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10:11 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Snowmobile Derby Draws Fierce Competition, Camraderie

Snowmobile racers compete in the Vintage Championship races.
Credit Emily Bright

The World Championship Snowmobile Derby take places in Eagle River this weekend, with the vintage classes wrapping up last weekend.  WXPR’s Emily Bright takes a behind-the-scenes look at the camaraderie and competition of the international snowmobile races going on in our own backyard.

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Metabolic Increases Start Before Signs of Disease
9:51 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Research Suggests White Nose Syndrome Takes Early Foothold in Bats

New research suggests white nose syndrome is affecting bat metabolism well before outward signs of the disease appear.
Credit Marvin Moriarty / US Fish and Wildlife Service

A recent study takes a closer look at how the deadly white nose syndrome affects bats.

Scientists know the fungal disease kills bats by disrupting their hibernation, which makes the bats run out of valuable energy stores. 

David Blehert from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Wildlife Health Center in Madison says scientists have now measured increases in bats’ metabolic rates earlier than expected. 

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Possible First ATV Trail in State Wildlife Area
9:44 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Planning Process Begins For Woodboro Lakes

The Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area is primarily early successional aspen forest, and also contains a number of kettle lakes.
Credit Wisconsin DNR

Members of the public are getting a chance to voice what they’d like to see longterm on the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area in Oneida County.  About 40 people attended a public information session Tuesday night. 

Controversy over a local club’s proposal for what could be the first ATV trail through a state Wildlife Area has been folded into a larger master planning process for the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area.  It will likely dictate where and if motorized use is allowed. 

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DOT approval received
3:47 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Downtown Minocqua Detour Thursday Morning

Minoqua going northbound
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Traffic in downtown Minocqua will be re-routed Thursday morning as a large crane will fill one block doing installation work.

Minocqua town chair Mark Hartzheim says one of the larger commercial buildings downtown, the Gaslight Square has a number of large HVAC units on their roof, and  three of them have failed...

"...they need to get those replaced. One of the issues they've had, the way the alleys laid out, there's so many overhead utility lines that a crane is not able to access the rooftop from the rear...."

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Former development site
3:37 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Heal Creek Property Gets Three Proposals From Two Parties

Oneida county has opened two, and possibly three bids from governments or organizations interested in the Heal Creek property on Rhinelander's far west side.

The county and the Economic Development Corporation spent $520,000 in an effort to construct a 'green' business park on the 272-acre  property. When no development took place, the county board asked for bids to buy the property immediately east of the Northwood Golf Course.

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Joint law enforcement effort
3:34 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Five Arrested In Rhinelander Bust

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Five persons have been arrested in Rhinelander as part of a joint law enforcement effort to crack down on distributing methamphetamine.

Oneida County Lieutenant Terri Hook tells us more about the bust...

"....North Central Drug Enforcement Group, along with the Oneida County Sheriff's office, the Rhinelander Police Department, the Vilas County Sheriff's office and the Wisconsin Department of Justice executed a search warrant in the city of Rhinelander for the use, manufacturing and distribution of a controlled substance, specifically methamphetamine..."

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ATV Access Spreading in Vilas County
11:16 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Eagle River Takes Steps Toward a North-South ATV Corridor in Eagle River

ATVs will may soon be allowed on some roads in Eagle River.
Credit Robert Thigpen

Access for ATVs in Eagle River took a big step forward at last night’s city council meeting. City council voted to pursue plans for a north-south corridor for ATVs. The corridor would run from Tamarack to Railroad, then crosses to Sherburne, Adams, then Mill road. ATV-er Dick Decker says it’s about time.

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Tribes still considering proposal
4:08 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Proposal Given To Boost Walleye Numbers in Minocqua Chain

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Minocqua area anglers and business owners last night got their first look at a proposal to increase walleye numbers in the Minocqua Chain of Lakes.

Walleyes For Tomorrow and the DNR presented a study to see if there are answers for low reproductive rates on the chain.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Speaker
4:23 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Former NOW Leader To Speak About Growing Inequalities In U.S.

A former leader of the National Organization for Women is speaking in the in Northwoods next week.

Judy Goldsmith was President of NOW in the 1980s, and most recently served as Campus Dean and CEO of UW Fond du Lac.

During her time at NOW, Goldsmith worked with Coretta Scott King to organize a commemorative March on Washington in the 1980s…in honor of Martin Luther King Jr’s historic march in 1963.

Her talk scheduled for Martin Luther King Jr Day is titled “Red, White and Broke: Escalating Inequality in America.” 

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Republicans not so sure
4:20 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Baldwin Says Obama Tuition Proposal Will Help Economy

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin(D-Wi.)
Credit reuters.com-Creative Commons

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin thinks President Obama's plan to make the first two years of community college free will help spur on the economy. But the fate of the idea is unknown in an opposite party majority in the Senate and House.

The proposal would make the first two years of college free and universal like public K-12 education. The federal government would pick up 75 percent and the state 25 percent.

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