Though winter is holding on with a vice-like grip, the DNR is reminding those with ice shacks that it's not long until they need to be removed from lakes and rivers.
DNR Conservation Warden Tom Van Haren says the middle of March is a key time to remember....
"....for most waters, there's a north-south line in the state...Highway 64 is the dividing line. If you're north of the Highway 64 line then you have to have your permanent shelters removed beginning the first Sunday afte March 12 each year.....
A third of Wisconsin residents age 16 and over are birders. That’s according to a new survey from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which ranks Wisconsin’s percentage of birders second highest in the nation, tied with West Virginia.
The report defined birders as those who traveled at least one mile to watch birds, or reported paying close attention to the birds around their house.
Ryan Brady, research scientist with the Wisconsin DNR in Ashland, says he’s not surprised by the high number.
The new Executive Director for the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce had his first day on the job Monday. Rhinelander native Dana DeMet says he’s busy getting up to speed on upcoming events like the Hodag Home Show.
He says one of his goals as chamber director is to help make membership a measurable benefit.
“I’m really looking forward to expanding on not only just the events that we have, but putting together some measurable results or goals. I really want to foster the true value for the chamber’s members.”
Vilas county officials are investigating the death of a 49 year old St. Germain man.
Sheriff Joe Fath says Wade Willey was found Saturday evening dead and frozen to the ground. Fath says Willey was last seen about 1:00 a.m. Saturday. Fath says they think Willey succumbed to the extremely cold weather. Fath says alcohol may have been a factor in the death.
The Vilas County Coroner and the Sheriff's office continue to investigate.
Deer aren’t the only wildlife having a hard time finding food this winter.
Wildlife rehabilitator Marge Gibson of the Raptor Education Group says she’s worried about many of the region’s birds. She says the rehab center near Antigo is seeing birds like red-tailed hawks, chickadees and even robins.
“What is unusual is the way that they’re coming in. People are finding them really not moving very much – they’re kind of in a hypothermic state. Their breathing is slowed, their heartrate is slowed, and they go into almost a torpor state.”
The state's budget surplus is likely to be used to help reduce local property taxes by more fully funding Wisconsin's Technical College system.
During a stop Friday in Rhinelander, Governor Scott Walker says the plan would give direct property tax relief by picking up the majority of technical college costs from the local levy. Walker says the action would not affect local governance....
Funding appears to be in the pipeline for a closed dry cleaning business that has been identified as having toxic material.
That assessment from Rhinelander City Council Finance Committee Chair Mark Pelletier. The former Lindey Cleaners building on Stevens Street has been identified as a spot that needs cleanup says Pelletier....