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Rhinelander listening session
3:40 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Secretary, Legislators Hear Veteran's Concerns

Veterans Affairs Sec. John Scocos, Reps. Czaja, Swearingen, Sen. Tiffany
Credit WXPR

The state Secretary of Veterans Affairs met with area veterans Wednesday  at a listening session in Rhinelander. He was joined by three Northwoods state legislators.

Secretary John Scocos says the current state budget has more money in it to fund veteran's programs, including money for families and education. One program would help veterans begin new businesses...

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Could be open by January
2:08 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Rhinelander Schools-Aspirus Working On School Clinic

Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic
Credit Aspirus.org

By early next year, staff at Rhinelander schools could be getting some of their health care from a clinic in the school.


The Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic and the school district are discussing how to implement the program. Regional Director Rob Fabich says the school district is looking at ways to cut health care costs and thought having the services on campus would be one way to do that...


 

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Government
4:00 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Vilas D.A. Employee to Stay On

 

 The limited term employee working in the Vilas County District Attorney’s office will be staying on the job for another six months while the office implements a paperless system.

The Vilas County board of supervisors on Tuesday approved a request by District Attorney Al Moustakis to extend the limited term employee through March, 2014.

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Highway 51 Revisited
7:57 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Milder Plan for Hazelhurst, Cassian Highway Reconstruction

Members of the public also had a chance to review preliminary plans for the replacement of the Bearskin Trail Bridge.
Credit Natalie Jablonski

State Department of Transportation officials took public comment Tuesday on a plan to reconstruct parts of Highway 51 south of Minocqua.  A thin crowd gathered at a hearing in Harshaw.

The DOT says changes to Highway 51 are necessary to improve safety.   But an earlier DOT proposal prompted community outcry, as it involved turning a stretch north of Highway Y into a four lane road and widening the bridge over Lake Katherine.  Hazelhurst Town Chair Ted Cushing says the original changes were too dramatic, but he’s much happier with the revised plan.

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DATCP, Americorps joint project
5:06 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Farm To School Program Approved At Northland Pines

Robin Indermuehle
Credit Northland Pines School District

Northland Pines students in Eagle River are among students from 39 other districts involved in the "Farm to School" program.


The program is a cooperative effort of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and Americorps. It provides food and education says Northland Pines Science teacher Robin Indermuehle..

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Director says there's no new money
5:00 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Group Working To Stop Kenosha Casino

Credit felixleong.deviantart.com

A group opposing more off-reservation gambling casinos is hoping a recent federal policy change won't mean a new casino in Kenosha.


The Bureau of Indian Affairs has given it's blessing to a Menominee Tribe proposal to put in a large casino-hotel complex at the former Dairyland Greyhound Racing track in Kenosha. The move is opposed by the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe, which has operated a lucrative casino in Milwaukee for many years.

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Lake Superior Fisheries
3:09 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Climate Change: Good for Walleye?

Walleye populations may benefit from warming temperatures in Lake Superior.
Credit Eric Engbretson / US Fish and Wildlife Service

A changing climate could bring one piece of good news for walleye fishermen. 

A study out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison says increasing temperatures in Lake Superior will expand habitat for fish that thrive in slightly warmer water, like walleye, Chinook salmon and lean lake trout.  Researcher Jim Kitchell says that means populations of certain fish in Lake Superior could increase in coming years.  

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Performance Inspired By History
4:00 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Transforming Northern Wisconsin: Bill Jamerson on the CCC "Dollar-a-Day Boys"

A group of University of Wisconsin students assemblesfor a photo at a camp in Germfask, MI.
Credit Seney Natural History Association

A conversation with writer and storyteller Bill Jamerson, who will be performing in the Northwoods this weekend with a show about the Civillian Conservation Corps. 

WXPR Contributor Bill Wilkinson gave him a call to find out more about the colorful history of the CCC in northern Wisconsin.

Hear more of our conversation with Bill Jamerson:

Jamerson will perform his show “Dollar a Day Boys” at the Phelps Historical Museum Open House: Sunday September 1st in downtown Phelps.

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Changing Insurance Landscape
5:02 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Health Insurance Purchasers Will Find Choices, Come October

Advertising for health insurance in New Port Richey, Florida.
Credit Daniel Oines

Northwoods residents looking to buy health insurance will have options when it comes to choosing a plan on the health marketplace.  That’s according to a report from progressive advocacy group Citizen Action of Wisconsin. 

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Proposal Incites Controversy
4:45 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Federal Approval For Off-Reservation Casino Divides Tribes

The Menominee have an existing on-reservation in Keshena, WI.
Credit By Royalbroil (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Forest County Potawatomi tribe is condemning another tribe’s proposal for an off reservation casino approved Friday by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. 

The Menominee tribe wants to build a gaming facility in Kenosha.  But Potawatomi Spokesperson George Ermert says the area falls within Potawatomi ceded territory. 

“Potawatomi historical lands have traditionally stretched from the tip of Door County, all along the shores of Lake Michigan.  So for one tribe to go on another tribe’s historical lands is a very very big deal.”

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