Carol Lofquist

He's traveling the entire length of the Wisconsin River to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Vince Lofquist began his paddle last Saturday in Vilas county and will continue until he sees the Wisconsin River join the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien. Lofquist and his wife Carol live between Rhinelander and Tomahawk.

Ken Krall caught up with him when he was near  Wausau.....

If you want to help out, Vince says to call Carol Lofquist at 715-966-1444.

Meyer Critical Of Parts Of DNR Reorganization

Jul 29, 2015
Wisconsin Wildlife Federation

The  D-N-R unveils a major reorganization this week that consolidates most air-and-water pollution enforcement into one division -- and moves hot-button issues to a new unit that supports businesses. Officials say the changes are designed to make the agency more responsive to all its users -- from business-and-farm permit applicants to hunters and anglers. It comes amid an 18-percent decline in the D-N-R's workforce over the past 20 years. The new Business Support and External Services unit is planned as a "one-stop" center for business help.

Tune in to WXPR's Northwoods Café Tuesday, August 4th, at 7 pm for a live broadcast performance with recording artist Sharon Iltis. Celebrating the release of her third CD, tune into to hear original compositions and popular selections in a warm soulful style. Sharon Iltis is from Bozeman Montana, but has lived many years in Northern Wisconsin.

Oneida County Fair

The county fair season gets underway in the Northwoods with the Oneida County event beginning Thursday at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander.

The Fair began  in 1896, and featured a look at Gene Shepard's mythical beast, the Hodag. The modern version offers things you expect, 4-H exhibits,  food, music, animals, and more.

Fair Coordinator Nancy Gehrig says things get underway this Thursday with the public invited to stop by Pioneer Park about 4:30 p.m....

A familiar face to viewers of Wisconsin Public Television has penned a book telling stories of Wisconsin Native Americans who helped sustain the land.

Called "Seventh Generation Earth Ethics", the book is  written UW-Madison professor and author Patty Loew who spoke Monday night at the Rhinelander District Library.

Loew is a member of the Bad River Band Of Lake Superior Chippewa. She says most people have heard of Gaylord Nelson, Aldo Leopold and John Muir,  but she says there are stories of environmentalists within the native tribes that needed to be told...

Crews from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest have gone out west to help fight wildfires.

According to authorities,  22 large wildfires are burning nearly 850,000 acres in four western states and Alaska.

One of the Chequamegon-Nicolet firefighters is David Sloan from Park Falls. He was sent to Washington state to fight a blaze in north central Washington....

"....I was on a fire about 4,000 acres called the Newby Lake fire, really active fire behavior. A lot of the area is ready for fire..."

No that isn't an illusion you're seeing at Northwoods gas stations. Gas prices are dropping and prices here are at that state average of $2.69 a gallon for regular unleaded.

Senior Petroleum Analyst for the website gasbuddy. com ,Patrick DeHaan,  says ample supply is keeping prices down even during the peak travel season...

"....a lot of it really at the hands of a drop in crude oil prices. Over the last week and a half, the price has dropped from $10 a barrel, currently at $47 dollars a barrel. Because of that big decline, the price of gasoline has followed...."

LDF Schools To See Retirees Volunteer In Schools

Jul 28, 2015

At their regular July business meeting, the Lac du Flambeau Board of Education endorsed district superintendent Dr. Larry Ouimette’s recommendation that the Lac du Flambeau Public School District adopt a Senior Tax Exchange Program (STEP). 


STEP began in Colorado and was first implemented in Wisconsin at Kaukauna in 1995. 


In board discussions, Ouimette noted that a STEP programs are in place “in a number of school districts in Wisconsin” including the Waupun Area School  District and the School District of Prescott, among others.


New Bike Ride in Vilas and Oneida Counties

Jul 28, 2015

Pre-registration is open for a new bike ride that starts at a Brewery and travels to a Winery. The first annual Septimber bike ride takes places September 12. Bikers begin at the Tribute Brewing Company and ride to the Three Lakes Winery via the Three Eagle Trail.

 It’s a 13 mile ride, with the option of doing a round-trip for 26 miles.


The warm summer temperatures can lead to a problem no one should ignore: heatstroke, especially among children in a confined area.

Friday is National Heatstroke Prevention Day.

Tammi Boers from the Vilas County Health Department says children left in cars are at risk. On average every 8 days a child dies from heatstroke when left in a vehicle...