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Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport Upgrades in the Works as It Looks to Keep Pace with Demand

A new parking payment system, HVAC System, elevator, road repairs, and a cell phone parking lot are all on the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport Director’s to-do list. They’re not as flashy a renovated waiting area or adding a new airline, both of which the airport has already done in the last year, but Director Matthew Leitner says they’re necessary steps for the airport to keep pace with the demand it’s seeing. “Wow yeah. It’s moving at the speed of light. As you know, United is coming in...

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Hybrid personal learning plans will need to meet at least one of four requirements or be denied under  a proposal that will be on the agenda for the full Northland Pines school board after being discussed last week by the school policy committee.

District administrator Scott Foster indicated the district has to meet the needs of students full time and include students who might be out for quarantine.

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In recent days, a report titled “Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful” was released in response to one of President Biden’s first Executive Orders. The Masked Biologist pulls this report apart and shares some highlights in this week’s Wildlife Matters.

Wisconsin DNR

There’s been more than 620 fires recorded in Wisconsin so far this year. More than 1,700 acres have burned.  

For comparison, in the same time frame last year there were 368 fires and less than a third as many acres burned.

John A. Jorgensen is the aeronautics team leader for the DNR. He said it’s not necessarily the number of fires that makes this fire season unique, but the length of the season and how widespread fire risk is.

Matthew Leitner

A new parking payment system, HVAC System, elevator, road repairs, and a cell phone parking lot are all on the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport Director’s to-do list.

They’re not as flashy a renovated waiting area or adding a new airline, both of which the airport has already done in the last year, but Director Matthew Leitner says they’re necessary steps for the airport to keep pace with the demand it’s seeing.

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Antigo expects a new championship off-road racing event will draw high-level drivers and fans to the city next month.

It’s part of the same series that attracts thousands of people to Crandon each year.

The Antigo Lions are hosting the first-ever Roaring Raceway event at the Langlade County Fairgrounds on the first weekend of June.

The races are part of the AMSOIL Championship Off-Road races series.

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Michigan is lifting a mask requirement for fully vaccinated people and says the unvaccinated don't need to wear one outdoors.

A broad indoor face covering mandate will expire in July.

The announcement Friday from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer comes a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people.

Michigan’s order takes effect at 9 a.m. Saturday.

People outside won't have to wear a mask regardless of whether they have gotten a shot.

Gov. Tony Evers is praising new guidelines that allow people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to shed their facemasks in most situations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines Thursday saying the fully vaccinated can resume normal activities and don't have to wear masks outdoors or indoors except in crowded environments such as on public transportation or inside hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters.

Wisconsin's conservative state Supreme Court struck down Evers' statewide mask mandate in March.

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The state Supreme Court has rejected a Republican request to develop rules to fast-track redistricting lawsuits.

The conservative law firm Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty and Republican leaders proposed rules last year that would require any state lawsuits filed over new boundaries to start in the state Supreme Court rather than lower courts.

Conservatives hold a 4-3 edge on the court. But the court denied the request Friday, saying the proposed procedures wouldn't help the justices if they end up weighing an as yet undefined redistricting challenge.

  • Revised regulations to be considered for wolf hunts
  • New funding will benefit a Fab Lab in the Wabeno school district
  • Fire danger a concern in Wisconsin
  • Federal prison sentence for a former central Wisconsin teacher

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Wisconsin wildlife officials are considering drafting new regulations that would prohibit hunting wolves at night and shorten the window for registering kills after hunters blew past their quota in February.

The Trump administration removed wolves from the endangered species list in January.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was preparing to hold a hunt in November as per statutory requirements but a judge forced the department to launch the season in February.

State-licensed hunters killed 218 wolves, almost 100 animals more than their quota.

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