Seed Library Brings Together Old and New Practices

Apr 15, 2015
Emily Bright

Earth Day is next week. For many people the day carries a call to plant trees and other seeds. WXPR’s Emily Bright tells us that Vilas County’s new Seed Library is keeping an ancient tradition alive...

Wisconsin's Lieutenant Governor was crossing the state this week talking about the Walker administration budget.

Rebecca Kleefisch told the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association in Green Bay  that their industry is a heavyweight in Wisconsin's economy....

"....they have a $22.9 billion impact on Wisconsin's economy and they support 59,000 Wisconsin jobs...."

It's the third largest growing industry in Wisconsin.

Aspirus and Marshfield Clinic Health System leaders have signed a non-binding letter of intent to pursue joint efforts across their service areas.

Officials point out this is not a merger or acquisition. Aspirus and Marshfield Clinic will continue to be independent organizations with separate boards, cultures and brands.

One of the points being explored is for Asprirus to allow Marshfield Clinic a minority interest in Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids.

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  Mike Vogelsang has been named north district fisheries supervisor for the DNR.

Vogelsang brings some 24 years of fisheries management experience with DNR to his new role. Vogelsang has served as leader of the headwaters fish team based in Woodruff since 2001.

Vogelsang's supervisory role now covers from Florence County in the northeast to Bayfield County in the north to St. Croix County farther west.  He will remain based in Woodruff and will start his new position on April 19.

Several years ago groups noticed the Northwoods has a large number of research organizations, both in the public and private sectors. This began the annual Northwoods Research Summit, held at UWSP  Treehaven near Tomahawk. This year the annual Summit is set for April 23 and will focus on our water resources.

Summit spokesperson Dan Kuzlik....... Commons

Northwoods picketers will join a national day of action as workers ask to raise their pay to $15 per hour.

The "Fight for 15" will be seen in 200 cities across the U.S. and 35 countries.

Jackie Cody of  the Northern Wisconsin Center for Working People in Rhinelander says the national minimum wage is about 25 percent below it's level in 1968 in equivalent dollars. She says they will gather at 11 a.m. April 15  at the Guild Hall next to St. Augustine's church in Rhinelander then head out...

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Public Defender Maggie Hogan is asking a judge to consider moving a possible trial for a man accused of homicide to another venue.

40 year old Shannon Wolf is charged with first-degree homicide in the June 2003 death of Kenneth Wells in Rhinelander. Wells' death initially was ruled a drowning until testimony from Shannon Wolf's ex-wife Latoya allegedly implicated Shannon Wolf.

In court Tuesday, Hogan showed the court a local TV news story about the case which she claims is an example of inflamed pre-trial publicity...

Oneida County officials have released the name of the man killed Tuesday morning in a two vehicle traffic crash in Sugar Camp.

38 year old John Klessig of Eagle River died in the crash shortly before 8:00 a.m. at the intersection of state Highway 17 and county trunk "A".

No other details of the mishap have been released. A number of law enforcement and emergency departments were on the scene. Traffic was rerouted for several hours after the crash.

After a sharp increase in sales of tobacco products to minors, the Northwoods Tobacco Free Coalition is sponsoring two free training sessions for retailers.

Spokesperson Maria Skubal says the amount of tobacco products sold to youth shot up last year...

" every year our coalition goes out and conducts compliance checks. In 2014 Oneida county had a pretty high non-compliance illegal sales rate of 18.6 percent...."