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Nicolet College Among Four
5:24 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Walker Supports Direct Technical College Funding

The state's budget surplus is likely to be used to help reduce local property taxes by more fully funding Wisconsin's Technical College system.

During a stop Friday in Rhinelander, Governor Scott Walker says the plan would give direct property tax relief by picking up the majority of technical college costs from the local levy. Walker says the action would not affect local governance....

 

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Toxic material found
1:22 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Funding For Lindey Cleanup Appears Positive Says Council Leader

Funding appears to be in the pipeline for a closed dry cleaning business that has been identified as having toxic material.

That assessment from Rhinelander City Council Finance Committee Chair Mark Pelletier. The former Lindey Cleaners building on Stevens Street has been identified as a spot that needs cleanup says Pelletier....

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More funding needed
12:28 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Northwoods Broadband Effort Moving Forward

A slow but steady move forward is how a spokesperson for the Lac du Flambeau tribe describes the effort to provide a regional high-speed internet service.

The tribe, Vilas County Economic Development and the town of Minocqua and others are partners in the effort.

Tribal Education Director Joni Theobald says a key step was a completed feasibility study...

 

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Named late Friday
6:45 am
Sat March 1, 2014

New Director At Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce

Late Friday Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce officials named a Harshaw resident as its new Executive Director.

Dana DeMet, comes to the chamber after he served two years as administrator and later business manager at Palantir.net, a Chicago-based web development firm.

DeMet succeeds Lara Reed who left the chamber to work for Ministry Health Care.

Stop in Rhinelander
4:47 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Walker Says Milwaukee Staff Isn't His State Staff

Governor Scott Walker says the controversy surrounding his top aides while he was Milwaukee County Executive isn't applicable now because...he says....they aren't around anymore.

Walker says the current administrative team is effective....

"...a handful of people who no longer work with me who are out of the way of state government right now. Instead, the people I have around me are helping us to provide the largest sector job growth we've had in April through December last year...."

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24th year
10:59 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Klondike Days In Eagle River March 1 & 2

One of the largest winter festivals in Wisconsin is set for Saturday and Sunday in Eagle River.

Klondike Days is in it's 24th year. The event is labeled as an historic festival bringing back how Wisconsin looked two centuries ago.

Executive Director Amy Young says the event is geared for family entertainment. She emphasizes in the cold weather, you can also do things inside...

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Thief filed taxes ahead of victim
3:20 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Rhinelander Man Struggles To Reclaim Stolen Identity

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If you think it can't happen to you, talk to Pete Cody of Rhinelander. He's a victim of identity theft and it's taken a lot of time to repair his finances. He spoke with Ken Krall about it.

Cody says he also had to file a report with the Federal Trade Commission, all his banking institutions and he says he's holding his breath hoping nothing else bad happens.

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Not Well Adapted
3:02 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Wild Turkeys Face Difficulty Finding Food in Severe Winter

Wild turkeys have a hard time finding food in deep snow.
Credit Robert Engbert

Many wild turkeys may be struggling to survive the harsh winter in northern Wisconsin.

Bird expert Laura Erickson says in an average winter, turkeys are protected by their fat reserves.  But a severe winter like this one is another matter. 

“The problem is that they need a lot of food.  And with the deep snows we’ve been having, it’s virtually impossible for them to find the acorns or other food items that they would normally get on the ground.”   

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Promoting School and Community
1:50 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Three Lakes Schools Will Build Sign to Get the Word Out

Three Lakes will soon be home to a new digital message board.  The Three Lakes School District and the Chamber of Commerce are putting up a fourteen-foot sign that will feature community events and announcements. 

School District Administrator George Karling says one of its goals is to get more exposure for Three Lakes Schools.

“We’ve had people move into the outer fringes, and they’ve told us later, we weren’t aware there was a school here.  We thought you went to school in one of the neighboring communities.”

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New U.S.G.S. research
11:39 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Research: Wolf-Coyote Mating is Possible

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A new report finds that female coyotes can give birth to mixed wolf-coyote pups. The study could have implications in the debate regarding placing wolves on the endangered species according to one researcher.

Three groups, including the U.S. Geological Society did the research.

U.S. G. S.'s Dr. David Mech says the study adds a bit of information to an on-going debate among geneticists about whether eastern gray wolves are a unique species from it's western U.S. counterpart....

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