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Trails Could Link Up With Others
2:10 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Eagle River Considers ATVs Downtown

ATVs are sometimes controversial because of complaints about noise and safety, but others say they're a great tourism driver.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Eagle River is looking into a plan to allow ATVs on some downtown streets.

Eagle River Mayor Jeff Hyslop says a committee is figuring out a proposal that would detail specific routes.

“At this point no decisions have been made except coming up with a plan for it, and at that point people will have something to vote on.” 

The town of Lincoln is also looking into allowing ATVs on town roads.  

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Fieldwork Done For Now
10:56 am
Mon October 20, 2014

DNR Says It's Quiet on the GTAC Front

The Wisconsin DNR is waiting for the next move from Gogebic Taconite, now that the company has stopped fieldwork operations for the year.

DNR hydrologist and project lead Larry Lynch says activity on the proposed mine site wrapped up last month. 

“They stopped their data collection in regard to surface monitoring, so right now there’s really nothing going on on the site.  They also stopped their road improvement work on one of the access roads.” 

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Looking for Tourism Dollars
10:48 am
Mon October 20, 2014

New Casino Could Arrive In Upper Peninsula

An Upper Michigan ski resort is hoping add a hotel and casino to increase business.

Indianhead Mountain Ski Resort wants to work with the Lac Vieux Desert tribe to operate a conference center and casino about a dozen miles from Ironwood. 

Town of Wakefield Supervisor John Cox thinks it could draw a lot of business to the region.

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Hunt Moving Quickly
10:27 am
Mon October 20, 2014

More Zones Close to Wolf Hunting

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A total of four zones will be closed to wolf hunting by the end of the day Monday.

Zone 5 will be the latest to close at 6:30 Monday, as hunters continue to quickly hit harvest quotas in the northern and central parts of the state.

Zones 1, 2 and 4 closed over the weekend.

The wolf harvest quota in Wisconsin’s third wolf hunting season is lower than it’s been in the past.  The statewide limit is 150, and more than half that number of wolves have already been taken.

The wolf hunt began on Wednesday.

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Signage key
4:28 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Highway 55/32 Scenic Byway Process Moving Forward

Next we hear from Richard Ackley, a Forest County UW-Extension agent. Richard and several community members will be meeting next week as the next step in a process to have the WOLF RIVER-NICOLET SCENIC BYWAY Hwy 55/32  though Langlade and Forest Counties named as a Wisconsin Scenic Byway....

Richard Ackley discussing the proposed Scenic Byway in Langlade and Forest counties....

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Just Four Days Into the Hunt
6:25 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Wolf Hunting Zone 2 Set to Close

Credit Derek Bakken

Just a few days into the wolf hunting season and one zone is already set to close.

Zone 2 includes Oneida, Vilas and Forest Counties.  It’s expected to meet its quota in a matter of hours and will close at noon tomorrow.

As DNR Carnivore Specialist Dave Macfarland explains, the total quota for Zone 2 is just 15 wolves.    

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Arts & Life
2:34 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

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Arts & Life
3:42 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Fall Drawing- Win a Trip to Branson, MO

    

During the last days of our Fall Drive, your pledge automatically enters you in a drawing for a “Trip for 2 to Branson Missouri” November 5-9.

Tour Includes:

·       Motorcoach with Tour Manager

·       4 Nights Lodging and Breakfasts

·       The Haygoods Show

·       Silver Dollar City

·       Clay Cooper Show

·       Red Hot and Blue Show

·       Titanic Museum

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Gays, lesbians and transsexuals welcome
2:10 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Rhinelander Church Adopts Open Door Policy

Credit ucc.org

A Rhinelander congregation has opened its doors to all people, regardless of sexual orientation.

Parishioners at the First Congregational United Church of Christ on Larch street voted by a wide margin to become the first UCC church in the Northwoods to adopt this policy.

Reverend Doctor Christopher Hucker is Senior Pastor the church. He says they became an "open and affirming" church within the United Church Christ...

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A few saw more money
2:01 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

State Aids Drop For Many Northwoods Schools

Dr. Mike Richie District Administrator Northland Pines
Credit Northland Pines School District

The impact of dwindling state school aids in the Northwoods is shown in a recent Department of Public Instruction report.

Many  schools received substantial hits in revenue.

Rhinelander schools saw their aid drop $565,000 to just over $3 million dollars, the sixth highest percentage drop in the report. Wabeno had the fourth highest percentage drop, though the dollar total was lower, at $41,000. Tomahawk lost nearly $300,000, Many districts not in the Northwoods saw their revenue increase. Three Lakes lost $9.200 and Phelps about $1,500.

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