Local Breast Cancer Survivor Embraces Life

Oct 5, 2015

The City of Rhinelander has been given preliminary approval for money to help build a bike trail, known at the Chamber of Commerce Trail.

Late September, the city received notice of preliminary funding, pending meeting some other DNR requirements as City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner explains...

"....the Stewardship application for the Chamber of Commerce Trail has been tentatively selected. It will include $135,000. A 50-50 grant with work to start in 2016....."


The Nicolet College Foundation kicks off its biggest fundraising event of the year Tuesday when A Day for Nicolet gets underway throughout the Northwoods.

The event is designed to raise money for student scholarships says Nicolet College Foundation Executive Director Heather Schallock. She says the goal is to bring the donor in to see how their money helps students...

The state Senate Committee on Economic Development and Commerce is holding a meeting this afternoon at Nicolet College to hear about economic development.

This is the second in a series of roundtables held by the committee around the state. The committee is chaired by Republican Richard Gudex of Fond du Lac.

The ranking Democrat on the committee, Julie Lassa of Stevens Point says the committee will hear from invited persons from around the region...

The Sokaogon Chippewa Community held it's primary election Saturday(Oct.3) for two positions on the tribal council.

For the  general election next month, for the Council 1 seat, incumbent Clinton Fox will be challenged by Sarah McGeshick.  For the Council 2 position, James G. Polar,Sr., the incumbent, will face Ronald W. Quade.

Voting on Tuesday, November 3 will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Sokaogon Tribal Housing Office in Mole Lake.

Ruth Oppedahl

  The Director of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin has embarked on an 18-day kayaking trip down the Wisconsin River in response to funding cuts. Ruth Oppedahl was in Rhinelander this week, and is paddling her way past state-managed lands the foundation has supported. She says engaging in management efforts and sharing conservation stories with the public is the only way to restore hope for future conservation efforts.

Cranberry Enthusiasts Prepare for 36th Annual Cranberry Fest

Oct 2, 2015

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting their 36th Annual Cranberry Fest this weekend. The event will feature anything and everything cranberry such as cranberry juice, beer, meatballs, breads and the world’s largest cranberry cheesecake. Events Coordinator Patti Gill says it’s an event for everyone.

 “…we’re really excited to highlight the state fruit, the cranberry and we have an annual festival which has craft fairs, tours to the cranberry marshes and the winery, and there’s food and people all over the place. It’s a wonderful event.”

Oneida County Fair

The second public meeting is set for next week to discuss what the Oneida County Fair should be.

The August event brings about 18,000 people to Pioneer Park in Rhinelander. Oneida County UW-Extension leader Lynn Feldman says at the last meeting, four elements came out of discussion, including infrastructure, increasing sponsorships, getting total community involvement, and looking at a new location.

She says now that the fair is over for another year, it's time for more discussion...

Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,

While debate continues over the nature of climate change, the public next Tuesday can hear from a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who says human health risks pose the largest of threats.

The next "Science  On Tap" presentation is Wednesday in Minocqua.

Dr. Jonathan Patz is director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent 15 years as lead author for the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

He says spewing of fossil fuels poses a significant threat to public health, especially respiratory problems.....

Three people are in custody in connection with a burglary Sunday in Arbor Vitae.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports an alarm went off early Sunday at the Brandy Lake BP store on Highway 51. Responding officers found a door shattered and several items inside the store were allegedly stolen. In reviewing surveillance video, deputies found three suspects and a vehicle.

At 5:00 a.m., about 90 minutes later, the Iron County Sheriff's Department stopped a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car and took three people into custody.

Recent  stories that some major road improvements in Wisconsin might have to be scaled back has brought a call to change how transportation is funded. In the current budget, the state anticipated borrowing to get the work done due to a shortfall in the state transportation funds. Republicans scaled back the borrowing in the budget.

Democrat Senator Jon Erpenbach from Madison says the legislature should look at raising the gas tax a nickel and then return to an automatic small increase in the gas tax each year, first brought in by then-Republican Governor Tommy Thompson.

National Forest Service to Issue Visitor Survey

Sep 30, 2015

  The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Service will begin issuing a National Visitor Use Monitoring survey this week.  Public Affairs Officer Hilary Markin says the survey will gather information about where visitors are from, the activities they engage in and which areas of the forest receive the most use.

Tri-County to Dedicate new Emergency Shelter

Sep 30, 2015

  The public is invited to a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting Saturday for the Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault’s new emergency shelter, the Lily House.  The house is named after Rhinelander resident Lily Kongslein who dedicated nearly 25 years to Tri-County. Director Shellie Holmes says it’s a new start for everyone.

Baladino to Bring Mediterranean Folk Music to the Northwoods

Sep 29, 2015

  A musical group who is touring around the Midwest is giving the Northwoods a taste of their musical traditions. Nicolet Area Technical College is hosting the Israeli ensemble Baladino, Friday. The five-member band plays a style of music that traces back to the medieval period, known as Ladino. Percussionist Yshai Afterman says their songs are original 15th century songs from when the Jews were expelled from Spain and dispersed throughout the Mediterranean region.

Nursing Summit Seeks Recruitment of Native American Nurses

Sep 29, 2015

  A partnership between the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council and the University of Wisconsin will focus on the recruitment of Native American nurses through a Native Nations Nursing Summit.  University of Wisconsin Nurse Audrey Tluczek says as the most under represented ethnic group in the country,  Native Americans face barriers to entering the nursing profession.