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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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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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