The city of Rhinelander and the DNR have reached an agreement concerning the former ranger station on Boyce Drive.
The city has plans to build a boat launch on the site. The state had proposed demolishing the building at a cost of just over $13,000 but as City Administrator Blaine Oborn told the city council Monday, it looks like the city will get a check from the state. The city then will take care of the demo. He says the city would like to use the building as a training site first for the police department, then let the firefighters at it to train...
Geocaching is a growing phenomenon in the Northwoods and the rest of the world.
The hobby uses GPS technology to track down small treasures, often hidden in remote locations. Geocachers take pride in finding hundreds, even thousands of so-called “caches”…but what exactly motivates these searchers? Contributor Bill Wilkinson decided to find out more.
After more than 30 years with the city of Rhinelander, Phil Parkinson will retire as City Attorney December 31.
The Rhinelander city council last night approved Parkinson's resignation, effective the end of the year. Parkinson began his job in 1980. He says the job has evolved to the present day, but says "it's time" to retire....
"....I'm ready to spend winters in some place warmer than northern Wisconsin..."
Rhinelander is about to get hit with a wave of country music fans, during the area’s biggest tourism event.
The four-day Hodag Country Festival begins Thursday, and tens of thousands of people are expected to attend. Director of the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce Lara Reed says the economic impact on the region is huge.
“We say for every visitor that spends the night in our community, it’s $180 a day. So if we say there’s 20,000 people for Hodag Country Fest, it’s a $3.6 million impact a day for the duration of the festival.”
It’s almost the time of year for School of the Arts Rhinelander. That’s when the University of Wisconsin Madison Continuing Studies sets up a five-day art school for adults in a Rhinelander middle school.
Director Lynn Tarnoff says she and staff are getting ready to haul at least one van full of supplies from Madison.
“Actually make that two vans. And one of them’s been upgraded to a pick up truck with a car top carrier.”
Hunters will have an improved "app" for their smart phones courtesy the Wisconsin DNR.
Law Enforcement Division Deputy Chief Karl Brooks says the Sunrise-Sunset hunting app gives Android and iPhone users access to information out in the woods without carrying all the printed regulations..
New state budget plans to borrow almost $1 billion to pay for proposed transportation programs is sending a fiscal warning.
The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance President Todd Berry says borrowing to pay for transportation projects accounts for 16 percent of road revenues compared to 6 percent ten years ago. He says Governors and legislators transferred money to the general fund when the transportation fund was flush, leaving the state needing to borrow to finish projects...
Wisconsin’s gray wolf population is estimated at over 800 - high enough that the state Department of Natural Resources allows a certain number of wolves to be hunted each year.
But in the 1970s the wolf population was a fraction of that number, leading to their protection under federal and state legislation. Jennifer Steinglein studies wolf population dynamics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She says the recent population growth didn’t happen all at once. Its strongest increase came within the last two decades.