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Early Air Travel To The Northwoods

The summer tourist season has begun, but how summer visitors get to the Northwoods has always been an important part of the local economy. Air travel is a modern means of getting to a vacation destination, but air travel to the Northwoods started earlier than many people realize. Historian Gary Entz has the story:

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Wisconsin DNR

Rejecting a call to lower the number of elk designated to be harvested this year, the state Natural Resources Board Wednesday voted 5-2 to keep the elk take at 10 animals.

The DNR and Conservation Congress had lobbied to lower the number. Agency section chief Bob Nack said an advisory committee requested lowering the take to 6. The take is evening split between the state and Chippewa tribes.

300 animals are projected in the northern herd and 100 in the central herd.

Chris Evans, University of Illinois, Bugwood.org

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest officials have released a plan to control an array of invasive plants but also to contain a growing threat known as oak wilt. Invasives tend to alter the natural landscape.

Forest spokesperson Teresa Maday says since 2015 they've been working on a strategy to manage invasive species. She says they're working on a more rapid response to all the news invasive sites that are found...

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A former Rhinelander city council president has challenged Mayor Chris Frederickson's authority to hire a person to consult on administrative work.

Former Wisconsin Rapids mayor Zach Vruwink was hired as a consultant earlier this month by Frederickson to help with duties after the termination of former administrator Daniel Guild.

Wednesday's WXPR news includes:

  • Rhinelander's decision on the Independence Day parade and fireworks
  • A complaint about the city's hiring of an acting administrator
  • We now know the name of the person killing in a Tomahawk-area motorcycle crash
  • The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has a new plan for combating invasive species

The summer tourist season has begun, but how summer visitors get to the Northwoods has always been an important part of the local economy. Air travel is a modern means of getting to a vacation destination, but air travel to the Northwoods started earlier than many people realize. Historian Gary Entz has the story:

Wausau Allows More Outdoor Dining Options

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WAOW Television

The Wausau City Council voted to allow the temporary expansion of outdoor food and alcohol service and seating options.

The expansion is city wide, but for downtown Wausau, every Wednesday night the 300 and 400 blocks on third street will close.

That will allow restaurants to have table seating in the parking aisles, the driving lanes will stay open for emergency vehicles

"we came at this discussion to figure out what we can do to help our businesses that were hard hit by the pandemic to get up and running safely," said alderperson Lisa Rasmussen

YMCA of the Northwoods

As state businesses slowly reopen amid the coronavirus outbreak, the YMCA of the Northwoods has reopened it's doors.

Chief Executive Officer Ryan Zietlow says they opened Tuesday morning after consulting with health experts. The changes they made to protect the members are on the "Y"'s website....

HodagTV

A long debate by the  Common Council ended in a split decision on Rhinelander's 4th of July parade and fireworks. The parade has been canceled because of a fear of coronavirus spread, but the fireworks display will go on. The final vote to cancel the parade but keep the fireworks was 5-3.

Alder Gerald Anderson made the motion...

"It seems to me that there's no way to keep people at safe distances or to maintain other kinds of safety..."

Hodag Country Festival

Despite concerns raised by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hodag Country Festival will go forward this July.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Oneida County Public Safety Committee granted a large gathering permit by a 4-1 vote. It mandates adherence to a 25-point safety plan put forward by event organizers, which includes a limit of 16,000 grounds-access wristbands sold for weekend days.

Ripco Credit Union

  

Not long ago, Rhinelander’s Ripco Credit Union ran into a problem.

It couldn’t hire new employees because it was out of office space.

So, within the next two weeks, Ripco will begin a major expansion at its headquarters on Sutliff Avenue.

Vice President Diane Sowinski said discussions have been taking place for a year.

The credit union felt ready this spring, but had to figure out whether to go forward during a virus pandemic.

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