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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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60th anniversary
1:13 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Northwoods Korean War Vet Remembers Truce

The dividing line 60 years ago and today
Credit mtholyoke.edu

60 years ago July 23, hostilities ended in the Korean War. Technically, North and South Korea are still at war as a formal peace treaty has never been signed. A Northwoods veteran remembers that day.


Tom Sedivy from Minocqua was in the Army's 2nd Infantry Division. They were above the 38th Parallel, which is the demarcation between North and South today. He says when the truce was announced, more firing began...

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37 years as chairman
9:05 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Huettl Dies, Longtime Forest Co. Bd. Chairman

Erhard Huettl
Credit legacy.com

Longtime Forest county Board of Supervisor's Chairman Erhard Huettl has died. He was 82. A published obituary says Huettl was suffering from lung disease. He died Saturday at his home.

Huettl served 37 years as county board chairman, first elected as a supervisor in 1968. He served in a number of functions with the state County's Association and other committees and posts. He had a dairy and beef farm at Wabeno.

Visitation and funeral services will by at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wabeno Wednesday evening with services at 11 a.m. Thursday July 24.

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Rhinelander officials mull request
6:45 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Resident Asks City To Allow Backyard Chickens

A backyard coop
Credit backyardchickens.com

A proposal to be able to house chickens inside Rhinelander will return to committee.


Jen VanOrder of River Street asked to establish an ordinance allowing 4 or less hens at a private residence. She listed a number of positives health and environmental reasons for the change including healthier food.


She says most people are concerned about waste and noise...

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Fire contained quickly
6:17 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Fire Damages Rhinelander Home

Damage was limited from a structure fire Monday afternoon in Rhinelander.


Firefighters were called about 4:00 p.m. to the 200 block of Maple Street.


Fire Chief Terry Williams says they were able to limit the damage...



"....when we arrived there was fire in the wall, we had a crew inside and crew outside...opened the wall from both sides. There were some embers in there...very little smoke damage...no water damage..."

School of the Arts
6:07 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Transforming a Middle School - Temporarily

School of the Arts Rhinelander is still underway; it wraps up on Wednesday.  The five-day art school for adults takes place at the James Williams middle school, where the cafeteria and dozens of classrooms undergo a big changeover – practically overnight.  School of the Arts Facilities Manager Beth Bloom says it’s not an easy task.  She hires a team of 9 high school students to help with the shuffle. 

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No Two Works Alike
5:31 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Northern National Readies for Opening Night

The Northern National Art Competition opens Tuesday.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Tuesday night marks the opening of the Northern National Art Competition at Nicolet College.  

The exhibition features 86 works from around the country.  Visual artist James Pace selected the pieces.  At the opening reception Pace will speak about why he chose the works he did, and announce the winning recipients of  $8500 in total prize money.  Pace says the selections in the show represent a wide variety of media, styles and subjects.

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Thursday crash
11:28 am
Sat July 20, 2013

Price County Authorities Identify Traffic Victim

Price county authorities have released the name of a person killed Thursday in a one vehicle traffic crash.


75 year old Everett Crist of Phillips died in the accident on East Solberg Lake Road in the town of Worcester. The car hit a power pole and overturned. Crist was pronounced dead at the scene.

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