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New Year's Day bar altercation
4:23 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Autopsy Shows Fractured Sternum Caused Man's Death

Credit WXPR

An autopsy on a Rhinelander man who died early New Year's Day after an altercation has been released.

48 year old James R. Tanner died in the ambulance outside Sackett's bar on Brown Street in Rhinelander. Police Chief Michael Steffes said minutes before Tanner had allegedly thrown a punch at 62 year old John A. Klucarich. Chief Steffes says a disc jockey at bar, 59 year old Gregory Dryden, allegedly grabbed Tanner and directed him toward the bar then put him on the floor. Klucarich received less serious injuries.

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Signing Up For Care
4:10 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Helping With Insurance Enrollment

A health insurance sign-up session was fully booked Wednesday in Rhinelander.  Application counselors from Bridge Clinic in Wausau were on hand to walk people through the process of enrolling in the online exchange. 

Though a fickle internet connection was a frustration, at mid-day AyLee Her said he’d already helped three people sign up. 

“We are gonna be on the clock every hour.  So we’re hoping we don’t have any technical issues.  We should be able to get individuals enrolled within that hour and go on to the next individual.”

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Single-Stream Recycling
4:04 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

New Recycling Sorter Opens in Eagle River

Single-stream recycling may become more common, now that a new sorting facility has opened in Eagle River.
Credit Michael Cote

Recycling may be getting easier, for some in the Northwoods.  Eagle River Waste and Recycling has completed a new sorting facility, that separates different kinds of recyclable materials.

Jenni Raats is the company’s account manager.  She says customers in Eagle River…won’t have to sort their recyclables any longer.

“We’ve made recycling so much easier for all our customers.  You can take all materials, glass, plastic, tin, aluminum, paper, cardboard – even small kitchen appliances, toasters and things like that.  Put them all loosely in one container.”

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Tuesday stop in Rhinelander
2:46 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Burke Says Walker Hasn't Created More Jobs

Democrat Mary Burke
Credit burkeforwisconsin.com

The only declared Democrat running for Governor stopped in Rhinelander Tuesday to deliver the message that she can defeat  incumbent Republican Scott Walker.

Mary Burke is the former Commerce Secretary under then Governor Jim Doyle and was an executive with Trek Bicycle from Waterloo, a company founded by her father.

Burke outlined a number of stances including, what she would have done differently to balance the state budget...

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More than Just Footprints in the Snow
9:27 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Wolf Trackers: Gathering All the Clues

Wisconsin’s rising wolf population has sparked controversy over the years.  It’s also sparked a one-of-a-kind program for keeping tabs on those wolves…a volunteer carnivore tracking program run by the DNR. 

These citizen trackers are quietly helping create one of the best tracking datasets on wolves in the world. 

"So the idea is, pattern on the ground, visualization in the mind, any questions on that?"

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More than two feet of snow
4:11 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Ski Conditions: Like February in December

Cross country ski trails are in great shape this winter.
Credit Tim Gillin

The frigid weather may have kept skiers indoors for a few days…but otherwise this season’s conditions have been prime for cross country skiing. 

Tim Collins, Director of Minocqua Winter Park says the park had its biggest day ever the Saturday after Christmas. 

“We had over a thousand people out at Winter Park, on Saturday December 28.  And the numbers before and after were very close.  So all of our trails, 100 kilometers of ski and snowshoe trails have been groomed to perfection this season.”

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Prices at five-year high
3:52 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Propane Supply Under Pressure

Propane prices are up, and supply is under pressure.
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With the cold winter we’ve been having, those heating with propane may be wincing at the cost of filling a tank.  Prices this winter are up more than 60 cents since this time last year.

A gallon of propane in Wisconsin right now costs an average of $2.15, according to the US Energy Information Administration.  Last January, that price was closer to a dollar fifty.

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First weekend has vintage snowmobiles
3:38 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Thousands Coming To Eagle River For Vintage Racing

Snowmobile running on the Mississippi River near Hastings, Minnesota, 1910.
Credit Minnesota Historical Society

The cold weather has been a concern for some, but the cold has helped promoters get the 51st World Championship Snowmobile Derby track ready in Eagle River.

The event begins Thursday through Sunday with vintage snowmobile races, with the World Championship racing competition the following weekend.

Track owner and coordinator Chuck Decker says the cold has given them a boost...

 

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Salvation Army Northwoods totals
11:50 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Mother Nature, Calendar and Internet Slowed Donations

Credit Rhinelander Salvation Army

The fundraising totals across the Northwoods were down during this years Salvation Army bell-ringing time. Ken Krall reports Mother Nature, the calendar and the Internet worked against the effort this year.

Salvation Army spokesperson Tom Bremer) oversees the collections for the Northwoods.....

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Carnivores in the Northwoods
4:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Wolves, Cougars and Bears, Oh My

Bear hunting is popular in Wisconsin, with record numbers being harvested last year.
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Dave MacFarland is a large carnivore specialist with the Wisconsin DNR.  He coordinates the state’s wolf and bear management plan, plus its cougar response team.  

He’s also the guest at this week’s Science on Tap discussion at the Minocqua Brewing Company.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with him about what carnivore management looks like in the state.  

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