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Helps Border-Crossing Haulers
4:47 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

MI Allows Heavier Log Loads from WI

It’s now a little easier for Wisconsin log haulers to cross the Michigan border. 

Michigan transportation officials will now issue permits to allow 98,000 pound loads on six axles…where they previously only allowed gross weights of 90,000 pounds on five axles.

DOT Permitting Chief Kathleen Nichols says it expands the season for log hauling. 

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State Guarantees Payments to Potawatomi
4:39 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Menominee Positive About Gaming Compact Amendment

The Menominee tribe doesn’t think an amendment to the state’s gaming compact will stand up to legal scrutiny. 

The tribe’s Kenosha Gaming Authority Chair Gary Besaw says the latest agreement with the Potawatomi might not meet federal requirements of the Indian gaming regulatory act. 

But he thinks that could ultimately be a good thing for the proposed Kenosha casino. 

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Public input on four possible options
3:26 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

DNR Wolf Management Plan Coming In January

Credit en.wikipedia.org

The public is expected to provide input on a  new DNR wolf management plan.

DNR carnivore specialist David MacFarland outlines what the agency will be doing...

"....the Department is in the process of developing a new wolf management plan that will serve as a guide to future management. We're at a point where we're going to be releasing a public draft. That will be done in early January...."

MacFarland says after that will be a public input period which will include written comments on the plan.

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Arts & Life
3:25 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Sing Along with David Dall

WXPR recently made stop at the Old School Arts and Learning Center in Rhinelander to record a Christmas Sing Along with local performer David Dall.

Dall is a professional performer and early childhood educator. He has produced several CD's including Music is a Friend of Mine, Box Under the Bed, and Still Playin'.  His most recent is a Christmas CD entitled Hometown Holiday.

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Former Harley-Davidson building
3:18 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Prentice Manufacturer Hoping To Open Facility In Tomahawk

A Prentice based manufacturer is looking to expand it's operations into a vacant building in Tomahawk.

Multitek North America got approval from a Tomahawk city committee this week that would facilitate a plan to have Multitek expand into a former 15,000 square-foot Harley-Davidson plant on Oneida Drive.
Multitek North America President Doug Kamps says the company is growing and needs more space...

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Ice jams cause
3:13 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Flood Waters Appear To Be Ebbing In Menominee County

The situation is improving for residents along the Wolf River at Keshena in Menominee county.

Emergency Management Coordinator for the Menominee Indian Tribe, Ben Warrington says it appears the water has stopped rising at Keshena...

".....it began in late November, around the Thanksgiving weekend, and the reasons for it were some ice dams along the Wolf River. Since the week of Thanksgiving it has gradually begun to rise. Now it is to the point it is beginning to affect some businesses and homes in the downtown area...."

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Arts & Life
6:00 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Choir Members Find Community in Northwoods Singers

The Northwoods Singers at Grace Covenant in 2013.
Credit Submitted photo

If you love to sing with others, where do you go? Church choir perhaps? What if you want to sing more challenging music, or nonreligious music? For some people living throughout the Northwoods of Wisconsin and the U.P., the answer is the Northwoods Singers.

It’s a snowy evening, and about 40 choir members ranging in age from their 40s to 80s are waming up in the Congregational church in Eagle River for their last regular rehearsal of the season. Northwoods Singers co-founder Norma Yaeger said it’s quite a commitment for some of the members to make the drive.

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Luke Somers Spent Time in Northwoods
5:56 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Three Lakes Educator Remembers Journalist Killed In Yemen

Last weekend a  raid by U.S. forces in Yemen tried to free American hostage Luke Somers who had been held hostage by Al-Qaeda since September of 2013. Somers and a South African were killed by their captors. Somers was in Yemen to capture the aftermath of the uprising in Yemen.

A Three Lakes man has vivid memories of Luke Somers. Six years ago, Somers spent six months at Teaching Drum School in Three Lakes. Director Tamarack Song talked to WXPR's Ken Krall about Somers' time in the Northwoods.

Thomas Siebold went missing in Alaska last year. He has not been found.

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Oneida County Trails Still Closed This Weekend
4:32 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Vilas County Snowmobile Trails Open Friday

Snowmobile riders will have a chance to hit the trails this weekend in Vilas County, though not in Oneida.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Snowmobile trails in Vilas County are set to open Friday afternoon at 4 pm.

Vilas County Recreation Administrator Dale Mayo says conditions are typical for early season, though some areas may be wet or rough.

“Earlier in the season we had the freezing and thawing and hunters in the woods – and the trails are rutted.  We did have plenty of snow, but we still have a few areas where you could encounter some rough spots.  So we’re just encouraging everybody to use caution.” 

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Monday morning
4:04 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Victim Identified in Conover Fire

Vilas county authorities have released the name of the person killed early Monday near Conover.

The Vilas County Coroner's office says 84 year old Kathryn Bauer of Conover died in the blaze. The Sheriff's office was called at 3:23 Monday morning to 3179 US 45. When fire units arrived, the residence was fully engulfed.

No cause of the blaze has been determined, but there are no indications the fire is suspicious.

The investigation is continuing.

Conover firefighters were assisted by Plum Lake and the Eagle River fire departments.

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