Five persons were  busted in Rhinelander Wednesday on drug charges. Arrested are 40 year old Michael Stienmetz, Jr., 38 year old Jamie Rickert, 35 year old Jesus Fernandez, 47 year old Carrie Stienmetz and 36 year old Crystal Schirmacher. All five were arrested for alleged use, manufacture, and delivery of methamphetamine.

This weekend, voters in Rhinelander will have a chance to hear more about an advisory referendum on the April 7 ballot.

WXPR is presenting an informational program on the Premier Resort Area Tax question on the ballot.

The city of Rhinelander would like to adopt the one-half cent per dollar sales tax as a way to generate funds for transportation. The tax was established by the legislature for cities with large tourist trade to keep roads and other infrastructure viable to handle the larger trade.

Forest County Sheriff's Dept.

A former Forest county corrections employee will go to trial after entering not guilty pleas to charges that include felony Misconduct in Public Office.

43 year old Melvin Donek of Argonne entered the plea in Forest county court. He is also charged with misdemeanor theft, receiving stolen property and obstructing an officer.

In court Thursday, Donek waived a preliminary hearing and entered  not guilty plea. Judge Leon Stenz found enough evidence to continue proceedings.

Roads in northern Wisconsin are in the poorest shape than anywhere in Wisconsin. That's the conclusion by environmental groups. The group 1000 Friends of Wisconsin found 45 percent of the roads in northwest Wisconsin and 41 percent in northcentral Wisconsin to be in poor shape. Fewer roads in southern Wisconsin were in similar shape.

This week the federal Department of Veteran's Affairs said it was relaxing a rule that some veterans in rural areas said made it hard to prove they live at least 40 miles from a VA health facility. Complaints had been registered that the current policy prevented thousands of veterans from taking advantage of a law allowing vets in remote areas to get federally paid medical care from local doctors.

Brad Nelson is a spokesperson for the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain. He says they want to let veterans know what the change in the rule means...

Wisconsin DNR


The Vilas County Board voted Tuesday to allow ATVs to ride on defined sections of county trunk highways as part of a larger ATV route that spans Eagle River, Conover, Lincoln, and Phelps. ATVs will be allowed to run on the road where signage permits, but they must stay as far to the side as practicable. There is no set date for when those signs will go up, though ATV riders are hopeful that they can start this spring.

Meanwhile, Vilas, Forest and Oneida counties could be joining forces to provide public transportation to some of its residents.

Identities Released in Robbery, Deaths

Mar 25, 2015

A suspected bank robber who died with a state trooper in a shootout was identified by the state Justice Department today as Steven Snyder of Michigan. The agency's statement did not list an age or a hometown for Snyder. Justice officials said they continue to determine how several crimes occurred between a bank robbery at Wausaukee in Marinette County, and the shoot-out in Fond du Lac 130 miles to the south.

Though interest rates were low, the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands was able last year to supply a record $35.5 million to Wisconsin's K-12 public school libraries.

Created at the time of statehood, the Board  loans out money it has from timber sales and other revenue and the interest money is then by law given to school libraries. No tax money is used.

Executive Director Tia Nelson says the money enabled the board to put a book in the hand of every Wisconsin child...

Rhinelander Woman Gets Federal Prison Time

Mar 24, 2015

A Rhinelander woman is headed back to prison for possessing a firearm  as a convicted felon.

29-year-old Bonnie T. Wolff will spend 90 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to possessing  a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon back on January 15th.

Judge William Conely based the length of sentence on Wolff’s large criminal history in both Wisconsin and Minnesota dating back to when she was 18. She was arrested in August of 2014 in a sting by selling a loaded and stolen rifle to undercover officers.


Three State Senate Democrats stopped in Rhinelander Saturday to hear from citizens about Governor Walker's budget proposal. While lightly attended, there was criticism of what the plan could do to the environment and education.

Joint Finance Committee member, Jon Erpenbach from Madison, along with Janet Bewley from Ashland and Janis Ringhand from Evansville heard from Rhinelander School Board Vice-President Judith Conlin who said the state has gradually shifted more school costs to local taxpayers. She says in 2002 state aid was half of property taxes, but that has changed...