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First meeting in Rhinlelander
4:02 am
Sat September 14, 2013

Swearingen To Chair Legislative Panel On Rural Schools

Rep. Rob Swearingen (34th Assembly) Rhinelander
Credit legis.wisconsin.gov

State Representative Rob Swearingen has been asked to Chair the Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools.


The Rhinelander Republican was appointed by Speaker Robin Vos to study issues like schools financial stability, declining enrollment and transportation needs that are unique to most rural school districts.


He says he went along with a group of Rhinelander school officials to Madison several weeks ago to talk to legislators and officials about rural school problems...


 

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FCC to rule
4:01 am
Sat September 14, 2013

Loss Of Landlines Feared In Rural Wisconsin

Credit electronics.howstuffworks.com

A bi-partisan group of legislators is pushing a bill to require telephone companies keep land lines instead of dumping them for only cellphone coverage.


Talking from a landline on her farm in the hills of western Wisconsin, the bill's author...State Senator Kathleen Vinehout says at her place, cell coverage is spotty, just like across much of northern Wisconsin. Consumers with only one phone company had protections up to two years ago...


 

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Construction likely this fall
4:00 am
Sat September 14, 2013

Helipad Proceeds at Howard Young In Woodruff

Credit co.oneida.wi.gov

Unless there's an unexpected circuit court challenge, Ministry Health Care has gotten approval to construct a new helicopter pad at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff.


Ministry officials have sought to build the upgraded helipad for 10 months. Oneida County's Planning and Development committee approved a conditional use permit, but that permit was challenged by the town of Woodruff. Last week a board that hears county land use appeals, the Board of Adjustment, also approved the conditional use permit.

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Art From An Age Gone By
6:04 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Botanical Photogravures Hang in New Glass-Walled Gallery

New work is up at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander.  It’s the first show since the gallery has built a glass wall for the front gallery.   That newly finished room now features black-and white images from German photographer Karl Blossfeldt.  President of the Board of Directors Ken Juon says Blossfeldt invented his own camera in order to take close-up pictures of natural forms. 

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Most pass first time
4:18 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Nicolet College EMT's, Firefighters At High Percentage

Credit Nicolet Area Techincal College


Nicolet College is turning out a new batch of EMTs and state certified firefighters. 25 out of 26 students passed the most recent national certification for Emergency Management Technicians. 17 out of 18 passed the state's practical firefighting exam. Director of public safety and campus security Jason Goeldner says a new curriculum helped bring in the high passing rates.


 

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Public hearing this week
5:08 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Bill Would Allow Bake Goods To Be Sold Like "Pickle Bill"

Credit lafayetteurbanministry.org

Four years ago the Wisconsin legislature loosened restrictions on selling canning at places like Farmer's Markets. It was called the "Pickle Bill". Now a move is on to allow baked goods to be sold in a similar way.


The Assembly's Small Business Development Committee heard testimony this week on a bill allowing the selling of homemade baked goods like breads, muffins and cookies without the usual permit.

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Still faces possible long prison term
4:53 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Attempted Homicide Charge Dropped For Crandon Man

A Crandon man has had an attempted first degree homicide charge dropped, but still could see substantial time behind bars.


22 year old Dakota Tuckwab was one of six men charged in Forest countyfollowing a melee at a Mole Lake home in February of 2012. A man and a woman were lured to the home. The man escaped out a window after being beaten and stabbed, while the woman escaped out of a room in which she was tied up.

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Parade Friday evening
1:43 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

As Riders Arrive, MDA A Focus Of Fall Ride In Tomahawk

Credit rumblinpride.com

The annual Fall Ride is underway in Tomahawk, an effort to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association led by one of it's top contributors, Harley Davidson Motorcycles, with a plant in Tomahawk.


40,000 visitors are expected and the sound of motorcycles across the Northwoods will be heard most of the weekend.


Director Tamra Anderson from the Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce says while all the visitors bring a surge to the local businesses, there is a reason for the ride...


 

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The DOT's "REF" At Fall Ride
12:22 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Thousands Of Motorcycles, One Simulator

Tomahawk Fall Ride
Credit traveltomahawk.com

The Ref has arrived in the Northwoods...and we're not talking about a football game.


The Transportable High-End Rider Education Facility...THE REF...is operated by the state DOT's Motorcycle Safety Program.


With the Fall Ride in Tomahawk expecting to attract 40,000 people this weekend, many on motorcycles, DOT officials bring the motorcycle simulator and trainer to give people a perspective on motorcycles and safety.


Spokesperson Peggy Drinsinger says the idea is to cut down on accidents with more education...


 

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Mining Example in Michigan
4:00 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Can a Community Keep a Mine Safe for the Environment?

Mine Superintendent John Mason drives out of Eagle Mine.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

On the shores of Lake Superior, the nonprofit Superior Watershed Partnership has spent years working to protect and restore watersheds around Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 

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