Rhinelander Spin Class Sets The Pace For YMCA Support Campaign

Mar 28, 2017
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Twice a week, a committed group of people in Rhinelander start their day not with a shower, a cup of coffee or the morning newspaper. They roll out of bed and begin sweating almost immediately.

They’re part of Sue Koch’s early-morning indoor spin class at the YMCA of the Northwoods, and most mornings, they start pedaling long before the sun comes up.

WXPR volunteer Ben Meyer has the story about how their motivation is more than just a drive for exercise.

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Two public meetings, set for April 4 and 6, are being held in Vilas County to get public input on a multi-agency plan to address declining walleye numbers in Lac Vieux Desert. on the Michigan-Wisconsin border near Land O' Lakes.

The 4,300 acre flowage has experienced a dramatic decline in walleye abundance and recruitment over the past decade.

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Wabeno School District voters will consider two referendum questions next month.

District Administrator Jennifer Vogler outlines the questions....

" of our questions is for a $1 million, 600 thousand dollars a year. The second question on the referendum ballot will be for a Fab Lab for the first year on the referendum ballot for $300,000...."

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The Wisconsin legislature  last year convened a study committee on the shortage of volunteers for emergency responder services.

Oneida County Emergency Management Director Ken Kortenhoff recently updated the Three Lakes town board about upcoming changes for ambulance services.

Kortenhoff says detailed the proposed change....

Donors Pledge $720,000 For Synthetic Turf At LUHS Field

Mar 25, 2017
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The Lakeland Union High School Board of Education will be asked Monday to accept a donation of $720,000 from an area couple and a charitable banking foundation to finance installing synthetic turf on the high school stadium field.

Oneida County Board Chair David Hintz this week reminded fellow supervisors and county staff about the importance of safety in highway work zones. Hintz said there are more than 2,000 crashes in Wisconsin road work zones each year, some with fatal results.

Hintz reminded supervisors of a crash that hit close to home....

"....about 3 1/2 years ago we had a significant injury where the worker almost lost his life and is still suffering from that accident. It was a very significant accident...."

Alleged Weston Shooter Identified

Mar 24, 2017

A Weston man has been identified as the suspect in the fatal shooting of four people just outside Wausau.

The suspect was identified  March 24  as 45-year old Nengmy Vang. Investigators said Vang had a domestic incident with his wife on Wednesday. They were going through a divorce. Police identified one of those killed as 43-year-old attorney Sarah H. Quirt Sann. She was representing Vang's wife in a divorce.

Conservationists Gather In Madison Next Week

Mar 24, 2017
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Each year in early spring, scores of conservationists, hunters, fishers and public-health officials gather in Madison for the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters' annual Lobby Day.

This year, the gathering is  Wed., Mar. 29.

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There was snow on the ground Thursday in the Northwoods but a DNR spokesperson says be careful about doing pruning on oak trees  April through July.

Every county in Wisconsin with the exception of Forest, Iron and 9 other counties have the tree disease Oak Wilt. Paul Cigan is a DNR plant pest and disease specialist....


After several months of upward growth in Wisconsin's realty markets, February numbers were reported to be down. overall.

Wisconsin Realty Association reports home sales fell 2.6 percent in February relative to February, 2016 numbers but the median price rose 6 percent nearly $155,000 over that same period. Realtors economist David Clark says February traditionally is a down month for selling homes. He says even with the season, the number of homes for sale is dropping. In urban counties, inventories are down to 3.4 months, and in rural counties, it's over seven months.

A U.S. House vote on the GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act prompted Wisconsin advocates of the Affordable Care Act into action this week.

The liberal advocacy group Citizen Action of Wisconsin released a report showing an older person in the Northwoods might pay up to 10 times more for coverage as corresponding tax credits go down under the GOP plan.

Dr. Robert Kraig uses as an example a 64 year old man making $26,000 a year...

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The Vilas County forestry committee gave the green light Wednesday to apply for ATV funds for 10 miles of multi-use off highway trails that would improve connections to the developing RV Park by Torch Lake south of Conover while at the same time linking communities.

"We are shovel ready for ATV's from Eagle River north to Conover and can apply now for ATV maintenance funds," according to county recreation administrator Dale Mayo who said most of the trail would be on existing snowmobile trails.

Those funds would be a 100 percent grant from the Off Road Vehicle Counsel.

Shooting Spree Near Wausau Leaves Four Dead

Mar 23, 2017

WESTON, WI  -- The Department of Criminal Investigation has confirmed that three civilians and one Everest Metro police officer were killed as a result of a deadly shooting spree on Wednesday afternoon.

The suspect is in custody and is alive. Authorities would not confirm if the suspect was injured during the arrest. The shootings took place at Marathon Savings Bank in Rothschild, Tlusty, Kennedy & Dirks Law Firm, and the Aspen Apartments in Weston.

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Another of the proposed cutbacks called for by President Trump is for what's called Essential Air Service at certain airports. That program was penciled in for elimination.

The Essential Air Service program was put into place to guarantee small communities that were served before airline deregulation maintain a minimal level of scheduled air service. The federal Department of Transportation is mandated to provide eligible communities with access to the national system.

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As the chatter continues about President Trump's proposed budget, one of the programs targeted initially for potential cutbacks is what's commonly called Meals on Wheels, or meals delivered to senior citizens.

Oneida County Director on Aging Dianne Jacobson notes Meals on Wheels is the copyrighted name of an organization that does home delivered meals, but in Wisconsin, every county is designated to have a home delivered meal program.

Jacobson says the proposed cuts could impact a portion of their budget, but it's too soon to know....