A 78 year old man reported missing over the weekend near Presque Isle has been found safe.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports two men were hiking and taking photographs in the Katherine Wolter Wilderness Area in Presque Isle Sunday afternoon. Donald Gaines of Blue Mounds, Wisconsin had become separated from his hiking partner. The Sheriff's Department was called mid-afternoon Sunday.

Last week there was an initial exchange of ideas as Oneida county's Forestry committee considers options concerning forest land now owned by the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.

The committee heard from BCPL Director Tia Nelson and also state Treasurer Matt Adamczyk who is on the BCPL Board...

County Forest Director John Bilogan says one option is to purchase BCPL woods holdings in Oneida county...

New life has been breathed into a program that enables rural and underserved schools to teach advanced technology courses.

The TEACH, or Technology for Educational Achievment program started in 1999 but has lost much of its funding. State Representative Mary Czaja of Irma asked for renewed funding as a member of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee.

State Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander outlines the proposal...

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Oneida County Circuit Judge Michael Bloom has delayed a decision whether to allow a change of venue for a Rhinelander man charged with first-degree homicide.

40 year old Shannon Wolf is charged in the 2003 death of Kenneth Wells. Wells body was found floating in the Wisconsin River at Rhinelander. Initially ruled as undetermined, the death was later ruled to be homicide after an eyewitness came forward with more information. That led to charges against both Shannon Wolf, and his ex-wife Latoya. Latoya Wolf provided police with more information that led to Shannon Wolf's arrest.


The Joint Finance Committee late Thursday approved  the idea of Rhinelander getting a Premier Resort Area Tax into the state budget, but another local vote will be necessary. The committee is working to  put together an operating budget for the state. After an advisory vote last month was passed by Rhinelander voters, the matter was put into budget consideration by Northwoods legislators.

State Representative Rob Swearingen details what the committee did....

Change In LUHS Administrator's Contract

May 14, 2015

The top administrator at Lakeland Union High School will no longer have an automatic renewal clause in his contract after the school board this week voted to remove it.

Board president Tom Gabert says "the board decided to withhold the extension of the district administator's contract beyond the (upcoming) school year."

The board's actin followed a closed session as members continue to evaluate Todd Kleinhans.

Kleinhan's contract goes until June 30, 2016. It had called for an automatic renewal for two years unless the board acted otherwise by June 30, 2015.

A debate at the Eagle River City Council meeting Tuesday night   whether to continue to add fluoride into its water highlighted the importance of oral hygiene—not just for your teeth, but for your overall health. WXPR’s Emily Bright has more...

Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated hopes to get the Rhinelander city council to keep the Streetscape portion of a downtown upgrade in its plans.

The city is proposing to redo the old underground infrastructure around the downtown next year. Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated helped put together a "Streetscape" plan to redo the above ground portions of downtown.

WXPR news(Natalie Jablonski)

Should the Oneida County Board agree next week, a compromise has been reached concerning the Heal Creek property west of Rhinelander.

The county originally wanted to build a state-of-the-art light industrial park on the property next to the Northwood Golf Course on Rhinelander's far west side. Nothing  developed, and the county put the property up for sale. Two groups bid, the Hodag Sports Club with two offers, and another offer from the town of Crescent and city of Rhinelander.

Lakeland School Board Improves Auditorium

May 12, 2015

Work will start within two weeks on remodeling the auditorium at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua.

The school board this week awarded a $2 million dollar contract to Miron Construction from Neenah. That's the same firm that redid the school's front entrance to make it more secure, along with renovating the bathroom and nurse's station this past year.

Most of the auditorium work will take place during summer, but work must be done by September.