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Memorial Day remembers the people who died serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday is observed every year on the last Monday of May. It originally was known as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868. The Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established the day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.

WXPR spoke with Wisconsin's Secretary of Veterans Affairs Daniel Zimmerman about the meaning of Memorial Day....

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Four Northwoods fire departments have some very modern equipment designed to save pets in emergency situations.

The Minocqua, Woodruff, Arbor Vitae and Hazelhurst fire departments have accepted donations of Invisible Fence Project Breathe program. The donation came from Invisible Fence of Northern Wisconsin. The mask allows firefighters and EMS staff to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fire and often save pets' lives.

Eric Carlson is a Lieutenant and Inspector with Minocqua Fire.

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If it is approved, passes both chambers of the legislature, and is signed, it looks like there will be more money coming in the next budget for higher speed internet service in rural Wisconsin.

During a Q & A session at a recent Grow North meeting, a member of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst, said the budget panel is funding more broadband...

NWS Lists Oneida Co. As Having Tornado Damage May 16

May 27, 2017
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The tornado that traveled through northern Wisconsin May 16 turned out to be the longest tracked tornado in Wisconsin since tornado records began in 1950. Part of the damage listed was in Oneida county.

The tornado's path was 83 miles long. The hardest hit areas were just north of Chetek where EF2 damage was found, and in the Conrath area where EF3 damage occurred.

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May 26, 2017

Unit That Opened Lincoln Hills Investigation To Be Eliminated

May 26, 2017
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An internal affairs unit that exposed alleged abuses at the state's juvenile institutions will be eliminated next month.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the Department of Corrections will incorporate the unit into a division that seeks to reduce sexual assaults at the Lincoln Hills boys school and Copper Lake girls school in Lincoln County.

Kovac's Cosmic Dream

May 26, 2017
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The old saying goes “shoot for the moon, and if you miss you’ll land among the stars,” but for one local man the stars were enough. WXPR’s Miranda Vander Leest tells us the story of Frank Kovac and his universal dream…

Frank Kovac has a Go Fund Me page that’s been set up for nearly a year and a half. He's raised $6,500 of his $100,000 goal. Visit his Facebook page or website for more information.

Wisconsin Democrats Push Health Care Protection Package

May 26, 2017
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MADISON, Wis. - As Republicans in Washington continue to pursue their "repeal and replace" strategy regarding the Affordable Care Act with the introduction of the American Health Care Act, Wisconsin Democrats have introduced a series of bills they call the Wisconsin Health Care Protection Package.

They say the bills are designed to make sure that no matter what happens in Washington, Wisconsinites will have access to affordable health care. The American Health Care Act allows states to make decisions about things such as pre-existing conditions.

LUHS Voters Will Be Asked To Authorize Land Purchase

May 26, 2017
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MINOCQUA – The Lakeland Union High School Board of Education will ask district electors at a special meeting June 19 to authorize the district to purchase a house adjoining the school campus in Minocqua.

The finance committee recommended that the district buy it for the asking price of $134,500 – about $10,000 less than one appraisal. If voters approve, the board would tap fund balance to finance the purchase.

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Kovac's Cosmic Dream

The old saying goes “shoot for the moon, and if you miss you’ll land among the stars,” but for one local man the stars were enough. WXPR’s Miranda Vander Leest tells us the story of Frank Kovac and his universal dream… Frank Kovac has a Go Fund Me page that’s been set up for nearly a year and a half. He's raised $6,500 of his $100,000 goal. Visit his Facebook page or website for more information.

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