Rhinelander High School Mock Trial team is heading to the state competition in Madison this weekend. The team won has won state 16 times, including last year.
Team captains Amber Sheth and Lydia O’Brien have been with the team for the past four years. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with them to find out more about why they participate in mock trial, and how it works.
A third of Wisconsin residents age 16 and over are birders. That’s according to a new survey from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which ranks Wisconsin’s percentage of birders second highest in the nation, tied with West Virginia.
The report defined birders as those who traveled at least one mile to watch birds, or reported paying close attention to the birds around their house.
Ryan Brady, research scientist with the Wisconsin DNR in Ashland, says he’s not surprised by the high number.
The new Executive Director for the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce had his first day on the job Monday. Rhinelander native Dana DeMet says he’s busy getting up to speed on upcoming events like the Hodag Home Show.
He says one of his goals as chamber director is to help make membership a measurable benefit.
“I’m really looking forward to expanding on not only just the events that we have, but putting together some measurable results or goals. I really want to foster the true value for the chamber’s members.”
Deer aren’t the only wildlife having a hard time finding food this winter.
Wildlife rehabilitator Marge Gibson of the Raptor Education Group says she’s worried about many of the region’s birds. She says the rehab center near Antigo is seeing birds like red-tailed hawks, chickadees and even robins.
“What is unusual is the way that they’re coming in. People are finding them really not moving very much – they’re kind of in a hypothermic state. Their breathing is slowed, their heartrate is slowed, and they go into almost a torpor state.”
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.”
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.”