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Three Lakes Gives Green Light to Library Expansion

Jun 6, 2013

The Three Lakes town board has unanimously approved a proposal to expand the local library. The board of trustees has been planning the renovation for more than three years. 

The plan for renovating and expanding the Edward U. Demmer Memorial Library includes a 4000 square foot addition.  Board President Vicki Ruehling says the extra space is badly needed, and points to a 20 percent increase in the number of library visits last year.

Budget Proposal Diverts Timber Money to K-12 Schools

Jun 5, 2013
US Forest Service

Some Northwoods school districts could be getting a financial boost next year, thanks to a proposal included the state budget.

The version of the budget passed by the joint finance committee would send 25 percent of timber sales from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to local schools.  School districts would receive different amounts based on how much forest acreage falls within their district.  Republican State Representative Rob Swearingin describes the proposal as a shot in the arm for rural schools.

Chestnut-Sided Warbler

Jun 5, 2013
John Rasmussen

Chestnut-Sided Warbler image taken by John Rasmussen June 4, 2013 in Oneida County submitted as part of WXPR's Northwoods Splendor photo series.

Swisher to Leave School District

Jun 4, 2013

The Rhinelander School District is looking for a new Community Education Coordinator.  Kim Swisher announced her resignation today.  She’s headed to a brand new communications position with the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.   

“It was just too exciting to pass up.  I have greatly enjoyed my work with the school district and have learned a great deal serving our students and our community.  And this was just something too exciting and too much of an opportunity to walk away from.” 

Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Rhinelander District Library Foundation is undergoing a leadership change. 

Former foundation president Linda Davidson has stepped down after 17 years.  She says she’s seen the library through some big changes. 

“When I came on board, we were in the middle of doing the fundraising for the computerization of the library.  Everybody recognized that we really did need these computers in the library.  And from there we added the new parking lot, the HVAC system, we did the lighting in the library.”

DNR Says, Time To Have a Chat About Invasives

Jun 3, 2013
Mike Pennington

June is invasive species awareness month and this week you’ll have a chance to brush up on your facts.  

The Department of Natural Resources is inviting the public to chat online with experts Tuesday and Thursday at noon.  DNR Forestry Invasive Plant Coordinator Tom Boos says members of the public can ask whatever questions are on their mind. 

Fawns' First Days

Jun 3, 2013
Tuckey Requa

Tuckey Requa had the pleasure of encountering newborn fawns near Phelps, WI on Sunday, June 2, 2013. She shares these photos as part of our Northwoods Splendor series.

Andrew Leahy

Cool temperatures Sunday night had cranberry growers in northern Wisconsin on frost alert. 

On a chilly night, cranberry bogs can run many degrees colder than the average air temperature on the ground.  Bob Winter runs Vilas Cranberry Company in Manitowish Waters.  He says the mercury would have dipped below freezing in the bogs, if he hadn't turned on water sprinklers to help keep the plants warm. 

Rhinelander Looking Into Downtown Improvements

Jun 3, 2013

A committee of city leaders in Rhinelander has selected a company to outline an economic development initiative for downtown.  The plan from Vierbicher Associates will also look into giving Brown Street a bit of a facelift, by conducting a streetscape study.

Rhinelander City Administrator Blaine Oborn says doing a streetscape…is kind of like landscaping, for a downtown sidewalk. 

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, in partnership with Nicolet Area Technical College, has produced seven promotional videos featuring the state's only national forest.  The short videos were created by Digital Graphics students as a way to help people to learn more about the forest's recreational opportunities and history.

Forest spokesperson Suzanne Flory says they wanted to have a new way to see the forest.

Tony Kennick

A new festival is coming to Rhinelander later this summer.

"Potato Fest" celebrates northern and central Wisconsin's industry and research facilities.  A member of the organizing committee, Dan Kuzlik says Potato Fest will be August 31.

Courtesy The Fix Is In

A Rhinelander pet clinic is hoping to help control the pet population in the Wausau area by offering discounted neutering services. The "Fix is In" director Karla Ortman says cats are an overlooked population when it comes to treatment.

"...it's not just in Wausau, it's everywhere. Organizations everywhere are trying to come up with creative ways to help cats. One of the easiest thing to do is make sure your cats are spayed and neutered..."

 Ortman says they're hoping to help curb the population of stray cats in the area.

The public will soon have a chance to see the Olson Library Expansion project in Eagle River. 

Trustee Phil Jensen says they've known for a longtime that that they've outgrown the facility. Six years ago they had plans for an upgrade, but the recession halted those plans. Now they've hired Northwoods designer and builder Jeff Visner and they have new plans:

A public hearing has been called for Thursday night by the Vilas county town of Cloverland to talk about a proposed sex offender placement ordinance.

Last year a convicted sex offender was placed on Chickaree Lake Road. Local residents were upset with the placement. Cloverland town chair Scott Maciosek says the town wants to spell out what they want...

"....we're trying to protect the kids in our town plus be able to stop them from just being able to drop somebody in here without saying anything to anybody...."

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Leaving pets or children unattended on warm summer days is an invitation to real problems says an emergency management spokesperson.

Dawn Robinson from Oneida County Emergency Management says overheating occurs quickly on sunny days...

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