Robert Kinney

A former Oneida County Circuit Judge who resigned last year from the Wisconsin Ethics Commission is the guest speaker Tuesday at the League of Women Voters of the Northwoods meeting.

Reserve Judge Robert Kinney was appointed to the newly-formed Commission, which majority Republicans formed to replace what had been the Government Accountability Board.

The Commission's mission is to enforce governmental ethics laws in Wisconsin. Kinney resigned in December after saying the Commission was not upholding Wisconsin's long tradition of transparent government.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is looking for volunteers to fill a variety of roles this summer to support the Forest's recreational program.

Lakewood-Laona Assistant Recreational Ranger Greyling Brandt says volunteer campground hosts are especially needed. He says having a person hosting the campsite is invaluable...

Flautist Brings African Melodies to Campanile Concert Series

Mar 13, 2017

A world renownedAfrican flautist from will be sharing his culture and story this week during a concert at the Campanile Center for the Arts in Minocqua. WXPR’s Miranda Vander Leest spoke to Samite ahead of his  performance March 16. For ticket information visit the Campanile Center's website

Funds for this segment come from the Northern Arts Council. 

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The death of a six year old Crandon girl has been ruled suspicious.

During a press conference Friday afternoon at the Forest County Courthouse, District Attorney Chuck Simono said initial examination of the girl’s body, who they’re identifying by the initials of A.R.P, coupled with observations and witness statements point to negligent or reckless behavior.

Police were called to the Grant Street Apartments in Crandon Tuesday morning where they found the six year old girl deceased. Simono says the investigation is being treated as a homicide and no arrests have been made.

Wisconsin's Pioneering Farm-to-School Program Could Be Cut

Mar 10, 2017

MADISON, Wis. - In 2009, Wisconsin was one of the first states in the nation to create a full-time farm-to-school coordinator, whose job was to connect local farmers with cafeterias in local schools. Supporters of the program call it a huge success by any measure. But Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget cuts both the position of farm-to-school coordinator and the advisory council.

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It's the weekend when the clocks "spring forward", or you lose one hour of sleep Saturday into Sunday morning as we begin Daylight Savings Time.

Officials also say it's a good time to update the devices in your home that could save your life.

Dawn Robinson of Oneida County Emergency Management says update your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors...

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry

Many people donate to food pantries around the holidays, but the time after that finds a bit of a lull.

Each spring the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry invited the public to have financial donations matched. Previously the effort was known as the Feinstein Challenge, but as pantry spokesperson Bill Vancos reports a new donor has stepped forward...

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The results of a three-year investigation by local, state, and federal law enforcement into the large scale trafficking of methamphetamine in central Wisconsin have been released .

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Thursday(3/9/17) was the first day for Drug Court in Forest County, a joint effort from the state court system at the Forest County Courthouse and Forest County Potawatomi Tribal Court to get persons convicted of drug offenses into treatment.

WXPR's Ken Krall spoke with Chief Judge of Tribal Court Eugene Whitefish and Wellness Court Coordinator Valerie Loduha about the program, designed to get people with addictions to change course. We hear first from Judge Whitefish...

High speed internet has arrived for some Northwoods residents and more is on the way.

Rhinelander-based Northwoods Connect Founder and CEO Paul Osterman says a new tower has gone live north of Rhinelander...

"....just completed and just launched the Newbold tower. The tower itself is located by Newbold Fire Station #2. That was built in cooperation with the town of Newbold. The service is active and live and we are currently putting on subscribers in the Newbold area....."

Osterman says other towers are being set up...


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Saturday, June 3rd. 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!

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Public Meetings Set For Lac Vieux Desert Walleye Changes

Two public meetings, set for April 4 and 6, are being held in Vilas County to get public input on a multi-agency plan to address declining walleye numbers in Lac Vieux Desert. on the Michigan-Wisconsin border near Land O' Lakes. The 4,300 acre flowage has experienced a dramatic decline in walleye abundance and recruitment over the past decade. DNR fisheries supervisor in Woodruff, Steve Gilbert, says little natural reproduction has occurred in the last 10 years, leaving adult walleye...

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