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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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Tribal Elections
9:37 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Six Seats To Be Decided in Tribal Election

It’s election day in Lac du Flambeau.  Six tribal seats will be decided: including the secretary and treasurer, plus four councilmen.  Tribal Spokesman Brandon Thoms says there are twelve total seats on the tribal council. 

“A council person has a two year term, and those terms are staggered.  So generally every year six of those seats go up for election.”

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Forty Years of Rustic Roads
2:00 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Celebrating Roads Less Traveled

It's Rustic Roads week in Wisconsin.
Credit Randen Pederson

As fall color enters its prime, it’s Rustic Roads week. Since 1973 the state Department of Transportation given the designation to over a hundred lightly traveled roads in Wisconsin.

Rustic Roads Coordinator Jane Carrola says the program was a unique idea when it began.

"I like to refer to the Rustic Roads program as a 'Wisconsin original,'" she says. "It was a very innovative idea in 1973 and Wisconsin was one of the first states to have such a program.”

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Tribe Proactive Against Crime
10:41 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Lac du Flambeau Nets Federal Dollars for Policing

The Lac du Flambeau tribe says two federal grants will help combat crime in its community. The tribe has been awarded money for community policing totaling more than three quarters of a million dollars. The so-called COPS grants come through a federal program for tribal assistance. The larger grant will fund police equipment like hardware and uniforms. The other will pay for the hiring of at least one new person.

Tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the money will go a long way.

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Road Hazard
4:00 am
Sun September 29, 2013

Moose Appears in Rhinelander

The moose pictured above is not the one spotted in Rhinelander.
Credit Denali National Park and Preserve

Drivers may need to look out for more than just deer.  

A moose has been spotted in Rhinelander.  City Police officer Chad Brown says it was spotted by a resident about a week ago.  Responding to the call Brown tailed the moose in his squad car. He filmed the moose for several minutes.  Brown says a moose can do a lot of damage if it collides with a car.

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Practicing For An Emergency
5:40 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Emergency Managers Test the Water

Rhinelander emergency managers will be testing their ability to get water to the site of a large fire. 

Saturday officials will be testing a response system called Mutual Aid Box Alarm system or MABAS. Oneida County Emergency Management Director Ken Kortenhof says fire department crews will gather at the Rhinelander Airport.

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What A Way to Travel
5:15 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Car Meets Hot Dog

"Atta Dog Alex" peeks her head through the sunroof of the Wienermobile.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Wienermobile has arrived in the Northwoods.  

The Madison-based Oscar Meyer sends a small bus shaped like a hot dog on trips around the country.  There are two so-called hot doggers in charge of the wiener-mobile…their aliases are Atta Dog Alex and Sizzlin’ Steve.  Both in their early twenties, they say their day is spent traveling and visiting different events. 

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Healthcare Burden May Fall On Counties
12:10 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Counties Vote Against Walker's Medicaid Expansion Denial

The Wisconsin Counties Association voted this week in disapproval of the state’s rejection of extra federal funding for Medicaid.  Sarah Diedrick-Kasdorf, Senior Legislative Associate for Wisconsin Counties Association, says the vote reaffirmed a position the group has held since 2011.

“As counties, when we all have the same position, when we all talk from one voice, it really provides support for our issues.”

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An Experimental Approach
4:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Kovac's Universal Dream

A gravel lane leads to the Kovac Planetarium in Monaco, Wisconsin.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

If you’ve ever felt the urge to do something other than what’s expected of you, this story is for you.  Frank Kovac worked a factory job by day, but nurtured a passion for astronomy at night.  This is the story of a cloudy night, some glow in the dark paint, and a universal dream.

Driving down Mud Creek Road in Monaco Wisconsin, you might think you’re headed to a campground.  But in fact the gravel lane leads to Frank Kovac’s hand-made planetarium.

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Government
6:25 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Drug Arrests In Forest County

Andrew Phillips
Credit Forest County Sheriff's Department

Two arrests during an early Wednesday raid at a residence in the town of Laona. Forest county deputies and Crandon Police arrested 37 year old Andrew Phillips and 19 year old Taylor Labarge when authorities came with a search warrant shortly after 2:00 a.m.


Phillips and LaBarge were arrested for delivery and possession of cocaine, possessing marijuana and keeping a drug house.


Authorities indicate more arrests are likely.

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