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Fall in Phelps
6:02 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Scarecrows Descend on Phelps Festival

The Scarecrow Fest featured dozens of scarecrow creations from local groups.
Credit Jessica Samuelson / WXPR News

The town of Phelps hosted its annual Scarecrow Fest over the weekend.  

In addition to a pumpkin tossing and hayrides, the event featured dozens of scarecrows, each with its own personality.  WXPR contributor Jessica Samuelson brings us some sounds of the festival.

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A Question of Safety?
4:00 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Town Opposes Changes to Managed Forest Law

Gogebic Taconite's proposed mine sits off Highway 77, near the town of Anderson.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Some local officials aren’t thrilled with a state senate bill allowing Gogebic Taconite to cut off public access from its proposed mine site.  

The area sits on managed forest land, meaning property owners get a tax break if they open their land to public recreation.  Under a bill authored by Senator Tom Tiffany, GTac could close about 4000 acres and pay only a small increase in taxes, rather than a higher tax rate associated with managed forest closed to public access. 

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Middle East stability key
4:03 am
Sat September 14, 2013

Gas Prices Could Fall To $3.00 A Gallon

Credit blog.gasbuddy.com

A gas price expert says the good news is fuel prices will be dropping this fall, the bad news is U.S. drivers spent $3 billion dollars more this summer on gas than in 2012.


Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski from the website gasbuddy.com......


 

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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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