Rhinelander students wore purple on Wednesday to spread awareness about epilepsy.
Lynne and Bryan Wakely have an 18-year-old son named Eli who has frequent seizures. In his case, he also needs help with daily routines, and has to be monitored 24 hours a day. But his mom will be the first to tell you, their son nothing short of awesome.
“He’s always, no matter how many seizures he has at night, he wakes up with a smile on his face, ready for the next day.”
With summer and tick season coming up in the next few months, today we talk with entomologist Phil Pellitteri…who ran the Insect Lab at the University of Wisconsin Madison for 35 years. He’ll be a guest at this month’s informal discussion series Science on Tap. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with him about Wisconsin’s tick situation.
Phil Pellitteri will be talking more about preventing tick-borne illnesses at Science on Tap in Minocqua next week, along with pediatrician Holly Frost from Marshfield Clinic.
People who need health insurance have just about one week left to sign up on the online health exchange.
The open enrollment period ends March 31st.
Mary Testin at Wausau’s Bridge Clinic is healthcare Regional Coordinator for Central Wisconsin. She says a lot of people may have been putting off their decision until now.
“It seems like people are waking up, because my phone is just ringing off the hook. The deadline is real, it is not extended. March 31st is the day, everyone must have healthcare or they’ll get a penalty.”
Rhinelander’s ArtStart gallery is open with its first exhibit of the year.
Entitled “WisconsinCity” the show features the work of contemporary artists from Milwaukee, Madison and the Fox Valley.
ArtStart President Ken Juon says it came out of a curiosity to see what emerging Wisconsin artists were up to.
“We were interested in it just to see who was doing what. We wanted to put together a survey – that’s what we like to do here, is put together group shows, surveys to give a broad range of art experiences to the viewer that comes in.”
The state Natural Resources Board has authorized the DNR to take emergency steps to protect Wisconsin’s fish supply. The move comes after Wisconsin’s Chippewa tribes declared they’ll reserve a record number of walleye in the spearing season.
Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes plan to spear up to 63,000 walleye this spring - five thousand more than last year. As Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission spokesperson Sue Erickson explains, typically tribal members only take about half of what is declared.
A bike trail project has netted a $15,000 matching grant to complete a short stretch of trail.
The Three Eagle Trail runs from Three Lakes to Eagle River. It’s being extended by less than a quarter mile through a congested part of Eagle River to the old train depot. The grant comes from Tara Lila, a company that specializes in land conservation and trail construction. It will match community donations up to $15,000 in hopes of covering the $30,000 cost of the construction.
DNR officials are planning a long term study to look at how deer density and forest composition affect each other.
The study would divide 900 acres in Vilas County into several fenced areas, containing different numbers of deer and amounts of available forage.
Some areas will contain no deer at all. Low density enclosures will contain 3 deer over 120 acres. Moderate densities will be 90 acres and contain four deer. High density ones will include 5 deer in an 80 acre parcel.