Gift of the Harvest—the Art and History of Ricing

It is early September as I steady our small canoe (jiiman), keeping my left foot in and my right foot out, while my cousin climbs aboard. It is time to harvest the wild rice. We are on the banks of the eastern edge of Rice Lake, within the boundaries of the Sokaogon Chippewa Indian reservation, in northeast Wisconsin. Our Rice Chiefs have carefully examined the golden crop and officially declare that this small 320-acre lake is ready for the harvest. The air is fresh as a prayer by our...
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Gift of the Harvest—the Art and History of Ricing

Aug 29, 2015

It is early September as I steady our small canoe (jiiman), keeping my left foot in and my right foot out, while my cousin climbs aboard. It is time to harvest the wild rice.


Dogs of all types will compete Saturday morning in the Pawzitive Outdoor Games at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

 Carol Lofquist of  TLC Dog Training is one of the coordinators.  She talks about what the canines will be doing...

"...for agility, it's beginners, intermediate and advanced. One overall winner will win a year of dog food. Same with the pier pups. The dogs jump off, see how far they can jump and the overall winner wins a full year of dog food...."

Lofquist says it's designed for the owner and the dog to build a bond.


  Bookworms and movie fanatics in the area will have the opportunity to pay off their fines with non-perishable food items through the Rhinelander Public Library’s “Food for Fines” Program. Library Director Virginia Roberts says it’s an effort to encourage people to give back to the community.

“It’s a partnership that most libraries have done with their food pantries. We have a lot of folks here who use the library and food pantry, and we are here to help, and a couple times a year if we can help a little bit more, that’s what we do.”


Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch stopped by the Vilas County Business Incubators in Eagle River today.

Kleefisch talked with Christine Gaffron at Stitch It, who makes embroidered logos on items like hats and shirts. Since being in the incubator, Gaffron told Kleefisch her business has grown and it has helped to be in the incubator...


A rising purse has attracted a nationwide pool of race drivers as the Eagle River Derby Track is the site of the first annual ATV-UTV World Championship this weekend.

Derby spokesperson Russ Davis says drivers are coming from many states, including Texas and California. Davis says interest grew as the purse did. Initially it was $15,000 and has grown to more than $60,000. Davis says this style of racing is new to the Upper Midwest...

Northwoods Sees Unemployment Decline in July

Aug 27, 2015

More people are working in the Northwoods. The state has released the July unemployment numbers and all the northern counties have lower unemployment rates than the previous year.

Labor economist Scott Hodek says some counties are also seeing a positive hiring trend, but a couple are not....

CoVantage Credit Union to Expand to Elcho

Aug 27, 2015

CoVantage Credit Union headquartered in Antigo has signed an agreement to purchase the Northwoods National Bank in Elcho.

CoVantage CEO Brian Prunty says CoVantage has nearly 2,000 members in the Elcho area and felt a facility there would be a benefit to them.

Northwoods National Bank is owned by the Baraboo National Bank. Prunty says the purchase of a bank by a credit union is somewhat unusual....

Wild Rice Harvesting is Near

Aug 27, 2015

Wild rice abundance reports show that harvesting season is approaching. Labor Day often marks the harvesting season of the traditional Ojibwe food staple. DNR Habitat Specialist Jason Fleener says people take on the activity as an effort to supplement their dietary needs.

 “They’ve shown that wild rice, or true and natural wild rice has a lot more essential vitamins and minerals compared to white rice. So from a subsistence standpoint that’s very nutritious.”


Two persons are facing  possible charges in the Upper Peninsula after an explosion not far from the Michigan-Wisconsin border.


Rhinelander is without a comprehensive recreation plan, but a five-year plan is in the works with a draft likely this fall.

The city has contracted with North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning to put together a plan.
Planner Fred Heider says Rhinelander has a number of recreational elements already in place, including several parks, walking paths, BMX track and a 2003 Pathways Project, which spelled out hiking and biking trails in the city.

Heider says an earlier survey of Rhinelander residents found this breakdown of preferred recreational activities...


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