Arts & Life
11:05 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Live From the White Pine With Ellis Paul, February 12th

Tune in to WXPR's Northwoods Café Thursday, February 12th at 7pm for a live broadcast performance with singer Ellis Paul.

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Kinship of the North dissolves
7:13 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Big Brothers Big Sisters Doing School, Community Mentoring


Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin has begun a community-based youth mentoring program in the Northwoods.

Kinship of the North had previously performed the community-based mentoring  but that organization has dissolved, having been active  in the Northwoods since 1980.

Big Brothers-Big Sisters spokesperson Mary Kinnunen  says that organization had provided school-based youth mentoring but now will do both. She says Kinship asked Big Brothers-Big Sisters to take over their community-based mentoring programs.

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Council in dark about revenue loss
8:19 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Rhinelander City Council Chastises Mayor, City Adm.

An angry Rhinelander city council last night reprimanded both the City Administrator and Mayor for withholding  key information that impacted the council budget process.

Expera Specialty Solutions asked the state Department of Revenue last year to have it's paper mills  in Mosinee and Rhinelander reassessed. The new numbers had a 4.6% impact on the city's revenues. But that information was withheld by Mayor Dick Johns and City Administrator Blaine Oborn until just days before the council was to vote on this year's budget.

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Two people dead in separate incidents
4:51 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Two Fatal Accidents Claim Lives in Vilas County

A 34-year-old Pewaukee man was killed in a snowmobile accident Saturday in Plum Lake Township --off of Birch Spring Road near Sayner.

Vilas County investigators say Jason Ringle fell off a snowmobile and was struck by another snowmobile in his group.

It was the first snowmobile-related death recorded in Wisconsin this year.  

The accident remains under investigation by Vilas County authorities and the DNR.

Wisconsin recorded three snowmobile-related deaths in December.  

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Kenosha Casino Deadline Approaches
4:40 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Menominee, Potawatomi Tribes At Odds Interpreting BIA Decision

The Menominee tribe says its proposal for a Kenosha casino is getting closer to reality, now that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has rejected an amendment between the state and the Forest County Potawatomi. 

But the Potawatomi say the state could still owe the tribe money if the Kenosha casino moves forward.  

The amendment would have put the state and the Menominee tribe on the hook to make up any Potawatomi losses as a result of a new casino in nearby Kenosha. 

Gary Besaw is Chair of the Menominee Kenosha Gaming Authority. 

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Father, son sentenced Monday
3:32 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

More Sentencing In LDF Oxycodone Distribution Arrests

A father and son who entered guilty pleas in October to distributing Oxycodone on the Lac du Flambeau reservation are going to federal prison.

54 year old Thomas Old Coyote was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison and his son, 30 year old Ryan Old Coyote will spend two-and-a-half years in prison. Thomas Old Coyote was sentenced for distribution , and Ryan was sentenced for using wire communication via Money Gram as part of the distribution scheme.

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Rhinelander District Library
7:31 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Holiday Book Fund Drive Still Underway


Longtime Rhinelander educator and author Ced Vig began a tradition at the Rhinelander District Library and this year marks its 30th anniversary. The tradition began   with Vig donating the first book to the Holiday Book Fund.

Library Foundation member Kari Zambon says since it's beginning, nearly a quarter-million dollars has been raised for book purchases...

"....nearly one in four of the books taken out in the Children's Department are book-plated with the Ced Vig book fund..."

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Barriers set
6:53 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Ice Near Dams Dangerously Thin


As cold as it's been lately, it's hard to think about dangerously thin ice, but Wisconsin Public Service officials are saying near dams, it's true.

Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service says because water is running underneath the ice, the potential exists for thin and dangerous ice near hydroelectric facilities...

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Looking Back on Earthquake Aftermath
6:00 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Five Years Later, Analyzing Relief in Haiti

A earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale wracked Haiti five years ago, January 12, 2010.
Credit UN Photo/Logan Abassi / United Nations Development Programme

Monday marks five years since a massive earthquake in Haiti.

We’re going to talk with Northwoods native Kate Zambon, a graduate student at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. 

She recently produced an episode for the school’s 3620 Podcast… that takes a look at the legacy left behind by the swell of relief efforts in Haiti.

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Zambon about the project.  

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Education first says Chief
3:07 am
Mon January 12, 2015

More Vigorous Enforcement of Cell Phone Ban Possible


Rhinelander is one of a handful of Wisconsin communities that bans cell phone use while driving. That ordinance went into effect last June.

Police Chief Michael Steffes says the department did limited enforcement, focusing initially on getting the word out and educating drivers...

"....between signage, notifying the media and working with the media and giving verbal warnings as officers encounter people on the phone, particularly if they were demonstrating other aspects of inattentive driving..."

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