The National Alliance For Mental Illness Family to Family Program returns November 3 to the Northwoods designed for family members of people dealing with mental illness.

NAMI Northern Lakes spokesperson Mick Fiocchi outlines the program....

"....things like panic disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive borderline personality disorder, PTSD, the class is taught by family members for family members...."

Two mass flu clinics are being held this month and next at Rhinelander High School.

School District of Rhinelander District Nurse Kerri Schmidt says the event is designed for people in all walks of life...

"....we want to get our school age kids as well as people from our community. It's not limited to any one in the school district, it's anyone in the county if you want to come in to get a shot to protect yourself from getting the flu....."

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A local anti-violence advocate says domestic violence exists in many people's homes and having a month set aside to discuss it is important.

Melissa K. is Domestic Violence Program Coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. She says people being abused often feel isolated and cut off from people around them. Melissa says it often starts where everything seems fine, but slowly escalates...

Health officials say get the facts about the flu shot

Sep 29, 2016
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  “The flu isn’t that serious” or “it won’t happen to me,” are common thoughts when it comes to flu season, but local health officials are breaking down those myths and are encouraging everyone to get their flu shots.  

Christie Oestreich is the community health specialist for Oneida County and says people 6 months and older are recommended to get the vaccine. She says young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people ages 65 years and older are at high risk for flu complications.

Community health professionals and the public are gathering Friday morning at Nicolet College in Rhinelander for the second-annual Community Health Symposium, presented by the Collage and the Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition.

Community Health Specialist Corie Zelazoski says the symposium offers the public a chance to learn from other professionals..

"....we also wanted to collaborate with other sectors of the community such as mental health, AODA, health and sexual assault to bring some presentations to our community...."


Helping a frantic mother help her infant son start breathing not just on one occasion but twice has netted an Oneida County 9-1-1 telecommunicator a national award.

A New Jersey- based software company, NICE, has named Nicole Lea as National Telecommunicator of the Year.

Two emus have tested positive for the mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Oneida county.

State agencies reported the two positive tests recently to the Oneida County Health Department.

Public Health Nurse Rob Deede says the virus is transmitted to humans, horses, birds and other animals from infected mosquitoes.

Deede says if animals are infected it means humans can be infected ...

Updating a story we had recently, due to a large response, the location for the “Final Affairs” seminar in Rhinelander  is being moved to Rouman Cinema.

At this free event local professionals will be speaking on Trusts vs. Wills, Funeral Arrangements, Financial Planning, Advanced Care Planning and Elder Benefit Specialist. All attendees will also receive a ” free workbook to organize the information for their loved ones.

The seminar in Rhinelander is on Wednesday, September 28th from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Rouman Cinema off Lincoln Street.

Ascension To Raise Profile, Integrate Its Health Operations

Sep 20, 2016
Ascension Health Care

Wisconsin's second largest health care system will soon raise its profile and start integrating its operations throughout the state.

Ascension will start by adding its name to its 24 hospitals and 111 primary care clinics throughout Wisconsin. That's after Ascension acquired Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare earlier this year and earlier picked up Ministry Health Care and several Northwoods facilities, Affinity Health, Columbia Saint Mary's.

September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month and professionals working with people with addictions want the public to know that recovery is a reality. Sheila Weix is Director of Substance Abuse Services For Family Health Center of Marshfield Clinic. She says much is known about people with addictions, but often less about the other part of the story...

Nicolet Area Technical College

Nicolet College’s most recent Nursing graduates posted a 100 percent pass rate on their first attempt at the national licensing exam to become registered nurses. That means all of the nursing students trained at Nicolet College will be able to work right away without having to take the exam again.

Dean of Health Occupations Lenore Blemke says the 100 percent pass rate is special...

Minocqua Town Supervisor Passes Away

Sep 6, 2016

Update 9/9/2016:

----- The Minocqua town supervisor struck by lightning earlier this week has died, according to media reports. Bryan Jennings was injured, eventually being taken to a burn unit in Madison. Jennings was first elected to the Minocqua town board in 2002. Jennings was owner of Unique Floors and Interiors on State Highway 70 in Minocqua.


A Minocqua town supervisor was struck by lightning early this morning, according to reports from the Minocqua Police Department and town officials.

A 2-month old unvaccinated filly from Forest county is the first reported Wisconsin horse to have become infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis this year. The filly was euthanized on August 23.

Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection spokesperson Raechelle Belli describes the disease....

"'s caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitos. Those mosquitos bite an animal with EEE, then they take it back to an avian(bird) host where it's concentrated then the mosquito takes it to other animals or humans....."

A Wisconsin advocacy group has blasted Mylan, the maker of allergy treatment EpiPen not only for alleged price gouging, but also giving money to influential lawmakers.

According to data compiled by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a campaign spending watchdog, since 2014, Mylan’s corporate PAC has made thousands of dollars in contributions in Wisconsin exclusively to majority Republican state legislators, focusing on those who serve on the Senate Health Committee.

  WXPR's Ken Krall spoke with Dr. Charles Shabino of Wausau, who is Wisconsin Hospital Association  chief medical officer and the Board Chairman of the Wisconsin Council On Medical Education Workforce, the group that authored a recent report on physician retention.

Of particular concern is finding and keeping doctors in rural areas....