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The St. Germain Radar Racers donated $4,000 each to the St. Germain Fire and Rescue and to the Plum Lake Ambulance Service during a hand-off of checks Wednesday, April 27 at the St. Germain Fire Department facilities.

Funds came from the Feb. 13  St. Germain Radar Run fundraiser, 

raising $42,600.

Town Of Washington ATV Ordinance To Town Board

Apr 28, 2016

A preliminary draft ATV/UTV ordinance that would open all town roads in the Vilas County town of Washington may be ready for presentation at the May 2nd town board meeting after discussion Wednesday between town supervisors, representatives of ATV clubs, and county officials.

The town board approved ATV and UTV travel on all town roads after a mail survey showed over 60% supported it.


Vilas County's long time District Attorney will not be seeking reelection.

According to files at the state Government Accountability Office, D.A. Al Moustakis will not be seeking reelection this fall.

The G.A.B. files show Moustakis filed his declaration of non-candidacy with the state on April 21.

Moustakis has been Vilas County District Attorney since January, 1995.

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation earlier this month honored four Northland Pines School District students and teachers who picked up money for achievement.

The Kohl grants are competitive across Wisconsin, so it was unique that two teachers from St. Germain Elementary and the Montessori Learning Center within St. Germain Elementary each picked up awards.

133rd Arbor Day Celebration

Apr 28, 2016

  April 29 marks the 133rd year of the annual tree celebration known as Arbor Day. The holiday is celebrated the last Friday in April and promotes the natural and economic benefits trees give. Communities, school kids and businesses across the state take part in the celebration by planting trees, and DNR Urban Forestry Team Leader Jeff Roe says the holiday promotes commitment to the study and appreciation of trees and forests….

  Despite the unfavorable weather conditions and some rock underground the downtown streetscape project is progressing as planned. That’s according to Public Works Director Tim Kingman and Mark Barden of Town and Country Engineering.

Construction started April 1 and focused on Davenport and Courtney Streets. Kingman says the project is moving east into Rhinelander with the most recent closings being the section of North Brown Street from Davenport up to Rives.


  Identifying and making road crossings safer for turtles are key parts of a recent DNR conservation strategy to restore and track Wisconsin’s wood turtle population.

Next we hear from Sheila Weix, Director of Substance Abuse Services For Family Health Center of Marshfield Clinic.

12 organizations in north central Wisconsin have formed what is called the Hope Consortium, designed to help battle the growing opioid addiction problem in this region. The Hope Consortium has a new website and toll-free telephone number designed to get people to help with opioid addiction problems.

WXPR's Ken Krall talked with Weix about the effort...

Bill Kapinski

Ascension and Ministry Health Care last fall partnered with the Veteran's Administration to provide the Veteran's Choice healthcare program her in the Northwoods. The program allows veterans to use local health care facilities instead of VA services. You' re eligible if you've been waiting more than 30 days for VA medical care or if you live more than 40 miles away from a VA medical care facility and have excessive travel burdens.

Ascension President and CEO Anthony Tersigni says St. Mary's in Rhinelander  is the first facility within Ascension with Veteran's Choice...

A Minocqua businessman is leading efforts to preserve and enshrine a panel from the iconic “T-Bird Country” railroad bridge that spans U.S. Highway 51 in Hazelhurst.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) will replace the 88-ton steel structure near Highway D with a new bridge in a few months as part of the U.S. Highway 51 reconstruction project underway. The Bearskin State Recreation Trail runs across the current 58-foot bridge, built in 1938.

Autism Speaks: Ashley Mathy's World of Blue

Apr 26, 2016
Anna Mathy

DNR Says Leave Young Critters Alone

Apr 26, 2016

  As Wisconsin’s woods green up and young wildlife emerge, the DNR and Keep Wildlife Wild Committee is reminding wildlife enthusiasts to watch critters from a distance. Wildlife Biologist and committee head Dianne Robinson says people assume a young critter in the wild is orphaned, but says mothers leave their young to gather food or to protect them from predators. She says human interaction does more harm than good.

A first grader and a high school senior will tell adults this Friday how the Fab Lab in Three Lakes can be used as a tool for economic development. The Oneida County Economic Development Corporation is holding it's annual meeting Friday at noon at Holiday Acres.  The group works to enhance current Oneida county business and develop new businesses.

May is National Historic Preservation Month, and Rhinelander City Hall will be showcasing the city's historic past. You can also contribute some pictures if you hurry.

Rhinelander "Roots Celebration"  is set for Thursday, May 12 from 1-7 p.m.

Kathy Cutforth is on the city's Historic Preservation Commission and details the free event...

Fahrenbach Resigns LUHS Board Post

Apr 26, 2016

The Lakeland Union High School Board on Monday accepted the resignation of board member Joe Fahrenbach, with “great appreciation” for his past service.

In his April 17 letter of resignation, Fahrenbach says, “. . . due to the seasonality of my residency, I am no longer eligible to hold a seat on the board. Consequently, I am resigning my seat effective immediately.”