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The Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey gets underway in coming weeks, and volunteers are likely to hear more of the booming call of the American bullfrog this summer when its mating season begins.

Wisconsin's largest frog appears to be staging a comeback as well, a trend documented by hundreds of volunteers.

DNR conservationist Andrew Badje coordinates the survey. The survey was created in 1984 as a way for volunteers to help the staff-limited DNR get more research data....

The return of snow this past weekend dashed the hopes for spring arriving sooner rather than later, and ice leaving area lakes might also be delayed.

WJFW TV meteorologist Ryan Sandberg says they have statistics for Boom Lake in Rhinelander dating back to 1939. He says the people keeping the statistics had a unique way to tell if the ice was leaving....

"....from 1939 to 1965 the ice out dates were measured by sinking a car through the ice. From 1966 to the present those ice out dates are measured by visibly seeing the ice off the lake...."

LUHS Board Names Szews As New Principal

Mar 30, 2018
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Justin Szews has a new title and a new contract as full time principal at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua.

The current assistant principal will succeed Jim Bouché, who is stepping down from his duties as principal after three years of serving in a combined principal and administrator post. Bouché will become a part-time administrator as of July 1.

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A recent report on home sales and prices reflected a statewide tightening of inventories but an economist says the flip side of the coin could put more people looking for homes.

David Clark is an economist with Wisconsin Realtors Association. He says the Federal Reserve has been inching up interest rates to stave off inflation. Potential home buyers enjoyed some of the lowest interest rates in on home loans following the Great Recession. But Clark says people thinking about buying a home soon might make the plunge.

Marathon Co. Mining Ordinance Passes Committee

Mar 30, 2018
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The Marathon County Land Conservation and Zoning Committee has moved the county’s proposed sulfide mining ordinance on to the full county board for approval.

Climate Change Denial Could Weaken U.S. Disaster Plans

Mar 30, 2018
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Scientists say the effects of climate change are being ignored by federal government disaster planners, to the potential detriment of millions of Americans.

Officials in agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agnecy and Federal Emergency Management Agency, at the request of the Trump administration, have stopped incorporating climate change into their plans for responding to catastrophic events, leaving Americans vulnerable to increasingly intense floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires and other disasters.

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Spring runoff and recent rains have closed some Langlade county roadways.

Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy John Schunke asks motorists to stay away from five areas that are flooded....

"....this is pretty typical for this time of year. There's several areas that have low spots where the water does go over the roadway during thaws. This recent rain caused some early flooding issues. Nothing extreme, but enough to close down certain portions of the roads...."

Schunke says stay away from the flooded areas....

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Decades ago, a nationwide effort began educating the public on the life-saving techniques of CPR.

A new effort is underway and Saturday has been set aside to bring awareness. Wisconsin Trauma Awareness Day is designed to bring into focus that a leading cause of preventable death in trauma is bleeding. Experts say 20 percent of all trauma-related deaths could have been prevented by earlier intervention to stop bleeding.

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While unemployment rates have hit historic lows in Wisconsin, the highest rates in the state belong to some Northwoods counties.

The recent Department of Workforce Development numbers find Wisconsin's statewide unemployment rate reached an all-time low of 2.9 percent in February.

Iron county has the state's highest rate at 7.1 percent. Forest county's rate is 5.4 percent, the state's seventh highest, with Vilas next at 5.3 percent. Oneida is at 4.9 percent, Langlade at 4.7 percent, Price at 4.2 and Lincoln at 3.7 percent.

Vilas County Backs Change In Senior ADRC Program

Mar 29, 2018
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An application to the state to allow Vilas County operation of the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) on its own was approved by the county board last Tuesday (3-18), thereby making the county Commisison on Aging department a one-stop shop for state programs for seniors should the state approve the requet.

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As our weather turns to spring, some of our thoughts might turn to winterkill. In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the masked biologist looks at lakes under ice and why winterkill happens.

An open house has been set for Wednesday, March 28th, from 4-6 p.m., to introduce students with autism spectrum disorders and their parents, and other caregivers, to the new Lakeland Star School/Academy (LSSA) charter schools in Minocqua.

The open house will be at the Nicolet College satellite building on the Lakeland Union High School campus, 9792 State Highway 70 (a block west of U.S. Highway 51). The Nicolet building will be used for the charter schools set to open this fall.

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