Dies at home after short illness
10:38 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Vilas Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich Dies

Frank Tomlanovich
Credit Courtesy Lakeland Times

A Northwoods law enforcement leader has died.

Vilas County Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich died Wednesday night at his home after a short illness. A press release from Vilas county says Tomlanovich was surrounded by his family. He was 61 years old.

Sheriff Tomlanovich was employed by Vilas county for 34 years having started in the Eagle River police department. He was a patrol deputy for nearly 15 years and was promoted to Detective Sergeant in 1994, serving in that capacity for 16 years. He was elected Sheriff in 2010.

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Forest County
4:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

RC Racecars: Vehicles to Learning, Community

Cars ready at the starting line at the RC Havok Raceway.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A new program in Forest County is kicking up dust at the racetrack.  Forest County UW Extension is hoping to prevent juvenile delinquency by teaching kids to build remote control, or “RC," race cars.  

If you’ve never seen remote control car racing before…there’s a good chance you’re not prepared for how wild it is.

At the RC Havok Raceway in Crandon, a group of kids are test driving remote control trucks.  The miniature trucks leap off the starting line and start zooming around indoor dirt track.  You can hear them crashing into each other and flipping over. 

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McNaughton Trail
3:57 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Helping Homeless Pets Fundraiser Sunday

Sleepy felines
Credit Flickr

You can burn some shoe leather to help homeless pets in the area.

The Oneida County Humane Society is hosting the "Hike For Homeless Pets" this weekend.

Spokesperson Sue Otis says the fundraiser helps keep the Rhinelander shelter in business...


"...funds will be used for our adoption center. That's basically for our operations and the needs of the animals and to take care of them and basically to run the building. Any maintenance...just to keep the center going..."


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Help area small businesses
3:32 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Tribal Agencies Get USDA Grants

Two grant awards for northern Wisconsin Native American communities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are intended to spur local economic development.


Acting Under Secretary for Rural Development, Doug O'Brien says the Great Lakes Intertribal Council in Lac du Flambeau received $80,000 to fund a small business training program.

NiiJii Capital Partners in Keshena received more than $93,000 to provide technical assistance to 12 Menominee county businesses.

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Trust Fund Monies
3:15 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Rhinelander Awarded $2 Million For Redevelopment


The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands has approved more than $2 million in state trust fund loans for 7 city projects.

Three of the news loans refinance existing debt, while four involve tax incremental districts, including the downtown upgrade project.

Board Executive Director Tia Nelson says this array of loans help fund local economic development...

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Fine Arts
2:29 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

ArtStart Exhibit Brings the Outdoors In

"The Art of Hunting and Fishing" features a birch bark canoe crafted by a Wisconsin artist.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

ArtStart kicks off a new summer exhibit today in Rhinelander.  It’s the first show to go up in the gallery after a series of renovations. 

The work on display in the "Art of Hunting and Fishing" ranges from woodcuts and drawings of duck hunters, to a collection of antique decoys and a birchbark canoe.  ArtStart Board President Ken Juon says he hopes the outdoorsy topic will appeal even to those who might not typically find themselves in a gallery.

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Shots fired in house
11:26 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Schaller Avoids Prison For February Incident

Forrest Schaller
Credit Forest County Sheriff

An Armstrong Creek man has avoided prison time but will be jailed for a February incident at his home in Forest County.

A first-degree attempted homicide charge was dropped against 52 year old Forrest Schaller. Schaller was arrested after gunshots were fired February 3 at a Dallman Road residence. Two people were found unhurt in the home.

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Assisted Living
4:17 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Nursing Facility Officially Opens New Location

Staff, patients and community leaders gathered for the ribbon-cutting at Rennes Health and Rehab Center.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A new assisted living center has opened in Rhinelander.  The Rennes Health and Rehab Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony today.

A few dozen staff members, community leaders and patients gathered at the new nursing facility to celebrate its opening.  But the Rennes Health and Rehab Center has actually been taking care of patients since March 1st.  That’s when the group closed its location in Phelps and moved 33 patients to the new Rhinelander facility.

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Prices off in May
3:24 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Northwoods Home Sales Continue Long Climb

Uptick in home sales
Credit Jeffrey Turner

Another strong sales report from a realtor's group shows that market sector is recovering from the recession.

The monthly Wisconsin Realtors Association report shows statewide, the sale of existing homes in May increased 18 percent over May 2012. That's the 23rd straight month of sales growth in Wisconsin.

Economist David Clark says a key factor is the diminishing number of available homes to buy...

"....we're down to under 10 months of supply and it was about 13 months this time last year....."

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Only person certified in UW System
2:41 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

McReynolds Achieves Top Facilitator Certificate

Corky McReynolds
Credit Linked In

A Northwoods environmental education leader has achieved a rare certification.

Dr. Corky McReynolds....Director at UW-Stevens Point Treehaven near Tomahawk has been certified by the International Association of Facilitators as as a Certified Professional Facilitator....


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