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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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Asking for More Logs
6:01 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Too Little Logging For Lumber?

Local sawmills argue there aren't enough logs being harvested in northern Wisconsin.
Credit Mike Belch

Some lumber mills in northern Wisconsin say low timber harvests from the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest are jeopardizing their businesses.  

Sue Pukall of Arbor Vitae’s Pukall Lumber says the company is sometimes forced to buy logs hauled from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which costs about $200 extra per truckload.

“Ideally we should be able to source all the logs that we need within a 50-75 mile radius of our mill.  So when we have to go up into the UP, that’s obviously a lot further than 75 miles.”

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Had face attempted homicide
4:38 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Teen Pleas To Amended Charge In Stabbing

A Lac du Flambeau teenager has entered a plea to reduced charges concerning the stabbing of his mother's boyfriend.


17 year old Christian Soulier was arrested in January after an incident at his mother's boyfriend's home in Forest county. The victim was said to have been stabbed four times.


In court Tuesday Soulier pled no contest to an amended charge of aggravated battery. Soulier's attorney Suzanne O'Neal said Soulier could be waived back into juvenile court, but she waived that possibility to move forward with the amended charge.

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Tours Northwoods
3:46 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

State PSC Chair Says Broadband A Public-Private Effort

PSC Chairman Phil Montgomery
Credit wisgov.state.wi.us

Developing better high-speed internet in the Northwoods must be a public-private partnership...so says the Chairman of the state utilitiy regulator, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.

While more highly populated areas often have sufficient broadband access, many rural areas have very slow internet if it's available at all. A group in Three Lakes is promoting the efforts of that town to show how they were able to get access to most of their residents.

PSC Chair Phil Montgomery says the way faster internet will get to underserved areas is through local action...

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Northwoods growth not as rapid
3:00 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Home Sales Continue To Rise

Homes sales on the rise
Credit invest-smart.org

Home sales and prices in Wisconsin continue to rise though the Northwoods isn't rising as fast as some regions.


Economist David Clark works with the Wisconsin Realtors Association...


 



"...when you look at August, the existing state sales were up about 13 percent and that's a good solid number in a month(August) that is a pretty high-volume month...median prices were up about 6.3 percent..."

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August shooting in Rhinelander
12:12 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Alsteens Bound Over For Trial

Marcus Alsteens
Credit Oneida county

A Rhinelander man has been bound over for trial for the shooting of a relative.


23 year old Marcus Alsteens is charged with attempted first-degree homicide for the August 12 incident at a home he shared with his uncle, Justin Alsteens. Police allege a fight over doing housechores led to the shooting.

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40,000 people expected
9:48 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Volunteers Needed For CranberryFest

The cranberry harvest
Credit netstate.com

Volunteers are the lifeblood of many Northwoods events and Eagle River's main fall event needs some people to step forward.

The 34th Annual CranberryFest is set for the weekend of October 5 and 6 at the Vilas County Fairgrounds in Eagle River.

Chamber of Commerce Events Coordinator Kim Emerson says preparations are moving forward, but they need a few more hands...

 

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