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Iron county has highest rate
3:53 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Jobless Rate Mixed Across the Northwoods

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Northwoods unemployment  levels are falling into traditional patterns says a state economist, but one county in this area now tops the list for joblessness.

In the Northwoods, figures from the Department of Workforce Development find Price county with the lowest rate at 5.1 percent, Oneida at 6.9 percent, Lincoln at seven percent, Langlade at 7.2, Vilas at 7.8 percent, and Forest at 7.9 percent. Iron county has the state's highest rate at 12.1 percent.

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Rising Cost of Food
11:33 am
Wed November 27, 2013

How Much Does Thanksgiving Cost?

The cost of a Thanksgiving meal has gone up about 70 cents in the past 13 years.
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Food prices have gone up in the last 13 years, but a Wisconsin farm group spokesperson says the Thanksgiving meal is affordable.

Amy Manske is a  Farm Bureau spokesperson. She talked with Ken Krall about how much it costs to provide a similar meal this Thanksgiving as compared to the year 2000.

Some critics have said food prices have risen as more corn is used to produce ethanol for transportation.

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One zone still open
4:00 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Wolf Hunt Without Serious Incidents: DNR Official

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One Wisconsin wolf hunt zone remains open and a top DNR official says no incidents have been reported.

As of today, 213 wolves have been taken in six zones from a maximum quota of 251. Only Zone 3, which includes portions of Price and Taylor counties, is still open. In that zone, 31 animals were taken from a quota of 71.

 

DNR Northern District leader John Gozdzialski .....

 

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Through next September
3:42 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Funding for Rhinelander PD Overtime To Fight Drunk Driving

A reminder from 1937
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The state noticed something about Rhinelander's drunk driving arrests and decided to fund stepped up enforcement.

Police Chief Michael Steffes says the DOT has given the city more than $17,000 to up patrols through next September....

 

"...the DOT actually contacted us...they had collected statistics about accidents and traffic stop data and selected us for our population size compared to the number of vehicles(they) assumed were operating under the influence. So they gave us the grant based on that selection criteria..."

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Whitetail deer decision
3:27 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Tribes Waiting On Judge's Decision Regarding Night Hunting

Hunting at night?
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Wisconsin's six Chippewa tribes met last week in Mole Lake with state officials to talk about natural resource issues within the ceded territory.

Lac du Flambeau tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the tribes and the state meet to keep communication open.

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Arts & Life
2:38 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

WXPR Fun Drive and Listener Open House- (Drawing Rules)

Join us for WXPR’s Holiday Fun-Drive and Open House on Thursday, December 5. Come when you can and help us celebrate the season. Meet on-air hosts, volunteers and staff, while you enjoy refreshments and tour our studios. All are welcome!

 

WXPR’s Pledge Drive Drawing
Official Rules and Regulations

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Preventing Food Poisoning
4:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Food Safety Reminders From Local Health Officials

An improperly cooked turkey could be an opportunity for food-borne illness.
Credit Sharon Mollerus

Preparing a Thanksgiving meal can be a big production, and so can following proper food safety procedures.  

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Oneida County Health Department Sanitarian Jody McKinney to find out how to minimize risk of food poisoning…from things like salmonella. 

TAG: That’s Jody McKinney, Sanitarian for the Oneida County Health Department. 

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No Photos, Please
4:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Up Close: Iron Mining in the Upper Peninsula

Iron pellets from Empire and Tilden mines is sent to the Marquette Ore Docks on Lake Superior.
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Controversy continues over a proposed iron mine in Iron and Ashland counties.  

While Wisconsin hasn’t seen an open pit mine in a while, some neighboring states have.  Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is home to a pair of open pit iron mines that have been operating for several decades.   

Standing on the edge of Empire Mine is like looking into an amphitheater far too big for any performance.  It’s a mile wide and a mile across.  1200 feet deep.  I start wondering how many swimming pools it would take to fill it. 

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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.
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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.
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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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