Natalie Jablonski

Community Features Editor

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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
2:10 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Thursday: DNR to Hear Comments on Penokee Mine

The public has its first chance to share opinions with the Department of Natural Resources on the Gogebic Taconite mine proposal.  The DNR is holding a hearing Thursday at Hurley High School, from 10 am until 8 pm.  DNR Hydrologist Larry Lynch says DNR officials are hoping for feeback on the specifics of GTac’s plan for bulk sampling and testing of the proposed mine site in Iron and Ashland Counties.  The public can also comment on the preapplication for mining filed by GTac - the first step in the permitting process.

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Celebration of Life
4:24 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Honoring Cancer Patients, Present and Past

Event organizers will release 50 painted lady butterflies.
Credit William Warby

Rhinelander’s Ministry St. Mary’s Hospital is hosting a gathering for cancer survivors.  

It’s the sixth annual Celebration of Life.  Event organizer Kim Hetland is a Manager in Radiation Oncology at Ministry’s James Beck Cancer Center.  She says the evening is also a chance to honor those lost to cancer. 

“We wanted it more than just a cancer survivor event.  We wanted it more of a celebration – of life, that would honor not only our cancer survivors but also our patients that have passed on.”

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Man Sustains Gunshot Wound
2:02 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Man Shot in Rhinelander Remains Critical

Rhinelander Police Captain Ron Lueneburg gave a press briefing on Monday night's shooting incident.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The victim in a Monday night shooting in Rhinelander remains in critical condition.  

The 49-year-old male received a single gunshot wound in the abdomen.  Police responded to the incident at a residence on Mason Street at 7:45 pm.  The wounded man was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander, and was later airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. 

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Preparing for the Worst
6:17 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Airport Tests Emergency Response

Fire crews work to put out a simulated fire the runway at the Rhinelander Airport.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Public safety workers got a chance to test their emergency preparedness in a mock exercise today at the Rhinelander Airport.  Crews simulated a response to an airplane engine catching fire while taxiing.

On the airport tarmac, a test plane is lit on fire several times, so different fire crews can practice putting it out.  During the course of the exercise, emergency response teams arrive, make sure the scene is safe, and practice tending to possible victims.  Rhinelander Assistant Fire Chief Tom Waydick says it’s an important chance to practice working with other emergency crews.

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Spotlight on Hunger
6:04 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Nicolet's 'Empty Bowls' Supports Food Pantries

A Nicolet College fundraiser has raised almost $2500 for local food pantries.  Empty Bowls is based around a soup dinner served in bowls donated by local potters and Nicolet College students.  Patrons make a donation for the soup and take home the bowl.  Laura Wind Norton is an instructor at Nicolet, and she helped coordinate this year’s event.  Wind Norton says hunger is an issue that touches many in the community.

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An Annual Show
6:01 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Meteors Shine in the Atmosphere

The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak Monday night.
Credit Brocken Inaglory

You may have been spotting an unusual number of shooting stars in the night sky.   And you might already know they’re part of an annual meteor shower that’s been lighting up the Northwoods.  

Astronomers predict the Perseid meteor shower should peak Monday night, with possibly hundreds of meteors passing through the night sky in just a few hours. 

Frank Kovac owns Kovac Planetarium and has been stargazing for 25 years.  He explains that what we see as shooting stars are actually bits of dust…in this case coming from a large comet called Swift Tuttle. 

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Breastfeeding Important for Babies
4:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Building Resources For New Moms

Mothers-to-be have a chance to learn more about breastfeeding resources. The Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition is hosting several educational sessions this week. Cheri Nemec is a dietician who works with the Wisconsin WIC program and the Great Lakes Intertribal Council. She says a lot of moms plan to breastfeed, but may switch to formula if they start to worry about whether they’re doing it right.

 

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Allergy Season
4:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Ragweed Pollen Fills Late-Summer Air

Ragweed blooms in late summer.
Credit Sue Sweeney

Late summer means ragweed is starting to bloom in the Northwoods, and that

 could mean the onset of allergy symptoms for many residents.

Jill Blake is a public health nurse with Oneida County Health Department. She says Wisconsin usually has its first pollen surge in May, but ragweed is responsible for second round of allergy flare-ups in the fall.

 

“It’s a tall branch plant and it’s found all over, in dry pastures and fields, it’s by the roadsites, at construction sites. It’s the pollen that produces the symptoms.”

 

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A Small World
4:15 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Northwoods Dance Hopes for Global Impact

A community dance in Land-o-Lakes is hoping to have an impact on the other side of the planet.  Organizers Steve and Rita Kickert had the idea to raise money for an AIDS clinic in Swaziland. But they weren’t sure how to go about it.  Rita says her husband Steve decided to try something he already knew how to do: calling square dances.

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Laying the Groundwork for Broadband
6:43 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Lac du Flambeau Tribe Forms Broadband Start-Up

The Lac du Flambeau tribe is moving forward with a plan to bring high speed internet access to the Lakeland area.  The tribe has formed Ogema Communications, a company it hopes will deliver broadband access not only to tribal lands, but other parts of the Northwoods.  Tribal spokesman Brandon Thoms  says access to high-speed internet would stimulate job and business growth.

“There’s a huge need for reliable service throughout the Northwoods.  And the tribe is looking to fill that need, or fill that void through the creation of Ogema Communications.”

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