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Do Woodpeckers Hurt Trees?

Springtime woodpecker worries are the focus of this week’s Wildlife Matters, as the Masked Biologist tackles another Curious North question from one of our listeners. I get questions or concerns pretty frequently about woodpeckers hurting or killing trees, so when I saw this Curious North question, I thought I would try to address Jane Trotter’s concerns. She asks “A Hairy Woodpecker is busily working on a Hemlock tree right outside our bedroom window. The Hemlock appears to be alive and well...

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  • "Topping off" ceremony held for new hospital being built in Minocqua
  •  Experts on climate change to speak in Three Lakes
  •  Rhinelander Chamber putting new emphasis on marketing and adding members
  •  Send-off ceremony held for Wisconsin National Guard soldiers heading to Afghanistan

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A man wanted in Michigan was allegedly the driver of a vehicle involved in a high-speed chase that ended in his injury.

Rhinelander Police identified the suspect as 47 year old Kevin A. Block, no address given.

Rhinelander Police report WalMart security in Rhinelander said they saw a suspect allegedly shoplift an item then leave the parking lot. A city squad car noticed the vehicle at the Timber Drive and Highway 17 bypass intersection.

The vehicle did not stop and a pursuit began about 7:45 p.m. Speeds reached 120 miles per hour.

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Springtime woodpecker worries are the focus of this week’s Wildlife Matters, as the Masked Biologist tackles another Curious North question from one of our listeners.

I get questions or concerns pretty frequently about woodpeckers hurting or killing trees, so when I saw this Curious North question, I thought I would try to address Jane Trotter’s concerns. She asks “A Hairy Woodpecker is busily working on a Hemlock tree right outside our bedroom window. The Hemlock appears to be alive and well....so far. Will Hairy’s morning percussions hurt the tree?”

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One of the nation's top experts on a changing climate will be in Three Lakes Saturday along with two friends. They are billed as "The Three Tenors of Climate Change".

Dr. Ben Santer of California's Lawrence Livermore Lab, Dr. Hernando Garzon of California and Chip Duncan, a documentary filmaker will be at Three Lakes Center For the Arts. Santer says the presentation is an opportunity to hear from the public on what their concern are and to have conversation without the loud back-and-forth that has occured.

Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce is noting Rhinelander Chamber Month with a renewed emphasis on marketing and getting new members.

Chamber Executive Director Lauren Sackett told the common council meeting recently they are moving forward with plans..

"We identified two priorities that will be critical to our future success. We will be working over the next several years to increase our collective impact to the and as an organization and redefine what it means to be a chamber member. We will be working to be a leader at the roots of community development...."

New Hospital Taking Shape In Minocqua

Jul 13, 2019
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MINOCQUA – Marshfield Clinic Health System’s (MCHS) new hospital in Minocqua is finally taking shape, and Friday(7/12/19) a catered picnic lunch was served to MCHS Minocqua Center employees and construction workers as part of a “topping off” ceremony held outside.

  •   A Merrill man is sentenced for meth distribution,
  •   Vilas county decides "The Cloud" is better than a ransom,
  •   The cost of air amublances has reached Congressional review,
  •   A lifeguard save a three year old from drowning.

"The Cloud" Chosen In VC Rather Than Ransoming Files

Jul 12, 2019
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Vilas County government deals with thousands of data points every day and any disruption of data access impacts county operations while statures say they must keep certain data such as land records forever while lesser information such as electronic messages for only seven years.

The county is looking at improving a second data storage center and to look at the Cloud for added protection. A presentation to the committee identified four levels of “disasters” which could impact Information Technology (IT) operations and data recovery.

Insurance Companies Continue to Balk at Covering Air-Ambulance Rides

Jul 12, 2019
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The public outcry over high medical bills has gotten the attention of Congress. Senate Health Committee leaders have proposed the Lower Health Care Costs Act, aimed at reducing patients' out-of-pocket charges for medical care.

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