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Thursday's WXPR news.

In a busy news day at WXPR:

  • A recap of Tuesday's special congressional election in northern Wisconsin
  • Badger Minerals plans to begin drilling in Oneida County on June 1
  • The Rhinelander Common Council decided to put off a ruling on Indepdence Day festivities
  • Some DNR shooting ranges will reopen Thursday with special restrictions

In WXPR headlines:

  • Polls are open in Tuesday's special congressional election
  • Rhinelander City Administrator Daniel Guild has been terminated by the Common Council
  • Members of the Onward Oneida County COVID-19 response team got updates on Monday
  • Portage County business leaders are "over the moon" by Gov. Evers' announcement of a limited reopening of some retail businesses

In Monday WXPR news:

  • The state plans to make free COVID-19 tests available to all tribal members in the state
  • How the arts community is responding to the health crisis
  • A new tourism campaign in Wisconsin could dovetail well with coronavirus guidelines
  • The Langlade County Humane Society is making some progress with a new fundraising campaign

  • Voting expected to go more smoothly for Tuesday election
  • Lt. Gov. says to "Stay the Course" on Badger Bounce Back Plan
  • Spring Fish and Game Hearing results released
  • Fire danger remains high in northern Wisconsin  

In Thursday's WXPR news:

  • WXPR speaks with Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes about the status of Wisconsin's COVID-19 response
  • The WEDC says there's more money coming for businesses in the state
  • A local police department has new equipment, thanks to the WPS Foundation
  • Many people are facing personal finance challenges during the pandemic

The WXPR news of the day includes:

  • The report detailing the 2018 deadly crash of a medical helicopter has finally been released
  • Forest County has found its first COVID-19 positive case
  • Rep. Rob Swearingen hopes sides can make progress on a plan to end the state's Safer at Home order
  • Trails in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will open Friday
  • Lake Tomahawk has cancelled its 2020 snowshoe baseball season

In Tuesday's WXPR news:

  • A WXPR investigation has revealed the City of Rhinelander spread tons of sewage sluidge near where it later built two municipal water wells
  • One person was taken into custody in an incident apparently related to harassment of tribal spearers
  • Lake Tomahawk has canceled the 2020 snowshoe baseball season
  • A new candidate from Tomahawk is joining the race for State Assembly
  • We speak with the Wisconsin State Treasurer about retirement security

In Monday's WXPR news:

  • After a lull, Oneida County has reported its seventh positive COVID-19 case
  • Blastomycosis, a disease impacting pets and humans, may be on the rise in the Northwoods
  • A Minocqua man hopes to flip the 12th state Senate district back to Democratic control
  • UW-Extension is helping with a survey asking the Northwoods how it would like to return to normalcy

In Friday's WXPR news:

  • Lincoln County has reported its first COVID-19 positive case
  • The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is reopening some facilities soon
  • Rhinelander is holding a groundbreaking for a new set of pickleball courts this afternoon
  • The Lakeland Union High School District may have to lay off two staff members because of a budget shortfall
  • The state Public Service Commission is offering new options to help people gain phone and internet access

  • Lac Du Flambeau Chippewa announce tribal land access limits
  • Early voting encouraged in 7th Congressional District
  • Governor calls challenge to “Safer at Home” order “silly”
  • Harley-Davidson sees decline in sales

The news for the day includes:

  • One person was killed in a Merrill-area crash this morning, and the driver is in custody
  • Wisconsin reports about half the people originally diagnosed with COVID-19 have now recovered
  • Curbside pickup services are now starting at many Northwoods libraries
  • A new tourism initiative is preparing for when the Northwoods reopens
  • We speak with a pediatrician about COVID-19's impact on children

The WXPR news of the day features:

  • Curbside pickup for all businesses in Wisconsin will now be allowed starting Wednesday
  • Rhinelander City Administrator Daniel Guild saw no change in his paid administrative leave status after a Monday meeting
  • Minocqua is advocating for a regional reopening of the economy as the tourism season nears
  • Wisconsin officials are trying to address coronavirus outbreaks in group home settings
  • A local group of volunteers has produced more than 2,600 masks to give away to people who need them

Monday's WXPR news includes:

  • More FoodShare money is being given out during the pandemic
  • The Vilas County Sheriff's Office has changed several procedures to ensure health and safety
  • Passersby helped a woman get out of a burning home just north of Wausau
  • Michigan is taking special measures to make sure seniors get the food they need
  • Home sales in Wisconsin and the Northwoods were looking great - before the pandemic hit

WXPR's Friday news update includes:

  • Another dog has died in a potential poisoning case in Forest County
  • A Northwoods company has been recognized for energy-efficient practices
  • Familiar leadership will stick around on the Vilas County Board
  • The pandemic has triggered a rise in cybercrime
  • Golf courses can reopen today under the state's amended Safer at Home order

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