A Biologist Who Hates Dissecting Animals?

Aug 4, 2017

Can you be a biologist if you hate dissecting animals? In this week's episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist shares some of his own struggles overcoming his disdain for dissection to get into the field of wildlife biology.

Minocqua to Gain Dollar General Store

Aug 4, 2017

Minocqua is on track to get another business, this one variety retailer Dollar General, which plans to locate on U.S. Hwy. 51, south of the Island of Minocqua.

Tuesday, the Minocqua Town Board forwarded for approval a conditional use permit for DGI-Minocqua to build a 7,500-foot-store that will be leased to Dollar General.

Supervisor Billy Fried says he’s glad the store is being built, but has concerns about Dollar General’s corporate office’s insistence that the building’s appearance stay as proposed:

Northland Pines Solar Project

Aug 4, 2017

The Northland Pines school board approved a large solar project Monday that will produce 420 kilowatt hours (kw) from 1,200 solar panels with no up-front cost to the district.

The contract was awarded to Eagle Point Solar of Dubuque, Iowa for $663,000. The cost will be covered by a grant plus third party investors taking advantage of energy tax credits.

Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, is an incurable disease in deer that has been found once again on a game farm in Three Lakes. This disease, if not monitored and prevented, threatens the entire deer population. The DNR will again be doing an area-wide herd sampling this year to search for cases of it in the wild. Jeremy Holtz, a wildlife biologist with the DNR, says despite additional cases of the disease being identified in the captive Three Lakes herd, he’s hopeful of the results this year given last year’s findings.

Ron Kind Secures Opioid Program Funding

Jul 28, 2017

Rep. Ron Kind has helped to secure $55 million towards funding programs in the Jason Simcacoski PROMISE Act during spending bill negotiations in Washington.

Kind is confident the initiatives in the PROMISE Act will begin to clean up the VA health system and beyond.

I'm hopeful that if we do this right, that the Tomah VA could become a model of care of proper pain management for our veterans that we can apply throughout the nation, including throughout the entire healthcare system.

UW Trout Lake Station to Host Open House

Jul 27, 2017
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The UW Trout Lake Station in Boulder Junction will be holding its 6th Annual Open House on Friday, August 4th from 1-5. The open house showcases much of the research done at the station as well as events for all ages, as interim station director Susan Knight describes.

Two firms were interviewed by the Vilas County Public Property Committee with a view to providing courthouse security beginning in 2018.

While no decision has been made on the level of security for courthouse visitors, a secure entrance has been designed into the new $11 million addition. Individual courthouse office security issues have also been discussed with no plans.

Interviewed were Per Mar Security Services of Schofield who indicated they currently provide unarmed security at three Wisconsin counties . . . Outagamie, Trempealeau, and Monroe.

Quickly Passing Summer

Jul 27, 2017

Summer seems to pass so quickly. In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist talks about taking time with his boys to enjoy all that summer has to offer while reflecting on his own summertime fun when he was a kid.

Work Begins on Dog Park at Shepard Park

Jul 26, 2017

After years of challenges, work on the off-leash dog park at Shepard Park has begun. Leader of the dog park effort Tina Werres says the public stepped in to help get things started on Saturday with a debris removal effort.

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The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands has approved the purchase of nearly a thousand acres of primarily woodland in the town of Minocqua from American Timberland LLC. The purchase price was just over $1.1 million. The vote was 2-1 to make the purchase. The land is on the Oneida-Price county line.

Tune in to WXPR's Crossroads Cafe Wednesday, July 26th, at 1:00pm for a special live broadcast with singer songwriter Meghan Hayes.

Sales and prices of homes in the Northwoods continues to grow according to the latest report from Wisconsin Realtors Association.

In June, the 18-county region including Oneida, Vilas, Forest, Lincoln, Langlade and Iron counties saw sales grow by 10 percent over June, 2016 sales and the median price rose from $147,000 to $155,000.

Realtors Association economist David Clark says sales set a record for June, topping the record set last June. He says June usually finds the highest numbers of purchaes for the year.

Langlade County Fair

One of the longest running fairs in northern Wisconsin is beginning its five-day run.

The Langlade County Youth Fair in Antigo begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday. This is the fair's 131st year.

Fair Coordinator Rhonda Klement says among the highlights is the return of sprint-car racing Friday night, along with a demolition derby and a tractor pull. The fair is also packed with agriculture and 4-H events, including animal exhibits. She says they've brought back many of the musical favorites...

YMCA of the Northwoods

The YMCA of the Northwoods has a new leader.

The Board of Directors announced Ryan Zietlow is the new CEO. He succeeds Laurie Schlitt, who left to take a position with the Mukwanago YMCA in April.