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Donna Welhofer

A fundraiser in Three Lakes can be sweet for both you and some eighth-graders.

Three Lakes eighth-grade teacher Donna Welhofer says their 9th annual cake auction is next Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Three Lakes school.

She says it helps kids find out about our nation's government...

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While most communities are getting into the holiday spirit, Rhinelander makes it official this Saturday.

Lauren Sackett of the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce tells us about the annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting downtown...

"....the parade starts at 5:00 p.m. and runs down Brown St. to King Street up Stevens to Stevensport Square(downtown). We'll have the parade and then the tree lighting ceremony. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there along with a city alderman. They will be there to officially kick off the holiday season with the lighting of the tree...."

Legislator Proposes New Use For Lincoln Hills

Nov 30, 2017
Wisconsin Dept. of Corrections

A state lawmaker urges colleagues of both parties to consider prison reforms that could take pressure off the troubled Lincoln Hills juvenile facility at Irma.

Milwaukee Assembly Democrat Evan Goyke proposed bills to turn Lincoln Hills into an adult treatment center -- move the juvenile Lincoln Hills inmates to up to ten smaller facilities around the state -- cut parole revocations for rule violations that are not criminal -- and bring back early release dates for prisoners who complete schooling and treatment programs

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The DNR's harvest numbers are here.

More deer were taken during the recently concluded gun deer season in the Northwoods than the year before, even though statewide, fewer deer were taken.

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz...

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Students at Wabeno High School are doing some work with brook trout right in their classroom.

More than 100 brook trout eggs were delivered to the Wabeno High School as part of the Trout in the Classroom program, a nationwide effort where young people raise trout eggs into small fingerlings while learning about trout biology, habitat and conservation.

Wabeno Elementary participated last year.

Trout Unlimited sponsors the program. Laura MacFarland is a T U spokesperson. She says the organization has the program to make youth familiar with trout.

Salvation Army

You've seen the bell ringers out at spots around the Northwoods, but the Rhinelander Salvation Army effort needs more volunteers to staff bell ringing times and generate more donations.

Field Representative Tom Bremer says the donations help local residents in dire need....

The Importance of Antlers

Nov 30, 2017

You may well find deer antlers beautiful, but how much do you think about them—a little or a lot?

In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist talks about the importance of antlers.

Antlers are extremely important. They are important to deer, to be certain, but they are important to hunters as well. If you took someone who knew absolutely nothing about deer or deer hunting and asked them to study deer and the people who hunt them, there is a fair chance they would come to the conclusion that the antler is the primary goal of the harvest.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports the death of a Hazelhurst woman this week does not appear suspicious.

62 -year- old Margie Hurula was reported missing Sunday.

Hurula was found in a wooded area near her home when it appears she fell down a steep embankment.

A press release reports the preliminary investigation indicates her death is not suspicious and foul play is not suspected.

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In 1983, November was designated as Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. It also has been designated as National Caregivers Month. Today we bring to you a discussion on a disease that increasingly affects more Americans as the overall population ages, and how families and others work to help the person affected. Ken Krall, News Director at WXPR was the moderator. There was a panel of experts who work each day with patients and families and people who have directly been affected who gathered at the WXPR studios. The panelists introduced themselves...

Wisconsin DNR

A visitor from the far north of Canada is visiting Wisconsin from now into our springtime.

Ornithologists are noting a large influx, or an 'irruption' of snowy owls into the Northwoods. The heaviest of all North American owls, tipping the scales at 3 to 6 pounds, their bright white plumage, large yellow eyes, massive feathered feet attract attention.

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The latest state unemployment numbers show only three of Wisconsin's counties to be above 4 percent unemployment. Economists often point to four percent unemployment as statistically near full employment.

Menominee county has the state's highest rate at 4.8 percent, followed by Iron county at 4.4 and Forest county at 4.1 percent.

68  Wisconsin counties now are below four percent unemployment.

State labor economist Mitchell Rupp in Wausau says the numbers reflect the needs of businesses....

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Rhinelander School District is offering the public an expanded chance to learn and do in its state-of-the-art Fab Lab.

A fabrication laboratory is a small-scale workshop offering digital fabrication. The lab is typically equipped with an array of flexible computer-controlled tools covering several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make technology-enabled products.

School district spokesperson Mike Cheslock says it's a more in-depth approach...

Wisconsin Dept. of Tourism

For the seventh year in a row, the state Tourism Department is heading up a collection of winter clothing items for those in need.

The "Big Bundle Up" campaign encourages Wisconsinites to donate gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, coats, and other warm winter  gear. Drop off sites have opened, and they'll keep collecting things through January second.

The Minocqua Chamber of Commerce is one drop off site. Chamber Director Krystal Westfahl says they work with local groups...

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