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A Rhinelander man has been identified as as the person killed in the town of Stella east of Rhinelander Saturday evening.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports 60 year old Mark Mohr died in the crash.

The Sheriff's Department says Mohr's vehicle was traveling northbound, crossed the road and and rolled over in the south bound ditch, coming to rest in some trees. A sheriff's deputy on patrol came upon the crash scene on Highway 45 near East Stella Lake Road.

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A Northwoods psychologist says an upcoming special session of the legislature to deal with Wisconsin's opioid addiction problem is a positive step. Ken Krall talks with Marshfield Clinic-Minocqua's  Dr. Michael Larson...

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Eagle River Police Department and Community Addiction Recovery and Empowerment are teaming up with a new program to battle addiction problems.

Eagle River Police Chief Mark Vander Bloomen says the goal is to provide a compassionate, no excuses, long term recovery program for those seeking addiction treatment....

Civil Rights Advocate Tours Northwoods For MLK Day

Jan 9, 2017
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  A civil rights advocate with the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., will be reinforcing the call for tolerance and understanding this week and next as she tours around the Northwoods in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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A Tripoli man was sentenced to prison Friday in Oneida County Circuit Court for his role in a shooting incident last April at his residence.

60 year old Kenneth Welsh entered no contest pleas in September to a count of endangering safety and operating a firearm while intoxicated.

Judge Michael Bloom sentenced Welsh to three years in state prison, giving him credit for 262 days he's been jailed.

Flu Already Hitting Wisconsin Seniors Hard

Jan 6, 2017
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Although flu season probably won't peak in Wisconsin until mid-February, it's already got a strong foothold, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

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The very cold temperatures of late gives those who ice fish or snowmobile a desire to head out, but Wisconsin Public Service is reminding the public there's still danger near dams.

Spokesperson Leah VanZile says ice near dams can be treacherous...

"..around the dam the ice can be thin, even around normal weather conditions, the ice near dams and reservoirs is often thin and inconsistent and unsafe. So if you are going to be doing any fishing or snowmobiling across those waterways, please avoid getting too close to the dams..."

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The Grandmother Flowage fishery is again open for fishing following completion of dam repairs and the restoration of water levels. Ken Krall reports....

The Grandmother Flowage is a 758 acre reservoir on the Wisconsin River in central Lincoln County that runs for about 7 miles downstream from the Pride Dam ..which forms Lake Mohawksin... to the Grandmother Dam. In early September, the flowage was drawn down 14 feet for the repair work, leaving fish in the concentrated pool vulnerable to overharvest.

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Two persons were injured Friday morning(1/6/17) after an explosion at a foundry in Phelps.

Officials say the explosion was at Phelps Cast, operated by Berntsen Brass and Aluminum Foundry based in Madison. Reports at the scene say a furnace exploded. A worker near the furnace was injured in the blast.

Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says that worker...a 31 year old man from Eagle River... was taken by helicopter to the burn unit of a Madison hospital.

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Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek recently fined a committee chair and also mandated open meetings training for the full Oneida County Board.

The Lakeland Times filed an open meetings complaint against the Labor Relations and Employee Services committee for allegedly talking about items that were not posted on the meeting agenda.

The Lakeland Times reported Committee Chair Ted Cushing had to pay a $25 fine and every county board member was mandated to attend seminar on open meeting.

Non-Motorized Boats Looked At For Registration Fees

Jan 5, 2017
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The DNR is proposing some increases for fees like hunting and fishing licenses and non-motorized recreational items like kayaks.

The D-N-R's fish and wildlife account is running out of money and that money is needed for wildlife management and law enforcement. Ninety percent of the funds comes from hunting, fishing and trapping license fees.

DNR officials say a steady decline in sales of hunting licenses in recent years has played a major role in a nearly five-million dollar shortfall.

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Your car is your means to get to a destination, but it also could be a lifesaver in cold weather.

AAA of Wisconsin spokesperson Nick Jarmusz has a couple of tips about your vehicle in cold weather.

The first is your battery...

"....we see the (number) of our roadside calls go through the roof when it comes to battery issues in these cold snaps because the cold can significantly reduce the starting power of your battery...."

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A provider of driver training in Antigo and Hurley has closed operation and the DOT suggests looking for other trainers.

Wisconsin DMV spokesperson Deb Kraemer says Adaptive Experts LLC is no longer licensed to provide training services.

Adaptive Experts provided classroom and behind the wheel training.

Kramer says people needing driver training in Antigo and Hurley can go to the DOT/DMV website to get more information...

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WXPR's Ken Krall talks with UW-Stevens Point Political Science Chair Dr. John Blakeman about Republican leadership in Congress and the legislature and the political 'ground game'....

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It looks like Mother Nature is cooperating and the Ice Castle is a go in Eagle River.

Led by the Eagle River Fire Department and volunteers, weather permitting, the castle is built out of blocks of ice from Silver Lake. The castle is assembled near the historic Railroad Depot downtown.

Fire Chief Michael Anderson says they need about a foot of solid ice before they proceed.

He says they have about 11 inches, and with the cold snap this week, they should be ready to go next week....

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