Middle-income residents
3:42 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

State Loan Program For Propane Users


Legislators have introduced bills creating a heating assistance loan program designed to help propane users.

In January, Governor Walker declared a state of emergency due to the propane shortage and established a $3 million loan guarantee program. Sponsors say the loans help those who can't get low-income energy assistance.

Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst was one of the bill's authors....


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Crandon daycare
3:35 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Anderson Sent To Prison On Child Sex Charges

A Crandon man will spend 11-and-a-half years in prison for molesting young children at his mother's unlicensed child care center.

A Forest County judge also told 39-year-old William Anderson to spend 12 years under extended supervision when he gets out. He must also write letters-of-apology to the victims and their families.

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Few government races reported
9:31 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

AV-W School Referendum Passes


Voters in the Arbor-Vitae Woodruff school district have passed a three year operating referendum. Unofficially, the vote total was 500 in favor, 465 opposed.

The total additional revenue is $975,000 over three years.

District Administrator Rich Vought was pleased with the outcome....

"....I think this is a good day for the students of the Arbor-Vitae Woodruff school district and the voters of AV-W showed they support the education of their youth as an investment in the future..."

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Annual Speech at Capitol
9:03 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Reacting to State of the Tribes

One Lac du Flambeau tribal member is reflecting on the importance of the annual state of the tribes address. 

Performer and tribal liaison for the state Department of Transportation Kelly Jackson says the speech is an important way for tribes to engage with state government.

“To share with our state legislators some of the key issues and mutual expectations in tribal communities.  Tribes are part of the government system in Wisconsin, so their opportunity to address the legislators is really a critical part of government relations.

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Encouraging Community Policing
8:59 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Rhinelander Police Holding Citizen Training

The Rhinelander Police Department is holding a training about law enforcement for citizens.  The Police Academy takes place one night a week for eight weeks.  Police chief Mike Steffes says the goal is to get more people thinking like police officers. 

“It’s through programs like this where citizens can really get involved in the police department and really know and understand what police officers are doing, and see life through the eyes of a police officer.” 

Steffes says it also helps community members feel more comfortable with police. 

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Negotiations to continue
4:19 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Oneida County To Counter-Offer On WPS Building

The Oneida County Board Tuesday agreed to negotiate a lease with Midwest Lease, LLC for the sale of the former WPS building near the courthouse.

The board met in closed session then announced they had authorized a number of county officials to negotiate a counter offer of $225,000 cash, with the building in "As is" condition and to close by March 31.

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ACT 10 changes process
2:14 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

New Oneida County Employee Pay System Adopted

Oneida county courthouse

By a vote of 18-0, the Oneida County Board changed the way they compensate employees.

Following the enactment of ACT 10, governments have been formulating new pay approaches after collective bargaining for most public unions was eliminated. Oneida County contracted with consultant Charles Carlson, who suggested pay scales built on market value and performance, rather than a time served basis. The adopted system enacts a new step system for non-supervisory jobs and performance based pay for supervisors. It does put caps on some pay levels.

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
7:50 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Humans Not The Only Mammals Who Slalom

This slider also has a skin-tight suit.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Today we debut a new feature: "Wildlife Matters" with DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz. The commentary looks at the animals that call the Northwoods home, and how we interact with them.

With the Olympics underway in Russia, Jeremy says  humans aren't the only ones who like to slalom.

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz. Listen for his commentaries in upcoming weeks.

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Referendum vote for AV-W
5:29 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Primary Election Day In Wisconsin


It's primary election day across the state. A few county and town races are on ballots. The most noteworthy vote comes in the Arbor Vitae-Woodruff school district.

The school board is asking voters to approve $975,000 over three years. The district recently paid off an $800,000 building debt. Officials say that repayment will nearly offset the referendum request.

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Love and a Listening Ear
5:00 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Nancy and Quincy: A Therapy Dog Story

Since her retirement, Nancy Diepenbrock has spent hours training her golden retriever Quincy to be a therapy dog.
Emily Bright WXPR News

For many people, dogs are a source of comfort and friendship.  Nancy Diepenbrock believed so strongly in the power of a dog’s presence, she helped start a therapy dog program here in the Northwoods.  

"Everybody knows Quincy," said Diepenbrock. "They can’t remember my name. As a matter of fact last week one of the kids called me Mrs. Quincy."

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