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8:28 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Emerson Named Eagle River Chamber Leader

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center has a new Executive Director who is a familiar name to area residents.

The Board of Directors has named Kim Emerson as the new director. Emerson joined the Chamber 13 years ago as Events Coordinator.

Emerson says the community is very important to her...

"...this is a wonderful community to work with...the businesses in the area, the visitors to the area. Just being who we are is an important part of what we've done in the past and I look forward to doing in the future...."

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300 in attendance
9:08 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Electors Say No To Torpy Park Pavilion Proposal

The pavilion vote count
Credit WXPR

Minocqua town electors have turned down a proposal to build a new pavilion in Torpy Park.

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70 Years Since D-Day
3:22 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Other Side of Ninety: Glenn Johnson

Glenn Johnson, 90 years old, served in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. military.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

This month marks 70 years since D-Day, the landing operations at Normandy during World War 2.  

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White Nose Is Major Threat
12:04 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

USFWS Delays Listing Decision for Threatened Bat Species

Northern long-eared bats are listed as threatened in Wisconsin, and may receive a federal listing as well.
Credit Steven Thomas / US Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will delay its decision on whether to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered.  The decision was set to come in October, but the agency will wait six more months before making the final call. 

Natural resource departments in Wisconsin and three other Midwestern states requested the delay

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DNR operating order
2:54 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Two Meetings Friday On Rest Lake Dam Proposal

Two public information meetings take place this Friday in Manitowish Waters concerning the controversial operating order for the Rest Lake Dam.

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Vilas Bd. to decide
2:44 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Phelps Tries One More Time For ATV trails

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The Phelps town board has asked Vilas county for one more chance to open town and county roads to ATV's.

The board recently approved an ordinance allowing ATV traffic for a two-year trial period. The ordinance would need the approval of the Vilas county board.

Phelps town chair Colin Snook says the ordinance is largely the same proposal that the county board rejected two years ago.

"...basically what we're looking to do is make some connections as proposed to get us out on(county)_"A" and hookup with other trails in connecting counties....."

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Citizens Testified in Rhinelander
12:35 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Wolf Hunt Quota Approved; NRB Wants More Data on Wolf Hunting With Hounds

The state Natural Resources Board has approved the quota of 156 wolves for this hunting season.
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Wisconsin’s wolf hunt will go forward with a quota of 156 wolves this winter.  

The state’s Natural Resources Board has approved the Wolf Advisory Committee’s recommendation.  The board met in Milwaukee but took live video testimony from Rhinelander, where about a dozen people gathered to voice their opinions. 

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No injuries reported
12:30 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Standoff In Rhinelander Ends After Six Hours

Law enforcement, including Special Response Team, at Pelican Street residence Tuesday evening.
Credit WXPR

A six hour standoff with Rhinelander police and members of the Oneida County Special Response Team ended late Tuesday when a man gave himself up.

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Plan for Revamped Indian Bowl
5:09 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Arts and Cultural Center Lands Sizable Grant

An arts and cultural center planned for Lac du Flambeau is getting a financial boost. 

The USDA has awarded the project $88,000 towards job training for the Living Arts and Cultural Center. 

The center is being planned to replace the Indian Bowl, a venue that’s currently in disrepair. 

Georgine Brown is chair of the project’s board of directors.  She says the grant will lay the groundwork for staffing once the center is built.

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Marinette county
2:38 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Pellet Manufacturer Fined By State of Wisconsin

Wood pellets
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A Marinette county wood pellet maker has been fined by the state for violating its air pollution control permit.

The Attorney General's office announced the $50,000 fine against Wood Fibers, Inc.

According to the complaint, Wood Fibers conducted emissions stack tests at its facility on September 14 and 15, 2011, and September 10, 2013.  At both stack tests, Wood Fibers exceeded its hourly particulate matter emissions limitation rates.  At one of the  tests, Wood Fibers’ measured particulate matter emissions were nearly five times its allowed rate.

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