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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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Former Rhinelander teacher
3:11 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Juergens To Be Sentenced Next Month

Joshua Jueregens
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

The former Rhinelander high school English teacher will enter a plea next month to several charges related to an alleged theft, drug possession and growing marijuana.

Joshua Juergens' attorney Maggie Hogan and District Attorney Michael Schiek said at a hearing in Rhinelander Thursday that Juergens will enter a plea December 5 and be available for sentencing.

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Pets Without Homes
2:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Cats Crowd Humane Society

The Oneida County Humane Society is offering a discount for adopting cats like Tucker.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Oneida County Humane Society has too many cats.  It’s running a discount on adopting adult cats to try and get some of them into homes before the holidays. 

“We come in at about eight in the morning, give them their canned food treat…”

Director Bria Swartout leads me into the humane society’s cat community room, where about sixty cats of all colors and sizes share space.  About thirty more are down the hall, being checked in or getting medical care.  Swartout says the shelter has been over capacity since May.

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Under $3.00 gallon in Milwaukee
12:04 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Gas Prices Likely Stable For the Holidays, Rise In 2014

Credit blog.gasbuddy.com

Holiday gas prices are expected to be stable but longer term they are likely to rise again, according to a petroleum analyst for the website gas buddy dot com

Prices have been declining since summer, with some stations in Milwaukee below $3.00 a gallon.

Patrick DeHaan says as the weather gets colder people don't drive as much...

 

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History Afield
4:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Sixty Years Ago, A Bloody Gun-Deer Season

The shooting and death of a state game warden shook up hunters during the 1942 deer hunt.
Credit Rhinelander Daily News, November 19, 1942

Wisconsin’s gun deer season is approaching.  It’s a time when many hunters across the state look forward to getting away from the pressures of work, spending time in the woods.  

But as WXPR’s Bob Willging relates in today’s History Afield essay, the 1942 murder of a conservation warden in Florence County had deer hunters in northeast Wisconsin anything but relaxed.

In the autumn of 1942, America was becoming deeply involved in World War II.

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Eve of Wisconsin deer hunt
4:10 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

DNR Leader Says Agency Wants More Public Input

Credit dnr.wi.gov

  Saying he's the eyes and ears in this region for the state DNR Secretary, the Northern Region Director held office hours in Tomahawk. He says they will be doing more of this type of interaction with the public.

 

John Gozdzialski met with the public at Tomahawk city hall. He says city of Tomahawk officials talked about what they needed in upcoming projects, but also heard from other members of the public...

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Raise Hunger and Homeless Awareness
3:42 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Food Pantries, Homeless Shelter Get WPS Grants

Leah Van Zile(far right) and members of area food pantries and Frederick Place
Credit Wisconsin Public Service

As part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation has given money to local pantries and a shelter.

Leah VanZile from WPS says area food pantries and homeless shelter were granted...

 

"....the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation to three area food pantries, the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, the Lakeland Area Food Pantry and the Vilas Food Pantry along with a thousand dollar donation to the homeless shelter, NATH, at Frederick Place..."

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Natural Resources
2:24 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Oak Wilt Arrives in Minocqua-Woodruff

Oak wilt may be spreading north in Wisconsin.
Credit Ronald Billings / Texas Forest Service

A lethal tree disease has been found for the first time in near Woodruff.  Oak wilt is prevalent in southern and central Wisconsin.  But tests have confirmed its presence in the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest. 

DNR Forest insect and disease Specialist Brian Schwingle says the finding is significant.               

“It’s concerning that we found it on our largest state property, the Northern American Legion state forest, where oak is an extremely valuable tree.”

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Hoping to Lower Cancer Risks
2:12 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Quit Smoking for Smoke Out Day

Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.
Credit Thomas Leuthard

Quit smoking for a day, and see if you can stick with it.  

That’s the message from the American Cancer Society for the Great American Smoke Out Thursday.  On this day the organization encourages smokers nationwide to quit the habit for a single day…or use it to jump start their plans to quit permanently.

Spokeswoman Diane Hapka in Lake Tomahawk says it’s not easy. 

“It is very difficult for people to quit.  But it is something that we try to have people do at least for that one day.”

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