American Cancer Society Northwoods

A great day of exercise for you and your canine companion will help raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Called "Bark For Life Northwoods", dog owners are encouraged to walk a course at the Rhinelander- Oneida County Airport on August 29.

Local Cancer Society representative Diane Geis Hapka says Bark for Life is a canine component to the 'Relay For Life' fundraiser..

A former Wisconsin Congressman who is also an allergist says we've entered into the fall ragweed season on the earliest known date.

Dr. Steve Kagan in Appleton says this becomes the biological start of the fall season as ragweed plants have begun to pollinate....

".....when we get wind in northern Wisconsin it's going to have ragweed pollen in it right about now. We identified ragweed in the air several days ago. It's about 10 days before expected. Ordinarily we get ragweed pollination August 15...."

Kagan  describes some symptoms...

Four people were hospitalized this week with the fungal infection blastomycosis after a tubing trip down the Wolf River towards New London. Northern Wisconsin is one of the nation's hotspots for the problem.

Most of the cases each year occur in animals, mainly dogs. Retired Rhinelander-area veterinarian says Dr. Ron Reupert says 'blasto' spores are  inhaled in a dry form into the lung from the soil. He says the lungs of humans or dogs are a perfect spot for the spores to grow....


Questions about private water wells and well monitoring has prompted the Vilas County Health Department to host a well monitoring program this Saturday at various locations within the county.

Health Department Director Gina Egan says clean water is essential..

"....we're trying to take a look at the quality of water here in Vilas county. Healthy drinking water is fundamental to a healthy life. We want to make sure everyone's water is safe...."


The warm summer temperatures can lead to a problem no one should ignore: heatstroke, especially among children in a confined area.

Friday is National Heatstroke Prevention Day.

Tammi Boers from the Vilas County Health Department says children left in cars are at risk. On average every 8 days a child dies from heatstroke when left in a vehicle...

Philip Chard

A Wisconsin pschyotherapist who writes an award-winning column for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel will speak Thursday at Nicolet College.

Philip Chard writes the column "Out of My Mind". He will talk on enhancing mental wellness and achieving greater wellbeing. He says within the field of psychology there's an effort to move away from constant-problem focus...

"..and embrace more of a positive psychology approach which is lets study how people report a lot of wellbeing and life satisfaction are able to accomplish that..."

The Deer Tick is also responsible for at least two other illnesses besides the widely known Lyme Disease.

Lyme disease is a concern in northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, and can cause a variety of flu-like symptoms. But Char Ahrens of Oneida County Public Health says  Anaplasmosis , and Ehrlichiosis  and other illnesses are a concern.

Sometimes those problems are in conjunction with having Lyme Disease.  Ahrens outlines the symptoms...

"Lily's House" Shelter Nearing Completion

Jul 15, 2015

Many have probably driven past the current domestic violence shelter without giving it a second glance. It looks like a regular single-family home.

Shellie Holmes, the Executive  Director of Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, explains the move to a more visible and comforting location.

“There’s been quite an evolution I guess you’d say in our movement, where it used to be people that hung out in secret, and they put people away in places that were maybe sub-standard,” Holmes said.

A rare, but potentially fatal disease causes officials to take action when reported.

Public Health Nurse for  Oneida County, Char Ahrens, says rabies is a concern this time of year. The viral disease is transmitted mainly from one mammal to another. While the wide majority of rabies cases are wild animal transmissions, a dog or cat bite will require the quantining of the animal to see if they develop rabies.

Ahrens says pet owners should know that animal bites lead to the animal being quarantined...

So far no reported cases of West Nile Virus in the Northwoods.

It's  an infection spread to  people by the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus.   Mosquitoes get infected with West Nile virus by  feeding on infected birds. The first human case of West Nile happened in Wisconsin was reported in 2002.

Char Ahrens from Oneida County Public Health says while the disease has been in the Northwoods in prior years...

" far we have no reported cases of West Nile Virus activity in Oneida or surrounding counties...."