Officials have cautioned the public about carbon monoxide in homes as we fire up our furnaces this heating season. But a Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson says one place that could prove deadly is recreational: the hunting shack.

Spokesperson Matt Cullen says cold shelters and fossil-fuel heaters can become a problem..

. "....what we want to remind them is that an inspection can help them determine if a heating system inside their hunting shelter is operating correctly so they can avoid a buildup of carbon monoxide inside that heating system...."

Travel Wisconsin.com

One of the annual signs that the gun deer hunting season is close is the long-running Venison Feed in downtown Tomahawk the day before the season opens.

A blaze-orange clad army of hunters turn out each year to eat venison burgers and talk deer hunting.

Tomahawk Regional Chamber of Commerce Director Jesica Witte says a long tradition continues...

Smart & Unappreciated: the Raven

Nov 16, 2017

One of the smartest birds in North America is also one of our least appreciated. In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist shares some information about the raven.

Local Newscast 11-15-17

Nov 15, 2017

Lincoln Hills Focus Of Friday Program On WXPR

Nov 15, 2017
Wisconsin Dept. of Corrections

The ongoing controversy at Wisconsin's juvenile correctional facility for male and female youth is the focus of a program Friday afternoon on WXPR.

Courtesy of Wisconsin Public Radio, Route 51 host Glen Moberg talks to workers at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake in Irma. The facility has been the subject of state, federal and local investigations after a series of incidents involving workers at the facility and juveniles house there.

Wisconsin DNR

The state's top recreational safety person says being smart with an ATV or UTV this deer hunting season is essential.

The vehicles have proven to be an increasingly popular with hunters.

The DNR's ATV safety administrator Gary Eddy says operators might run into paths that they aren't used to taking....

"....their going to come across obstacles like stumps or steep terrain and loose gravel or leaves that they're not expecting. Safety is of utmost importance...."


Two local governments finalized their budget's expenses and tax levies at meetings this week and it looks to be good news for taxpayers.

The Oneida County Board came in with a levy which is down slightly from last year.

After a public hearing on the proposed budget, the board made some changes, including the restoration of $6,000 to the Oneida County Fair budget.

County Finance Director Darcy Smith..

Rhinelander School District

An overheard conversation led to the lockdown of a Rhinelander school.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports getting a call from a person at a business who overhead a conversation where a person was allegedly coming to Rhinelander to cause a problem at Crescent school, located  near Rhinelander's  south city limits.

Officials say the problem was a over a child custody issue.

Vilas Board Hears About High Opioid Use

Nov 15, 2017

High drug use in Vilas County was presented to the county board (Nov 14) showing from 2013-14 they ranked sixth in opioid death rates, fifth in nalozone ambulance runs, fourth in arrests for illegal opioid and cocaine drug arrests and second in opioid prescriptions dispensed.

UW-Extension Youth Development Agent Nancy Miller and Bob Kovar showed opioid trends have become more severe with one doctor, not in our area, gave our prescriptions to 5,500 persons. In our three county area, Vilas had 90 drug related hospitalizations in 2012 rising to 95 in 2014.

Local Newscast 11-14-17

Nov 14, 2017


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David Chrisinger

Theater Group Does Veterans Performance At Nicolet College

The Boots on the Ground theater company will perform at Nicolet College tomorrow presenting its adaptation of See Me for Who I Am, a book on soldiers’ war experiences edited by Rhinelander native David Chrisinger. The book is a collection of 20 first-person essays penned by Chrisinger's students at UW-Stevens Point. The collection was published in February. Chrisinger says word of mouth led the South Carolina based theater group to his collection... ".....sometime this summer, June or July, I...

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