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The tax watchdog organization Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance is out with a pamphlet that explains to the public just how the state's K-12 schools are financed. As WTA spokesperson Dale Knapp explains, K-12 funding is about $11 billion dollars, but few people can easily figure out how that funding happens.... "...we thought it would be helpful to put out an 'explainer' of how some schools in Wisconsin are financed. How all of those pieces fit together, and where school districts spend their...

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Though Thanksgiving is Thursday, a food safety expert says you should already be thinking about safely preparing the turkey. Next Ken Krall talks with Oneida County Registered Sanitarian Jody McKinney about getting the turkey ready in a safe way...

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Only a few roads in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest remain to be repaired as hunters return in mass for the Gun Deer Season. Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says more than 300 miles of road and trail since the July 11 storm event... "....we've got most of our roads open, we're down to just 9 portions of roads that are closed and a couple of those are bridges that were washed out. We've worked really hard since July to restore all those services to get people back out in the forest.....

Tiffany Asking Baldwin To Join Wolf Delisting Effort

Nov 19, 2016
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A Northwoods Senate Republican is again pushing to have states regain control of their wolf populations. And this time, he hopes to convince a leading Democrat to get on board. Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst says the federal courts and Congress need to stop what he calls "ping ponging" -- moving Upper Midwest wolves on and off the federal endangered list as was done in recent years. Now, Tiffany and G-O-P state Representative Adam Jarchow want to enlist U-S Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin to...

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She wasn't the first Venison Queen, but she's glad she was asked. A Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce tradition...the 51st annual Venison Feed is always held the Friday before the opening of the gun deer season in Wisconsin. More than a thousand hungry hunters attend to eat venison burgers and enjoy the hunt. Last year, Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett was crowned the first Venison Queen. This year, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp gets the honor... "....it is my very first pageant,...

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Three Lakes residents will have to vote again whether to finance upgrades of the Demmer library and the town offices. Tuesday was the town budget meeting where electors vote on the budget. That portion of the meeting had been noticed properly and the budget was acted on. Also that night, motions were passed to allow the town to get the money to upgrade the Demmer library and the town offices. As Town Chair Stella Westfall says, it was discovered there were procedural problems with the votes...

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We invite you to join us Thanksgiving Day for special programming. During the Thanksgiving holiday, we pause to express gratitude for the blessings of family, friends and the abundance of our lives. In this spirit, the WXPR staff and volunteers send you our best wishes for the season. Thanksgiving Midday Classics- Holiday Themed Midday Classics with Host Molly Rose Teuke. 9am-11am Turkey Confidential- Host Lynne Rossetto Kasper comes to the...

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This week the Northwoods have been privy to a very unique international tour. South African musician Lorraine Klaasen and her ensemble have spent the week touring around northern Wisconsin ahead of her show this Saturday night, Nov. 19th at the Nicolet College Theatre. WXPR’s Mackenzie Martin has the story. Lorraine Klaasen and her three-member ensemble will be at the Nicolet College Theatre this Saturday at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at nicoletlive.com or by calling ...

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Wisconsin's 2016 gun deer hunt begins Saturday morning. Ken Krall spoke with DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz about the prospect for the hunt, safety, and how this hunt will be different in the Northwoods. We'll start with Jeremy Holtz...

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Last year, the legislature directed the DNR to find ways to increase the allowable acreage for forest productivity from the state forests. A DNR spokesperson says public comment on the variances is open until the end of the month. The DNR's Carmen Hardin is Forest Management Bureau Director. She says the DNR is in the process of getting public comment on the proposed variances, which means a larger amount of acreage in the forests would be available for forest production... ".......

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The weather is turning colder and the timing is right for the Department of Tourism's 6th annual Big Bundle Up promotion designed to get warm winter clothing to those in need. The Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce is one collection point in the Northwoods. Chamber Director Theresa Smith says donations are being accepted.... "....we're looking for hats and coats, mittens, gloves, scarves....anything warm...we've even had boots donated in the past. Items for families that could use the...

Changes Passed For Vilas County-Tribal Committee

Nov 17, 2016
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In a split 17 to 3 decision, the Vilas County Board of Supervisors expanded and changed the membership and purpose of the county-tribal concerns committee adding language the committee will be strictly advisory with no authority to determine policy with respect to county government and cannot enter into any agreements, contracts, or expend any county funds. Membership will be equal between the county and Lac du Flambeau tribe with county representation reduced from five to three and tribal...

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A change in testing will enable people who want to donate blood at the Community Blood Center to do so without waiting. Last Friday the Center began testing all blood donations for the Zika virus. Community Blood Center spokesperson Kristine Belanger says blood donors no longer have a waiting period to donate... ".....they no longer have to wait before they can donate blood. In March we implemented a waiting period of 28 days if people had been in an area with active Zika transmission....

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Utilities joined forces today to alert the public to be on the lookout for scams. Thieves call businesses and individuals representing a utility. A few weeks ago several City of Marathon business owners were contacted about their bills threatening to shut off utilities in 45 minutes if they did not pay. Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Leah Van Zile says customers need to stay vigilant. She says WPS will not ask you to pay your bill in this manner... "....so if somebody is coming to...

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Oneida County passed next year's budget this week that includes a move to provide direct emergency services in Three Lakes and Sugar Camp. The final county budget showed a 3 percent general property tax increase, but almost 2 percent of that figure is for expanded ambulance service in those towns. Oneida County Emergency Management Director Ken Kortenhoff says a dwindling pool of volunteers has strained the ambulance corps in Sugar Camp and Three Lakes. They will be developing a paramedic...

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