5:23 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Can Access Federal Dollars for Foster Care

Lac du Flambeau chairman Tom Maulson shook hands with Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson Tuesday.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Lac du Flambeau hopes to provide more support for families and kids in its foster care system.  The state of Wisconsin has signed an agreement allowing the tribe to access a new stream of federal funding. 

The Title IV-E program is the federal government’s foster care program. 

Until recently, funds from that program have gone to the state of Wisconsin and its counties, but have never been funneled to the tribes.  That’s changing, now that officials have signed an agreement allowing that money to flow directly to the tribe’s foster care administration. 

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Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over
4:37 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Drunk Driving Crackdown Coming Before Labor Day


Law enforcement agencies statewide are teaming up to put extra emphasis on "drive sober or get pulled over.

Chief David Jaeger from the Minocqua Police Department  says  the numbers of fatalities from alcohol related crashes has dropped in the last decade...

".....there has been a significant reduction in related crashes. Since 2003 (fatalities) have dropped from 348 in 2003 to 185 last year, a 47 percent reduction...."

Injuries from alcohol related crashes fell about 59 percent in the same time period.

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Move into former South Park School next spring
7:27 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Bethesda Lutheran Communities Gets Council Approval

Future Bethesda location at the former South Park School
Credit WXPR

Bethesda Lutheran Communities is a step closer to taking over the former South Park School on South Pelham St.

The Rhinelander city council Monday approved a zoning change needed for the organization to consolidate it's functions into the school vacated by the Rhinelander School District.

In June, school district electors approved the offer made by Bethesda.  The original listing price in March was $250,000. Bethesda's bid of $139,000 was approved.

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City of Eagle River Wants Out
5:13 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Town of Lincoln Likely to Assume Ownership of Olson Library

If everything moves ahead as anticipated, the Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River will have a new owner in the near future.

The town of Lincoln, one of seven municipalities participating in the joint operation of the library, passed a motion last week to accept transfer of the library property from the City of Eagle River to the town. 

There are some contingencies, but Lauri Stoegbauer, president of the library trustees, is confident they will be worked out and the transfer will become final.

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Keeping and Creating Jobs
3:56 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Rhinelander Community Glimpses Printpack Interior at Grand Opening

A crowd gathered for Printpack's grand opening of its new location on Highway 17.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Over 300 people had a chance to see inside Printpack’s new facility in Rhinelander.  The packaging company held public tours and a grand opening event Monday.

Printpack prints cellophane wrappers for things like candy and granola bars.  And its new 200-thousand square foot location in Rhinelander will be churning out more than twice as many wrappers as before. 

Plant manager Pat Marquart says the biggest challenge in relocating has been training employees on high-tech equipment that’s brand new to them. 

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Nicolet College Foundation
11:22 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Large Land Donation To Aid Nicolet College Scholarships

A well-known Northwoods physician has given a donation to Nicolet College that a spokesperson says should benefit students for many years.

 Dr. Lee Swank of Rhinelander recently donated a five-acre, waterfront parcel of land to the Nicolet College Foundation which intends to sell the property with proceeds going to fund student scholarships.

Foundation President Heather Schallock says this type of donation provides an opportunity to help many students...

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Diggers Hotline
4:29 am
Mon August 11, 2014

8-11 A Good Date To Think About 8-1-1

Finding the line

Wisconsin Public Service officials are using today's date to remind property owners to check out where utility lines are located before digging.

Numerically, today's date is 8 -11 on the calendar, and WPS is using the date to remind people about Digger's Hotline. The hotline provides a way to find out if utility lines cross your property.

Todd Steffen from Wisconsin Public Service says Diggers Hotline should be the first thing you do before starting the project...

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Sixth year of program
4:46 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

New Class For Leadership OC Being Recruited

Oneida County Courthouse, Rhinelander

A program designed to help build the next generation of leaders is seeking 20 people to join.
Leadership Oneida County is accepting applications for the next  session.

One of ths sponsoring agencies is the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce. Director Dana DeMet describes the program....

".....Leadership Oneida County is a nine-month program that cultivates and prepares  upcoming leaders in our area even more involved citizens in our local communities....."

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County, U.S. races
4:05 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Turnout Expected To Be Light For Tuesday's Primary


One Northwoods county clerk doesn't think there will be a very big turnout today as Wisconsin holds a partisan primary election today.

Oneida County Clerk Mary Bartelt says interest by the public hasn't been overwhelming...

"....I think our turnout is going to be small. I would say maybe 20-25 percent. I just have that feeling. There hasn't been a lot of absentee(ballots) ask that is what I'm projecting..."

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Healthy Choices All Day
1:00 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

School Snacks Will Look Different This Year

School districts are preparing for changes in some of their menus…thanks to new federal nutrition guidelines for snacks that take effect this school year. 

Rhinelander Food Service Director Pat Karaba says the new rules mean less sodium and more whole grain ingredients.  And snacks must also be limited in their portion sizes and calories. 

“Say we sold Doritos or snacks along those lines or cheetos.  Those would no longer fall into that category.  So we could not sell them this coming school year.”

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