Independent survey
4:26 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Ministry-St. Mary's Gets Gold Seal Of Approvoal Accreditation

Credit Ministry Health Care

Ministry St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander has earned a top rating from a group surveying hospitals for quality of performance.

The non-profit Joint Commission gave the hospital its Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation.

Hospital spokesperson Sue Klemm says Joint Commission is the nation's oldest standard setting and accreditation body in health care....


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Classes begin March 23
5:37 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Home Health Aid Class Free Train To Help Seniors


A need to find workers who can go to homes of seniors who need some care is the motivation for free classes going on in Rhinelander through May.

The College of the Menominee Nation and the Oneida County Health Department are sponsoring the Home Health Care sessions.

College spokesperson Debra Norton says they're offering a three-credit college personal care workers course. She says they found a need in the Northwoods for this type of training...


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5:56 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Food Pantry Finds New Matching Donor For Spring Fundraiser


  espite the loss of a significant donor, the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is holding its annual spring fundraiser with help of new matching funds. 

As Director Guy Hansen explains, the Feinstein Foundation typically provides matching money for food pantries nationwide.  But that isn’t happening this year.

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Most people have little vegetables and fruit
4:30 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Grant Gives Chance To Teach Young People About Health Food


A group dedicated to chronic disease prevention in the Northwoods says grant money is available for schools, afterschool programs and summer programs to increase awareness of good food nutrition.

Northwoods LEAN(Linking Education, Activity and Nutrition) is accepting grant applications. Spokesperson Maria Skubal says the grants are awarded within Oneida and Vilas counties. She says Garden Based Nutrition is designed to give students more access to fresh fruits and vegetables...


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Collecting Personal Care Products
12:00 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Agencies Organize Help for the Homeless Hygiene Drive

A coalition of agencies is collecting personal hygiene products to distribute to people facing homelessness. 

The Help for the Homeless Hygiene Drive is underway and runs through mid-March, organized by the Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness, or N*WISH. 

As Housing Case Manager at Forward Service Corporation Penny Huffman explains, there will be drop off-points set up in Vilas, Langlade, Forest and Oneida counties. 

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Funds to Foundation and Literacy Program
4:45 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Volunteers Raise Large Sum For Ministry Saint Mary's Foundation

Volunteers at Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander have donated $25,000 to the hospital foundation and one of its programs. 

Jesse Bolder of the Saint Mary’s Foundation says past donations have helped fund projects like a machine that regulates CPR. 

“And allows the paramedics and the staff to be able to focus on the other needs of somebody that has a heart failure situation.  They’ve provided robes for the radiology department and the cancer center.”

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More Could Shift to Medicare Part D
4:38 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

SeniorCare Proposal Could Mean Higher Drug Costs For Some

Democratic lawmakers are speaking out against a proposal that would cut thousands of people from the Senior Care prescription drug coverage program.

Governor Scott Walker’s budget proposal would require everyone enrolled in SeniorCare to instead apply for Medicare Part D. Only those not eligible could stick with Senior Care. 

Democratic State Senator Kathleen Vinehout says switching to Medicare Part D will mean higher costs for constituents. 

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Affects certain populations more
4:04 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Second Hand Smoke A Problem In Multi Unit Housing


While exposure to second hand smoke has dropped dramatically in the past decade, health advocates are focusing in on the plight of people in apartment complexes who smell their neighbors smoke.

Corie Zelazoski from the Oneida County Health Department says a recent study found 58 million Americans are still exposed to second hand smoke...

"....those who are affected are a lot of non-smokers, two out of every five children ages three to eleven, including seven out of every ten black children in that age group...."

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Says have a plan to escape
2:15 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Red Cross Volunteer Recounts Own Story Of Fire


An American Red Cross volunteer from Woodruff has first-hand knowledge of help that is necessary and the steps you should take beforehand to protect yourself in the event of a house fire.

John Grosman grew up in Sugar Camp. In the 1950's, his family experienced a blaze that destroyed their home. No one was injured, but the house was total loss. He says there weren't the volunteer fire departments of today. He says the family mistakenly tried to fight the fire instead of trying to get out of structure...


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11:36 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Vilas Food Pantry Sees Surge In Need

Credit Emily Bright / WXPR News

Many people think of giving to the food pantry during the holidays.  But high demand at the Vilas Food Pantry continues as winter stretches on.   

The Vilas Food Pantry has seen a surge in the number of families needing its services. Director Richard Short says the food pantry has been able to keep up with the demand so far, thanks to the generosity of the community during the holidays, but hunger is a year-round issue.

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