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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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Another production record
5:05 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Cranberry Crop Nearing Harvest

Massachusetts used to be the top cranberry producing state. About two decades ago Wisconsin over took Massachusetts and now the Badger state is poised for another record crop.


Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association Executive Director Tom Lochner says this years cold spring and unusual summer weather didn't slow down production....


 

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Investigation Still In Progress
6:41 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Missing Woman's Remains Found; Cause of Death TBD

Vilas County authorities are still waiting to determine cause of death for a woman whose remains were found in the woods last week. 55-year-old Sandra Schinke of Sayner went missing in 17 months ago in the Northern Highland Forest.  Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says forensic evidence helped make the positive ID.

“The teeth were intact in the jaw at the scene as part of the remains.  So we utilized a forensic anthropologist and dental records that we had obtained from Mr. Schinke when his wife went missing.”

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Water Worries
6:38 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Well Drilling Regulations Up for Committee Hearing

A proposed state Senate bill would change the approval process for commercial wells.
Credit Klimek Bros Well Drilling

A bill limiting the DNR’s power over high capacity wells is up for a hearing in a Senate committee Wednesday.  

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Public Access Controversy
6:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Managed Forest Exception Tabled For Now, But Still In the Works

Credit Mark Sadowski

A state lawmaker says he’ll keep working on a bill that would allow Gogebic Taconite to restrict public access to the site of a proposed iron mine.  Right now the area is open to public recreation under the managed forest program.  

After pulling the legislation from the Senate calendar, Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst says he’ll make revisions in hopes of getting the votes he needs.

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Weinermobile to lead parade
5:30 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Beef-A-Rama Comes To Minocqua For 49th Year

The Weinermobile To Lead Beef-A-Rama's "Parade of Beef"
Credit rrstar.com

More than 15 thousand people will gather in Minocqua next weekend to pay tribute to.... the beef roast.


For the 49th time, Minocqua merchants say thank you to customers and travelers with "Beef-A-Rama". Initially held in the spring to lure those going fishing, the event moved to the fall and features beef, a parade, crafts, music and demonstrations.


Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim Baltus says the event is a favorite...


 

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A Pesky Problem
4:00 am
Sun September 22, 2013

Mosquito Madness, Even in Autumn?

Wisconsin is home to more than 50 varieties of mosquito.
Credit E. A. Goeldi

Despite several nights of frost in the past week, some Northern Wisconsin residents are still plagued by the telltale buzz of mosquitoes.  How does a mosquito survive in cold temperatures?

Common knowledge holds that once nighttime temperatures dip into the 30s, mosquito populations drop off.  But that didn’t seem to be happening last week.  Susan Paskewitz, a mosquito expert at the University of Wisconsin Madison, says it’s possible most of the still-active mosquitoes are newly formed.

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