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An Old Growth Goal
4:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Science and Social Values in the Van Vliets

Even small diameter hemlocks can be hundreds of years old.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

In the far reaches of Northern Wisconsin, a remote stand of old growth hemlocks has been cast into the public eye.  The 400-acre Van Vliet Hemlocks are known to many as one of the few old growth stands left in Wisconsin.  Over the past century forest managers have mostly taken a hands-off approach.  But a proposal from the state Department of Natural Resources to log part of the area has community members up in arms.

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Talk on tax breaks for business
5:46 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Grow North Meeting Features State Revenue Secretary

Credit threelakes.com

The person who watches the state's revenue is coming to the Northwoods this week.


The Executive Director of the regional economic development corporation...Sarah Kapellusch says the group's quarterly meeting this Friday in Tomahawk will welcome a member of Governor Walker's cabinet...


 



"...we have invited Richard Chandler, Secretary of the Department of Revenue to come up and talk about how the state budget is impacting businesses up here. That includes manufacturing and tax credits...."

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Too many hoops to jump through
5:35 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Eagle River, Library Pass on Community Development Block Grant

Mayor Jeff Hyslop
Credit eagleriver.govoffice2.com

Too many hoops to jump through has prevented the city of Eagle River and the Olson Memorial Library representatives from applying for a Community Development Block Grant.


Eagle River Mayor Jeff Hyslop says everyone agreed Tuesday night during a special meeting the grant process was too burdensome...


 

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Working to replace recent damage
5:09 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Wabeno Citizens Working Toward Revitalization

Wabeno bandshell
Credit wabeno.net

The Friends of Wabeno recently assembled a 10-year plan to revitalize the Forest county community, hit hard by weather and tough economic times.


Mary Beck is chair of the group which began in April with the idea of restoring some of the landmarks...


 



"...we've had a lot of misfortune over the last two years...some of our icons have been damaged...our Wabeno Bandshell...our Larry the Logroller mascot...many of the large pine trees that surrounded our Logging Museum area..."

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Proposed Iron-Ashland County Mine
4:54 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Testimony Whether To Change Law For Mining Safety

State Senator Tom Tiffany(R-Hazelhurst)
Credit wisconsin.gov

Hours of testimony in Madison whether to allow an exemption to the state's Managed Forest Law that would allow Goegebic Taconite to close up to 4,000 acres by a proposed mine site.


Senator Tom Tiffany's bill that would enable "GT" to deny access on land that otherwise would allow public access. One mining protester was arrested earlier this year at the mine site after a group stopped by to protest. Some damage occured.


During the hearing, Tiffany said he was concerned about safety...


 

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Oct 1 General Election
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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