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Allegedly fled Marshfield hospital
7:48 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Man Arrested After Hospital Escape

An 18 year old Lac du Flambeau man has been captured early Wednesday by authorities after an escape and chase.

Vilas County deputies report Jeffrey Bauman, Jr. walked away from St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield late Tuesday evening. Bauman was taken there last Friday from the Vilas County Jail after saying he had paralysis to his lower body. About 12:40 this morning, Lac du Flambeau police saw Bauman in a car and pursued him. Bauman crashed the vehicle and fled on foot. He was captured about three this morning without incident.

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Home for Entrepreneurs
5:07 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

New Incubator Opens For Business(es)

A new business incubator in Vilas County is opening its doors.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A new business incubator has opened in Eagle River.  The project space off Highway 70 is focused on helping start-up manufacturing businesses.

The new Business Park is a partnership between Vilas County Economic Development Corporation and the Juday family.  The idea is to provide affordable space and help new businesses share resources. 

Dave Juday says his family has a history of community investment, and he was looking for a way to help the business climate. 

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Keeping the Burden Off Taxpayers
4:39 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

City Official Will Talk Tax Districts in Madison

Ken Krall interviews Alex Young.
Credit starjournalnow.com

A Rhinelander city council member will testify before an Assembly committee today on a bill that could have a large impact on city taxpayers. 

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Forest county
1:16 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Partnership Designed To Give Businesses Access To Money

Jim Schuessler
Credit Forest County Economic Development Partnership

A recent partnership should mean more money for business development in Forest county. That word from Jim Schuessler of Forest County Economic Development Partnership.

Schuessler says the state agency the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is asking groups to regionalize to create larger pools of funds. He says Forest county decided to join the Central Wisconsin Economic Development loan fund. Schuessler says that alignment allows for access to millions of dollars of funds for Forest county...

 

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Critical Access Hospitals
10:44 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Federal Budget Problems Stall Cuts For Some Rural Hospitals

Langlade Hospital Antigo
Credit langladehospital.org

For now, a move to cut a subsidy critical for some Northwoods hospitals has been put to the back burner says a hospital group spokesperson.

In August, the Wisconsin Hospital Association put out alarm bells about funding for "Critical Access Hospitals". A federal Health and Human Services Inspector General recommended removing critical access hospitals from Medicare payment status. The money from the federal budget helps the most rural of hospitals maintain service and without it, experts say, it could end service in those communities.

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Families Will See Fewer Dollars
4:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Foodshare Benefits Go Down Friday

Families will see a few less dollars on their EBT card starting next month.
Credit Robert Neff

Thousands of people will see their Foodshare benefits go down starting Friday.  It’s because a temporary federal program that began in 2009 is ending. 

The American Recovery Act gave people extra food stamp money during the economic downturn.  It raised maximum Foodshare benefits by more 13 percent when the federal law took effect.

But Claire Smith, spokesperson for the state Department of Health Services, says the impact won’t be as dramatic when the extra benefits expire November 1st. 

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Mix of Jazz, Blues and Swing
4:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Randy Sabien: "Not Quite Like the Beatles"

Randy Sabien's style is a combination of blues, jazz and swing.
Credit Randy Sabien

WXPR’s Fall Concert and Auction is coming up this weekend.  It features music by Randy Sabien, accompanied by cellist Ed Willet.  

  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski called up Sabien to find out a little more about his musical style and history.

More from our conversation with Randy Sabien: On the importance of teaching, and how he was influenced by Western Swing music.

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Geared for tech users
4:56 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Grant For Vilas County Silent Sports Trails

Credit en.wikipedia.org

A nearly $40,000 grant will help promote silent sports trails in Vilas county.

Tourism and Publicity Director Cindy Burzinski says the money will be used to give travelers a way to find the trails...

 

"....the entire project is going to be one cohesive map. And the map will have all the land and water-based trails, non-motorized, that Vilas county has to offer. And added to that we will be putting together an "app" for mobile devices. It will be using all the digital GPS data..."

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Initial claims down
4:45 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Fed Shutdown Slowed Wis. Unemployment Reporting

Depression-era lines
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

The recently-ended federal government shutdown is affecting more than federal programs: it's also slowing down the state's reporting on unemployment.

The Department of Workforce Development routinely puts out local jobless numbers the fourth week of the month. Not this month, as state economist Tom Walsh points out.

But Walsh says some local trends were seen...

 

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Looking Back on a Mine Controversy
4:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

What Does the Crandon Mine Story Mean Today?

One branch of the Wolf River begins in Forest County, near the site of a mine that was once proposed.
Credit Royalbroil via Wikimedia Commons

Today marks 10 years since a proposal for a copper and zinc mine in Forest County came to an end.  Members of the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa and Menominee tribes gathered this weekend to celebrate…but pointed out that mining remains a controversial issue in northern Wisconsin. 

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