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You’ve probably heard the saying “never get between a mama bear and her cubs.”

In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist talks about the potential dangers of interacting with a large carnivore and steps or precautions to take to minimize your risks.

Jacquelyn Mitchard

A New York Times bestselling author will be giving a talk in Arbor Vitae next week. Jacquelyn Mitchard - probably best known for her book The Deep End of the Ocean - will be speaking at the Red Crown Lodge on Wednesday, May 30th. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Frank B Koller Library.

Mitchard was a Wisconsin resident for many years, working at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and living just outside of Madison.

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(click on individual audio files to hear Chris Meier's statements)

A Democrat has announced he's challenging incumbent 34th Assembly Republican representative Rob Swearingen for the seat this fall.

Chris Meier of Eagle River is a long time educator in the Phelps school district. Meier is an Army veteran and is married with three sons.

He details why he is running.... 

Meier criticized Swearingen and Republicans for the FOXCONN deal, which Meier says won't help the north...

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Marshfield Clinic opens a new primary care center in Rhinelander next week.

An Antigo native will be taking patients beginning May 30. The clinic will be located on the grounds of the existing Rhinelander Dental Center, operated by Family Health Center of Marshfield, Inc., in conjunction with Marshfield Clinic, at 2260 North Shore Drive.

Dr. Jessica Marshall is a physician specializing in internal medicine and pediatrics. Shesays she's excited to be a part of the community...

Safety Tips Offered For ATV Operators

May 23, 2018
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Aspirus Wausau Hospital is reminding everyone to be safe this summer while riding ATVs and UTVs.

  •   Supporters walked last weekend in St.Germain to stop veteran's suicide,
  •  There will be no interim city administrator in Rhinelander,
  •  National forest campsites to open,
  • A documentary on a Crandon man's opioid abuse is shown in Laona Wednesday.

Walk Highlights Military’s Struggle With Suicide Rate

May 22, 2018
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ST. GERMAIN – The co-founder of a fledging non-profit organization that seeks to build public awareness about the high rate of suicides among former and current members of the nation’s military said the death of a cousin led to his involvement in Operation: 23 to 0.

Dan Borchers drove from Hugo, Minn., to St. Germain to support Saturday’s Ruck’N St. Germain march, which saw members and supporters of the Operation: 23 to 0 Northwoods WI Chapter march along State Highway 70 for 8.5 miles.


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The heavy April snows slowed the opening of campgrounds in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest but as of Thursday, expected recreational opportunities will be open for the summer. Fees are also being increased for the first time in more than a decade.

The Forest's Acting Lands, Recreation and Wilderness Program Manager, Tim Vetter, says Thursday's the day... 


There won't be in interim Rhinelander city administrator.

After the resignation of Keith Kost last month, Mayor Chris Frederickson and the city council have been debating whether to hire another interim administrator.

The city is in the process-- through a recruiting firm-- of hiring a permanent administrator. But a new administrator is likely not to be on board until mid-to-late summer. Frederickson says the recruiting firm--GOV HR-- has a number of retired administrators who were willing to come to Rhinelander short term.

Community Coalition Of Forest County

The Community Coalition of Forest County is partnering with the Human Service Center of Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties to offer residents a chance to view the documentary "Written Off" Wednesday in Laona.

Wisconsin Seeks 10-Year SeniorCare Renewal

May 22, 2018
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Wisconsin News Connection is here.

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin's popular SeniorCare program is up for renewal this year, and advocates are pushing to have it secured through 2028. kaz

As education has become increasingly science and math oriented, a state arts leader says the arts is also a critical educational component of a child's future.

Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin, Anne Katz, says studies both here in Wisconsin and elsewhere says employers are looking for people with good ideas... 

Science On Tap Minocqua

He's a fixture with Wisconsin Public Radio’s talk format and he's the next guest of "Science on Tap" in Minocqua. Larry Meiller talks to about 1 out of 10 Wisconsin residents each day on his radio show.

WXPR's Ken Krall talked to Meiller about his years in broadcasting...

Larry Meiller says he will be telling about his life in public radio at Science on Tap, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Minocqua Brewing Company. He says he has a lot of stories to tell.

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We look forward to summer weather, but with the warming temperatures some unwanted hitchikers also arrive on the scene.

"...the incidents of Lyme Disease has gone up exponentially in the area so it's considered endemic in Oneida county because there is so much of it, so, just be watchful..."

...that's Oneida County Public Health Nurse Dawn Klink. As ticks emerge from the cold weather months, she reminds the public that a number of diseases besides Lyme Disease are also possible from the bite of a variety of ticks...


A lakes researcher says some impacts from a changing climate are already showing up in Northwoods fisheries.

As part of Nicolet College's "Our Changing World" presentation, UW-Madison Center For Limnology Director Jake Vander Zanden will talk Wednesday about how the weather is affecting fish populations....