Artisan coffee is a trend that’s has pretty much swept the nation's cities. It’s no surprise to find local roasters in Milwaukee or Madison. But where you might not expect to find one…is in a garage in the tiny town of Hiles, Wisconsin.
Dave Roberts is working on an espresso blend for his company Rio Lobo coffee. But he hasn’t always been a roaster. At the age of 55, he made an unusual career change.
“My family had a logging business, and a sawmill business," Roberts explained. "We were about to sell that – that’s when I kind of gravitated toward coffee roasting."
You might not have heard of Joshua Kane…but chances are you’ve heard his voice.
“Probably been driving your local population crazy with ‘Eight crispy crunchy carmelized corners so crispy that a team of astrophysicists could shrink themselves down to study it.’”
Kane is a New York-based actor who has done voiceover work for many commercials, including a recent Little Caesar’s ad. Radiolab listeners may also recognize Kane as the voice of Robert Louis Stevenson from a first season episode called “Who Am I.”
Open enrollment begins this week. Wisconsin families have the option of enrolling their kids in any public school district, even if they live outside its boundaries.
For some districts open enrollment brings more revenue, while for others it draws resources out of the area.
Northland Pines right now is losing about 70 students, but has a net positive gain with around 85 coming in. District Administrator Mike Richie says they’ve been on the positive end of the equation since 2010, and he keeps a close eye on the numbers.
In Rhinelander, Central Intermediate School is scheduled to be open Tuesday after Monday's unexpected closing. School District officials say part of the school’s electrical system failed, affecting the heat in the building.
Staff became aware of the problem around 6 am and called WPS.
But the announcement software designed to alert parents of school closings also malfunctioned. Rhinelander Schools Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says parents were notified late.
Vitamin D could help prevent osteoporosis and falls in older adults. That’s the message from an aging specialist from Madison giving a talk at this week’s Science on Tap discussion.
Winter in the Northwoods means…not a lot of sunshine. And that means not a lot of Vitamin D. Dr Neil Binkley is Director of the Osteoporosis Clinical Research program at UW Madison. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski talked with Dr. Binkley to find out why Vitamin D supplements might be important for preventing osteoporosis and bone fractures.
Families and individuals struggling to pay high heat bills may be able to get help. Northwoods state lawmakers stopped in Rhinelander today to spread the word about the nonprofit Keep Wisconsin Warm fund.
That program has expanded its income limits to 80 percent of the state median income…to try and help more working households who may be feeling the pinch.
Senator Tom Tiffany, and Representatives Rob Swearingin, Jeff Mursau and Mary Czaja each donated a hundred dollars to the fund. Tiffany noted donations can be routed to aid whichever county you choose.
The harsh winter we’re experiencing could affect this year’s deer hunting season. Biologists are predicting low numbers of antlerless permits to give the deer population a chance to rebound.
DNR Big Game Specialist Kevin Wallenfang says deer are well adapted for cold, but it still takes a toll.
“A year like this, where we started in November – their fat reserves were being taxed very early in the year. We’ve had very cold temperatures, very deep snow – all of the things that can hurt them kind of are going on right now.”