After announcing his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District in February, Kyle Frenette announced Friday that he is withdrawing his candidacy for personal reasons. Frenette said it 'wasn't my time'.

Frenette is the manager of the band Bon Iver.

Administration Continues Push For Arctic Oil

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WASHINGTON - Environmental advocates are concerned that the Trump administration is rushing through a plan to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. There's less than a month left in the public comment period on opening 1.5 million acres of the reserve's environmentally fragile coastal plain to drilling.

LUHS Board Names Massey New Dean Of Students

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MINOCQUA – Lakeland Union High School has a new dean of students, Levi Massey, whose hiring came at the recent school board meeting on a 5-2 vote. His two-year contact begins with the 2018-19 school year.

A preliminary hearing was waived in Vilas County court Thursday for 51-year-old Bennett Berray and 46- year- old Christina Berray in the alleged theft of between $160,000 and $180,000 from Realtek Electronics Group, a security company in Arbor Vitae.

Court documents allege Bennett Berray made 620 unapproved withdrawls in 2016 and 2017 totalling $92,000 that included $8,500 cash withdrawls from a local bank.

A search warrant last October is alleged to have found $163,705 in fradulent actions.

Castle, W.I. (William Ivor) / Wikimedia Commons

Every Friday, we turn back the clock on Morning Edition with local historian Gary Entz to find out what life in the Northwoods used to be like. This is part of a new initiative by WXPR to tell the history and culture of northern Wisconsin.

Issues of immigration, military conflicts overseas, and how we honor veterans are current topics of political debate, but this is nothing new.  Consider the case of Rhinelander resident Elwood Smith.

  •   A study is beginning in the region to see if West Nile Virus is affecting ruffed grouse,
  •   A marketing grant is received to highlight a designated Northwoods route this fall,
  •  10 people under 40 in Rhinelander get recognition.

Forest County Economic Development Partnership

A grant to promote people driving through the Northwoods on a recently designated auto trail will hit the media this fall.

The Joint Effort Marketing grant of nearly $40,000 will provide promotion of the Nicolet-Wolf River Scenic Byway from September 4 through Halloween. The collaborators will also match the JEM grant. The 145 mile loop is the longest of it's type in Wisconsin, beginning along Highway 55 in Langlade county, extending north into Forest county, with loops through Oneida County at Military Road, plus along Highway 70 in Vilas county and ending in Mole Lake.

The effects of West Nile Virus on bluejay and crow populations have been well documented. Those species have been hit hard by the virus, transmitted by mosquitos. It also can affect humans.

Research is beginning in the upper Midwest about the possibility the virus also affecting ruffed grouse populations, a prized bird among hunters.


Celebrating Rhinelander young adults making a difference, Forward Rhinelander has selected its first-ever honorees for Top 10 Under 40 recognition.

Forward Rhinelander received more than 50 nominations highlighting the many people serving their community.

A spokesperson for the group says the move is to change perception. Forward Rhinelander's Melinda Childs says in an area with a large senior demographic, they want to show there are younger people making a difference...

Herbert Lange / Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

You’ve probably heard the saying “never get between a mama bear and her cubs.”

In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist talks about the potential dangers of interacting with a large carnivore and steps or precautions to take to minimize your risks.


Shades of Ireland

April 22-May 1, 2019

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