Wild rice season is set to begin in Northern Wisconsin. Manoomin, the traditional food of the Ojibwe nations, typically ripens around Labor Day. But harvesters may need extra patience this year.
Only three out of about 50 lakes regulated by state and tribal officials will open for ricing by this weekend. Manoomin biologist for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission Lisa David says Wisconsin’s late spring delayed ripening in some areas.
At Tuesday’s monthly meeting, the Vilas County Board of Supervisors went through a second round of voicing their ideas for how to balance the 2014 budget. Finance director Jason Hilger says the county is facing a deficit of roughly $1.2 million for the upcoming year. Nonetheless, Hilger says Vilas county is in good shape, with a reserve fund of more than $7 million.
By early next year, staff at Rhinelander schools could be getting some of their health care from a clinic in the school.
The Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic and the school district are discussing how to implement the program. Regional Director Rob Fabich says the school district is looking at ways to cut health care costs and thought having the services on campus would be one way to do that...
State Department of Transportation officials took public comment Tuesday on a plan to reconstruct parts of Highway 51 south of Minocqua. A thin crowd gathered at a hearing in Harshaw.
The DOT says changes to Highway 51 are necessary to improve safety. But an earlier DOT proposal prompted community outcry, as it involved turning a stretch north of Highway Y into a four lane road and widening the bridge over Lake Katherine. Hazelhurst Town Chair Ted Cushing says the original changes were too dramatic, but he’s much happier with the revised plan.
Northland Pines students in Eagle River are among students from 39 other districts involved in the "Farm to School" program.
The program is a cooperative effort of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and Americorps. It provides food and education says Northland Pines Science teacher Robin Indermuehle..
A group opposing more off-reservation gambling casinos is hoping a recent federal policy change won't mean a new casino in Kenosha.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has given it's blessing to a Menominee Tribe proposal to put in a large casino-hotel complex at the former Dairyland Greyhound Racing track in Kenosha. The move is opposed by the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe, which has operated a lucrative casino in Milwaukee for many years.
A changing climate could bring one piece of good news for walleye fishermen.
A study out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison says increasing temperatures in Lake Superior will expand habitat for fish that thrive in slightly warmer water, like walleye, Chinook salmon and lean lake trout. Researcher Jim Kitchell says that means populations of certain fish in Lake Superior could increase in coming years.