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Top DNR officials to attend
3:35 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Second Powell Marsh Listening Session Planned

Credit emsun.org

The DNR is sponsoring a listening session this month on the future direction of the 4,800 acre Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area in Vilas county.

 

DNR Regional Program Manager Mike Zeckmeister says the the process of revising the master plan for the area near Manitowish Waters began in August. A meeting was held at the Manitowish Waters town hall. He says they decided to do a second meeting...

 

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Golden Harvest To Build New Store
3:24 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

RAFP Eyeing Golden Harvest Store For New Facility

Guy Hansen(right)
Credit rhinelanderareafoodpantry.org

After eight years serving the public on Rhinelander's north side, the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is hoping to move into the current Golden Harvest store on Coon Street.

Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hansen says they've been looking for a new place for almost two years. The former Rueckert's grocery story is in need of about $150,000 in repairs and Hansen says another property can be found for about the same money. He says negotiations for the Golden Harvest building are nearing completion...

 

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Budget frozen for next year
3:16 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Towns, City Reject Rhinelander Library Budget Increase

Rhinelander District Library
Credit Natalie Jablonski-WXPR

No increase in budget could result in fewer employees and reduced hours at the Rhinelander District Library.

The government partners voted no to a $40,000 increase during an arbitration hearing this week. If the towns of Newbold, Pine Lake, Crescent, and Pelican, along with the city of Rhinelander object to a proposed budget, they can ask for a hearing. . The government partners voted against the increase. Oneida County also helps with funding. Hughes says the library's budget is close to $900,000.

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A Skeptical View
4:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Retired Mining Engineer Wary of GTac Plans

Controversy continues to simmer over a proposed iron mine in northern Wisconsin’s Penokee Range.  Gogebic Taconite is currently waiting for approval to do bulk sampling of more than 4000 tons of rock.  And the company hasn’t even begun what would likely be a multi-year permitting process to open a mine.  But one retired mining engineer is wondering if there’s enough ore to mine profitably in the first place.  

One thing is clear: Jack Parker’s career in the mining industry has given him a hefty resume in the business. 

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Asbestos found in building
4:58 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Rhinelander Moving Forward On Former Lindey Property

Credit WXPR news

The former Lindey Cleaners in Rhinelander could eventually be leveled and more parking put in it's place.

That outcome started in motion this week when a Rhinelander city committee approved the money to hire consultants to look at what needs to be done to clean up the long-time dry cleaning company property. City Administrator Blaine Oborn says there could be more than one environmental problem at the site...

 

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Groundbreaking possibly in spring
3:56 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Chicago Foundation Puts Olson Library Drive Over Goal

Walter E. Olson Memorial Library
Credit librarytechnology.org

A $1.6 million dollar grant from a Chicago Foundation has propelled the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library renovation project past it's financial goal.

The Tawani Foundation money is said to be paid over five years.

Capital committee co-chair Phil Jensen says they have been hoping to hear from the foundation...

 

",.,.it's something we've been working on for the better part of a year. Our first contact with them was last winter just about January. We've been in conversation with them ever since..."

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Eighth Graders Consider Manufacturing Careers
3:31 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

"Heavy Metal" Appeals to Students

Northwoods 8th graders learn welding on the "Tour"
Credit Terry Rutlin-Nicolet College

WXPR's Ken Krall took a look at the future with some Northwoods 8th graders  at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. He took the "Heavy Metal Tour."

Not a rock band, but a job fair of sorts: the "Heavy Metal Tour" is sponsored by Nicolet College,  North Central Technical College, 27 manufacturing employers, and boards and alliances.

Rene Daniels from North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board says the goal is to give 8th graders a look at careers they might not have considered.

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Public welcome
2:31 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Rural School Task Force Meets First In Rhinelander

Rural Task Force meeting at RHS
Credit rhinelander.k12.wi.us

Rhinelander  will host the first of four statewide public hearings on the future of rural schools.

Chaired by state Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander, the task force was called by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to look at challenges unique to rural education.

Swearingen says the Task Force is the result of a visit to the Capitol by Rhinelander school district representatives. He said the visit made an impression on Voss...

 

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Keeping the Chill Away
12:30 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Before Winter, Make Sure the Heat is On

A moratorium on winter shutoffs begins November 1st.
Credit Naijamayor

With winter on its way, the Public Service Commission is telling residents who may be behind on utility payments to get connected.  

Starting November 1st, there is a moratorium on utility shutoffs – that means companies can’t cut off service until mid-April, even if customers don’t pay their bills.  But PSC spokesperson Carrie Templeton says for that rule to apply, you must start off the season as a customer in good standing.

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Changes way to oppose use of images
3:58 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

GLITC Opposes Changes In School Mascot Law

Credit glitc.org

The Wisconsin legislature is considering changes to a law that could soften rules concerning racially-based mascots and logos at schools. The bill would require a school district have at least ten percent of the district's members support the change. The bill also puts the burden on the person filing the complaint to prove that the mascot or logo proved harmful, and give a 120 day time limit to the process.

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