The state has launched a campaign to inform parents about brightly packaged, candy-flavored tobacco products targeted to appeal to children.

The “Tobacco is Changing” campaign is scheduled to run through February in various media. State Health Officer Karen McKeown of the Department of Health Services says 80 percent of youth tobacco users say their first tobacco product was flavored... PaulM

The first snow of the season is also a reminder to pet owners that cold weather affects our pets too...

"....people with pets should remember if it's too cold outside for them, it's probably too cold outside for their pets. Just because pets have fur does not mean they don't get cold. Animals are just as susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia as we are..."

That's Oneida County Humane Society Assistant Director Karen Norling.

She has other tips you can do to keep animals from the effects of the cold....

Another hour of sleep this weekend as Daylight Savings Time ends early Sunday morning and our clocks 'fall back'.

Emergency Management officials says it's also a good time to update the batteries in your household warning devices.

Dawn Robinson of Oneida County Emergency Management...

Defining Hope

Minocqua is one of just six locations in Wisconsin that will show a documentary Wednesday afternoon following eight patients with life-threatening illness, the choices they make and the nurses who guide them. "Defining Hope" follows patients making choices about how they want to live, how much medical technology they can accept, what they hope for and how that hope evolves when life is threatened. It also reminds us that we have choices in how we die.

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It took less than five minutes last night for the Rhinelander city council to approve a new primary care medical facility.

Marshfield Clinic is planning to build a 3,500-square-foot primary care clinic off of North Shore Drive, adjacent to the Marshfield Clinic’s Rhinelander Dental Center. City Fire Chief and Building Inspector Terry Williams said the clinic would share a driveway entrance with the dental center. Williams says developers would like to get things moving before winter sets in.

Doctor Jessica Marshall will be the first physician in the new clinic....

Wisconsin Stroke Survivor: Time Is Of The Essence

Oct 27, 2017
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MADISON, Wis. - Although stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide, it's largely treatable, according to the American Stroke Association.

Local professionals will speak soon on a topic most people tend to put off: putting their affairs in order before they pass on.

The Oneida County Department on Aging, the Vilas County Commission on Aging and the Caregiver Alliance of the Northwoods are sponsoring the "Final Affairs" seminar November 8 in Rhinelander.

Joel Gottsacker is Assistant Director of Oneida County Department on Aging says the speakers will cover core topics... stevepb

The semi-annual collection of unused prescription meds and other drugs takes place this Saturday at mainly law enforcement facilities in the Northwoods.

The Drug Enforcement Administration sponsors the Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative, designed to have the public bring in unused drugs.

Rhinelander Police Captain Ronald Lueneburg says the program has been active, nationally, for several years....


Supporters of a health insurance Public Option stopped by the Oneida County courthouse Thursday to promote the idea of having a public option insurance plan sponsored by two legislative Democrats.

The BadgerCare Public Option Bill would give Wisconsinites the option of purchasing BadgerCare on the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Joel Lewis...speaking for Citizen Action of Wisconsin.. says an analysis of rates by the group say not only could the rate spike be avoided, but that Wisconsinites who buy health insurance on their own would pay substantially less than current rates.

Congressman Sean Duffy(R-Wausau) was in the Northwoods Thursday and healthcare was a key topic. During a stop in Crandon,

Duffy was asked about several points of the Affordable Care Act which Duffy has consistently voted against. He says Congress is still looking at options. He says he doesn't think the bipartisan deal worked out this week will happen, and he still favors block grants to states....

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A trade group says Wisconsin is among four states that has the highest levels of nitrate, which can cause health problems in pregnant women and the young.

The Water Quality Association is an Illinois-based trade association representing the residential, commercial, industrial, and small community water treatment industry in the United States.

Their spokesperson Wes Bleed says another association, The Environmental Working Group, has a report listing the places with the highest levels...

State Lawmakers Push Medical Marijuana

Oct 19, 2017

A pair of state legislators is on the move making their case for a medical marijuana bill, and Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) presented his argument at the Marathon County Public Library on Wednesday.

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With influenza season upon us, the Veterans Administration is offering vets in this area an opportunity to get a flu shot.

Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center spokesperson Brad Nelson outlines the proposal...

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and a vigil Friday evening in Rhinelander needs volunteers to make known the victims of domestic violence homicides in Wisconsin.

Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault is hosting the vigil Friday evening at the Green Space at Trig's downtown.

Executive Director Shellie Holmes says the Wisconsin's annual domestic violence homicide report is also released in October....

Needed In Wisconsin: At Least 27,000 Nurses

Oct 17, 2017
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MADISON, Wis. - The need for registered nurses continues to grow in Wisconsin.