Cut from his yard
4:14 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Pelican Lake Tree Farmer To See His Tree In Capitol


A Pelican Lake tree farmer will be on hand Friday  as a tree from his yard becomes  the main Christmas tree at the state Capitol in Madison.

The tree lighting will be at noon in the Capitol rotunda.

Dennis and Kim Schoeneck donated the 40 foot high balsam...

"....I actually cut it and I delivered it. It's pretty overwhelming. I had no idea what I was in for and now the gap left by where the tree was was right on my driveway so it's an everyday reminder that I will have to plant another one...."

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Also waiting on Kenosha Casino
3:54 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Walker Unclear On Right-To-Work Support

Gov. Walker at the Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit
Credit WXPR news

Governor Walker gave the opening address to a two-day Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit in Minocqua.

Walker says the state is in the midst of an economic turnaround, saying there are nearly 80,000 jobs on the state job site. He says it isn't a matter of jobs, but of training a workforce to meet the needs of those jobs.
Speaking to reporters,  Walker deflected whether he will sign potential right-to-work legislation, saying he wanted to focus on other priorities...

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Casino decision nearing
8:32 am
Thu December 4, 2014

State Might Be On The Hook With New Gambling Agreements

Under a new agreement signed Monday, the state would guarantee that the Potawatomi tribe does not lose money from a proposed competing casino in Kenosha.  However, the Walker administration's attorney on the matter says the governor does not have the power to create annual spending obligations like that. 

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Substantial Drop Attributed To Winterkill
5:26 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Northern Wisconsin Harvests Twenty Percent Fewer Bucks

Last year's harsh winter may have impacted this year's gun-deer harvest.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Harvest totals from the gun-deer season in northern Wisconsin were down even more than the state average.

Statewide, hunters shot 9 percent fewer bucks than last year, but up north the harvest was 21 percent lower. 

Though there were some challenging weather conditions during this year’s nine-day gun season, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says the major factor has been last winter’s extreme cold and snow. 

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How People Use and Value Road System
5:20 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Forest Road Study Extends Comment Period

The Chequamegon-Nicolet is giving people more time to comment on how they value forest service roads.
Credit Hilary Markin / USFS

People have about another month to give feedback on how they use the nine thousand miles of roads in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest. The comment period for a study on those roads is being extended until the end of December. 

Spokesperson Hilary Markin says the study hopes to gain specific information about which roads are important to people.                    

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$846,000 awarded
3:08 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Sokaogon Chippewa Community Gets Large Housing Awards

Credit Kim Swisher/Brandon Thoms

Two awards from the Federal Home Loan Bank in Chicago will enable the construction of a large amount of affordable housing units in Forest county.

The Affordable Housing Program awarded two grants totaling  $846,000 to the Mole Lake  Sokaogon Chippewa Community. Jeff Ackley is the Sokaogon Housing Director and Tribal Program Administrator. He says the money will help offset the costs of two development projects. He says one grant will convert the Mole Lake Motel  into  supportive residence building...

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Seven state providers
12:19 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Health Collaboration Picks New Name: abouthealth


A new name for a collaboration among the state's leading health care systems. Aspirus, Aurora Health Care, Bellin Health, Gunderson Health System, ProHealth Care , ThedaCare and UW Health announced they have put a name on a recent partnership.

"about health" was picked as the new name. The organizations agreed in October to work together but hadn't put a headline name on the effort.

Aspirus President and  CEO Matthew Heywood says the idea is to work together...

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Donate to community
9:28 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Post Grants WXPR On "Giving Tuesday"

Ken Krall receiving a check from Post 3143
Credit Kim Swisher

The Ray Rousseau VFW Post 3143 in Rhinelander Tuesday night handed out checks to 25 Rhinelander-area non-profits.

WXPR was one of the  non-profits receiving a check.

Post spokesperson Ralph Larson said the proceeds for the checks come from the Post's bingo night. More than $8,000 was distributed Tuesday evening.

Our thanks to Post 3143 for including WXPR and the other non-profits.

Ken Krall
Interim Station Manager

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Different types of illness in Northwoods
4:59 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Easy Way To Protect Against The Flu: Water and Soap

President Obama getting a flu shot

No doubt you've heard of folks in the Northwoods who have been experiencing an outbreak of colds, flu and in some cases digestive problems. Perhaps you've been sick recently. The easiest way to reduce your chances of getting sick can be as easy as washing your hands.

Oneida County Health Department Specialist Marta Koelling talks about an easy prevention technique...

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More rural transportation options
4:50 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Northwoods Transit Commission Forms


A  group met Tuesday in Rhinelander and from that meeting could spring more transportation options for the Northwoods.

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