Local Newscast 11-21-17

Nov 21, 2017

Great Headwaters Trails

The 11-mile biking and hiking trail is about 80 percent complete, and the folks who are working to have a connecting biking and hiking path between Conover and Phelps are hoping to get the needed funds to finish the trail, conceived 7 years ago.

Great Headwaters Trails spokesperson Jeff Currie says this past summer another 5.5 miles was added. .

Demmer Memorial Library

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With electors voting to build a new town office complex in Three Lakes, the next-door Demmer Memorial Library is also moving forward with their renovations. Don Sidlowski reports...

Wisconsin State Lab Ramps Up For CWD Testing

Nov 21, 2017
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MADISON, Wis. - With the nine-day gun deer hunt now under way in Wisconsin, it's expected half a million hunters will take to the woods.

Food safety experts says Thanksgiving is by far the busiest meal of the year to prepare and it's also a time where you could make family and friends sick with a food borne illness.

Amy Springer of  the Vilas County Health Department says there are some simple things to help keep anyone from illness..

Tune in to hear Bluegrass Host, Allie Johnson, interview The Last Revel. They will be performing in a WXPR sponsored concert live at the Nicolet Theater on Saturday, December 2nd at 7:30 p.m.

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November is National Caregivers Awareness Month Health and state officials have released an online guide for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's and other demenitas.

The guide is called "Dementia Capable Wisconsin: A guide for family caregivers."

Approximately 110,000 people in Wisconsin are living with dementia. Department of Health Services spokesperson Kristen Felten says the guide helps family members, friends, and loved ones so they can offer the best support and also stay healthy themselves....

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung cancer claims 1.6 million people each year.

Two leaders at the James Beck Cancer Center at Ascension St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander discuss with Ken Krall how quitting smoking can lower your risk of lung cancer and how smoking can lead to other cancers. We heard from Dr. Harsha Poola, an oncologist, and Tammery Perry, Nurse Practitioner...

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One of the happiest days of the year can turn to tragedy says a state spokesperson....

"......The U.S.Fire Administration says Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days for firefighters. That is when the most responses to home fires caused by kitchen stoves or fires...."

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LAC DU FLAMBEAU – The Lake of the Torches Hotel Casino in Lac du Flambeau has made a $2,000 donation to the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC).

The presentation was made Friday at the VCEDC’s monthly board meeting at the Lake of the Torches.

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Across the nation, the familiar sounds of bells ringing are beginning as the Salvation Army launches the Red Kettle campaigns. The campaigns raise money for local relief efforts.

In the Rhinelander area, Kim Swisher is coordinating the campaign. WXPR's Ken Krall talked with Swisher about Rhinelander-area efforts...

Even though Governor Walker has signed a new two-year budget, Democrats are hoping to keep upping the amount of help small rural schools receive from the state in what is known as sparcity aid.

This fund is an extra pool of money beyond usual state coffers to help small rural districts who have small enrollments.

State Senator Janet Bewley of the Ashland area, whose district includes parts of Vilas and Price counties says proposals for more money for lower spending school districts and just a higher sparcity aid package failed to get into the budget...

The identity of a man killed Thursday night in Tomahawk has been released and the suspect in the shooting  has been identified.

Chief Al Elvins reports 52 year old Charles K. Ramp was shot and killed outside his home about 5:30 Thursday night. Ramp's home is on West Mohawk Drive.

A 32 year old Wausau man, Eric Moen, was arrested in Lake Hallie, near Eau Claire, early Friday and was returned to Lincoln county to face charges.

Elvins says  Moen and Ramp have known each other for more than 4 years. Ramp was in his driveway when the shooting happened. algotruneman

A special meeting of Boulder Junction electors Nov. 16 solidly approved by written ballot, 73 to 53, a $5 million road plan designed to improve 83 miles of town roads over a two year period.