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After a surge in the 1990's, revenues for county and municipal governments have fallen to levels of 20 years ago.

Some results of the study by the non-profit Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance is told by WTA President Todd Berry...

"....county revenues were growing by about eight percent in the early '90's. After 2005, they've been averaging just 1.5 percent. We found similar patterns for municipalities with their revenue growth...slowing to under three percent..."

 

Work that will close a portion of Kemp Street in Rhinelander was approved Monday night by the Rhinelander city council.

The council authorized $6.3 million for what's called the interceptor project. It's tied in the the wastewater upgrades in the city. The council awarded the bid to Dorner, Incorporated who will contract with a local contractor to do the work.

The upgrades will mean much of Kemp Street east of Sutliff Avenue will be under construction and closed this summer.

City Administrator Blaine Oborn outlines the work area this year...

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Northwoods residents have been calling for faster internet service in underserved areas. Money for more broadband service has been restored to the state budget after a group of rural legislators objected to it being cut.

34 District Representative Rob Swearingen says Governor Walker had said money for expanded service would be in the budget currently under construction. The budget-writing Joint Finance Committee pulled the $4.3 million from the budget. Swearingen says when they found out they acted to get it restored...

Forest county could eventually see a 10,000 acre ATV park located there.

The Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Inc, a non-profit group, has finished a second study to see whether a park would be viable. The latest study was done by North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. Prior to that, a study was done by Ripon College on the economic effects.

President John Schnorr says the group feels the park would draw people from many areas..

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May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. One family in Arbor Vitae is hoping to get the word out to be persistent about the disease.

Jennifer Kane went untreated and undiagnosed for Lyme Disease for two-and-a-half years. After seeing dozens of doctors, she found one doctor who helped. She says she still suffers daily from the bacteria which she says infected her brain. She says her first symptom was a headache...

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The next 12 graduates from Leadership Oneida County finished their work last week at a ceremony at Pinewood Country Club in Harshaw.

Having completed four year's worth of classes, Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lara Reed says results are showing up in the community...

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The state government will collect a half-billion dollars more in tax revenues over the next two years than what was previously expected. Republican legislative leaders say they want to give at least part of the windfall to public schools.

The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau confirmed the extra revenue last week. A short time later, majority Assembly Republicans put out a statement in which they promised to support an increase in state school aid of 100-dollars per student.

 

A Forest county jury has found a 47 year old Crandon man guilty of five of of counts concerning the New Year's Day 2012 traffic death of a man in the town of Nashville south of Crandon.

The jury came to a verdict shortly after 7:30 p.m. Friday in the case of Norbert Polar. Polar was found guilty of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle and guilty of hit and run and traffic related offenses including a fifth DUI.

About 400 Northland Pines students will be helping to make the Eagle River area a bit 'greener' as the annual Earth Day is set for May 8.

Northland Pines High School Science teacher Ann Perry says the idea came about 10 years ago a teacher came up with the idea of students en masse helping the community...

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A chief supporter of a mining project in Iron and Ashland counties is calling on his federal colleagues to investigate Environmental Protection Agency actions in Wisconsin.

State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst reacted to a report showing the Odanah wastewater treatment plant has failed to comply with the federal Clean Water Act. The plant serves the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, strong opponents of the proposed Penokee Hills iron ore mine.

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Words of caution from a DNR spokesperson: don't burn without checking for permits and conditions.

Forester-Ranger John Gillen in Rhinelander says they've been busy since the warm and low-humidity weather came into the region...

"....now that we lost the snowpack and we've been dry for a couple of days, that's all that it takes for our spring fire activity to build and that's what we've seen over the last couple of days..."

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United Steelworkers members at Wausau Paper’s Rhinelander and Mosinee mills and the Thilmany mill in Kaukauna, have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with KPS Capital Partners in anticipation of the private equity firm purchase of those mills. A Steelworkers spokesperson says the contracts improve on some of the conditions workers have at the mills.

Union spokesperson Lynne Hancock outlines the new agreement..

Check back soon for the 2013/ 2014 WXPR Concert Series Lineup!

Live from the White Pine

Apr 10, 2013
Cobb Brothers Duo with Hand Picked Bluegrass
Peg Arnold

Shad and Jesse Cobb joined Hand Picked Bluegrass for a Live from the White Pine studio performance during WXPR's Bluegrass Saturday. Theresa Seabloom of WXPR's Country Legends hosted the March 23rd on-air broadcast.

We caught up the Cobb Brothers on their spring foray into northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Shad came up from Nashville and his work with the John Cowan Band. Jesse recently completed his work with the Infamous Stringdusters. The brothers were are taking a moment to collaborate on new material and explore creative opportunities.   

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