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Flooding is possible
7:26 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Reservoirs On Wisconsin River Drawn Down For Melt

Alexander Hydroelectric Plant On The Wisconsin River
Credit Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company

  An official from Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company says there's a 50 percent chance of flooding this spring along the Wisconsin River. Peter Hansen is WVIC's Operations Manager. He says with the raised chance of flooding, the interested parties along the river are staying touch..  

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Research shows positives
4:43 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Planners Need To Think About Nature In Communities

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  A UW-Superior educator... speaking recently in Tomahawk... says the research is showing the more people are involved in nature, the more likely they are to want to take care of it. Esther Gieschen was one of the presenters at the recent Northwoods Research Summit at UWSP-Treehaven. Gieschen says as people began to interact more with the natural world, their awareness of grew..  

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Part of comprehensive plan
4:34 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Rhinelander To Survey Residents On Outdoor Rec Desires

Rhinelander city hall
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  As part of a re-worked Rhinelander comprehensive plan, city officials soon will be asking citizens what they want to see for outdoor recreation. North Central Wisconsin Regional Commission planner Fred Heider says he asked the city for their recreational plans so they also could be put into the Oneida county recreational plan. He says city officials had a number of ideas...  

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Uninsured Will Face Penalty
1:00 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Health Insurance Deadline Draws Near

People who need health insurance have just about one week left to sign up on the online health exchange. 

The open enrollment period ends March 31st. 

Mary Testin at Wausau’s Bridge Clinic is healthcare Regional Coordinator for Central Wisconsin.  She says a lot of people may have been putting off their decision until now.   

“It seems like people are waking up, because my phone is just ringing off the hook.  The deadline is real, it is not extended.  March 31st is the day, everyone must have healthcare or they’ll get a penalty.”

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Launching New Projector
10:53 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Theater Goes Digital in Three Lakes

The Three Lakes Center for the Arts will debut a new digital film projector this weekend. 

The center raised $50,000 for a digital projector and sound system after their 35 millimeter projector broke last year. 

Technical Director and projectionist Paul Johnson says the new equipment offers a big change in quality. 

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Wildlife Matters With Jeremy Holtz
4:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

More Cougar Sightings Likely In Wis. and Michigan

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz predicts more local cougar sightings.
Credit Greg Hume / Cinncinnati Zoo

For the next installment of "Wildlife Matters" DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz tells us how a tale from "Little House On the Prairie" ties into today's search for the elusive large cat of the woods.

DNR biologist Jeremy Holtz. His program "Wildlife Matters" is heard each week.

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Record winter, record bills
5:24 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Heating Assistance Money Still Available

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  As winter drags on, Wisconsin Public Service reminds customers that heating assistance money is still available.  Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service says many low income people are  feeling the  pinch of a record-setting cold winter....  

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Northwoods Research Summit
5:16 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Economic Models Are Changing To "Local Development"

Eagle River downtown
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  There's a change going on in local economies, centering on more "micro" and less "macro". The 7th annual Northwoods Research Summit opened Thursday UWSP-Treehaven near Tomahawk. Keynote speaker was Jerry Hembd, Professor of Business and Economics at UW-Superior. Hembd says there's a shift happening between how we economically relate to the environment and the environment. He says current thinking is a short-term dynamic,  that we can continue to grow infinitely, and  technology has all the answers...  

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First Show of the Year
3:45 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

"WisconsinCity" Opens at ArtStart

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Rhinelander’s ArtStart gallery is open with its first exhibit of the year.

Entitled “WisconsinCity” the show features the work of contemporary artists from Milwaukee, Madison and the Fox Valley. 

ArtStart President Ken Juon says it came out of a curiosity to see what emerging Wisconsin artists were up to. 

“We were interested in it just to see who was doing what.  We wanted to put together a survey – that’s what we like to do here, is put together group shows, surveys to give a broad range of art experiences to the viewer that comes in.” 

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DNR May Restrict Anglers
2:46 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Tribes Reserve More Walleye for Spearing

Chippewa tribal members spear walleye in springtime, when the fish swim into the shallows to spawn.
Credit Eric Engbretson / US Fish and Wildlife Service

The state Natural Resources Board has authorized the DNR to take emergency steps to protect Wisconsin’s fish supply.  The move comes after Wisconsin’s Chippewa tribes declared they’ll reserve a record number of walleye in the spearing season.

Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes plan to spear up to 63,000 walleye this spring - five thousand more than last year.  As Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission spokesperson Sue Erickson explains, typically tribal members only take about half of what is declared.  

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