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  The Community Blood Center will be hosting its 8th annual Hodag M.A.S.H (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) Blood Drive this Wednesday. Vice President of Donation Services Kristine Belanger says the event is fun way to save lives.


“We convert Pioneer Park into a M.A.S.H.-themed donation event with tents and food and free tee shirts and it’s a lot of fun and it’s a great to way to donate a unit of blood and save up to three lives.”

We all love having a week or two to unwind and catch up on our lives, but it’s easier said than done.

In this month’s episode of BrainWaves, WXPR’s commentator and classical music host Molly Rose Teuke explores why vacation time is so important, and shares some tips on how to make it happen.

Molly Rose Teuke is host of WXPR’s Thursday Midday Classics. She’s also a certified brain-based coach and leadership trainer, and teaches a community education course for Nicolet College called “Getting Your Brain on Your Side.” She can be reached at

State Representative Melissa Sargent is introducing a bill to legalize both medicinal and recreational  use of marijuana in Wisconsin.

The Madison Democrat introduced similar bills in the last two legislative sessions.

Sargent says it provides more than 100 pages of protections that currently do not exist in the state and, she says, provides oversight and protections for consumers.

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MINOCQUA -- Marshfield Clinic Health System’s efforts to reduce its opioid prescribing drew praise Friday, July 14 from Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who was at the clinic’s Minocqua center to co-chair the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse meeting.

“I was astounded by the numbers that you guys are putting out,” Kleefisch (R-Wisconsin) told Marshfield Clinic representatives in her opening remarks. “Your moving on the forefront of combating opioid abuse is significant.”

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Needed upgrades to the runways at Eagle River Union Airport soon will mean changes for pilots using the facility until the work is done.

Airport Manager Robert Hom says the work will improve the runway....

"Our main runway...0422 is 5,000 feet long. It's our jet runway. It was last paved, any work done on it in the mid-70's. It's at the end of it's life cycle. So we're going to be repaving it and improving it's weight-bearing capacity....."

Hom  says they get a large amount of jet traffic and those planes need a minimum of 5,000 feet...

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It's a busy few days for the Oneida County Sheriff's Department with tens of thousands of visitors coming to the Rhinelander area for the Hodag Country Festival.

Sheriff Grady Hartman says the department is staffed up this weekend...

"....most of our deputies end up working out there. A lot of them are on overtime, some of them are on straight time. We leave some of the deputies back to cover the calls in the county and transport if we get any prisoners back to the jail...."

Hartman says they plan for the extra staffing required...

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Down it comes!

The former Kabel Auto Building, not far from Rhinelander City Hall on Stevens St. has come down.

The city received a grant to demolish the aging building.

Kautza Excavating did the demolition work. The site will be a city lot.

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Jul 13, 2017


It's the peak of summer in the Northwoods and traditionally, gas prices should be at their highest. Not this year and probably not for the forseeable future says a gas price expert.

Senior Petroleum Analyst for the gas price watchdog website gas buddy dot com(, Patrick DeHaan tells us the latest prices...

"...statewide, gas prices are up just slightly in the last week across Wisconsin. Prices bottomed out right around July 4 slightly higher than $2.22 a gallon. Today the average is about $2.23 so not a huge increase...."

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A report earlier this week by Wisconsin News Connection's Tim Morrissey with a Red Cross spokesperson found a critical shortage of blood donors in Wisconsin.

A regional rep agrees and says the public can help out soon.

Marc Sutton is regional blood representative for the American Red Cross. He says the need for blood doesn't change, but the supply does because of a a variety of factors...

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A Tomahawk teacher has won a national contest from the cable TV network HGTV.

On the HGTV website, it said Stacy Bolder was surprised when an HGTV host showed up at a local establishment with a camera crew to get her reaction.

Bolder won the HGTV Smart Home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Along with the home, which HGTV says is worth $1.5 million, Bolder and her husband also won a 2017 Mercedes-Benz and $100,000 from Quicken Loans.

Effort To Reduce Size Of LUHS Board Meets Resistance

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MINOCQUA –Tom Gabert’s proposal to reduce the size of the Lakeland Union High School Board of Education is meeting resistance from some fellow board members.

The high school’s 9-member board – the largest of any school board in the area – comprises five at-large members and four assigned respectively to each of the public elementary school districts. Five-member boards govern those K-8 districts.

Fire fully engulfed a residence in the Vilas county Town of Cloverland Wednesday afternoon.

The Sheriff's Department reports responders arrived at 5680 Cloverland Drive to fight the blaze.

The home has been unoccupied for some time.

Several agencies responded to the blaze. No injuries reported and the dwelling was total loss. The fire remains under investigation.