For some people Fourth of July is the perfect excuse to play with fire…but it can also be the perfect time to cause an accident or an injury. That’s the message from Oneida County health officials, who are warning people to use caution around fireworks.
Public Health nurse Rob Deede says this isn’t the time for experimentation.
Wisconsin gas prices continue to fall, and that’s great news for July Fourth holiday travelers.
Petroleum Analyst for the website gasbuddy.com, Gregg Laskoski, says the national average has fallen has fallen from $3.64 to $3.49 per gallon. In Wisconsin the decrease has been more dramatic, from $3.93 a month ago down to $3.44 today.
"Wisconsin was hit hard as part of the Great Lakes region and the Plains states that really had tremendous refinery and supply problems from mid-May up until recent weeks..."
The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is hosting an information session for area businesses on the unfolding provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Executive Director Lara Reed outlines the "Lunch and Learn" gathering...
"...the whole idea is to take a look at the bill...what it means for small businesses. Things you need to know, how it will apply to your business and what (businesses) can do to be ready when it is implemented in 2014...."
A U.S. Forest Service worker from Rhinelander is at the scene of the fire in Arizona that killed 19 firefighters last weekend. These firefighters were part of an elite team sent in to fight this type of blaze. The fire changed direction and engulfed the team.
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spokesperson Suzanne Flory was in Colorado monitoring those fires when she was asked to come to the Arizona fire...
Governor Walker stopped in Rhinelander Tuesday promoting the recently signed $68 billion state budget.
Walker said the key from his view was the budget provides tax relief...
"...if you're a taxpayer in the state of Wisconsin, there's about a billion dollars worth of tax relief...everybody who pays income taxes is going to see the rates go down. That's important for all of us as consumers..."
The state Department of Tourism is lending a hand to a local event this summer.
The Joint Effort Marketing program has awarded more than two thousand dollars to the Phelps Phly in and Pholk Music Phestival.
Event organizer Bill Wilkinson is a contributor to WXPR News. He spoke with Sarah Klavas from the Department of Tourism. Klavas explains that grant readers are always looking for things that set a grant apart…and in this case it was the unusual spelling of the title of the Pholk Phestival…which does not use any “F”s:
A spokesperson for the American Red Cross is hoping this holiday week is a safe one for Northwoods residents.
Regional Disaster Services Director Lora Hainey says fireworks, grilling, beach safety and sun protection are key...
"...be careful with the fireworks. It's great if you could attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. If you are using fireworks with your family, a reminder not to give fireworks to small children. Always follow the instructions on the packaging. Always keep water close by as a precaution..."
Nicolet College is expecting a higher enrollment this fall. President Libby Burmaster says that’s been the trend for the past few years.
“Because having a college credential and the higher level of job skills that come along with higher education is one of the best ways to get ahead. Especially right now as area employers in a wide variety of fields are looking for the skills and the knowledge that they’re going to need in the workplace.”