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Alcohol a factor in half of deaths
2:02 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

ATV Deaths Concern DNR Officials

Credit world-of-atvs.com

An ATV operator's death in Sawyer county last week has drawn attention to a growing number of deaths this year.

DNR Conservation Warden Todd Schaller says 18 people have lost their lives in ATV-UTV mishaps. He says some similiarities come out of the accident reports...

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Increasing River Access
2:00 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

DNR Funds Rhinelander Boat Landing

The City of Rhinelander plans to build a boat landing on a stretch of the Wisconsin River that's relatively undeveloped.
Credit Joshua Mayer

The city of Rhinelander is getting funds to pay for a new boat landing.  

More than $400,000 are coming in from DNR and federal grants.  City Parks and Grounds Director Gunder Paulson says the launch will be at the site of an old DNR ranger station.

“We’re calling this the Boyce Drive boat landing.  It’s right by Shephard  Park.  And it’s at the confluence of the Pelican and Wisconsin Rivers.  Very beautiful spot.”

The project will consist of piers and a paved boat launch area.  It will also include bathrooms and a parking lot. 

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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
12:38 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Penokee Asbestos Worries Grow

Grunerite is found in various parts of Northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The above sample was photographed at the Michigamme Mine in Marquette County.
Credit Leon Hupperichs

Asbestos found in rock near a proposed iron mine is raising questions about mine safety, especially for workers.  

A Northland College professor says he found a mineral called grunerite sandwiched between layers of iron ore. 

Geoscience Professor Tom Fitz says grunerite does not always take the form of the long slender fibers that characterize asbestos.  But he says in this case, it does. 

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Seasonal Northwoods Festival
12:14 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Cranberryfest Mostly Undaunted By Rain

Cranberryfest typically brings 40,000 visitors to Eagle River
Credit Liz West

The weather didn't cooperate as desired, but an organizer for Cranberryfest in Eagle River said the event went well. 

The event is held the first weekend in October at the Vilas County Fairgrounds.  The Chamber of Commerce's Kim Emerson talked to WXPR's Ken Krall about the two-day event.

Emerson says volunteers were again critical to the success of Cranberryfest and she thanked them all.

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Shooting in Rhinelander
11:47 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Alsteens Pleads Not Guilty

Marcus Alsteens
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A Rhinelander man charged with attempted homicide charge has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

24 year old Marcus Alsteens was arrested after a September 13 shooting incident at a home on Mason Street he shared with a cousin. Justin Alsteens was hospitalized but is recovering.

Alsteens is charged with attempted first degree homicide, aggravated battery, negligent handling of a weapon and injury by negligent use of a weapon, all charges have an additional domestic abuse provision.

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A Controversial Hunt
4:59 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Second Wolf Season Draws Near

Up to 251 wolves can be harvested in Wisconsin this year.
Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The state’s wolf hunting season begins next week.  People hoping to harvest a wolf have already applied for and received their permit.

About 2500 permits were awarded in mid-August based on a lottery system.  DNR Carnivore Specialist  David MacFarland says the number of applications dropped from 20,000 last year, to less than 17,000 this year. 

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Seasonal Festival Approaches
4:16 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Three Lakes Pumpkin Fest Coming Up

Pumpkin Fest is coming up in Three Lakes.
Credit Kam Abbott

Cranberry Fest is over.  But if you’re ready for another fall celebration, Pumpkin Fest is coming up this weekend.  

  The Three Lakes Fire Department Auxiliary puts on the annual festival to raise money for the fire department.  Spokesperson Spokesperson Mary Babich says last year the group was able to purchase a special boat motor, so crews can fight fires from the water. 

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State Education Awards
4:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Local Schools Recognized for Achievement

Wisconsin's School Superintendent is giving awards to 167 schools.
Credit Lyn Lomasi

Several Northwoods schools are receiving state awards for student performance and improvement.  

Wisconsin School Superintendent Tony Evers will honor those schools at a statehouse ceremony Tuesday at noon.  North Lakeland Elementary and Crandon Elementary are both being recognized for high progress. 

Crandon Elementary principal Jamee Belland credits improvements in reading and math to the school’s use of classroom data.  She says it helps teachers tailor curriculum to students at different levels. 

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Business & Industry
3:51 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Timber Industry Vies For Lawmaker Attention

GLPTA is bringing a harvester simulator to the state capitol, to re-create the experience of cutting down a tree.
Credit Heikki Valve

Northern timber workers are heading to the capitol Wednesday, hoping to remind lawmakers of the importance of their industry.  

Advocacy group Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association is organizing the trip.  Director Henry Schoenebeck says the group plans to bus 150 people to Madison and park several logging trucks around the capitol. They’ll even bring along special virtual reality machine called a harvester operator simulator, that mimics the experience of cutting down a tree. 

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Arts & Life
10:39 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Enter WXPR's Fall Drawing

Credit Paul Moody

October 7-18

Prizes: 

Dagger Zydeco Kayak- Mel's Trading Post $500

Owen J. Gromme Signed Framed Print $500

Grand Theater Tickets (4 winners) $100

WXPR T-shirt (50 winners) $15

PLEDGE TODAY

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