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.
The Northwoods Alliance For Temporary Housing has entered a contest which could help put a new roof on the Frederick Place homeless shelter and a possibly a new bathroom. A NATH spokesperson says the public's help is needed today.
NATH Board member Carol Miller says the organic products company "Tom's of Maine" is sponsoring an effort called "50 States of Good". Miller says the company give's $10,000 grants to non-profits....
The Vilas County Sheriff's office has identified the victim of a fatal crash as James Luedtke. Only one vehicle was involved in the Fourth of July accident that occurred just before 7:00 p.m. in the town of Presque Isle, near the intersection of County Highways P and W. The driver, 22 year old Luedtke from Milwaukee, was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Many communities marked the holiday Thursday with a Fourth of July parade. Rhinelander’s celebration drew a crowd of thousands. WXPR spoke with a few parade goers about what Fourth of July means to them.
Those crowds also meant a robust day for downtown businesses.
Rhinelander’s Brown Street was bursting with people during the Fourth of July parade. Flustered lemonade vendor Max Holperin says it’s the busiest day of the year. He's already sold hundreds of cups of lemonade.
Among the floats, clowns and marching bands at the Rhinelander Independence Day parade was one vintage car celebrating its 99th Fourth of July. The Ford Model T has been in the owner’s family throughout its long life.
George Scholz is adjusting the gas on his car’s old fashioned headlight before the parade. Though he’s been bringing his Model T to the Rhinelander parade for more than a decade, he’s been driving it for way longer.
A 24 year old man has received serious injuries after falling off a golf cart early Thursday morning.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department reports a call around 2:30 a.m. to Chapman Cove Road in the town of Bradley. Deputies found the man fell off the moving cart while operating on private property. The victim suffered neck and face injuries. He was first taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk, then airlifted to Aspirus Wausau Hospital. His name and identity were not released.