Natalie Jablonski

Community Features Editor

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Step Forward for Off-Reservation Casino
2:48 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Reaches Agreement with City of Shullsburg

Lac du Flambeau’s plan for an off-reservation casino in southern Wisconsin is moving forward.  

The tribe and the city of Shullsburg have reached an agreement on the terms of the 20-acre casino resort complex.

Lac du Flambeau’s Project consultant Joseph Hunt says the agreement indicates the tribe and the city are on the same page.  But he says it’s one step in a long process.  

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Preserving Culture and Getting Outdoors
4:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Snow Snakes: A Lesson in Survival

Snow snakes is a game using thin painted sticks, often made of ash or maple.
Credit Matthew Rethaber

A group of middle school students gathered last month in Lac du Flambeau to learn outdoor winter skills.  Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission organized the weekend camp.  As WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski reports, it’s as much about cultural preservation as it is getting outdoors. 

At Deep Snow Camp, most of the activities are focused on survival skills like building a snow shelter or ice fishing with simple materials.  But a lot of the sessions focus on another type of survival: the cultural kind. 

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Median Prices Steady in North
3:19 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Northern Home Sales Slumped in February

Housing sales dipped significantly in the northern part of the state - down 16 percent compared to February of 2013.
Credit Bill McChesney

Northern Wisconsin’s housing market did worst in the state in February, compared to last year’s numbers.

According to the latest figures from Wisconsin Realtors Association, sales in the Northern region dropped more than 16 percent last month compared to February of last year.

Statewide sales also dropped, by about ten percent. 

Economist Dave Clark says weather is to blame.

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Meeting People and Sharing Knowledge
2:14 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Conference Aimed at Women in Business

A conference this week focuses on networking and skill sharing for women in business. 

It’s hosted by Nicolet College and the Northwoods Women in Business networking group.

Organizer Michelle Madl-Soehren says the one-day conference is designed for women already involved in business or thinking of starting one. 

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County Won't Budge on Camping Limit
3:48 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Iron County Votes to Evict Harvest Camp

The Harvest Camp, or Harvest Education Learning Project, has been in existence since last spring.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Iron County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to close the Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp Thursday night, saying residents are violating a 14-day camping limit on county forest land. 

About 30 people attended the meeting, most speaking in support of what’s officially called the Harvest Education Learning Project, or HELP Village.  An hour of public comment was followed by an hour in closed session, where county supervisors consulted with legal counsel.  A motion to close the camp passed 13 votes to 0, with two members absent. 

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High-Tech Treatment, Locally
4:57 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

New Machine Offers Precise Radiation Therapy

The TrueBeam Linear Accelerator can rotate to provide more accurate radiation therapy.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Rhinelander is home to a new piece of state-of-the-art cancer treatment technology.  As WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski reports, Ministry Health Care’s James Beck Cancer Center held a ribbon cutting for the machine Wednesday.

The True Beam Linear Accelerator offers radiation therapy that’s much more precise than previous technology at James Beck.  It also has powerful imaging capabilities which help to give a more accurate picture of a tumor.   

Radiation therapist Lynnette Fittante demonstrates how the machine even rotates around the patient.

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Response to Preapplication
2:22 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

DNR Outlines Permit Requirements for GTac Mine

The Wisconsin DNR has responded to Gogebic Taconite’s initial plan for an iron mine in the Penokee Range. 

The company filed its pre-application notification last June…which consisted of preliminary plans and a stated intent to file a mining permit.

The DNR has responded with a list of required permits and environmental data that the company will need to prepare. 

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Ten of Fifteen Seats Contested
5:15 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Iron County Group to Host Candidate Forums

Contested county board elections in Iron County have given rise to a series of candidate forums. 

The Iron County Citizen's Forum is organizing the two nonpartisan debates inspired by the League of Women Voters format. 

Organizer Terry Daulton says the controversy over a proposed iron mine has engaged more people in local politics.

“It’s very unusual to have this many people running. And it’s actually brought a lot of people into the fold thinking about what are the things our county is doing – so I think it’s actually energized the public a little bit.”

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Seventeenth State Championship
1:32 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Rhinelander Mock Trial Again Captures State Title

Rhinelander Mock Trial team with the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Credit Submitted photo

Rhinelander High School is once again the state champion in mock trial.  The team competed before the state Supreme Court justices in Madison. 

It’s the 17th time Rhinelander has won the state championship.  But with one loss in the semifinals, Coach Kathy Vick-Martini says the final round against Shorewood High School was tense. 

“So we knew going into the finals that Shorewood had defeated the team that had defeated us.  And we were definitely the underdog.” 

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Jobs, Education and Beyond
5:24 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Research Summit Asks How to Strengthen Communities

A research summit next week looks at community development in the Northwoods.  It takes place at UW Stevens Point’s Treehaven.  

Community sustainability is the theme of the 7th Northwoods Research Summit. 

Treehaven Director Corky McRenolds says presentation and discussion topics are broad…to look at all the components of a thriving community. 

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