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March 26 is Purple Day
4:57 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Wearing Purple For Epilepsy Awareness

Bryan and Lynne Wakely have learned a lot about epilepsy while raising their son Eli.
Credit Natalie Jablonski

Rhinelander students wore purple on Wednesday to spread awareness about epilepsy. 

Lynne and Bryan Wakely have an 18-year-old son named Eli who has frequent seizures.  In his case, he also needs help with daily routines, and has to be monitored 24 hours a day.  But his mom will be the first to tell you, their son nothing short of awesome. 

“He’s always, no matter how many seizures he has at night, he wakes up with a smile on his face, ready for the next day.” 

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Heroin death in Oneida county
4:46 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Lewis Sentenced To Four Years In Prison

Richard Lewis
Credit Oneida Co. Sheriff's Department

A Vilas county man will spend four years in prison for his role in the heroin death of a Rhinelander-area man in 2012.

28 year old Richard Lewis and co-defendant Jennifer Heiting , also of St. Germain, were arrested after the December, 2012 death of David Stahl. Stahl was found dead in a house in the town of Crescent from an overdose. A few weeks later Lewis and Heiting were arrested. Lewis pled guilty to First-Degree Reckless Homicide and drug delivery.

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Hopes Everyone Gets Screenings
4:00 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Northwoods Legislator Battling Cancer

State Rep. Mary Czaja(R-Irma)
Credit Wisconsin.gov

Mary Czaja is a state legislator from Irma. She's  a businesswoman with an insurance background. She's also facing cancer again after having the disease 10 years ago. 

As she told  WXPR  her story from a medical facility in Madison, she wanted to get the message out that prevention is something everyone should consider.

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Below peak years of 2005 and 2006
2:40 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Oneida Co. New Construction Shows Slight Rise

New construction
Credit en.wikipedia.org

One indicator of how the economy is doing are how many sanitary permits are issued. It appears after several tough years, new construction in Oneida county is holding it's own.

Planning and Zoning Director Karl Jenrich says 2013 saw a small increase in numbers...

".....January through December of 2013, sanitary permits that allowed the installation of the septic system were up by approximately 50 permits. New homes were up by about 3 over 2012, and about 11 from 2011....."

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Allegedly beat man, left him for wolves
1:31 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Jones Remains Jailed On $100,000 Cash Bond

Raymond Jones
Credit Forest Co. Sheriff's Department

 

One of six people charged with the attempted homicide of a man will continue with a high bond.

 March 13, bond for 45 year old Raymond Jones was set at $100,000 in Forest county court. He appeared via video from jail Wednesday, charged with attempted first-degree homicide, four other felonies and three misdemeanors.

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Exercising Treaty Rights
4:02 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

LCO Harvest Camp Says It Will Comply With County Rules, But Won't Pack Up

Lac Courte Oreilles tribal members and others have maintained a presence near a proposed iron mine since last spring.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Members of the Lac Court Oreilles Harvest Education and Learning Project plan to rotate in and out of the site to comply with Iron County rules. 

Earlier this month the Iron County Board of Supervisors gave Harvest Camp residents six business days to leave, saying they were in violation of a 14-day camping limit. 

Camp spokesperson Paul DeMain says the site will remain as it is, but longterm residents will follow the rules by leaving every two weeks for at least 24 hours. 

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Backpack Project
3:35 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Aspirus Foundation Grant Helps Fund Weekend Food Program

 The Aspirus Health Foundation in Wausau has granted the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry to support it's weekend food programs for youth. The Foundation award was $3,000. Executive Director Kalynn Pempeck says supporting the Pantry's weekend Backpack Program  fits into the Foundation's efforts...  

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Says "Blueprint" Won't Mean Much To Most
3:26 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Northwoods Democrat Says Last Session Wasn't So Rosy

State Rep. Janet Bewley(D-74th) Ashland
Credit Wisconsin.gov

  Governor Walker has been stumping the Northwoods recently talking about his Blueprint for Prosperity. A Northwoods Democrat thinks there's a whole other side to the story that hasn't been heard. Representative Janet Bewley of Ashland...whose district includes parts of Vilas and Iron counties...says while some portions of the business community did very well in the Republican-dominated legislative session, at street level, things didn't go so well...  

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin
2:15 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Key Fundraisers Coming For Mentoring Program

Credit www.bbbsnw.org

Two events coming to the Northwoods next month are fundraisers to help youth in the region grow to their potential.

Mary Kinnunen is a spokesperson for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin, serving Oneida, Vilas, Price and Taylor counties.  The group is considered a national leader in mentoring youth. Through the group, adults meet with young people about an hour a week either in public community setting or at the student's school. They hope to set higher goals for the matches and  have young people avoid risky behaviors.

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Conversation with Entomologist
4:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

How Ticks Spread Disease, and Why There Won't Be Fewer of Them This Year

Ticks can transmit diseases that rodents carry to humans.
Credit NOAA

With summer and tick season coming up in the next few months, today we talk with entomologist Phil Pellitteri…who ran the Insect Lab at the University of Wisconsin Madison for 35 years.  He’ll be a guest at this month’s informal discussion series Science on Tap.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with him about Wisconsin’s tick situation.

Phil Pellitteri will be talking more about preventing tick-borne illnesses at Science on Tap in Minocqua next week, along with pediatrician Holly Frost from Marshfield Clinic.  

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