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Starting Monday, people driving along US Highway 2 through Iron County can expect some lane and shoulder closures.

It’s the first stage in a four-stage process to build a roundabout at the interchange between highways US 2 and US 51.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Project Manager Kai Kilen said there’s a couple issues with the current road conditions this project will fix.

“The existing interchange, the pavement was shoving a lot of signs of deterioration. The existing bridge is also deteriorating and in need of heavy maintenance,” said Kilen.

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Wisconsin Republicans plan to vote next week to kill key parts of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ state budget proposal, including legalizing medical and recreational marijuana, expanding Medicaid to capture $1.6 billion in federal funding and granting collective bargaining rights to public workers. The move, announced Friday, is no surprise and follows what the GOP-controlled Legislature did two years ago to Evers’ first budget.

  • A healthy forest has many benefits
  • Volunteers listening for frogs in northern Wisconsin
  • Culinary student at Nicolet College wins a national competition
  • Numbers in from drug take back event

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Archeologists believe people first passed through the Northwoods 12,000 years ago, hunting large mammals as they traveled north.

More recently, settlers came to Eagle River on the quest for timber. Tourists followed not far behind.

The Eagle River Historical Society preserves and displays all of this information at their two museums and through a variety of tours and programming.

Listen to the full interview with President Karen Sailer to learn more about how the organization is showcasing history and documenting the present.

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As Wisconsin’s Chief State Forester, a lot of Heather Berkland’s life revolves around trees.

“You got to love trees. Trees are really the answer to an overall healthy ecosystem,” said Berkland.

Berkland says forests are essential to the health of the environment and people.

“It filters pollutants, protects water quality, provides wildlife habitat,” she said.

Trees are also a key part of the state’s economy.

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ frog survey season is off to a hopping start this spring.

Each month of the season, volunteers across the state spend an evening listening for different frog and toad species.

This allows the DNR to map and track the amphibians.

WXPR’s Erin Gottsacker went with a volunteer to listen for the frogs. Here’s what she heard:

When the sun goes down on a chilly April evening, the volume of croaking frogs comes up.

Numbers in From Drug Take Back Day

Apr 30, 2021
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The numbers are in from area law enforcement agencies and the amount of medication they collected during drug take back day events.

The Stevens Point Police Department says they collected 130 pounds of drugs which equaled 9 boxes during their event Saturday.

The Stevens Point, Plover, Antigo, and Wausau Police Departments as well as the Portage County Sheriff's Department all have drop boxes in their lobbies that medication can be put in to be disposed of.

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A Nicolet College culinary student recently won a national veal cooking competition.

Maja Holcomb created a cherry agrodolce sauce to serve with grilled veal chops.

Made with balsamic vinegar, honey, olive oil and shallot, her sweet and sour recipe has one special ingredient – Wisconsin cherries.

Agrodolce sauce is a sweet and sour Italian condiment.

Holcomb said it’s kind of like ketchup – a sauce that can be whipped up to serve with anything.

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A judge has ruled that Republican leaders of the Wisconsin Legislature illegally hired private taxpayer-funded attorneys to represent them in anticipation of lawsuits over redistricting.

The lawsuit filed by attorney Lester Pines on behalf of four Madison teachers argued that state law does not allow for legislative leaders to hire attorneys outside the state Department of Justice before a lawsuit has been filed.

The Legislature has yet to begin the redistricting process and there are no pending lawsuits.

Gov. Tony Evers says he hasn't met with Republican legislative leaders to discuss his $91 billion state budget proposal because he’s listening to what the people of Wisconsin want and that GOP lawmakers should do the same.

Republicans who control the Legislature’s budget committee are expected to vote as soon as next week to remove many of Evers’ priorities, such as expanding Medicaid and legalizing recreational marijuana, as they begin to create the next budget.

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  • Communities come together to clean up Great Lakes
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  • Forest Service & Nature Conservancy partnership rebuilds accessible trout fishing site

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About 188,000 people in Wisconsin who are registered to vote but didn’t vote for the past four years will be receiving a mailing notifying them that they will be taken off the rolls unless they take action within 30 days.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission on Thursday approved sending the routine mailing, which state law requires be sent every two years.

In 2019, more than 113,000 notices were sent and about 16,000 people requested that their registration continue. That is a response rate of about 14%.

Seven Great Lakes Communities Collaborate on Cleanup Effort

Apr 29, 2021
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Some Michiganders are part of a multi-state effort this week to clean up and protect the Great Lakes.

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Barrier-free fishing piers along the South Branch Oconto River are now open to the public.

The access points allow for a more accessible way for people to enjoy the trout fishing along the river.

“There was an old structure here and that was completely removed and then they had to drive new pilings and put this new structure on top. And a lot of times change the grade to make sure it was ADA compliant,” said Mike Brown, Lakewood-Laona District Ranger of the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest.

Hiring a Challenge as Restaurants Work To Bounce Back From Pandemic

Apr 29, 2021
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Just over a month away from the Wausau River District's "Dining on the Street" returning to downtown Wausau and some restaurants are still struggling to find the help needed to make it a success.

"When you look back a year ago, everything was different," said Pedro Pineda, Co-owner at Jalapenos Mexican Restaurante & Bar.

And the proof is in pandemic.

According to data collected by Wausau River District, businesses downtown believed overwhelmingly last year that there was no concern whether their business was at risk of closing.

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