It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A representative from the Wisconsin Chapter of the ACLU is here in the Northwoods. Youth and Program Director Emilio De Torre is speaking tonight at the Woodruff Community Center. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke to him about how the voting rights struggle of the 1960s plays out today.
Flu cases are rampant in Wisconsin and locally this time of year. The state ranks as one of the lowest in the country in terms of vaccination rates.
Oneida County Health Department Director Linda Conlon says officials are seeing higher rates of incidence for young and middle aged adults. That’s because the most common strain this year is the H1N1 swine flu.
“That strain does attack certain populations. And as the year goes one, we will probably see another 1-2 peaks in the rates of influenza infection.”
Anglers are asked to go to the DNR website and fill out a form on what waters they should consider for stocking under the new "Wisconsin Walleye Initiative".
The state has spent $8.2 million for infrastructure improvements and $1.3 million each year for annual operating costs to expand production at DNR state fish hatcheries. Production is projected to increase 60,000 to 120,000 large walleye fingerlings to well over 500,000 by 2016. The young walleye will be larger than previously in the hope of having more survivability to adulthood.
Two years ago, Oneida County's Medical Examiner was arrested for allegedly keeping human tissue from autopsies to train a cadaver dog. Friday, 46 year old Traci England entered into a plea bargain with prosecutors.
England was found guilty by Judge Leon Stenz of two counts of felony Misconduct in Public Office.
This weekend is the snowmobile World Championship, expected to draw tens of thousands. But last weekend was the World Championship for vintage racing.
Vintage cars, vintage records…but vintage snowmobiles? That I had not heard of before moving to the Northwoods. I was curious about what draws people to the sport, so I headed to the offices of the Eagle River derby track for the weekend of the vintage racing championship.
State Democrats are introducing legislation that would close what the author says is a loophole in the new mining law that would allow mining on navigable bodies of water, like lakes.
Representative Dana Wachs of Eau Claire said in reading the new law, he became concerned that it would allow lakes, flowages, and reservoirs to be drained, or filled in by mining activities. His bill, called "Save Our Lakes" would explicitly prohibit this activity..
A fire Thursday morning in the town of Harrison, Lincoln county destroyed a home. Traffic had to be detoured for seven hours.
The Lincoln County Sheriff reports a garage along State Highway 17 Rhinelander was on fire about 4:15 this morning. The attached home had caught fire when authorities arrived to put out the blaze. The family escaped the burning structure with no injuries. Fire units from the towns of Crescent, Newbold, Pelican, Russell and the city of Rhinelander fought the blaze.
No charges will be filed concerning the New Year's day death of a Rhinelander man at a downtown Rhinelander bar.
Thursday afternoon, Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek announced after gathering more than 23 interviews and autopsy evidence he would not charge 59 year old Gregory Dryden for the death of James Tanner.