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Troubling Trend
3:26 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Activist Equates Solitary Confinement to Torture

The Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Woodruff September 15 is hosting a speaker who says the way prisoners are housed in prolonged solitary confinement in this country amounts to a form of torture.

Linda Gustitus is President of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.

Today, one out of every 100 American adults is behind bars and many are in solitary. Gustitus talked with WXPR News Director Ken Krall about the increased use of solitary confinement that has caught the attention of some rights activists.

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Northern Wisconsin walks underway
2:29 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Alzheimer's Disease Affects 5 Million Americans

Credit alz.org

September is a busy time for Alzheimer's Associations across Wisconsin and the rest of the U.S. with fundraising walks.


Area chapter spokesperson Diana Butz(butts) says nationally, nearly 600 walks take place this time of year....


 



"....we use these events to increase awareness and funding for Alzheimers programs and research. And right here in our chapter area we have 30 walks taking place throughout northern and northeast Wisconsin...."

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Doesn't get paid for council meetings
1:35 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Glitch In Rules Discovered For Rhinelander Mayor's Pay

Rhinelander city hall
Credit royalbroil/commons.wikimedia.org

What Finance committee chair Mark Pelletier calls a "glitch" has been discovered concerning how Rhinelander pays its mayor.


The part-time mayor gets paid $1,000 a month, plus travel expenses when he or she is representing the city, plus per diem for committee meetings attended, same as council members. While the mayor doesn't vote during committee meetings, he or she gathers in the information. The mayor is often the point person with the public.


But Pelletier says one very important meeting has been left off....


 

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Religious freedom vs. local control
8:51 am
Tue September 10, 2013

U.S. 7th Circuit To Hear Oneida County Case

Squash Lake, Oneida county
Credit lakeplace.com

A federal appeals court is hearing an Oneida county case involving a local government's ability to regulate private property designated for religious purposes.


 

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Shifting Patterns of Development
4:00 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Documenting Land Use Change, Around the World

Radeloff looks at satellite images like this one of the Rospuda Valley, Poland.
Credit NASA Landsat

We turn now to a conversation with Volker Radeloff, a University of Wisconsin Professor who studies how land use policy affects wildlife.  

Radeloff was the guest at last week’s Science on Tap discussion at the Minocqua Brewing Company.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski caught up with him afterwards.  

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Mistake leads to arbitration hearing
7:36 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Health Costs Put Hurdle In Way Of Rhinelander Dist. Library

Credit Natalie Jablonski-WXPR

The Rhinelander city council has voted to send the Rhinelander District library's budget to the town partners for arbitration.


Library Director Ed Hughes told the council while preparing the budget, they noticed they should have been paying more for health insurance...


 



"...we were caught last year by surprise. We weren't covering some people that needed to be covered by insurance. It was an honest mistake, but it's costing us $40,000 to $42,000 a year..."

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A Finnicky Plant
6:08 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Sparse Season For Lac du Flambeau Wild Rice

Wild rice production may have already peaked in the Lac du Flambeau area.
Credit Superior National Forest

Wild rice production looks below average in the Lac du Flambeau reservation area.  

Scott Smith and the other two wild rice chiefs for the Lac du Flambeau reservation check lakes daily to monitor the rice as it ripens.  Smith says the peak of the harvest has probably already passed. 

“Usually 5 to 10 percent ripens per day.  So there are a few lakes left that still have rice – where it’s more dense, they still have rice to harvest.”

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Traveling South
5:59 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

DNR Says, Help a Songbird Out

Songbirds like the baltimore oriole can benefit from bird feeders and backyard habitat.
Credit Dick Daniels

Early fall marks the annual migration of songbirds as they begin to pass through Wisconsin, heading south for the winter.  

The Department of Natural Resources says homeowners can help the warblers, thrushes and other songbirds on their arduous journey by helping supply food sources and habitat.  Wildlife Biologist Ryan Brady says small backyard changes can actually make a big difference.             

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Lake regulations on cellphone
4:10 am
Sat September 7, 2013

DNR Mobile Phone Link For Anglers

Cellphones and fishing
Credit gizmodo.com

Anglers with mobile phones can grab information on inland fishing lake regulations.


The DNR is out with a new mobile-friendly website.


Fisheries biologist Joanna Griffin says the DNR completed an inland lake regulation database. With a little tweeking, the database was setup for portable phone use...


 

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Looks like lily pads
4:08 am
Sat September 7, 2013

Another Aquatic Invasive Pulled From Forest County Lake

Yellow Floating Heart
Credit Oregon.gov

Add Yellow Floating Heart to the growing list of aquatic invasive species in the Northwoods.


Recently a group pulled the lily-pad-like invasive from Gordon Lake in Forest county.


Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species coordinator Michele Sadauskas


says like many invasives, the plant is a fast-grower....

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