Decreasing Gas Prices for Labor Day Weekend

Sep 2, 2015

 One year ago, motorists were complaining the price of gasoline for Labor Day travel was high. This year, not so much.

That's the assessment of a petroleum analyst for the website .

Patrick DeHaan says prices in Wisconsin are averaging $2.56. down from $3.44 one year ago.

DeHaan says it's a matter of supply and demand...


WXPR’s Annual Fall Concert and Auction will be held Sunday, November 1st at Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander.

Items from area merchants and galleries will be on display starting at 2:00 pm. At 3:00 pm the live auction and music with Brett and Frisk begins.

WXPR Concert Series at Nicolet College

The annual WXPR Concert Series continues to be a favorite event and with good reason - stacked with amazing talent, every concert is a must-see! Hot up-and-comers, current stars, absolute legends - the artists that take the Nicolet College Theatre stage are some of the finest in the world and deliver performances packed with diverse musical styles and sounds! 

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A delay is likely in the trial of a Rhinelander man charged with allegedly killing a man in 2003.

Judge Michael Bloom agreed to a delay so a large amount of files could be read by the defense.

41 year old Shannon Wolf is charged with first degree homicide in the 2003 death of a Rhinelander man underneath the Davenport Street bridge. The case was reopended last year by Rhinelander Police after Wolf's ex-wife Latoya agreed to testify against him. Wolf was already in prison after sentencing for attacking his ex-wife in 2012.

Scammers Return To Northwoods

Sep 1, 2015

 Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says be careful when you get your Publisher's Clearinghouse notifications. He says scams are starting to appear as the legitimate offers are also being presented.

Fath says the bottom line is you shouldn't have to pay money upfront to get into the contest or win...

"...(the report) came in from a complaintent who mailed $200 to win a prize...then after she had wired the money, they contacted her to attempt to get another $600 from the victim." 

State Out With Fish Consumption Advisories

Sep 1, 2015

  The DNR is out with a webpage where you can get the latest information on how much fish caught in Wisconsin waters you can safely consume. The advisories center around mainly mercury and pcb contamination levels in fish flesh.

DNR toxicologist Candy Schrank says the webpage provides detailed information...

"...from testing that began in the 1970's, mercury is in most fish and pcb's are in some of our more urbanized rivers and the Great Lakes..." 

Wisconsin Offers Program to Fight Drug Use in Schools

Sep 1, 2015

Two state agencies are offering a training program for school officials around the state to help students fight drug abuse. A survey completed during last school year by 3,000 students from 70 schools around Wisconsin shows 1 out of 2 students who have tried substances will continue using. Rise Together President Anthony Alvarado says the stress of social acceptance is a large factor in the drug epidemic.


A state economist says the wild fluctuations of the U.S. stock market aside, the economy still appears to be growing.

Scott Hodek studies state labor trends. He says the most recent numbers still are pointing upward...

".....when I look at the fundamentals and leading indicators, I still see moderate growth throughout 2015. Maybe not as good of growth as we probably thought early in the summer but still moderate growth...."

He says consumer confidence in August was down, but the prior six months found confidence in the economy to be good.

DNR Seeks Input for New Bikeways

Sep 1, 2015

The DNR has scheduled a series of open forums to seek feedback about new proposed bike trails. The DNR is in collaboration with the DOT and the Wisconsin Bike Federation to identify the best routes suited for designation. The public contributed their thoughts earlier this year about where potential bike trails should be located. Now, DNR spokesperson Brigit Brown says it’s up to the public to have the final say.

 The sidewalks will be crowded with area school kids who make their daily walks to and from school. Oneida County Health Department Nurse Rob Deede warns kids to pay special attention to pedestrian safety as they make their way to school.

 “For the students walking to and from school, pay attention, be aware of your surroundings. Be on the lookout for vehicles and make eye contact with drivers as you’re walking on the sidewalk. Always yield for drivers and use the crosswalks and wait for the ‘good to cross signs.’”