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Charges unknown at this point
3:29 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Brief Skirmish Led To Death Says Police Chief

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A brief skirmish in a downtown Rhinelander bar led to the death of a man early New Year's day, another man being injured with a third man involved.

Police Chief Michael Steffes says the person who died at Sackett's Bar on Brown Street was 48 year old James R. Tanner. The injured man was 62 year old John Klucarich. Both are from Rhinelander.

Steffes says Tanner and Klucarich were having a conversation when witnesses say Tanner threw a punch...

 

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Expanding Job Opportunities
2:31 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Construction Training Program Welcomes Less Traditional Workers

Construction is a male-dominated profession, but a local jobs nonprofit is trying to broaden the pool.
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A job training program is looking to help women and minorities join the construction trade.   

The Transportation Alliance for New Solutions- or TRANS program - starts later this month.  Coordinator Kim Kircher says the 120-hour course will cover everything from math skills to hands-on use of tools.    

“We try to prepare them for a trade in the construction field.  They have speakers come in – we have contractors come in, they have mock interviews, they do a resume.”

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86 cents of each dollar stays locally
11:45 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Weather Affected 2013 Rhinelander Bell Ringing

Rhinelander area bell ringer
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Bell ringers for the Salvation Army faced brutal temperatures this year to raise money for local charitable needs. Ken Krall talked with Kim Swisher, a coordinator for the Rhinelander area efforts, about the results of this year's campaign.  

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Over Two Months On the Water
4:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Mississippi Paddler Returns from 70-Day Trip

Eleven paddlers traveled down the Mississippi to get a new perspective on the river.
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A Northwoods paddler has returned from a canoe trip down the Mississippi.  

Eric Immeler and ten others left in September to paddle from the Mississippi headwaters to New Orleans.  The group interviewed the people they met along the way about the role the river plays in their lives.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Immeler about his reflections on the journey that ended two days before Thanksgiving.

The trip was organized by the environmental education group Wild River Academy. 

Eric Immeler grew up in Woodruff and now lives in Minneapolis.  

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No longer made
3:28 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Phasing Out 60 and 40 Watt Incandescent Light Bulbs

Lights out on the 40 and 60 watt'ers
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2014 begins the next "phase" of slowly eliminating incandescent light bulbs.

A new federal law ends the production of 60 and 40 watt bulbs. A prior law already has banned the production of 100 and 75 watt bulbs.

The federal government wants consumers to move to the more energy efficient halogen or compact flourescent bulbs.

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Coordinate in event like Oak Creek
3:18 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Northwoods Emergency Response Team Proposed

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Rhinelander Police Chief Michael Steffes would like to see emergency responders ready to go if there's an incident in the city.

There's a proposal before the city council to authorize their portion of the North Central Emergency Response Team. The planning would enable officers to more quickly respond to an emergency...

 

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Early New Year's day
11:09 am
Wed January 1, 2014

One Person Dead, Another Injured In Downtown Rhinelander

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One person has died and another was injured in an early Wednesday morning disturbance at a downtown Rhinelander tavern.

Rhinelander Police Chief Michael Steffes reports they were called shortly after midnight to Sackett's Bar at 66 North Brown Street. When officers arrived, two individuals were on the floor. A 48 year old man died at the scene. The other person on the floor was transported to Ministry-St. Mary's Hospital for treatment.

Family members are being notified before the deceased person's name is released.

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Cold snap continues
3:04 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Don't Forget Pets And Your Safety In The Bitter Cold

Even the Iditarod dogs are protected
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The cold snap can cause problems for not only humans but pets and a Division of Emergency Management spokesperson says just because they have fur doesn't mean they're cold-proof.

Tod Pritchard says there are a few things to remember....

"....dogs and cats can get frostbitten ears, and nose and of course their paws are especially vulnerable to not only the cold but to other things like salt we put down on our sidewalk, and to anti-freeze which people know is very deadly to pets and that sometimes can leak out...."

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E-cigs not F.D.A. approved to end smoking
9:52 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Bill Would Make E-Cigarettes Legal In Bars, Restaurants

E-cigarette designed to look like a filtered tobacco cigarette
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A bill in the Wisconsin Senate would update the language in Wisconsin's statewide smoking ban to make electronic cigarettes legal in public places. An e-cigarette is a device operated by a battery where the user inhales a water vapor. The user also inhales nicotine in the draw. The devices don't have the restrictions of tobacco cigarettes, which are banned in public places.

Oneida County Public Health Tobacco Coordinator Niki Kostrova says the feds have not yet approved them as a smoking cessation device....

 

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Slower than anticipated
1:14 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Wisconsin's Economic Indicators Show Growth

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Even though unemployment in the Northwoods remains stubborly high compared to other parts of the state, an economist says leading indicators are pointing up.

Scott Hodek is based in Eau Claire for the Department of Workforce Development.

Hodek says they look at the numbers like the manufacturing work week and inventories...

 

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