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Packed house in St. Germain
5:45 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Vilas Co. Board Nixes LDF ATV Trail

The Vilas County board of supervisors has turned back another attempt to establish an ATV route on a county highway.


Earlier this year, supervisors rejected a proposal for an ATV route in the town of Phelps.


Tuesday night, supervisors said no to an All-Terrain Vehicle ordinance that would have permitted an ATV route, on county highway D in Lac du Flambeau.

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Neighbors opposed construction
5:20 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Committee Approves Howard Young Helicopter Pad

Howard Young Medical Center
Credit Ministry Health Care

An Oneida county committee has approved a conditional use permit for Ministry Health Care to construct an enlarged helicopter pad at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. The vote was 4-0.


The application was for a 24-7 operation of a helicopter pad and hanger and 12 thousand gallon fuel tank. At a recent public hearing, neighbors complained of having several flights per day. Ministry officials said they wanted to centralize the emergency medical transportation from Rhinelander to Woodruff.

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Just fireworks
5:11 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

No Bomb Found In Town Of Piehl

The Marathon-Oneida County Bomb Squad was called to a town of Piehl residence Tuesday after someone suspected there was an improvised explosive device.


Oneida County Sheriff's deputies report they went to a residence on East Stella Lake Road. An investigation found the device to not be dangerous. A small amount of fireworks was discovered.


The Oneida County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Marathon County Sheriff's Office, Three Lakes Police Department, Three Lakes Fire Department, and Oneida County EMS.

Special programs planned
3:40 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

School Of Arts At Rhinelander Celebrates 50 years

SOA 50th Anniv. T-Shirt
Credit UW-Madison School Of The Arts

It's the golden anniversary year for School of the Arts at Rhinelander and special events are planned. The school runs this year from Saturday, July 20 through Wednesday, July 24 at James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander.

Director Lynn Tarnoff says the 50th anniversary has a number of events..

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Many years of drought
3:35 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

2013 Moisture Above Normal Rate, Reservoirs Near Full

Wisconsin River reservoir
Credit WVIC photo

What a difference a year makes. Last year, Wisconsin River reservoirs were very low due to the effects of an extended drought in the Northwoods. This year, with one exception, all the reservoirs feeding the river are full.


That word from Peter Hansen...the operations manager for Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company in Wausau...given the responsiblity for maintaining water flow on the state's largest river.


Last year several Northwoods reservoirs were well below full. But this year...

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Budget Committee Considering Sales
3:29 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Wright Says Not All Legislators Knew Of JFC's Actions

85th Assembly Democrat Mandy Wright
Credit Wi. Legislature website

State Representative Mandy Wright is questioning the tactics of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee as the committee proposes selling off state land and property.

The Wausau Democrat says she was left in the dark prior to last Tuesday's committee vote...

"....how come I as a legislator have heard little or nothing about it. Suddenly its passed through the budget and I haven't had any chance to talk to my consituents, get their feedback and have a vote in this decision..."

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Release is Saturday
3:02 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Convicted Sex Offender To Be Released In Northwoods

Dennis Williams
Credit Wi. Department of Corrections registry

Rhinelander police are notifying the public of the release of a convicted sex offender to the community next month.


Police Chief Michael Steffes says 51 year old Dennis Williams will be released from custody this Saturday. He was convicted in July of 1998 of second-degree sexual assault of a child. Williams was sentenced to 15 years for a sexual assault in the Town of Minocqua within 90 days of release from prison by threatening a 14 year old female with a screwdriver.

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Crash being investigated
2:38 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Crash Kills Rhinelander Driver

The Oneida County Sheriff's office reports one person has died from a town of Pelican traffic accident last evening.


Deputies report a 55 year old Rhinelander man, James Hagen, was killed in the one vehicle crash on County Road "G" about 6:30 Monday evening. Hagen died at the scene.


The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, Oneida County EMS, Pelican Fire Department and the Pelican First Responders responded to the scene.


The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Call for Community Journalists
12:57 pm
Sat May 25, 2013

Become a WXPR News Contributor

Credit Peg Arnold

WXPR is expanding our news coverage. If you have a passion for local news, arts, and interesting stories about people and happenings in your area, consider becoming a contributor on WXPR.

We're recruiting volunteer citizen journalists to cover local news and events from Ironwood to Wausau-Merrill and Park Falls to Iron Mountain. Modern technology makes it possible for you to contribute from anywhere in the WXPR listening area.

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Join the Discussion
8:47 am
Sat May 25, 2013

WXPR Visits Eagle River June 20

Credit OiMax

WXPR is hosting a community listening session in Eagle River on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm at Eagle River Roasters.

News Director Ken Krall and WXPR's new Community Features Editor, Natalie Jablonski, will be on hand to tell you more about exciting opportunities to become a contributor journalist. As WXPR expands our news service, we're looking for people with an interest in covering local news in their communities.

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