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.

Marathon County Wants More High Speed Internet Access

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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 Oneida county board next week will have mining-related resolutions to discuss: a change in the county's current mining rules, and whether to approve an advisory vote to allow metallic mineral exploration in the town of Lynne.

Antigo School Superintendent Resigns

Jun 14, 2018
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The Antigo Superintendent of Schools has resigned.

WSAU radio and WAOW TV report Dr. Colleen Timm had been in the position for just under a year.

Board president Mike Boldig has not commented on the reason for her departure. Timm's future plans have not been announced.

Timm had been superintendent for the Mishicot School District for 11 years. She began her career as an English teacher and had worked in Portage, Deforest and Tuscon, Arizona.

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Two Eagle River residents were taken into custody Tuesday evening in Minocqua after an incident at the Marshfield Clinic.

Minocqua Police report a 70 year old man and a 39 year old woman were allegedly holding a care provider against her will with a hatchet and a meat tenderizer. Police report Clinic staff got involved and held the pair until Minocqua Police arrived. During the incident, a loaded fiream and ammunition were discovered in a bag belonging to the two people arrested.

Minocqua Seals The Deal on 2018 Road Projects

Jun 13, 2018
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MINOCQUA – Minocqua will borrow $2.3 million and kick in another $375,000 from its 2018 budget to complete an ambitious road program this year. The result will be to extend the life of those roads by several years and make travel a bit smoother for motorists.

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Another scam targeting seniors centers around recent changes in the Medicare card.

The state Director for the Bureau of Consumer Protection, Michelle Reinen says the Medicare system is rolling out new cards. As part of protecting the consumer, Reinen says users will see some significant changes...

  "...these cards will no longer contain your Social Security number. You will receive a replacement card that has a unique 11-digit number. It will have nothing to do with your Social Security card, your gender, your location of living. It will be completely unique..."

University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point is one step closer to earning accreditation to offer a Masters of Business Administration degree after receiving the green light from the UW systemlast week.. "This is a big step for us. It allows us to bring a level of education to the Central Wisconsin community that we didn't have before. It's something our market research shows employers want, prospective students want, and recent graduates looking to come back and upgrade their skills [want]," said Kevin Neuman, head of the school of business and economics at the school.

The driver of a vehicle that crashed in Three Lakes early Sunday is likely facing a homicide charge.

Three Lakes Police Chief Scott Lea  says charges of operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drug and homicide by Intoxicated use of a motor vehicle have been forwarded to the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office on driver Eric C. Labahn. His address has been listed as Illinois.

A passenger in the Labahn vehicle, 23-year-old Austin L. Lockwood died in the crash along   Military Road.


Because the Rhinelander School District has a high number of free and reduced school meals offered due to overall lower income in the district, students under age 18 can take part in a summer food service program offered by the district. But it's not just for summer school students.

Food Service Director Pat Karaba says the meal program runs at James Williams Middle School, Crescent Elementary and Pelican Elementary. She says a free breakfast and lunch is offered...

Two people were killed over the weekend in separate crashes in Oneida county.

Three Lakes Police report one person died early Sunday on Military Road north of Allyn Road in Three Lakes.

The initial investigation shows the vehicle was southbound on Military Road and left the roadway.

A 23 year old Illinois man was a passenger in the vehicle and died at the scene. The 21 year old male driver, also from Illinois, was taken to the hospital with injuries. Names of those involved in the Three Lakes crash will be released when relatives are notified.

Vilas Timber Sale Bids Double From Last Year

Jun 8, 2018 delphinia

Competitive timber cutting bids on Vilas County forest lands opened and approved last Wednesday by the county forestry committee were almost double bids from last year going from $478,500 in 2017 to $844,400 this year.

A dozen companies submitted bids on 17 tracts totalling 937 acres with seven different companies being successful high bidders on specific tracts.

Tracts ranged from a high of 142 acres receiving a high bid of $105,200 to a low of 16 acres with a high bid of $15,330.