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End of an Era
3:46 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Landmark Study Ending on Little Rock

Hourglass-shaped Little Rock Lake has been divided for 30 years.
Credit LIFE Magazine

Thirty years of scientific study on a Vilas County lake will come to an end on Monday. 

Scientists are removing a barrier that has divided Little Rock Lake in two since 1984.  Researchers installed the barrier to conduct a landmark study on the effects of acid rain.  Carl Watras is a research scientist with the state Department of Natural Resources. He's been involved with the Little Rock project since the beginning.  Watras says at the time there was speculation about the effect of acid rain on lakes, but there was no definitive evidence.

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Business & Industry
3:36 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

State Grant Funds Road Construction Near Printpack

Printpack is constructing a large new facility off Highway 17 in Rhinelander.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

State officials stopped in Rhinelander today to present a nearly half-million dollar grant to the city.  The money helps pay for road construction outside the new manufacturing facility for Printpack.

Outside the new facility that Printpack is building, Rhinelander Mayor Dick Johns accepted the check from the state’s Transportation Economic Assistance program.  

“I have fifty years in politics in this community and this is one of the best days I’ve ever had.”

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Making Life Hard for Rainbow Smelt
4:00 am
Thu July 25, 2013

How to Mix a Lake

Boat J12 is ready to launch on Crystal Lake.
Natalie Jablonski WXPR News

If you frequent lakes in the Northwoods, you know that invasive species are a big problem.  Take rainbow smelt – the tiny fish are known for outcompeting native fish and devouring their young.  Once rainbow smelt get into a lake, it can be all but impossible to get rid of.  Some approaches rely on chemicals that wipe out all fish species.  But one project out of UW’s Trout Lake Research Station is experimenting with a new technique that could have many fewer side effects than the chemical method.  

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Former Congressional candidate
3:06 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Kreitlow Named Senator Baldwin's Northern Rep

Pat Kreitlow
Credit wikipedia.com

Former Democratic State Senator and 7th Congressional District candidate Pat Kreitlow has accepted a job as U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin's northern representative.


Kreitlow lost to Republican Sean Duffy for the 7th District Congressional race in 2012.


Kreitlow says his new job enables him to meet with people on behalf of the Senator...

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$3.9 million
2:51 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Aspirus To Renovate Phillips Facility

A $3.9 million renovation project will begin at the rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility on the Aspirus Pleasant View campus in Phillips later this year.


The project is expected to begin in November and last about nine months. When enhancements are completed, the facility will feature updated patient rooms and facilities, new phone and fire alarm systems and larger commo areas.

$1.2 million deficit
2:14 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Vilas Co. Supervisors Share Insights On Budget, Deficit

Vilas county board of supervisors
Credit Vilas county

There were a couple of "firsts" at the Vilas County board of supervisors meeting Tuesday night. For the first time, their regular board meeting was held at the Arbor Vitae town hall. And for the first time, they participated in a special information gathering session.

Nancy Anne Miller, head of UW-extension in Vilas county, facilitated the process, passing the microphone from one supervisor to the next to hear their feedback on goals for upcoming budgets.

After the meeting, Jason Hilger, Vilas county finance director, said it was a worthwhile exercise:

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DNR reviewing court decision
10:34 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Rest Lake Dam Hearings Postponed

Rest Lake Dam
Credit manitowishchaindefense.org

The DNR is postponing public information hearings for the operation of the Rest Lake Dam near Manitowish Waters.


There has been considerable debate over several years as citizens have wanted to maintain the current water levels, while the DNR has asked to change them.


The DNR's John Spangenberg says the hearings, which had been set for August 9 and 10, will be postponed due to a recent state Supreme Court ruling. The court ruled the DNR had not looked at the economic impacts of water levels on the lake near Fort Atkinson....

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Arts & Life
4:00 am
Wed July 24, 2013

James Pace: How Not to Pop the Magic Bubble

Competition judge James Pace traveled from Texas to choose the show's prizewinners.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Winners have been announced for the Northern National Art Competition at Nicolet College.  

  The 26 winning works chosen by the judge hail from 17 states, and five are from Wisconsin.  The winners will take home a total of $8500 in prize money.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski met with competition judge and visual artist James Pace to hear about his selection process for the exhibition.

Prize-winning works and the rest of the nearly 90 pieces in the juried exhibition will be on display at the Nicolet College gallery through September 6th.  

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Count held twice each year
1:37 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Homeless Count In Northwoods Set For July 31

Rhinelander homeless shelter
Credit barbbuckel.com

The Northern Wisconsin Initiative To Stop Homelessness Continuum of Care will conduct their bi-annual count of the homeless on July 31.


Lori Hallas from Forward Service Corporation says the "Point In Time" count finds volunteers and staff going out in the region to get an idea of how many people are without shelter....



"....right now we're looking at the cities of Rhinelander, Minocqua, Eagle River, Crandon and Antigo...."

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Northwoods up and down
1:28 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Home Sales, Prices Rise

More listings seen
Credit realtysignco.com

Housing sales and prices continue to rebound in the Northwoods....joining a statewide trend.


The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports statewide, sales rose more than 11 percent for the first six months of 2013 compared to a year ago.


In the 18 county northern reporting region, the median price was down one percent from a year ago at $106,000, but sales grew seven percent to almost 2,700 units.

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