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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
12:38 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Penokee Asbestos Worries Grow

Grunerite is found in various parts of Northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The above sample was photographed at the Michigamme Mine in Marquette County.
Credit Leon Hupperichs

Asbestos found in rock near a proposed iron mine is raising questions about mine safety, especially for workers.  

A Northland College professor says he found a mineral called grunerite sandwiched between layers of iron ore. 

Geoscience Professor Tom Fitz says grunerite does not always take the form of the long slender fibers that characterize asbestos.  But he says in this case, it does. 

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Seasonal Northwoods Festival
12:14 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Cranberryfest Mostly Undaunted By Rain

Cranberryfest typically brings 40,000 visitors to Eagle River
Credit Liz West

The weather didn't cooperate as desired, but an organizer for Cranberryfest in Eagle River said the event went well. 

The event is held the first weekend in October at the Vilas County Fairgrounds.  The Chamber of Commerce's Kim Emerson talked to WXPR's Ken Krall about the two-day event.

Emerson says volunteers were again critical to the success of Cranberryfest and she thanked them all.

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Shooting in Rhinelander
11:47 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Alsteens Pleads Not Guilty

Marcus Alsteens
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A Rhinelander man charged with attempted homicide charge has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

24 year old Marcus Alsteens was arrested after a September 13 shooting incident at a home on Mason Street he shared with a cousin. Justin Alsteens was hospitalized but is recovering.

Alsteens is charged with attempted first degree homicide, aggravated battery, negligent handling of a weapon and injury by negligent use of a weapon, all charges have an additional domestic abuse provision.

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A Controversial Hunt
4:59 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Second Wolf Season Draws Near

Up to 251 wolves can be harvested in Wisconsin this year.
Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The state’s wolf hunting season begins next week.  People hoping to harvest a wolf have already applied for and received their permit.

About 2500 permits were awarded in mid-August based on a lottery system.  DNR Carnivore Specialist  David MacFarland says the number of applications dropped from 20,000 last year, to less than 17,000 this year. 

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Seasonal Festival Approaches
4:16 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Three Lakes Pumpkin Fest Coming Up

Pumpkin Fest is coming up in Three Lakes.
Credit Kam Abbott

Cranberry Fest is over.  But if you’re ready for another fall celebration, Pumpkin Fest is coming up this weekend.  

  The Three Lakes Fire Department Auxiliary puts on the annual festival to raise money for the fire department.  Spokesperson Spokesperson Mary Babich says last year the group was able to purchase a special boat motor, so crews can fight fires from the water. 

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State Education Awards
4:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Local Schools Recognized for Achievement

Wisconsin's School Superintendent is giving awards to 167 schools.
Credit Lyn Lomasi

Several Northwoods schools are receiving state awards for student performance and improvement.  

Wisconsin School Superintendent Tony Evers will honor those schools at a statehouse ceremony Tuesday at noon.  North Lakeland Elementary and Crandon Elementary are both being recognized for high progress. 

Crandon Elementary principal Jamee Belland credits improvements in reading and math to the school’s use of classroom data.  She says it helps teachers tailor curriculum to students at different levels. 

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Business & Industry
3:51 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Timber Industry Vies For Lawmaker Attention

GLPTA is bringing a harvester simulator to the state capitol, to re-create the experience of cutting down a tree.
Credit Heikki Valve

Northern timber workers are heading to the capitol Wednesday, hoping to remind lawmakers of the importance of their industry.  

Advocacy group Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association is organizing the trip.  Director Henry Schoenebeck says the group plans to bus 150 people to Madison and park several logging trucks around the capitol. They’ll even bring along special virtual reality machine called a harvester operator simulator, that mimics the experience of cutting down a tree. 

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Arts & Life
10:39 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Enter WXPR's Fall Drawing

Credit Paul Moody

October 7-18

Prizes: 

Dagger Zydeco Kayak- Mel's Trading Post $500

Owen J. Gromme Signed Framed Print $500

Grand Theater Tickets (4 winners) $100

WXPR T-shirt (50 winners) $15

PLEDGE TODAY

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Seeking Feedback on a Changing Program
4:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

DNR Wants Your Thoughts on Walleye

Wisconsin is increasing its stocking of larger fingerlings.
Credit Eric Engbretson / US Fish and Wildlife Service

The DNR is looking for public input on walleye stocking.  State officials are holding a meeting in Rhinelander next week.   

It’s one of a series of meetings where the DNR is hoping for feedback on its walleye management goals.  Steve Hewett from the DNR’s fisheries program says it’s also a chance to talk with the public about which lakes are stocked and why. 

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Fostering Small Businesses
4:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Vilas County to Host Business Start-Up Leaders

Officials helping  start-up businesses around the state are meeting up in Vilas County next week.  Vilas County Economic Development Corporation is hosting the quarterly meeting of the state’s Business Incubation Association Board.  Vilas County EDC Director Bob Egan says it’s a chance for the local chapter to learn from its counterparts in other cities and towns. 

“And by having these folks here – we consider it a privilege but at the same time it will allow us to draw on their expertise, and help us proceed in being successful.”

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