In 1960, Congress designated the third week of October as National Forest Products Week as a time to recognize the many products that come from our forests, the people who work in and care for our forests, the businesses that make forest products and the ways in which forest products contribute to our lives.

While those of us who live among the trees often don't think about it, the DNR's Kirsten Held says the week is designed to help people remember what trees mean to Wisconsin...

Minocqua Voters Approve New Fire Station

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Minocqua voters approved building a new fire station Thursday to replace an aging station that has served the Minocqua volunteer firefighters for over four decades.

A heavy contingent of Minocqua Fire & Rescue Department members and their supporters carried the day with 63 electors voting approval and none voting against.

“It’s a big number, but it’s going to serve this community for several generations,” said Town Chairman Mark Hartzheim of the station’s cost. He praised the fire station expansion committee for its dedication and work for seeing the project through.

The heavy rain this week caused some problems on Oneida county roads.

Highway Commissioner Bruce Stefonik says a main artery west of Rhinelander was shut down for several hours...

".....the worst we had was on county "K". We knew we had a culvert that was not in the best condition but with all the rain we ended up losing that culvert. We had to shut county 'K' down and replace it...."

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A program offered by the Human Service Center located in Rhinelander has shown significant reductions in people arrested for repeat drunk driving.

Heavy drinkers leave biological marks in places like fingernails and blood. Drivers repeatedly arrested for drunk driving have had samples taken where their alcohol use is monitored in an effort to work with clients and adjust their treatment options.

American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation

Rhinelander's Northwoods Nordic Club was awarded a $1,000 grant this week by the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation based in Hayward.

The Foundation runs one of the largest silent sports events in the U.S., the American Birkebeiner ski race, each February.

Foundation Executive Director Ben Popp sat down with Ken Krall to talk about the donation to the local Nordic Club and the long history of great cross country skiing in the Northwoods...

The race is set for February 23-26 in Hayward.

The Science Behind Fall Foliage

Oct 20, 2016

A couple of weekends ago, my oldest son was riding in my truck with me after a drive in the county forest. I saw a beautiful panorama spreading across the hillside we faced while at a stop sign. I remarked about the scene, and my son readily agreed how nice it was. When I looked over at him, though, he was not looking up—he was playing with his smartphone! I chided him gently, and told him that he should enjoy the colorful display now, because he will have to wait for a year to see it again. He gave me the side-eye but didn’t say anything.

Town Electorate To Take Up Minocqua Fire Station Proposal

Oct 19, 2016

The Minocqua Town Board made no changes Tuesday to the proposal to build a new fire station at a cost not to exceed $3.35 million.

The town electorate will vote on the measure this Thursday, Oct. 20 at a special town meeting. Fire Chief Andy Petrowski said they plan about a half-hour presentation, which will include a review of the current fire station in downtown Minocqua and the need for a new station. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the boardroom of the Minocqua Community Center.

Wisconsin Family Ties is a statewide nonprofit organization run by families for families with children and adolescents impacted by social, emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges.

Sunday, Oct. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Waters in Minocqua, that group and Iron County Human Services are presenting a day for families to learn share and for children to enjoy the day. A parent-peer specialist is Jackie Baldwin.

She says the event is designed for any family with children with disabilities....

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The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain is hosting a series of town halls next month to hear about veterans health concerns.

Ken Krall spoke with Iron Mountain VA spokesperson Brad Nelson....

Listen here to a forum involving the candidates for the 34th District Assembly seat: Republican Rob Swearingen and Democrat Matt Michalsen. This forum is moderated by WXPR's Ken Krall. The media panel consists of WPR's Glen Moberg, Stephanie Haines of WJFW-TV, Eileen Persike of Star Journal Now, and Brian Jopek of the Lakeland Times.

Listen here  to a forum involving the candidates for the 12th State Senate seat: Republican Tom Tiffany and Democrat Bryan Van Stippen. This forum is moderated by WXPR's Ken Krall. The media panel consists of WPR's Glen Moberg, Stephanie Haines of WJFW-TV, Eileen Persike of Star Journal Now, and Brian Jopek of the Lakeland Times.

Listen for two candidate forums coming to WXPR Wednesday afternoon10/19.

At 3:00 p.m. will be a forum involving the candidates for the 12th State Senate seat, Republican Tom Tiffany and Democrat Bryan Van Stippen.

At 4:00 p.m. will be the candidates for the 34th Assembly seat, Republican Rob Swearingen and Democrat Matt Michalsen.

The forums were recorded at the WXPR studios on Tuesday. The programs will appear on the WXPR website and will be rebroadcast at other times before the election.

Rhinelander and the Northwoods in general were the centerpoint of unusually heavy rains that rumbled through the area Monday night. National Weather Service Green Bay meteorologist Mike Cellitti gives us the rain totals....

"....Rhinelander airport had 4.26 inches. Three miles west-northwest of Rhinelander had the highest amount, 4.54 inches. Tomahawk had 1.63 inches and by the Spirit Dam they had 2.42 inches...."

Cellitti says Rhinelander was at the core of the heaviest totals of rainfall....

An annual fundraiser for Downtown Rhinelander Inc., is shifting its focus from auction to party making this the last year for residents and area businesses to place bids for a “mini” Hodag.

The mythical creatures are half the size of the original Hodag, and are auctioned off at Downtown Rhinelander Inc’s, “Haunted Hodag Howl” party each year. Event Chair Maggie Steffen says this is the last year for the “mini” Hodag because the event needs to be appealing to everyone…


Too much rain during the summer dimmed an otherwise bright cranberry crop forecast, but Wisconsin should still lead the nation in cranberry production. Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association Executive Director Tom Lochner says the harvest is at it's midpoint, a bit later than usual, as growers waited until cooler weather for the berries to turn color...

"....overall a pretty good crop for Wisconsin. It's coming in at or above what is expected, maybe a little above that. We're seeing an increase in field rot because of the warm and wet weather....."