Two men working to bring a disc golf course to the town of Newbold say the new course will be a destination course in the Northwoods. The new course is being constructed off Ole Lake Road.

Law enforcement agencies are hosting the spring Drug Take Back Day on April 30.

In Oneida county, four agencies are participating. The initiative gives residents a chance to bring in unused legal drugs for disposal, no questions asked. Rhinelander Police Captain Ron Lueneburg(lew-en-berg) describes what is accepted...


A recent donation by River Valley Bank has helped move the construction of a biking and walking trail between Conover and Phelps forward. River Valley Bank donated $5,000.

Brian Blank is the Great Headwaters Trails capital campaign coordinator. He says the donation helps move trail completion forward...

"We're hopeful and optimistic that in 2016 we'll be able to do section two which is 5.5 miles and then do the remaining 3.5 miles will bring the trail into downtown Phelps. Funding for that will be received in 2017... "

Several Northwoods residents have been honored by the DNR for years of service monitoring area lakes. Dale Jalinski was honored for 30 years of monitoring Bear Lake in Oneida County; Bob Kirshner for the same at Crystal Lake in Forest County and Emden Lake in Oneida County; Tom Rulseh was honored for 30 years of monitoring McDonald Lake in Vilas County and Kay Scharpf for monitoring Franklin Lake in Forest County. The DNR's Carroll Schaal describes the work of the citizen monitors...

More people are working in the Northwoods, even with rumors that the nation's economy is cooling.

Details Emerge From Antigo Prom Shooting

Apr 24, 2016
Jill Zagar

An eighteen-year-old Antigo man is dead and two people injured following a shooting as students exited the Antigo High School prom late Saturday.

Early Sunday, 18 year old Jakob Wagner died at a Wausau hospital. An  Antigo Police officer heard gunfire in the the parking lot and shot Wagner. According to reports, two prom attendees were injured, a male Antigo high school student,and his date, a Madison area female. The young man was shot in the leg and required surgery, the young woman was treated and released.

Just a handful of electors in the audience – 9 to be precise – gave future holders of Minocqua supervisor posts a 33 percent pay boost at Thursday’s annual town meeting.

The unanimous vote brings the annual supervisor pay to $8,000 from $6,000 currently. The increases will take effect at the next term of the elected office for the four posts.

Elector Jerry Mader explains his motion to increase the salaries:

Northwoods Land Trust

A thousand foot section of the Wisconsin River north of Rhinelander is going to be preserved after an agreement signed at the Sustainability Fair.

Ann Eshelman and husband Scott have agreed to a conservation easement through the Northwoods Land Trust...


  An author, adventurer and producer will be in the Northwoods next month to share stories from his experiences in the remote Alaskan wilderness. Wisconsin native James Campbell will focus on his books The Final Frontiersman and Braving It. The books document building a cabin and trapping with his daughter on the Colleen River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge….

Joel Lewis Announces Candidacy For District 7

Apr 21, 2016
Joel Lewis-Wausau Daily Herald

  Democrat Joel Lewis of Wausau announced his candidacy for the 7th Congressional District Thursday evening at the Oneida County Courthouse. Lewis is a member of the Marathon County Board and Bridge Community Board, and says if he’s elected he will focus on student loan relief, green jobs and living wage jobs. Lewis says he will also work to expand broadband to rural areas and preserve social security.

Congressman Sean Duffy currently holds the seat for District 7. Other candidates running include Phil Salamone and Ethel Quisler. 

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Bond has been set at $100,000 cash for a Tripoli area man after an alleged domestic altercation.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports 60 year old Kenneth S. Welsh from the town of Lynne was arrested after authorities say gunshots were fired Tuesday morning. They report as the approached the Welsh home, Welsh allegedly aimed his gun at deputies, who apprehended Welsh using bean bag weapons. Welsh had threatened to blow up the residence and propane was detected in the home.

Outrider Foundation

With Earth Day being celebrated April 22, WXPR's Ken Krall had a chance to talk to Tia Nelson about the day her father originated and the impacts today.

Tia Nelson is Managing Director, Climate, for the Outrider Foundation. She previously had worked for the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands and the Nature Conservancy.

Revitalization in rural Wisconsin was the theme as Wisconsin Rural Partners held it's key meeting at the Potawatomi Carter Casino and Hotel.

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch was keynote speaker. Kleefisch says people tend to overlook the positive economics of rural Wisconsin...

"....we are still an economy largely based on manufacturing and agriculture. These are two things we do very well in the rural areas of the state. You add in tourism and additionally, woods, lumber and paper-pulp industries, you have a bustling economy....."

Vilas County Town Votes To Allow ATV/UTV's On Roads

Apr 21, 2016

Another Vilas County town has approved travel with ATV's and UTV's on all town roads.

The Town of Washington board approved the use on a 3-0 vote after results of a mail survey to all property owners with improvements saw overwhelming support. Of 889 survey returns, 553 or 62%, favored ATV/UTV's while 336 were opposed.

Town chairman Jim Spring, who was personally opposed to the machines on town roads, indicated he acknowledges and would support the results as did supervisors Keith Numrich and Steve Burr. “


  Results from the Community Needs Assessment from Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties show alcohol and drug use, mental health and chronic disease prevention as the top three health concerns facing the Northwoods. The Division of Public Health, UW-Extension and Ministry Health Care from the three counties are working to establish a health care plan for the Northwoods, but Oneida County Health Department Director Linda Conlon says public input is needed.