Northwoods Transit Connections

The Oneida County Board Tuesday heard the expanded bus service operating in the Northwoods is very popular and has grown quickly since being introduced last May.

The county board approved a $50,000 advance to the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission to cover a short-term cash flow crunch, as explained by Supervisor Bob Mott...

"....as typical with state and federal government, sometimes monies don't come in on time. At certain times during the year were running a shortage of money for operating expenses to pay for drivers, gas, those types of things...."

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

The Northern Great Lakes Visitor's Center is located at the intersection of U.S. 2 and county road "G" near Ashland. It's often a stop for visitors and Northwoods residents alike to learn about the Great Lakes and surrounding environment. The Center's operating partners are: The US Forest Service, National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Wisconsin Historical Society, University of Wisconsin - Extension, and the Friends of the Center Alliance.

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Later this month, volunteers will be combing the Northwoods looking for people who are homeless.

The semi-annual Wisconsin Statewide Point-In-Time Count is scheduled for January 27. the Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness ..or N*WISH Continuum of Care... will be joining homeless coalitions around the state in completing a local count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Locally, Lori Hallas describes the effort...

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The Department of Public Instruction announced Tuesday that a social studies teacher at Rhinelander High School, Linda Goldsworthy of Three Lakes, is the recipient of the second annual Global Educator of the Year Award.

She was nominated for the award for helping her students learn about the interconnectedness of the world through her classroom teaching and travel abroad opportunities.

Wisconsin Lottery

A Rhinelander resident has won a six-figure prize from the Wisconsin Lottery.

Brandon Young of Rhinelander won the second top prize of $200,000 playing the Cosmic Crossword scratch game.

Young purchased his Cosmic Crossword ticket at Kwik Trip at North Stevens Street in Rhinelander.

This was the second of two $200,000 top prizes in the Cosmic Crossword scratch game.

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Governor Walker has called a special session of the legislature to deal with a growing opioid problem in the state, especially among young people.

While addiction experts praised Walker's call, others have said portions of the proposal are far underfunded. Last week Citizen Action of Wisconsin held a conference call on the session.

Executive Director Robert Kraig says one key component of Walker's proposal is underfunded...

We hear from a state consumer official who says they're being deluged by calls from the public about scams. Ken Krall talks with Frank Frassetto,  Division Administrator for Trade and Consumer Protection....

Frank Frassetto from the Department of Agrriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

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The VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Michigan, recently established a new "CPAP" Clinic to offer veterans who suffer with sleep apnea help in adapting to their continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) equipment.

The National Institute of Health and National Sleep Foundation reports sleep apnea is a common disorder in which breathing is regularly interrupted for at least ten seconds.

It’s that time of year when we’re wondering if we can get our brains in gear to help us keep those new year’s resolutions. In his 2001 classic, A Users Guide to the Brain, neuropsychiatrist Dr. John Ratey wrote, “Our own free will may be the strongest force directing the development of our brains, and therefore our lives.”

In the first episode of our new monthly feature — BrainWorks — WXPR’s classical music host and brain-based coach Molly Rose Teuke says it’s not hard to use your free will to build yourself a better brain.

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Northwoods legislators are holding listening sessions next week across the region.

State Senator Tom Tiffany's 12th Senate District covers three Assembly Districts. Tiffany will be appearing with the state representatives at locations within their boundaries next week.

Tiffany and State Representative Rob Swearingen will be meeting the public next Monday, January 23...

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WXPR Concert Series at Nicolet

Pert Near Sandstone February 4th 7:30PM

The annual WXPR Concert Series continues to be a favorite event and with good reason - stacked with amazing talent, every concert is a must-see!

Upcoming Open Turntable Shows

Sunday 5PM-8PM

January 15-Renee's Birthday January 22- Classic Metal

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Radon Action Month Brings Awareness To Secret House Dweller

You can't detect it with your senses, it occurs in many parts of the state and is a leading cause of lung cancer. January is National Radon Action Month. During the winter when homes tend to be closed is when awareness to the gas is heightened. Community Health Specialist from Oneida County Health Department Christie Oestreich tells us about this naturally-occurring gas... ".....it is odorless, you can't taste it, smell it, it's invisible, so you often don't know the levels in your house...

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