Wisconsin DNR

As visitors head to their favorite campsites, DNR plant and disease specialist Andrea Diss-Torrance says leave the hitchhikers in your firewood at home. Firewood can transport harmful tree problems to your backyard, street or favorite campsite.

Just one firewood log can easily hide insects like emerald ash borer or gypsy moth, or the tiny spores of a tree-killing fungus like oak wilt.

Diss-Torrance says in the effort to stop plants and bugs from wrecking the Northwoods and elsewhere, simply buy your firewood near your campsite...


Five of the 10 Democratic candidates for Governor stopped by Minocqua Saturday to participate in a candidate forum in the lead up to an August primary and a race to face Governor Scott Walker.

State schools superintendent Tony Evers, independent Mike McCabe, long-time Democratic leader Matt Flynn, State Senator Kathleen Vinehout and State Representative Dana Wachs were there.

The forum touched on several topics, including education.


The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is seeking a new Executive Director.

Sunday, Maggie Steffen confirmed to WXPR she has resigned from the position for personal reasons. Steffen handed in her resignation earlier last week. Steffen posted on Facebook that she had turned in her resignation. She had been with the Chamber for a year and a half.

Steffen thanked the people who helped her during her time as director.


The Oneida County Sheriff's Department is asking the public's help to find a person involved in a sexual assault.

Sunday, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting a sexual assault that occurred in the Town of Pelican.

Initial information was that a male subject entered into the residence, physically and sexually assaulted the elderly female occupant.

Oneida County Sheriff’s detectives report they're working diligently to identify a suspect.

If anyone has information related to this crime, please contact the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.


A garage is a total loss after a fire Friday afternoon in Manitowish Waters.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports the emergency call came in of a fire at 4840 Alder Circle. When responders arrived the garage was fully engulfed.

The fire appears to have started from a lightning strike. No injuries were reported.

The Manitowish Waters Fire and EMS, Winchester and Boulder Junction Fire Departments along with the Sheriff's Department responded to the scene.

  •   A Rhinelander Women's Club is looking for organizations needing funding,
  •  Foxconn and environmental groups are at odds about Lake Michigan water,
  • Marathon county talks about faster internet speeds,
  • Steven Avery wants a new judge

Fight Continues Over Lake Michigan Water Diversion Plan

Jun 15, 2018
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MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The village of Mount Pleasant is preparing for a large influx of traffic, and even planning to hire more police officers this summer, as Foxconn Technology Group continues construction on a $10-billion electronics plant in the area.

Groups Fear Zinke Shakeup of Public Lands Management

Jun 15, 2018
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WASHINGTON - The federal department that controls the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and dozens of other bureaus and agencies is one step closer to a major reorganization - even as some fear changes to the Interior Department would threaten public lands and wildlife.

Marathon County Wants More High Speed Internet Access

Jun 15, 2018
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It may be hard to believe but even in 2018 high-speed internet service is considered a luxury to some living in Marathon County.

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The Rhinelander Women's Club is again accepting letters from local organizations to help fund those organization's activities. Cindy Goll is club president.

She says last year the club supported more than 30 organizations and projects and have opened up the application process again...


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