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Prospective Tourism Dollars
3:22 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Nonprofit Gathers Support for ATV Park

Nonprofit President John Schnorr says the park would accommodate more than just ATVs.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A nonprofit group is working to build a 10,000 acre off-road vehicle park in Forest County.  The group says it would have a $28 million annual impact. 

President of Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Incorporated John Schnorr says it would meet a sizable demand for off-road recreation.  And he notes the park would be open year-round.

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Affordable Care Act Not Changing VA Health Plans
2:17 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

VA Health Services Staying Open, Not Changing

Veterans’ health services are not being affected by the government shutdown.  Iron Mountain VA Health Center spokesman Brad Nelson says other aspects of Veterans Affairs may be impacted, but clinics and health services are funded well in advance.

“We already have advance appropriations for 2014, so we’re remaining fully open in that regard.  So we are not impacted by this current lapse in appropriations.”

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Left a work detail Tuesday
11:36 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Inmate Sought After Leaving Camp McNaughton

Todd Brecht
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Authorities continue to search for an inmate who walked away from the Camp McNaughton State Prison in Lake Tomahawk Tuesday evening.

54 year old Todd Brecht walked away from a job site on Highway 70 in Vilas county.

Oneida County Sheriff Grady Hartman says Brecht is 5'6" tall, 160 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Camp McNaughton is a minimum security facility. Authorities say if you have any information on Brecht to call your local law enforcement agency.

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775 votes cast
9:21 am
Wed October 2, 2013

LDF Officers And Council Members Elected

Credit Lac Du Flambeau Tribal Communications

Lac du Flambeau tribal voters yesterday elected four of eight candidates to the tribal council and elected a secretary and treasurer.

The top four candidates for the council were Henry "Butch" St. Germaine with 363 votes, Alice Soulier with 330 votes, Betty Jo Graveen with 323, and Eric Chapman, Sr. with 292.

Jamie Armstrong defeated Vicki Doud for Secretary and Mary Peterson defeated Barry LeSieur(lah-soor) for Treasurer. There were a total of 307 write-in votes in all races that did not affect the outcomes.

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Broadband Could Boost Business
4:48 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Broadband Gap is Educational, Not Just Structural

Laying fiber optic cable in a rural area can be difficult and expensive.
Credit Robert Ashworth

Providing broadband access is about more than just building infrastructure; education is also needed. 

That’s the message from Tithi Chattopadhyay, Broadband Chair for the state Public Service Commission.  She says people who don’t have access may not realize what they’re missing - especially when it comes to business owners. 

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Searching for Sustainability
4:40 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

New Models for Conservation Could Mean New Jobs

Paul Robbins argues that certain kinds of agriculture like coffee farming can support a diverse ecosystem.
Credit Tarrazu via Wikimedia Commons

What do frog populations in India have to do with hunting in the northwoods? 

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New Statewide Numbers
4:18 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Domestic Violence Real in Northern Wisconsin

A new report says 89 deaths in Wisconsin were the result of domestic violence in the past two years. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. WXPR News Director Ken Krall spoke with Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault's Shellie Holmes about the report from the statewide advocacy group End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. She says the report is numbers, but the people involved are real as are the impacts.

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Next year is #50
4:01 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

10,000 Attend Beef-A-Rama

Credit eatwisconsin.wordpress.com

 

There were plenty of beef roasts, one Weinermobile and lots of visitors.

It's the last description that makes the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce folks happy. The 49th annual Beef-A-Rama celebration found large crowds and generally good weather with a bit of rain.

Director Kim Baltus...

 

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Changing Education
10:18 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Going Mobile at Nicolet College

Nicolet has a plan to develop new mobile classrooms.
Credit Christopher Sessums / WXPR News

Nicolet College will put together two mobile classrooms by next year.  

The project is thanks to a grant from the federal department of labor, totaling almost three-quarters of a million dollars.  Nicolet President Libby Burmaster says the classrooms will serve as a new kind of educational platform.

“And so instead of students traveling to campus, we’re taking some of the classroom instruction to them, which is gonna make training in these credentials available to people in a whole new way.”

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Long-Anticipated Start Date
9:44 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Opening Day For Health Exchange

It’s launch day for Wisconsin’s health exchange.  Individuals will be able to compare and shop for health insurance plans online.  One of the many questions raised by changes to the health care system…is what will happen to private insurance agents…now that people have easy access to purchase insurance directly.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down called up private insurance agent Brian Diel, and found out he’s not too worried.

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