Thursday is the first of two mass flu vaccination clinics being held at Rhinelander high school.

School District Nurse Kerri Schmidt says the flu vaccine is free for children 18 and under. A parent or guardian must be with the child at the time of the vaccination. The clinic is being offered by the Oneida County Health Department through the school district.

Schmidt says adults can get immunized too...

VA to Turn Land into National Cemetary

Oct 12, 2015

  The VA announced the purchase of six acres of land near the town cemetary  to be a national cemetary for veterans in this region.

Town of Cassian treasurer Denny Thompson said they noticed an announcement in a paper soliciting land for a new VA cemetary. He says the town approached the VA. A contingent from the VA toured the six-acre site then began a long process of study...

"....over several years they had done appraisals, archeological, environmental studies, soil borings, other kinds of assessments according to their protocol...."

State Democrats Reveal Legislative Goals

Oct 12, 2015

  Wisconsin Senate Democrats last week unveiled the "Badger Blueprint", a set of goals they would like to see passed in upcoming legislative agendas.

Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Schilling says education and infrastructure building are key components. She says one area where Wisconsin needs to do better is new business...

"....The Kauffman Foundation recently ranked Wisconsin the worst state in the country for startup activity and rate of entrepeneuers by the Kauffman Foundation. To improve Wisconsin's startup business climate, we are committed to leveraging

Protect Yourself Against Cyber Scams

Oct 12, 2015

  October is National Cyber Security Awareness month and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is telling the public how to secure their online information from cyber scams.  DATCP’s Jerad Albracht says tech support and IRS scams are the most popular. He says tech support scammers call claiming your computer is infected, while IRS scammers call demanding for immediate payments and threaten with legal action.

  The Walter E. Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River is closed for an upgrade, but after a massive effort this week, patrons will find a temporary library set and ready to go.

Library Board Trustee Joe Eisele says if you go to the library's location on North Main Street, you won't find it open, but they've opened a temporary library near Eagle River Memorial Hospital....

The auditorium renovation work at Lakeland Union High School is nearly done, but the district’s building and grounds committee is unhappy with the project’s architect, Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) of Wausau.

But committee chair Ed Schaub told the committee he's upset with things....

 “We didn’t get our first change orders on this project until the nineteenth of August. Not one, in writing to us. They were supposed to be signed off before we even did the work.”

Get Rid Of Unwanted Meds Free of Charge

Oct 8, 2015

  Saturday is the day for you to anonymously dispose of unwanted medications at no charge.

In Oneida county, Rhinelander and Minocqua Police Departments are participating, and collections will also occur at the Three Lakes Town Hall and at the Oneida County Landfill west of Rhinelander.

Solid Waste  Superintendent Brian Dutcher says people can bring in unneeded meds from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at those locations and dispose of them at no charge...

Forum Next Week On Climate Change

Oct 8, 2015


  Climate change will be the topic of the next Iron County Citizen's Forum next week in Mercer.

Organizer Terry Daulton says with the Pope's recent U.S. visit talking about climate change and an upcoming global meeting in Paris on the topic, she thought it would be a good time to talk about local impacts of weather fluctuations....

Area Kids Learn What it Takes to be a Manufacturer

Oct 8, 2015
Nicolet College

  Nearly 600 local eighth grade students enrolled in shop classes participated in the Heavy Metal Tour at Nicolet College this afternoon. The workshop featured tours of local manufacturing plants, and hands-on activities in mechanical, Industrial and welding labs. Samantha from Northwoods Community Secondary School participated in the workshops and says she isn’t interested in the manufacturing business, but thought touring the ABX plant was an exciting experience.

Report: New chalet should be built at Winter Park

Oct 7, 2015

A report commissioned by the Minocqua Town Board recommends constructing a new chalet and adding summer time activities to draw more visitors to Minocqua Winter Park & Nordic Center.


The board Tuesday accepted the 61-page report prepared by the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, assisted by the town office, Lakeland Ski Touring Foundation, and the Forest Riders Snowmobile Club.

A few weeks ago, petroleum industry analysts were predicting gas prices would continue a steady decline for the rest of the year. That prediction proved to be wrong this week with the discovery that several gas refineries in the Midwest have shut down for maintenance.

Petroleum analyst for the website, Patrick DeHaan says scheduled and unscheduled refinery maintenance will put a spike in pump prices...

Low-income residents in the Northwoods can begin applying for heating assistance funds.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Leah VanZile says the enrollment period for those eligible is open...

".....October is the month where energy assistance start to be available. Customers can apply at typically Social Services departments or NEWCAP depending on your county. These funds are available until they run out...."

  The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the purchase of six acres of land in the town of Cassian in Oneida county to establish a new rural national cemetery, also referred to as a National Veterans Burial Ground.

The VA purchased the land from the town of Cassian for $24,000.

The new facility, west of Rhinelander, will serve approximately 25,000 veterans located in the service area of the cemetery. It will include burial and cremation sites, a memorial wall, flagpoles, a memorial walkway, roads and other infrastructure.

Two Lac du Flambeau based organizations have received large federal grants to spur on new business.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council and Northwoods Niijii 

  Enterprise Community each were awarded $99,000. The Great Lakes Intertribal grant is for technical assistance to Native American business owners in eight Wisconsin Tribes. The Northwoods Niijii grant provides technical assistant to Native American artists owning small businesses in three Wisconsin tribes.

  A bill in the Wisconsin Senate would return non-violent, first-time 17 year old offenders to juvenile court instead of adult court.

A spokesperson for the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families...Jim Moeser says they back the bill. Moeser says that group has been working for several years to get non-violent youthful offenders back into the juvenile system...