Northern home sales shot up in February, compared to that month last year, by almost 17 percent. 

That’s better than the statewide average, which showed a less than two percent rise…according to numbers from the Wisconsin Realtors Association.

Economist Dave Clark says a milder winter may have helped the market.  

“We’re really comparing to a February last year that was pretty weak.  We had that long cold winter, and you know spring came a lot later than it typically does.”

Tri-County Council For Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is beginning a new teen support group with its first meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Braden Bayne-Allison says while talking recently with teens, they asked them what what they needed if something bad happens in the neighborhood...


"....there were some themes, and the themes were friends, non-judgemental environments, family, love, understanding was a big, over-arching theme. The kids felt they needed some understanding, someone they could talk to...."

Recent research has shown a direct link to better lifestyle habits helping to keep our brains healthy.

Two presentations this week in the region will highlight what the research has shown, says Diana Butz from the Alzheimer's Association. She says a two year study of people at risk showed some interesting results...


" they studied this group for two years and they showed that a combination of physical activity, nutrition, cognitive training and management of heart health risks slowed cognitive decline...."


Three State Senate Democrats stopped in Rhinelander Saturday to hear from citizens about Governor Walker's budget proposal. While lightly attended, there was criticism of what the plan could do to the environment and education.

Joint Finance Committee member, Jon Erpenbach from Madison, along with Janet Bewley from Ashland and Janis Ringhand from Evansville heard from Rhinelander School Board Vice-President Judith Conlin who said the state has gradually shifted more school costs to local taxpayers. She says in 2002 state aid was half of property taxes, but that has changed...

Registrations are open for one of the Northwoods prime spring events--Journey's Marathon which is run across portions of the Northwoods.

This is the 19th year for the event, and Eagle River Chamber of Commerce spokesperson Ashley Schwartz says the run/walk event has a distance and style to match your level of fitness...

"....with our different race options we draw all sorts of different athletic levels, from the 5K to the full marathon and the powerwalk as well. For those folks who aren't interested in the full, we do have the half..."

Rhinelander is gearing up for home improvement season with the Hodag Home show this weekend.

Rhinelander Chamber Director Dana DeMet says it’s a chance to consult with experts and see a variety of product options. 

“Anybody who owns a home here in the Northwoods knows that there’s a very short season in which we can get a lot of our projects done.  So we like to schedule this near the end of the winter season, so that people can get on their calendar for a lot of these projects that are coming up.”

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There's still money available for eligible persons to get help paying their heating bills.

Kerry Spees from Wisconsin Public Service says money is still available....

"'s important for customers who think they might be eligible to contact their local agency and get in early just to make sure before the funds are gone. Every year they get used up. If you wait until the last minute, they could be gone...."

The income guidelines to be eligible and other details are available at your county Department of Social Services office.

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Town of Woodruff chair Mike Timmons, also an Oneida county board supervisor,  introduced a resolution at  Tuesday's Oneida county board meeting asking the county to oppose the change. He says it potentially imposes a system that makes things like local assessments very costly to the towns. He says a routine assessment cost skyrockets...

"....where they're doing a full assessment, in the $10,000 to $12,000 range(in a normal assessment), it's $105,000 to $120,000 so the difference is huge..."

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A proposed rule allowing motor trolling on all state inland waters is not likely to be ready for the opening day of fishing on May 2.

DNR Fisheries Management Specialist Tim Simonson says all the legislature still needs to act...

"'s probably not going to be in effect given the timelines for the legislative review. It's probably going to be at the very earliest mid to late May...."

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A majority of Wisconsin voters support the Knowles Nelson Stewardship fund. That’s according to a new poll from the Nature Conservancy. 

Governor Scott Walker’s budget plan calls for freezing land acquisitions funded by the stewardship program until 2028.