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Boulder Junction Lions Club to Host Centennial Celebration

Apr 18, 2017

An international club dedicated to community service is celebrating its 100th year, and local branches are coming together for a centennial celebration in Lac du Flambeau this weekend.

The Boulder Junction Lions Club and nearly 60 other lion and lioness clubs across eight northern Wisconsin counties will meet April 21 and 22 at Lake of the Torches Casino Conference Center for breakout sessions and trainings. President Jeff Lucas highlights this year’s convention…

Kovac Seeking Financial Help to Keep Planetarium Open

Apr 18, 2017

 Frank Kovac built a two ton, 22 foot diameter globe behind his house in Monico over 10 years ago, and borrowed more than $100,000 to build it. Kovac hoped he would make enough money from admission fees to pay the debt off, but he says the slow winter traffic has been sinking his business. He says spring and summer months are usually busy, but if nothing changes he plans to put his creation, his land and home up for sale some time during the fall. Kovac started a fundraiser in late 2015 that only raised a couple thousand of his $100,000 goal.

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With Earth Day Saturday as a backdrop, a state official says if you're going to the landfill, make sure you put electronic waste in its proper place. Electronic recycling is referred to as e-cycling.

DNR "E"-Cycle Wisconsin coordinator is Sarah Murray. She says all those electronic gadgets you have should be recycled properly...

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Wisconsin landowners hoping to improve wildlife habitat on their property -- whether a city lot or hundreds of acres -- have a new resource to help them choose native plants , benefit wildlife, and promote water quality." Wisconsin's Native Plants: Recommendations For Landscaping And Natural Community Restoration" is the title of a publication from the DNR.

One of the authors is conservation biologist Lucas Olson. He says improving the local habitat is dependent on using native plants....

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A program at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff has proven to provide hospital patients with preventing delirium during their hospital stay. For older patients, delirium is one of the most common complications of a hospital stay.

Next, Ken Krall talks with nurse Dawn McPherson, geriatric clinical coordinator for the Hospital Elder Life Program, or HELP.

The medical team and volunteers work on a program to help older patients avoid delirium....

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A 28 year old Rhinelander woman has been arrested for second-degree reckless homicide following the death of an infant.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports Friday evening they received an emergency call about a 20 month old child with shallow breathing in the town of Newbold.

When emergency help arrived, the child...later identified as Avery J. Edwards...was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander and later taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

The child later died.

Adequate sleep is essential to a smoothly functioning brain – and here’s a little-known fact: Your brain is more active when you’re asleep than when you’re awake.

We still don’t know all there is to know about sleep, but in today’s episode of BrainWaves, our monthly commentator Molly Rose Teuke shares some tips on how to get more of it.

Molly Rose Teuke is host of WXPR’s Thursday Midday Classics and a certified brain-based coach and leadership trainer, helping people master the art and science of personal change.

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The 7th annual Sustainability Fair is being held on Earth Day, this Saturday , at Nicolet College Lakeside Center in Rhinelander. The Fair is from noon to 7:30 p.m.

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The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is set for April 29 across the nation.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration and aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. Another goal is educating the public about the potential for medication abuse.

Captain Terri Hook of the Oneida County Sheriff's Department talks about some of the local collections....

DNR Officials Say Keep Wildlife Wild

Apr 17, 2017

The Northwoods is greening up and young wildlife is beginning to emerge making spring an opportune time to observe young critters, but the group dedicated to preventing orphaned and injured wildlife, Keep Wildlife Wild, is reminding nature enthusiasts to watch from a distance. Dianne Robinson is the committee chair and a DNR wildlife biologist and says never assume an animal is orphaned…

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Following a referendum vote earlier this month, the Newbold town board voted this week to set guidelines for approving specific atv/utv routes in Newbold.

Town Chair David Kroll says a motion to open all town roads for atv-utv's failed by a two yes, three no vote. A second motion to form a study group for six months failed on a one yes, 4 no vote, before the third motion passed unanimously.

Kroll says he will be bringing suggestions back to a meeting of the board on April 27.

Fugitive Caught-Sought Statewide

Apr 14, 2017
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A fugitive from Janesville who sparked a nine-day nationwide manhunt is now in police custody.

Thirty-two-year old Joseph Jakubowski was captured without incident this morning in Vernon County. The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office says Jakubowski was arrested at around 6 A-M on a farmer's property near the village of Readstown. Jakubowski had been on the run since April 4th, when he broke into Armageddon Supplies in Janesville. It's believed he stole 18 guns from the store.

Opposition Speaks Out On High Capacity Well Bill

Apr 14, 2017
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A bill that would loosen regulations on high-capacity wells in Wisconsin again has passed the state Senate and now advances to the state Assembly, where a similar bill died last year.

Senate Bill 76 essentially would allow high-capacity well permits to be issued permanently.

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