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Earth Day Belongs to Gaylord Nelson

Did you know that Earth Day has its roots in Wisconsin? The Masked Biologist takes a glimpse back at the origins and early years after the original Earth Day in this week’s Wildlife Matters . Happy Earth Day! How familiar are you with the establishment and early years of Earth Day? I thought perhaps I would share some insight from someone who knew it far better than I, earth day founder and Senator from Wisconsin Gaylord Nelson, in his own words. “When April 22, 1970, dawned, literally...

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It was once thought that measles had been eliminated from the United States, but the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention reports 555 confirmed cases have been reported this year. That number is the second-highest total recorded since 2000. Cases in Illinois and downstate Michigan have been reported.

Measles is an infectious viral disease causing fever and a red rash on the skin, typically occurring in childhood.

Oneida County Public Health Nurse Jennifer Bates says with summer approaching, the spread of the disease is possible..

  •   DNR Secretary Cole questions baiting and feeding deer statewide,
  •    Helping people with dyslexia is the focus of a bill being heard this week in Madison,
  •    The Wisconsin Senate looks to return excess Miller Park taxes to citizens,
  •    Another invasive silver carp caught in the St. Croix river

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For this week's A Northwoods Moment in History, Gary Entz tells us about the Soo Line Passenger Trains.

The Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad, more commonly known as the Soo Line, formed in 1884 and became a significant part of Northwoods history.  Although the company was primarily a freight railroad and was never one of the nation’s great passenger railroads. It nonetheless provided passenger service to the Northwoods with a branch of its Laker passenger train. geralt

Legislation authored by state Representative Bob Kulp will be heard this week to provide help for teachers working with students with the reading disorder dyslexia.

The Stratford Republican says, if approved, the measure would put Wisconsin in line with many other states...

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The Oneida County Board has ended its interest in buying the Foster and Smith property which will soon be mostly vacated on Rhinelander's far west side.

The county put together a committee to study the possibility of buying the property with an eye toward possibly moving the highway department and other county business there. It was suggested the facility was large enough made that some of the property could be leased out to the private sector. Stocksnap

A loan program designed to help business owners increase the value of their properties while cutting utility costs in a greener way was approved Tuesday by the Oneida County Board.

34 other Wisconsin counties have approved the "PACE" or Property Assessed Clean Energy financing to commercial business properties.

In 2016, the state authorized a commission to help businesses convert to more efficient forms of energy use.

Nicolet Area Technical College

Nicolet College’s most recent Nursing graduates posted a 100 percent pass rate on their first attempt at the national licensing exam to become registered nurses. The national average pass rate is currently 85 percent.  Nicolet Nursing graduates historically perform above the national average, typically with 90 percent or more passing on their first attempt.

Dean of Health Occupations Candy Dailey says this shows what Nicolet College is doing is the right path...

  •   A Merrill  man faces decades in prison for sexual assault,
  •   Flooding remains a possibility in Wisconsin
  •   Hiring workers with autism is the focus of an Eagle River meeting,
  •   New veterans home proposed.

Hiring people with autism is the focus of an interactive Lunch 'N Learn event Wednesday, April 24 at 11:30 a.m. in Eagle River, sponsored by Vilas County Economic Development.

April Leanna, founder and CEO of Starlight Centers for Inclusion will discuss characteristics associated with an autism diagnosis can actually be strengths within the workplace. April will also share how to increase the success of your hiring and interview processes by including individuals with autism in your employee search and hiring process.

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The final details are being assembled prior to the 9th Annual Earth Day Sustainability Fair held at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.

The fair looks at how the Northwoods environment and economy can be sustained. Spokesperson Ann Eshleman says the activities for the event are falling into place...




Music/Arts/Sustainability Festival Coming to Rhinelander Sept. 26-28

Wednesday, April 24th

ArtStart Rhinelander/7-9 PM. Perform something you're in the midst of working on, or just come watch.

EARTH DAY 9th Annual Sustainability Fair

EARTH DAY 9th Annual Sustainability Fair

Monday, April 22 at Nicolet College Lakeside Center

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