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Legal size fish in three years
3:00 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

On Short Notice, DNR Leaders Pleased With Walleye Initiative

DNR officials say the new walleye stocking initiative is getting good results.
Credit Eric Engbretson / US Fish and Wildlife Service

While the next several days outdoors are all about things white tail, the DNR recently said the first year of the Walleye Initiative has been a success.

After the legislature came up with more funding to improve state fish hatcheries and programs earlier this year, the DNR announced the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, aimed at stocking larger fingerlings in state waters.

The DNR's fisheries director Mike Staggs talks with Ken Krall:

The larger fingerlings are in the 6 to 8 inch range, which biologists say gives  the young walleyes a better chance to grow to maturity.

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Environmental Education Trip
2:58 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Northwoods Native Paddles Down Mississippi

Eleven paddlers are nearing the end of their 70-day journey in New Orleans.
Credit Paddle Forward

A Northwoods native is expecting to finish a 70-day paddle of the Mississippi River Tuesday.  

Raised in Woodruff, Eric Immeler left northern Minnesota with 10 others in mid-September.  The group has been traveling the length of the Mississippi by canoe and is set to arrive in New Orleans Tuesday. 

Immeler says the purpose of the trip is to understand the role the Mississippi plays in people’s lives.               

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"chicken or egg" dilemma
5:06 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Expert: Talking Will Lead To More Local Rail Service

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An Upper Peninsula college professor says communication breakdowns between business and the railroads is hurting commerce in northern Wisconsin and the U.P.

The Northwoods Rail Transit Commission met last week in Rhinelander. The group is composed of 11 Wisconsin counties and two from the U.P., trying to increase rail use in the region.

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Blueprint For Deer Management
4:55 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Stepp: Deer Trustee Report To NRB In January

Credit Wisconsin DNR

After much public input and meetings, Wisconsin's DNR Secretary says the Deer Trustee recommendations will go before the Natural Resources Board in January.

Governor Walker hired a Texas-based whitetail deer researcher, Dr. James Kroll, who made a number of recommendations concerning Wisconsin's deer management. The DNR had a series of public sessions and social media input to put together an action plan based on Kroll's findings which will come before the board in January.

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Clothing for the needy
1:35 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

More Than Mittens: Tourism Business Collect Warm Clothes

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What started as a contest between the states of Michigan and Wisconsin's Tourism Departments continues as an effort to help those without warm winter clothing.

"The Big Bundle Up" finds local Chambers of Commerce and other tourism organization beginning a collection.

Rhinelander Chamber Director Lara Reed says this is the third year of the program. It all began with a public debate between the tourism department about 'which state looks more like a mitten, Wisconsin or Michigan?...."

 

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Arts & Life
4:59 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Click On Picture For Alzheimer's Program

The audio from the WXPR forum on Alzheimer's is available by scrolling over the picture in the White Pine Room.

Wave of Northwoods Drug Arrests
4:10 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Law Enforcement Busts 19 For Drugs in Oneida County

Oneida county and regional law enforcement officials report nearly 20 new arrests this week for drug-related crimes. This follows another large number of drug-related arrests earlier this week in Forest county.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office and the Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group made the nineteen arrests as part of a continued investigation.

Most charges relate to possession and distribution of methamphetamines and prescription drugs. Other charges include child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Thanksgiving Day Preparations
1:46 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Don't Forget to Thaw the Turkey

Before cooking your turkey, food safety calls for proper thawing procedures.
Credit Rene Schwietzke

If you’re planning to cook a big turkey this Thanksgiving, you may need to start thawing it this weekend. 

Oneida County Health Department Sanitarian Jody McKinney says the best way to thaw a frozen turkey is in the fridge, but you have to allow one day of thawing for every five pounds of turkey. 

“Therefore if you’re going to serve a large turkey approximately 20 pounds, plan at least four to five days in the refrigerator for thawing.” 

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Wants more young people, women to hunt
4:42 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Stepp Says Deer Hunt Is Like 'Christmas' For DNR

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says she's a new deer hunter.
Credit wisconsin.gov

On the eve of the 2013 Wisconsin gun deer hunt, WXPR's Ken Krall talked with DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp, a new deer hunter herself, about the upcoming hunt.

Stepp says they are working to have a app ready for smartphones that relates to the hunt. More information is on the DNR website.

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Funding restored
3:28 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Tourism Spending Makes Money: Reed

Lara Reed
Credit With permission starjournalnow.com

As the Oneida County Board recently wrestled to balance its 2014 budget, a proposed cut would have struck $10,000 from the county tourism council's budget.

Rhinelander Chamber Director Lara Reed said cutting the promotional budget for tourism could hurt the local economy as tourism revenue generates tax base...

 

"....travelers in Oneida county spent $185 million dollars(this year)...that's $5,193 dollars for every man, woman and child in the county. Traveler spending supports 2,070 full-time equivalent jobs..."

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