•   Merrill man dies in Oklahoma traffic crash,
  •  A new study of Native Americans finds misconceptions among people who aren't Native American,
  •  Well water in central Wisconsin remains polluted and bottled water is recommended,
  •  Cell phones are much slower here than Minnesota

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports a Merrill  man was killed in a road construction accident early Wednesday morning.

Twenty-year-old Brandon Polacek was riding in a construction truck as it crossed the eastbound lanes of the Turner Turnpike near Stroud, Oklahoma.

A semi crashed into that truck, knocking Polacek and the driver free. Polacek suffered "massive injuries" and we pronounced dead on the scene. The drivers of the semi and the construction truck are listed in fair condition at nearby hospitals.

Ryan Red Corn

WASHINGTON - A new report finds contradictory stereotypes about Native Americans persist in the United States.

Researchers say it's the largest public-opinion research project about Native Americans ever conducted. Crystal Echo Hawk, project leader, said the goal of the report, Reclaiming Native Truth, is to find out about the dominant narratives and perceptions of native people from a diverse group of Americans.

Central WI Counties Search for Solutions to Nitrates in Well Water

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Wisconsin News Connection is here.

NECEDAH, Wis. - Residents in Juneau County and southern Wood County already know they're not supposed to drink their well water - but what they don't know is if, or when, that will change.

Wisconsin Dept. of Tourism

Another Northwoods community has picked up state marketing dollars to promote an event.

This week the Department of Tourism awarded the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce a $5,000 Joint Effort Marketing grant to promote it's SepTimber Ride. Taking place Sept. 8, the event features two bike rides, a 28-mile tour along the Three Eagle Trail and the 50K Northwoods Road Ride showcasing the area’s scenic country roads. Along the way, bikers can stop at Three Lakes Winery for local wine samples, and all riders will end their trek with a picnic at Tribute Brewing Company.

WXPR Public Radio

WXPR is celebrating 35 years on the radio this year.

In this week's episode of A Northwoods Moment in History, local historian Gary Entz tells us exactly what went into that first broadcast back in 1983.

  • Minocqua is considering a request for a facility on town land,
  • Antigo gets a substantial school safety grant,
  • State money will help promote the Wolf River Scenic Byway,
  • Campanile Center For The Arts will have an Artrageous time in the spring.

Indoor Tennis Facility Serve Falls Short At Minocqua

Jul 19, 2018
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MINOCQUA – A spokesman for a group seeking to build an indoor tennis facility in the greater Minocqua area didn’t get any support from the Minocqua Town Board on his inquiry whether the group could buy town-owned land near the hockey arena.

Nicolet Wolf River Scenic Byway

The Department of Tourism has given financial support to promote the Nicolet Wolf River Scenic Byway through Langlade, Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties.

This week, Tourism Northern Regional representative Jeff Anderson presented a nearly $39,000 check to the Forest County Economic Development Partnership to promote the byway this fall.

Partnership spokesperson Mark Ferris details how the promotion money will be used...

Goodfellow AFB

The Antigo School District has picked up a sizeable grant to fund a school safety initiative.

The Department of Justice has been awarding funds for school districts to improve safety after several school shooting incidents nationwide.

Antigo requested $160,000 and received the full amount from the state. Hurley School District received $74,000. Rib Lake schools received $63,000. Wabeno schools were awarded nearly $40,000The Menominee Indian Tribe received $20,000.

Campanile Center For The Arts

The Campanile Center for the Arts in Minocqua has received funding to bring a well-known arts group to Northwoods schools next spring. The money comes from Arts Midwest Touring Fund.

The Campanile Center is bringing in the Artrageous presentation.

Campanile Executive Director Sandy Madden says it's a one of a kind art experience...

Ken Anderson

After more than three hours of testimony yesterday, the Vilas County Board of Adjustment voted 5-0 to uphold county zoning administrator Dawn Schmidt's denial of a permit for the Carlin Club Properties in Presque Isle to pump and transport 18,000 gallons of water a day to a facility in Michigan.

The denial was based on interperting the proposed use would be an expansion of a commercial use not allowed under the grandfather provisions when zoning was changed in 1997 from General Business to R-1 residential.

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Aldo Leopold famously said “to keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering” when talking about preserving threatened and endangered species. When a species is lost, though, should we try to re-create that cog or wheel?

In this week's episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist introduces us to de-extinction and an ambitious project to bring the passenger pigeon back from the dead.

  •   A candidate for Rhinelander's administrator job just left a similar job in Weston,
  •   The app is leaving and so will low-income healthy food purchases at the Hodag Farmers' Market,
  •    Wausau Police say it's a scam when callers ask for money on their behalf over the phone,
  •    State Tourism dollars are awarded to get more hunters here grouse hunting in county forests,
  •   A long time Rhinelander library leader retires.

Rhinelander City Administrator Finalists Named

Jul 18, 2018
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Daniel Guild has voluntarily resigned his position as Weston's Village Administrator, according to a joint press release issued by Guild and the Trustees on Tuesday.

He is listed as a finalist for the open City Administrator job in Rhinelander.