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9:10 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Lac du Flambeau Primary Election Results

Credit Lac du Flambeau Chamber of Commerce

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa held a primary election yesterday for contested positions for Secretary, Treasurer and tribal council. The winners include:


For Secretary...Jamie Armstrong and Victoria A. Doud.


For Treasurer...Barry LeSieur and Mary Peterson.


Candidates who will be on the October ballot for tribal council include....Terry "Fred" Allen, Eric Chapman, Sr.,Betty Jo Graveen,Alice K. Soulier,Henry "Butch" St. Germaine, Sr.,Joseph G. Wildcat, Sr.,Vivian "Luci" Wolfe, and Racquel Zortman-Bell.

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Back to School
4:00 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

As Classes Begin, Superintendent Hopes for Smooth Transport

As school buses prepare to roll out, Rhinelander District Schools Superintendent Kelli Jacobi hopes for a smooth first day.
Credit Don O'Brien

It's time for the first day of school.  

Rhinelander School District Superintendent Kelli Jacobi plans to visit all district schools in the first two weeks of classes.  She’s hoping school bus logistics will run more smoothly than last year. 

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Selected For Waterfowl and Pheasant Stamps
3:39 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Lake Tomahawk Artist Selected Twice For Stamps

2014 Wisconsin Duck Stamp by Caleb Metrich
Credit Wisconsin DNR

A 30 year old Lake Tomahawk artist has been selected to place not one, but two of three prints placed on Wisconsin conservation wildlife stamps. This is the fifth time in the history of the three stamp design contests that the same artist has painted the winning design for both the pheasant and waterfowl stamps.


Caleb Metrich is a mostly self-taught artist with a love of the outdoors. Previously, he also won the state turkey stamp, and was named "Artist of the Year" by Ducks Unlimited. He says he's honed his craft by trial and error...


 

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Anticipating the ACA
3:34 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Health Insurance Rates May Rise, Especially for Young People

JP Wieske gave an overview of how the Affordable Care Act will affect community members.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

State officials visited Rhinelander today to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act.  

About 30 people gathered in the conference room of the public safety complex in hopes of clearing up often-hazy understandings of changes to come.  One of those people was Mike Barnes, who says he and his wife purchase their own insurance. 

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Science on Tap is Back
3:28 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Science on Tap Brings Overseas Adventure Stories

Land-use research often relies on satellite images, like this one of Yaroslavl, Russia.
Credit NASA

After a summer hiatus Science on Tap is resuming Wednesday, with a discussion of land use…but with a bit of a world traveler twist.

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Missing since February
3:25 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Remains Found Near Antigo Identified

Langlade county officials have released the identity of a person found dead west of Antigo August 22nd.


Sheriff Bill Greening reports the skeletal remains were identified through dental records at 77 year old Leonard Allen Peth of Antigo. The remains were found at Western Road and Hazel Road just west of Antigo.


Sheriff Greening says the Langlade County Coroner has ruled the cause of death as undetermined, although no foul play is suspected. Peth was last seen in Antigo in February of 2013.

More than a million dollars to be cut
3:17 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

OC Board Begins Debate On Projected Deficit

Supervisors Sonny Paszak(L) and Greg Berard and the rest of the Oneida County Board in special session 9/3
Credit WXPR

The Oneida county board has begun what could be some tough budget meetings.


Administration committee chair David Hintz says the county is looking at a $1.1 million deficit out of a $50 million routine budget.


Some department heads were called in to talk about capital projects including more road building, fixing problems in county buildings and aging equipment that needs updating among others. Buildings and Grounds Director LuAnn Brunette said the projects for that department could be in the neighborhood of $500,000 alone if the board went ahead with them.

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Early morning and afternoon
4:02 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Drivers Asked To Be Alert As School Begins

Kids on the way to school
Credit futurity.org

County health departments treat the ills of the public, but they also are concerned about the safety of children to and from school.


Public Health Nurse Rob Deede in Oneida county says while walking can be a great way for kids to get some exercise, drivers should be cautious...


 

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A Long Day's Ride
4:00 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Bike Path Expands to 33 Miles

Part of the newly-paved section runs parallel to Highway M.
Credit Pete Rondello

Cyclists can now enjoy over 30 miles of paved bike trails in Vilas County.  

The town of Boulder Junction has finished an expansion of the bike trail system that connects Boulder Junction, Sayner and St. Germaine.  Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Theresa Smith is hoping the expanded trail will be a boost for tourism.              

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A Convenient Location
4:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

School Lends Space to Sheriff's Department

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department is opening a new office station at an elementary school.  Deputies will use a room at the Northwoods Community Elementary School as a stopping point to take care of administrative tasks.  No suspects will be brought to the location.  County Sheriff Grady Hartman says the new office on Highway K will help the department have a stronger presence on the west side of the county. 

“We get a high call volume especially around Highway 51.  And we needed a place where the officers could stop or take care of personal business.” 

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