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Advocacy Group Says Voters Will Overcome Latest Obstacle in WI

Jul 7, 2020
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MILWAUKEE -- Republican leaders in Wisconsin secured a victory ahead of the November election after an appeals court reinstated various voting restrictions. Despite the decision, an advocacy group says it remains undeterred in helping disenfranchised voters.

The federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that GOP lawmakers did not attempt to discriminate against minority voters when they pushed for the restrictions in previous election cycles.

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A local 4-H leader says they've found ways to get kids involved with activities during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Oneida County 4-H program coordinator Anne Williams says summer is a time when 4-H youth are normally busy with things like camp. That isn't happening this year, but she says they've found other ways to do things including a recent effort...

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Last week, the Governor’s Task Force on Caregiving held a public hearing on policy proposals aimed at strengthening Wisconsin’s direct care workforce. Home health care providers are hoping for more reimbursement.

Jayne Thill works for Ascension at Home in Marshfield and is vice-chair for Wisconsin Association for Home Health Care. She says they haven't had an increase in reimbursement for Medicaid patients for more than 10 years. She says expenses have grown by 32 percent in that time.

Thill says the lower pay makes it harder to find help..

In Monday's WXPR news:

  • The name of the man killed in Saturday's motorcycle crash in Sugar Camp was released
  • The Minocqua Farmers Market is doing several things differently due to COVID-19
  • A bog fire in Pine Lake proved especially hard to reach
  • The main building of a Land O'Lakes landmark burned down
  • A Vilas County business is rebuilding after a fire

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On Monday morning, police released the name of the man killed in an Independence Day motorcycle crash in Oneida County.

Christopher Trzcinski, 65, of Eagle River died at the scene.

On Saturday afternoon, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office got a call about a motorcycle in a ditch on Lone Pine Road in the Town of Sugar Camp.

When they arrived, deputies found Trzcinski dead. There were no other vehicles involved.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation.

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There may be few images that inspire thoughts of strength, courage, and independence more than that of the majestic bald eagle soaring in the blue sky. In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist takes a look at our country’s national emblem.

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Fire destroyed the main building at Borderline RV Park in Land O Lakes. 

The Vilas County Sheriff’s Department got a 911 call at 7:27 p.m. Sunday, reporting that the building was burning.  No one was in it at the time.  Fire crews rushed to the scene 6078 Highway 45 and found fire coming from the roof of the building.  Initial investigation found that lightning struck a tree next to the building, which caused the fire.    

Fire departments from Land O Lakes, Conover, Phelps and Watersmeet responded to the scene, as did WE Energy and the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department.

Business Owners Rebuild After Boulder Junction Fire

Jul 6, 2020
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Formerly known as "Shrimp's," the Gooch's A-1 Bar & Grill location in Boulder Junction has been a staple in the Northwoods for almost 100 years.

Back in August of 2019, the popular bar known to so many was considered a total loss after a fire.

“We were woken up in the middle of the night with somebody screaming that the bar was on fire,” Gooch's 2 Bar and Grill Co-Owner Laurel Gutjahr said.

"I tried putting the fire out that was in the car before it all kicked in, and we couldn’t get it out,” Gooch's 2 Bar and Grill Co-Owner Kevin Gutjahr said.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought changes to the Minocqua Farmers Market. The Market has a temporary home on the front of the Let's Minocqua Visitor's Bureau and Chamber offices on U.S. 51. The market traditionally has been at the Highway 70-west park.

Chamber Executive Director Krystal Westfahl says the chamber got the market going until about five years ago when the vendors decided to take over managing the market. She says the farmers need help now and reached out to the chamber to help. Westfahl says the chamber is also short-staffed, so combining their efforts made sense...

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Bill Miller was a driving force behind the formation in 2009 of Northwoods Alliance For Temporary Housing, or NATH.

In 2011, NATH opened Frederick Place, its homeless shelter in Rhinelander. A key fundraiser for NATH-Frederick Place happens soon at a golf scramble named for Miller. That fundraiser comes at a time of need for them.

Executive Director Tammy Modic says they've lost ground on fundraising this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic..

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Fire crews needed to reach a difficult spot to put out a bog fire in the Oneida County Town of Pine Lake.

The Pine Lake Fire Department said in a Facebook post that the call came in at 10:20 p.m. Saturday.  Fire crews headed to the blaze near a creek on Pine Lake road.

The fire was difficult to get to.  The department used its small boat along with kayaks from the homeowner who reported the fire.  Once they reached the fire several portable pumps were used along with over 600 feet of forestry hose. 

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One person has died in a motorcycle crash Saturday in Oneida county

The Sheriff's Department reports they were called at 3:17 p.m. to a crash on Lone Pine Road in the Town of Sugar Camp.

When deputies arrived they found one person had died. No other vehicles were involved in the crash

. The name of the person will likely be released on Monday.

Three Lakes Police, Sugar Camp Fire Department and First Responders, Oneida County ambulances and the medical examiner assisted the Sheriff's Department.

Madison District Joins Movement To Remove Police From Schools

Jul 3, 2020
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MADISON, Wis. -- One of Wisconsin's largest school districts has decided to stop having police officers stationed inside its school buildings. The action taken by the Madison district comes as the nation reckons with how law enforcement should be structured and utilized.

On Monday, the Madison School Board approved an immediate termination of its contract with the city's police department. Bianca Gomez is youth justice director with the group Freedom Inc., which had been advocating for such a move even before the police killing of George Floyd.

UW-Extension Leader Asks Vilas Co. To Reconsider

Jul 3, 2020
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Vilas County Economic Development, Tourism, & UW-Extension committee reviewed a letter from the Dean and Director of UW Extension as a follow-up to the county board 13-5 June vote to end the current state-county contract for Extension services on August 23 and created a subcommittee to begin a dialog on future connections, if possible.

WXPR News: Friday, July 3, 2020

Jul 3, 2020

  • Volunteers work boat landings to stop the spread of invasive species
  • Minocqua man sent to prison for child sexual assault
  • Task force formed on missing and murdered indigenous women
  • Simple steps can cut your cooling bill

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