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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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City council approves
6:12 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Snowmobiles On Eagle River Streets For First Time

Credit sno-eagles.org

For the first time ... snowmobiles will operate legally within the City of Eagle River, officially known as the Snowmobile Capital of the World. ..


Tuesday night, the Eagle River City Council passed a snowmobile ordinance that establishes rules and routes for operating snowmobiles within the confines of the city.


Ken Storms, president of the Sno-Eagles snowmobile club, the driving force behind the ordinance:


 



"....I think it was a very good move and we're very please it did get passed...."

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International travel a focus
2:55 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Mole Lake To Host 2015 Native American Tourism Conference

Credit en.wikipedia.org

The Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Community in Forest county has been selected to host an event in 2015 that continues to highlight the growing interest in Native American tourism.


The Native American Tourism of Wisconsin conference travels each year to another of the 11 state tribal sites.


NATOW vice-chairwoman and Mole Lake Lodge and Conference Center Manager Carmen McGeshick says the gathering each year is designed to raise tourism awareness. The consortium recently took a step forward with the hiring of a new director...


 

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Recent Iron County Citizen's Forum meeting
2:22 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

More Water Data Needed For Mine EIS

Bad River Watershed
Credit basineducation.uwex.edu

There's been a call to gather data over a longer period of time to see the impact of mining on water bodies near the proposed G-TAC (Gogebic Taconite) mine.


At a recent Iron County Citizen's Forum, Matt Hudson from Northland College in Ashland and Tony Janisch from the Bad River Watershed Association made presentations about the need for more science before a decision is made on mining.


Terry Daulton from the Citizen's Forum says Hudson talked about the need to gather data...


 

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Double the 2012 numbers
2:14 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

More Hunting Dogs Killed That Mix With Wolves

Credit ifaw.org

20 hunting dogs have been killed since July as they come into contact with wolves.


Typically, the dogs are trained to hunt bear in July and August. During that time, the dogs are in the woods and come into contact with wolves who have young, especially near what are called rendezvous sites.


DNR Large Carnivore Specialist David MacFarland says the depredation numbers are up...


 

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New Exhibition Opens This Week
4:00 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Photography and Antiques at Nicolet

Photos in the new exhibit at the Nicolet College Gallery range in subject from heirloom tomatoes to adobe structures.
Credit Karen Isebrands Brown

A new show is set to open at the Nicolet College Gallery.  

It features photography by Karen Isebrands Brown, plus antique domestic artifacts.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Isebrands Brown to talk about the show.

That opening is from 5-7 Thursday, September 12th.

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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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