Invasive Species Threatens Native Art
4:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Black Ash Baskets: Weaving Resistance to Invasive Species

Eleven-year-old AJ pounds a black ash log, as Jarrod Stone Dahl steadies it.
Matthew Rethaber WXPR News

The emerald ash borer is having a big impact on forest landscapes and some commercial interests, as it continues to wipe out ash trees in Wisconsin and other parts of the U.S.  It also threatens a traditional Native American style of basket weaving. 

It can be easy to forget that a wooden basket comes from a tree.    

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Art Show and Sale
4:42 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Artarama Comes to Eagle River for 42nd Year

Eagle River is hosting a long-running art show and sale this weekend.  About a hundred exhibitors will participate in the 42nd year of Artarama, the juried fine art event. 

Artarama chairperson Lori Hahn says it’s a competitive process to get into the show, and a committee tries to select a diverse representation of art forms.

“We jury the artwork in March, and we try to pick a number of artists in several different media.  It ranges from painters to potters, woodworkers, chainsaw carving, metal sculpture…” 

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Cause of death undetermined
4:33 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

No Foul Play Expected in Schinke Death

Vilas county authorities say no foul play is suspected in the death of Sandra Schinke of Plum Lake, whose body was found  almost 18 months after she disappeared.

Schinke was reported missing from her residence in Plum Lake on April 6, 2012. Her body was found near a snowmobile trail on September 20, 2013. Schinke's remains were found east of Sayner in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. At the time of death she was 55 years old.

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Fifth county going to vote
2:53 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Lincoln Board Asks Public To Advise On Medicaid Money


Lincoln   has become the fifth county board in Wisconsin to ask voters about accepting federal funds for BadgerCare.

The advisory referendum will be on the November ballot.

The Walker administration and the legislature declined the money to help pay for Medicaid, known in Wisconsin as BadgerCare. The money was available through the Affordable Care Act.

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Exploration, Data Gathering Continues
1:45 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

DNR Approves More Exploratory Drilling in Penokees

Gogebic Taconite can continue with exploratory drilling this summer. 

The DNR has authorized the mining company to drill six additional holes, and approved its request to renew two exploration licenses within a 4-mile area of the Penokee Range.   

The DNR has also granted a stormwater permit so the company can make improvements to an existing road used to access some of the drill sites.

The DNR originally granted the first license in May of last year, and the second one in January.  GTac has already drilled more than 20 holes in the proposed iron mine site area. 

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U.S. "awash" in oil
3:06 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Gas Prices Should Drop Substantially Soon

Patrick DeHaan

A nation that is awash with oil will cause gas prices to plummet soon, even in the middle of the  tourist-busy summer season. That assessment from Patrick DeHaan, a Senior Petroleum Analyst for the website . He talked with Ken Krall about gas prices...

  Patrick DeHaan from the website

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Online survey
2:26 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

County Wants Input on Boathouse and Pier Rules

A view onto Blue Lake, Minocqua
Credit P.Taylor,

At the direction of the Oneida County Board, the Planning and Development committee wants the public to take an on-line survey concerning boathouses and piers.

Both issues have been debated at length over several years by the county. When some changes were proposed in the boathouse rules, the board decided to get more input before making a decision. While the state has rules governing piers, counties can have rules more strict than the state rules, as Oneida county does.

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Two other suspects charged
2:17 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Manawa Man To Trial For Alleged Human Trafficking


A Manawa man has been bound over for trial in Oneida county on charges of human trafficking, child enticement and a sex charge.

43 year old Michael W. Johnson waived a preliminary hearing before Judge Michael Bloom.

The criminal complaint alleges Johnson brought a  17 year old female he had met on the Internet to Rhinelander   in February and March to have sex, some of which was allegedly in exchange for money. The complaint alleges the underage teen had sex numerous times with the adults.

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Retroactive pay increase
2:08 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

City, Union Settle Court Case, Contract

Rhinelander city hall

The Rhinelander city council approved a retroactive pay increase for a public employee union that had taken the city to court.

Local 1226, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees had filed suit against the city last December claiming the city backed out of an agreement reached in 2012. The matter languished in Oneida County Circuit Court until earlier this month when sources say an agreement to drop the suit was reached. At that point, both sides began negotiating, and came to an agreement.

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Over Five Hundred Entries
2:00 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Local Artists Compete in Northern National Exhibit

The Northern National art show opens next week at the Nicolet College gallery.  It features almost ninety works from artists around the country, including several from Wisconsin and the Northwoods.

Lac du Flambeau artist Christine Alfery says after moving to the Northwoods from Madison…she finds national shows like this one offer important exposure…and a chance to be inspired by other artists. 

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