Wisconsin DNR

With the spring breeding season beginning for many Wisconsin turtle species, DNR biologists are again asking citizens to submit their observations of where turtles and other wildlife are found crossing roads.

Conservation biologist Andrew Badje says females are coming out of the wetlands, lakes and rivers and they're looking for places to nest upland in open sandy or gravel areas. Badje coordinates the turtle conservation program...

More than a year ago, UW-Extension began a statewide reorganization that will likely change how services are offered in all of the state's 72 counties.

Last week, County U-W Extension leader Lynn Feldman detailed to the Oneida county board the many areas the local staff is involved with throughout the county...

"...for 2016, unduplicated people served, 5,548....teaching lessons, 338. Our volunteer network is huge, so we have 107 active volunteers...."

Trees For Tomorrow

Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River is offering a chance for the public to help re-seed the Northwoods.

Operations Manager Cheryl Todea says the 'two-for-one' seedling program goes back a long ways, saying it started 72 years ago..

Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Lincoln county authorities are looking for an inmate who failed to return to jail after a furlough.

24 year old Chastity Lerae Ritchie was furloughed by order of Lincoln county court but did not return as scheduled on Friday.

. Ritchie is described as 5’2, weighs 120 pounds has brown hair, green eyes and tattoos.

She had been in jail on failure to pay child support. Lincoln County officials ask if you have any information to call

Nicolet Area Technical College

An innovative approach to inclusive post-secondary education for adult learners with intellectual disabilities had their graduation ceremonies Friday.

The program is based at Nicolet College in Rhinelander and is designed for students who require more than the traditional level of support in order to be successful in a college environment.

Katherine Garrison is Jump!Start liaison.

She says the program is just one of six of its type in Wisconsin and the only program in northern Wisconsin.

Marshfield Clinic Health System is making it easier for patients and community members to safely dispose of medication by adding collection kiosks at 14 Marshfield Clinic pharmacy locations across Wisconsin.

The kiosks are part of a partnership between Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan of Wisconsin to help curb prescription drug abuse in Wisconsin.

Sue Wilhelm is Director of Pharmacy at Security Health Plan, part of the Marshfield Clinic Health System. She outlines how the kiosks work...

Grow North Regional Economic Development Corp.

Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation is hosting its 1st annual Legislative Update in Three Lakes Monday morning.(May 22)

Grow North focuses on creating economic development opportunities in Oneida, Vilas, Forest, Lincoln, Langlade and three other counties.

President Collette Sorgel says because they have four key initiatives they're working on, they decided to invite Northwoods legislators to the meeting to share what is happening with those issues in Madison.

She says the first topic is broadband expansion..

Pete Rondello

A picture from the 2017 White Deer Triathlon being held Sat. May 20 in Boulder Junction, Wi. Hundreds of participants paddle kayaks on Boulder Lake, bike from Camp Manitowish and run to the finish line in downtown Boulder Junction. WXPR is a cosponsor.

Here are Pete Rondello's updates...

The Oneida County Board last February had a training session on Wisconsin's open meetings law but the board chair says more work needs to be done.

During a meeting this week, Board Chair David Hintz said the board must be careful with the open meetings law and they are working toward clearer agendas...

Dispute Continues Over Wittenberg Gaming Facility

May 19, 2017

The Ho Chunk Indians have urged a federal court to let the tribe continue an expansion of its small casino near Wittenberg.

The nearby Stockbridge Munsee tribe has filed suit to try and halt the current construction of a hotel and more gaming space in what's been an ancillary facility until now.

In a legal brief, the Ho Chunk says the expansion is allowed as part of the tribe's gaming compact with the state -- and the Stockbridge Munsee tribe should not be given the right to interfere with the plans of a competitor.

AG Schimel Says Redistricting Opponents Use "Hodge Podge" Arguments

May 19, 2017

The state Justice Department says opponents of Wisconsin's 2011 redistricting plan are using a "hodgepodge" of social science measures to make their case.

Attorney General Brad Schimel has filed a new legal brief with the U-S Supreme Court, which is considering the state's appeal of a ruling by three federal judges which found last year that the G-O-P's Assembly and Senate district maps were unconstitutionally gerrymandered in the Republicans' favor.

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Thursday morning, the Transportation Safety Administration put air travelers through the newly installed "A-I-T 2" scanner at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

The machine produces a "cookie cutter" outline, which pinpoints any spot where someone might be hiding a weapon or device. The machine doesn't eliminate, but largely cuts down the need, for patdowns from false positives like replacement joints.

Rhinelander's is now one of about 860 machines in 258 U.S. airports.

The report below is an update from WPS Thursday afternoon.



Wisconsin Public Service crews continue working to repair power outages caused by Wednesday’s severe storms.

As of 3:15 p.m., our crews have restored power to more than 39,000 customers since 2:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. About 1,200 customers are currently without power.

Nicolet Area Technical College

Saturday begins a new era for the graduates of Nicolet Area Technical College.

Nicolet College holds its 48th annual spring graduation on Saturday, May 20.In all, 540 individuals are expected to graduate with an associate’s degree, diploma, or certificate during the 2016-17 academic year.

College President Dr. Richard Nelson says they're pleased with the number of graduates, especially in one area...