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On busy U.S. 51
4:11 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

HAWK Signal To Begin July 31 In Minocqua

Mid-block pedestrian signal "HAWK"
Credit Wikipedia

Motorists and pedestrians in Minocqua Wednesday will be seeing a new pedestrian crossing device called a "HAWK".


The High-Intensity Activated Cross-Walk has been installed south of Rogers Drive-U.S. 51 intersection near Minocqua Furniture. D.O.T. engineer Joanna Bush says as a pedestrian or bicyclist touches an activation button, a different lighting system begins for motorists...


 

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Toxic Algal Blooms
2:56 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Algae Alert: Murky Water Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

Blue-green algae can form a paint-like scum on the surface of the water
Credit Dwight Burdette

Late summer in the Northwoods means it’s time to watch out for blue green algae blooms in lakes and ponds.  

The algae often produces toxins that can cause rashes and breathing problems in humans.  Pam Pedersen is a nurse with Vilas County Public Health Department.  She says it can be especially harmful for pets that may drink or swim in murky water.          

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Local Chapter
2:01 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Northwoods LWV Chapter Earns Official Membership

The League of Women Voters aims to protect voting rights for underrepresented groups.
Credit Ho John Lee

The Northwoods now hosts its own full-fledged chapter of the League of Women Voters.  The group’s mission is to protect voting rights for groups that are underrepresented.  

Chapter spokeswoman Jane Trotter says the nonpartisan group was founded in 1920 to get women the right to vote.

“After that, we realized there were a lot of other people who needed the right the vote.  The people who are most fragile in terms of their voting rights are first time voters, youth that are not in college, new citizens, minorities, the elderly and low income Americans.”

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Seminal Study
5:26 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Goodbye Little Rock Lake Curtain

DNR research technician Jeff Rubsam helps remove a thick plastic barrier dividing Little Rock Lake.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A landmark study on acid rain came to an end today.  Researchers took down a barrier that’s divided Little Rock Lake in two for nearly thirty years.  Dismantling the curtain was no easy task.

Decades after scientists proved the effects of acid rain on northern lakes, it was time to take down the Little Rock barrier that made the study possible.  Fifteen researchers, students and divers were on hand for the challenge:  how to dismantle a 250-foot curtain…made of heavy black plastic, and partially submerged under years of sediment. 

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Uncertain future
8:43 am
Sat July 27, 2013

U.S. House Sub-committee Recommends Cutting Arts Funding

Anne Katz
Credit nonprofit-day.org

A state arts leader is calling attention to a proposed funding cut for the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment For the Arts.


The U.S. House Interior Appropriations subcommittee has passed a measure cutting funding for those agencies by 50 percent for 2014.


Anne Katz, Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin says the cuts would take away about $75 million dollars for each agency.

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Each Friday
7:52 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Minocqua's Farmer's Market Growing

At the market
Credit Minocqua Farmers Market/Facebook

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has named August 4-10 as National Farmers Market Week.


In Minocqua, promoters are hoping the public stops by to see their "growing" event.


During August, the Minocqua Farmers Market will also have special activities along with what you expect at a Farmer's Market says Mincoqua Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Baltus...


 

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Discussion Tuesday
7:43 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Changes In Wildlife Predators Near Developed Lakes

Red fox waiting
Credit animals. nationalgeographic.com

A researcher says people building near Northwoods lakes and rivers is changing what types of animals hunt near those shorelines.


A research scientist from Michigan Tech University Dan Haskell will speak Tuesday evening(7/30) at Kemp Natural Resources Station in Woodruff about his recent study.


Haskell says with more homes near lakes the larger carnivores have been replaced by smaller carnivores like fox and raccoon....

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Tomahawk one of four meetings
7:25 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Public Hearing In August On Shoreland Zoning Rules

A Wisconsin shoreline
Credit greatlakesecho.org

The DNR is hosting a public hearing in Tomahawk next month to get input on proposed changes in the shoreland zoning rules.


After revising the rules in 2009...known as NR115... some counties have complained the new rules would be difficult to implement and enforce.


The agency has several changes proposed, says Deputy Division Manager Russ Rassmussen...

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Visit to Woodruff
6:56 am
Sat July 27, 2013

DNR Secretary Highlights Money For More Walleye

Credit Wisconsin DNR

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp stopped by the Art Oemcke fish hatchery in Woodruff Friday to highlight an effort to get more young walleyes in area lakes.


The recently-passed state budget included money to enable hatcheries to keep walleye fry longer...and get them bigger...to increase the number of survivable fish in the waters.

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State Poet Laureate
4:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Max Garland and How Poetry Affects Our Lives

Max Garland is Wisconsin's 2013-2014 poet laureate.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Wisconsin’s current poet laureate is Max Garland, former mail carrier and current Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  He joined WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski in our studios.

Hear more of our conversation, plus Max Garland reading "The Muffins."

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