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A Journey to the West Coast
4:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Northwoods Author Tours Book By Bike

Author Brian Benson is touring his new book, "Going Somewhere" on his bicycle.
Credit Andrew Dressel

Brian Benson grew up in the Northwoods and has written a memoir about a bike trip he took from Wisconsin to Portland Oregon.  Now he’s touring with his book around the Midwest…also by bike. 

In his book Benson describes how after college, unable to decide on the one thing he wanted to do with his life, he took a backpacking trip through Central America.  As he tells WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski, in Guatemala he fell for a woman named Rachel…who led him down the cycling path. 

           

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Black Flies Hinder Reproductive Success
5:43 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Loon Chicks Likely To Number Forty Percent Fewer

Northwoods loons continue to feel the effects of black fly swarms earlier this year.
Credit Mike Baird via https://flic.kr/p/JAwGP

Loons are still feeling the impact from swarms of black flies that drove most pairs from their nests earlier this year.  There’s likely to be a 40 percent drop in the number of chicks compared to last year.

Thanks to the black flies, more than two thirds of loons in a study abandoned their first attempt at a nest.  Researcher Walter Piper of the Loon Project says even though most have by this time made a second attempt, reproduction is way behind. 

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Bicyclists get discount
3:21 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Bicyclists Show Vilas Co. Businesses Their Green

Credit Great Headwaters Trails

Bicyclists in the Northwoods have an opportunity to show  their preferred recreation has an economic impact.

Vilas Bike Bands offer green, silicon wristbands to participants purchased from participating businesses in Vilas county.

Great Headwaters Trails spokesperson Jeff Currie says in February they talked with area businesses in the process of applying for state grant to fund trail construction. From those meetings the idea for the wristband took hold...

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Embezzlement from Northwoods Animal Hospital
3:12 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Arbor Vitae Woman Bound Over For Trial

Brenda J. Wigglesworth
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A former office manager at Northwoods Animal Hospital in Minocqua has been bound over for trial.

47 year old Brenda J. Wigglesworth of Arbor Vitae is charged with theft from a business over $10,000. The criminal complaint says  Wigglesworth allegedly started writing improper checks in 2008. She was employed at the animal hospital until 2013. Investigators say the amount of money allegedly improperly written to her is in the tens of thousands of dollars.

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Interpretations of History
4:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Sculptures Line Ironwood's Aurora Loop

Credit Monie Shackleford / WXPR News

Miners Memorial Heritage Park in Ironwood, Michigan, unveiled a new art exhibit last weekend.  As WXPR Contributor Monie Shackleford reports, artists unveiled twelve temporary outdoor pieces along a one-mile trail called the Aurora Loop.  

The one mile loop winds through forests and meadows, and many of the art pieces have a natural theme and use natural materials.  When Amy Anderson heard about the plans for Art in the Park, she had an immediate idea of what she would create.

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Four decades of development
5:24 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Hiawatha-Bearskin State Trail Nearing Completion

Bearskin Trail
Credit wi.dnr.gov

A popular state hiking, biking and snowmobile trail in Lincoln and Oneida counties will soon be finished and when that happens, users can go from Tomahawk to Minocqua on the trail.

The Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce announced the first phase of the Hiawatha-Bearskin Trail in nearing completion. The 18 mile Bearskin trail was completed in the 1970's and the Hiawatha Trail portion in 1989. The trails use a former railroad bed. There is a six-mile section being completed that will link the two trails  says spokesperson Jim Wise...

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Another committe, county board need to approve
5:10 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Vilas Committee Signs Off On Phelps ATV Request

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In 2004, Vilas county voters said they did not want the county to allow ATV trails on county lands and forests. Two years ago, the town of Phelps approved an ordinance allowing the ATV's on town roads, but needed approval by Vilas county to use county road "A", a key route. The county board rejected Phelps' request then.  Recently the town board approved a similar request as the one two years ago and again forwarded it to Vilas county.

One of two Vilas county committees has approved the town's request and sent it onto the other.

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Visiting the Northwoods
4:35 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Walker Says Science Should Decide EPA's Mining Involvement

Governor Scott Walker spoke at a luncheon Wednesday hosted by the Oneida County Republican party.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Governor Scott Walker says he hopes the EPA won’t intervene based on political reasons to stop an iron mine permitting process from moving forward. 

Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes have asked the federal agency to step in before the state DNR or the Army Corps of Engineers reviews a proposed mine in the Penokee Hills.  The tribes say water quality and fisheries protected by treaty rights are at stake.

Stopping in Rhinelander today, Governor Walker said state laws offer strong environmental protections.

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Foul play not suspected
3:12 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Human Remains Near Rhinelander Identified

The skeletal remains found near Rhinelander earlier this week have been identified.

The Oneida County Sheriff's office says the remains are  Steven Boron of Oneida county. He was 54 years old at the time of his death. Boron was reported as absconding from his probation and parole in May, 2013.

Officials say no foul play is suspected in Boron's death.

The remains were discovered in a wooded area near Lake Julia in the town of Pelican. The Sheriff's department and the Medical Examiner are investigating circumstances surrounding Boron's death.

Residents Go to Polls July 29th
4:55 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Crandon Mayor to Face Single Challenger in Recall Election

Over two hundred people signed a petition in favor of a recall election for Mayor Rob Jaeger.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

There will be just two candidates to choose from when Crandon residents vote in a recall election for mayor on Tuesday July 29th. 

Citing political differences, a citizen gathered over 200 signatures on a petition asking for a recall of Crandon Mayor Rob Jaeger.

But there was some confusion as to whether it would actually happen, when last week the City Council voted not to call for an election.

Spokesperson for the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board Reid Magney says it wasn’t optional. 

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