Large retailers are using a legal tax loophole to challenge their property tax assessments, the latest one affecting the city of Rhinelander.

The city was notified January 11, that Menards has filed a claim of excessive assessment and is seeking a $51,000 refund for its Rhinelander store. The loophole being used successfully in other states is called the Dark Store loophole.

Jerry Deschane is the Executive Director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.

He describes the loophole...

State Senator Janet Bewley(D-Mason) says Governor Walker said little in his recent State of the State address about the major changes in one well-known agency.

Democrat Bewley noted little was said about the DNR. A massive reorganization is planned within the agency....

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

More campsites have been added for people who enjoy spending time in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says many of the sites are close by....

" the Eagle River-Florence District has added some campsites to the reservation system. Some of them are already reservable, they've added additional sites. Others are brand new campgrounds to the reservation system...."

She says the additional campsites are in some already popular sites...

Each year, mid-to-late January weather is some of the coldest weather of the season.

The past several days makes you think it's closer to April than February. What is the reason for the warm spell? National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Last in Green Bay says it's the jet stream...

Wisconsin Public Service says they, too, have been hit by the recent outbreak of scam calls to businesses.

WPS Spokesperson Matt Cullen says the target this time are businesses..

"....the person has told people that they have to make a payment or face disconnection or loss of power, sometimes within half an hour. We want to remind customers that is not how our company operates...."

Nicolet Area Technical College

Sue Perry of Lake Tomahawk is a Nurse Educator at Nicolet College. She's also a long-time registered nurse at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. She's also an author of the book "From Beneath The Tarp", which details the tragic abuse she suffered as a young adult in her first marriage and her efforts now to reach out to help others.

In October, she received the Courage Award from the Governor's Council on Domestic Abuse and recently was named to a panel on the topic. Perry stopped by the WXPR studios and spoke with Ken Krall....

World Championship Snowmobile Derby This Weekend

Jan 19, 2017
World Championship Snowmobile Derby

The 54th Annual World Championship Snowmobile Derby runs through Sunday in Eagle River.

Considered the premier snowmobile event of its type, Derby track owner Chuck Decker says it features races in all age groups and classes...

"Drivers from all over the country. All the classes from little juniors, to amateurs, to I would say the top pros from around the world.Every day you see everything from the little 120s to the pros racing every day. It's a big, big weekend"

Mole Lake Nearing End of Solar Panel Project

Jan 19, 2017

A Northwoods tribal community is finishing the installation of solar panels, and officials with a Wisconsin based solar group say it’s one of the largest per capita solar array installations in the Midwest.

Minocqua Votes To Let Fire Station Bids

Jan 19, 2017

The architect for Minocqua’s proposed new fire station Tuesday heard both praise and concerns from Minocqua Town Board supervisors who reviewed the project’s timetable and final drawings at a special joint session Tuesday with the ad hoc fire station expansion committee.

A recent study concerning shoreline disturbances in Minnesota lakes has shown the more disturbances of the natural shoreline, the more it affects fish populations and water quality.

Oneida County conservationist Michele Sadauskas says the study involved four researchers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources looking at a lakes situation like Wisconsin's Northwoods.

She talks about the findings...

The Aspirus Health Foundation has announced the first class of future doctors and physician assistants have received scholarships totaling more than $200,000. The goal is to help alleviate a shortage of physicians in the region.

The Foundation's Executive Director Kalynn Pempek.....

A Rhinelander High School social studies school teacher says the program for which she recently won a state award helps broaden the perspective of her students.

Linda Goldsworthy will be given the Global Educator of the Year Friday by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers.

Goldsworthy says she and her colleagues at the school work on a globally-focused program and she coordinates the travel abroad program...

Oneida County has extended a moratorium on large-scale livestock feeding operations.

Large livestock feeding operations have arisen in many parts of the state and with it the possibility of polluting groundwater from manure runoff.

In February, 2016, the Oneida County board approved a moratorium so county staff could continue to study the ramifications if a large livestock business wanted to establish an operation here. The moratorium prohibits new livestock facilities that have more than 500 animals.

A 77 year old man from Colby, Wisconsin has been identified as the person killed Tuesday afternoon near Boulder Junction.

The State Patrol reports Richard Brandl was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Beverly Brandl.

Richard Brandl died at the accident scene at U.S. 51 and county road "H" in Boulder Junction.

Beverly Brandl was transported to a Marshfield hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities say the Brandl vehicle collided with a semi-tractor trailer driven by a South Range man. He was not injured.

A 48 year old Green Bay man has died in a Minocqua snowmobile crash.

Minocqua Police report the crash Tuesday evening at the intersection of Camp Nine Road and Cedar Falls Drive.

Police report Jeffrey Lee Royle was was traveling on Lower Kaubashine Road Road when he lost control and crashed in a wooded area.

Royle was pronounced dead at the scene.

The DNR reports its the four fatal snowmobile crash in Wisconsin this winter and the second since the start of 2017.