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Former school custodian
8:57 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Phelps Man Charged With Child Porn

A former school janitor is facing multiple counts of possession of child pornography.


61-year-old Richard Buell of Phelps was arrested in Vilas County on Monday and now faces 78 counts of possession of child porn. He was a former employee at the Phelps school district. Administrators tipped off police that someone on the staff had been accessing pornography from school computers in February.

Managing for Old Growth
6:22 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

DNR Faces Management Decision for Van Vliet Parcel

Old-growth hemlock stands are rare in Wisconsin.
Credit Natalie Jablonski

Department of Natural Resources officials are weighing public input in deciding how to manage a portion of the Van Vliet Hemlocks.  

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Harvest Camp Future Uncertain
4:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Harvest Camp Negotiations Underway

Mel Gasper oversees the Harvest Camp near the proposed Penokee Mine site.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Negotiations have begun between Iron County officials and the Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp.  Tribal members and supporters set up camp in May near the site of a proposed iron mine in the Penokee Hills.  

After signs that county officials planned to evict the group, the tribe asked to negotiate for a long term arrangement.  Tribal member and camp overseer Mel Gasper says he believes the conversations will be fruitful.              

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New type of outreach
4:15 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Nicolet College Brings Services To Your Community

On the road
Credit Terry Rutlin Nicolet College

Nicolet College is coming to you very soon via a new  trailer.

The 26-foot  trailer features two computer workstations, kiosks for video presentations, seating for students, and an outdoor awning area. It’s also wired to access the college’s computer systems for registering for classes, email, and other college computer services.

Vice-President Kenneth Urban says the Nicolet service area is wide and the trailer is an effective outreach...

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$420 million to private school students
4:10 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Wausau Democrat Criticizes GOP Voucher Plan

Credit labudget.org

A Wausau Democrat was quick to jump on a report last week that said public school students will not get preference over private students already in private schools in the expansion of the voucher system. It also said a large majority of the new applicants for taxpayer-funded voucher assistance are already enrolled in private schools.


Representative Mandy Wright says some $420 million tax dollars will be going to private voucher schools at a time when rural public districts are in tough fiscal shape...

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Federal subsidies recommended to be cut
4:05 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Alarm Sounded For Future Of Some Rural Hospitals

Aerial view Sacred Heart Hospital Tomahawk
Credit cardcow.com

The Wisconsin Hospital Association put out the alarm bells Friday after a report from Washington D.C. indicated a subsidy for some small rural hospitals should be discontinued.


The federal Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Inspector General recommended removing a Medicare payment status known as "Critical Access Hospital" for hospitals that do not meet certain distance requirements.


Wisconsin Hospital Association President Steve Brenton says Antigo, Merrill, Tomahawk, and Eagle River hospitals have this special status.

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Vote coming this fall
4:01 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Social Security, Medicare Cuts Focus Of Meeting

Credit whentoapplyforsocialsecurityoffices.com

A group advocating for the preservation of Social Security and Medicare is hosting a meeting next week in Rhinelander to explain some of the proposed cuts to the programs.


Billy Feitlinger from the Wisconsin Alliance For Retired Persons says Congress is looking at budget cutting this fall with both programs on the table...


 

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Motorcycle crash
5:24 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Fatal Crash At Three Lakes

A motorcycle driver was killed Friday afternoon on Military Road in Three Lakes.


Chief Scott Lea reports the crash happened about 2:30 near Hay Meadow Road. The unidentified 52 year old man was pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner.


The intitial investigation found the motorcyclist failed to negotiate a curve.


The victim's name will be released when relatives are notified.


The crash remains under investigation by Three Lakes Police and the Oneida County Coroner's office.

Other incidents connected
12:19 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Teenagers Arrested For Hazelhurst Burglaries

Credit westorlandonews.com

Two teenagers have been taken into custody for a series of recent burglaries in the Lakeland area.


Lieutenant Dan Hess from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department says a tip led to the arrests....


 

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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
5:55 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Mine Opponents Dominate DNR Hearing

Hundreds showed up at the DNR's public hearing on Gogebic Taconite's preapplication and bulk sampling plan.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Department of Natural Resources held its first public hearing on the Penokee Mine project Thursday.  Hundreds of people showed up in Hurley.

People came from far and wide to voice strong opinions on the proposal.  There were even a few speakers from the Navajo Nation in Arizona, and an Ashland, WI contingent actually biked the 40 miles to the hearing.  Cyclist Michael McKenna says they wanted to their voices to be heard:

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