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Exceeding Federal Standards
11:49 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Expera Works With DNR To Curb Sulfur Dioxide Emissions

Expera Specialty Solutions has until April to make a plan for reducing sulfur dioxide emissions at its Rhinelander paper mill. 

The EPA has flagged the Rhinelander area as a nonattainment area for sulfur dioxide, because the Expera facility is emitting more than the federal standard of 75 parts per billion. 

DNR Air program director Bart Sponseller says the agency is working with Expera to evaluate solutions. 

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Business & Industry
11:45 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Restaurant Survey Finds Desire to Improve Rhinelander Dining Scene

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Rhinelander restaurants may need better lighting and fresher food.  Those are some of the suggestions coming out of a restaurant survey done by UW Extension and Downtown Rhinelander Inc.

Oneida County Community Resource and Development Agent Tim Brown says researchers conducted focus groups with both older and younger adults…to see how age might dictate restaurant preferences. 

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New website
4:40 am
Mon December 15, 2014

U.P. Residents Can Find Heating Help Online

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Upper Peninsula residents looking for help paying utility bills or heating homes have a central source to go to for help.

The Michigan Propane Gas Association has put together a non-profit website at heatingmyhome. org that has agencies and places residents can find help.

Spokesperson Joe Ross says after the brutally cold winter last year, this type of "one stop shop" was needed....

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Distance learning
4:29 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Nicolet College To Debut "telepresence"

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Imagine being able to interact with students in classrooms far away from where you are, yet still have the feeling you are in the room with them.

That's what a new program through Nicolet College will do when it begins next month.

It's a new type of distance learning technology called "telepresence". Dean of Business and Instructional Effectiveness, Chuck Komp,  says the experience is 'amazing', but the real benefit is cutting down on travel time and costs for students. Here's how it works...

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Arts & Life
10:37 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Live Music Today- 5 Days of WXPR Christmas!

Tune in to hear live Polka music with The Jim Pekol Band and Bluegrass with the Quilllpickers. Pledge now to support live music. When you pledge you'll be entered into our Five Days of WXPR Christmas Drawing. Saturday 12 people will win pasties from Joe's Pasty Shop in Rhinelander. 

5 days of WXPR Christmas drawing information. 

Helps Border-Crossing Haulers
4:47 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

MI Allows Heavier Log Loads from WI

It’s now a little easier for Wisconsin log haulers to cross the Michigan border. 

Michigan transportation officials will now issue permits to allow 98,000 pound loads on six axles…where they previously only allowed gross weights of 90,000 pounds on five axles.

DOT Permitting Chief Kathleen Nichols says it expands the season for log hauling. 

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State Guarantees Payments to Potawatomi
4:39 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Menominee Positive About Gaming Compact Amendment

The Menominee tribe doesn’t think an amendment to the state’s gaming compact will stand up to legal scrutiny. 

The tribe’s Kenosha Gaming Authority Chair Gary Besaw says the latest agreement with the Potawatomi might not meet federal requirements of the Indian gaming regulatory act. 

But he thinks that could ultimately be a good thing for the proposed Kenosha casino. 

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Public input on four possible options
3:26 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

DNR Wolf Management Plan Coming In January

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The public is expected to provide input on a  new DNR wolf management plan.

DNR carnivore specialist David MacFarland outlines what the agency will be doing...

"....the Department is in the process of developing a new wolf management plan that will serve as a guide to future management. We're at a point where we're going to be releasing a public draft. That will be done in early January...."

MacFarland says after that will be a public input period which will include written comments on the plan.

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Arts & Life
3:25 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Sing Along with David Dall

WXPR recently made stop at the Old School Arts and Learning Center in Rhinelander to record a Christmas Sing Along with local performer David Dall.

Dall is a professional performer and early childhood educator. He has produced several CD's including Music is a Friend of Mine, Box Under the Bed, and Still Playin'.  His most recent is a Christmas CD entitled Hometown Holiday.

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Former Harley-Davidson building
3:18 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Prentice Manufacturer Hoping To Open Facility In Tomahawk

A Prentice based manufacturer is looking to expand it's operations into a vacant building in Tomahawk.

Multitek North America got approval from a Tomahawk city committee this week that would facilitate a plan to have Multitek expand into a former 15,000 square-foot Harley-Davidson plant on Oneida Drive.
Multitek North America President Doug Kamps says the company is growing and needs more space...

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