do some cutting on part of the site that didn’t fit the old-growth profile.  But after overwhelming public comment, the DNR changed its plan to passive management for the entire site. 

Chief DNR state forester Paul Delong says he doesn’t know whether the Natural Resources Board will approve the recommendation. 

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Deer Trustee Public Hearing
11:19 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Possible Northwoods Holiday Deer Hunt Concerns Snowmobilers

Deer in winter
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The DNR is hosting a series of public hearings on the Deer Trustee report and changes proposed for hunters. But one possibility is concerning Northwoods snowmobilers.

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One person killed
9:16 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Homicide Charges Filed In Oneida County Motorcycle Death

A motorcyclist is charged in the drunk driving death of another biker during last month's Harley-Davidson Fall Ride at Tomahawk. 50-year-old Lynette Haman Elkhorn is due in Oneida County Circuit Court November 18th. She's charged with two felony counts of causing homicide by drunk driving, and with a prohibited blood alcohol content. Sheriff's officials said Haman's motorcycle turned left in the path of an oncoming bike at an intersection north of Tomahawk on September 13th.

Spider Lake bridge
9:07 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Crash Detours Traffic On U.S. 51 In Vilas County

A semi-tractor trailer crash on U.S. 51 this morning is forcing the re-routing of traffic in Vilas county.

Sheriff Joe Fath says U.S. 51 will be closed at the Spider Lake bridge after the mishap. He says power lines are across the road. The power company is at the accident scene making repairs. Fath expected traffic to be detoured into the early afternoon.

Czech Tradition
4:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Kolaches: Pastries Filled With Family History

Kolaches are a traditional Czech pastry.
Credit Jessica Samuelson / WXPR News

Many communities in the Northwoods are descended from eastern European immigrants.  

Those with a Czech background may be familiar with the traditional pasties called kolaches.  WXPR Contributor Jessica Samuelson wanted to hold onto that piece of cultural history, so she went to visit her grandmother, Alice Klimesh.

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Rebounding Housing Market
2:34 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Up North, Slower Recovery for Some Home Markets

Home sales are on the upswing in Wisconsin, but the picture is more varied for the north.
Credit Casey Konstantín

Homes prices in some northern counties are not quite keeping pace with the rest of the state.  

The Wisconsin Realtors Association says statewide, median home prices went up almost eight percent in the first three quarters of this year.  But in Forest County, prices dropped almost 40 percent. 

Dave Clark, economist for the Wisconsin Realtors Association, says don’t panic.  Statistics in the northern part of the state tend to be more volatile.  There’s a smaller dataset and a wider mix of the types of homes that sell from year to year.

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How to Minimize ATV Risk
4:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

ATV Safety Classes Could Reduce Deaths

Oneida County Deputy Brad Fogerty says ATV use is on the rise.
Credit Robert Thigpen

With ATV deaths hitting a high mark this year, ATV safety certification may be more important than ever.

Oneida County Sheriff’s Department helps put on ATV safety classes four times a year.  Deputy Brad Fogerty says his classes emphasize rules and regulations. 

“Rules of the road.  And what causes the majority of the crashes.  In every class I pull out the fatality sheet, and we actually go through each of them, and look at, this is how people are getting hurt, this is how people are dying riding an ATV.  And a lot of it is just basic safety rules. 

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Running Out of Space
4:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Eagle River Police Have Loan, Still Need Contractor for Remodel

The Eagle River Police Department is getting a loan to pay for renovations. Police chief Mark Vander Bloomen says the department wants to create more space for evidence storage.  Right now there’s just one small room.

“We identified that we’ve basically used up our evidence storage area.  We’re running out of room.  A lot of that has to do with DNA evidence – we’re having to keep certain kinds of evidence for longer periods of time.”

Vander Bloomen says the building also needs some security upgrades. 

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Checking In With Constituents
4:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Lawmakers Listening to You

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State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst and three Northwoods members of the Assembly are hosting listening sessions October 28 through the 30th.

Tiffany will be joining Rob Swearingen, Jeff Mursau and Mary Czaja.

Tiffany says the 12th Senate District is among the largest geographically in the state with a diverse set of issues.

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