Northwood Golf Club

The Rhinelander Golf Course Advisory committee has followed the recommendations of a consultant and City Administrator Keith Kost to make changes at the city-owned and financially-strapped Northwood Golf Club.

The city has incurred a deficit of more than $1 million dollars from club shortfalls and is seeking a new path

. Committee members agreed to forward a recommendation by Administrator Keith Kost. He said the golf club can't keep doing what it has been doing as revenues and long-term memberships have been dropping.

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The head of a campaign contribution watchdog group says proposed legislation to lower the state's drinking age is a reflection of Tavern League lobbying.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Director Matt Rothschild says that group has a monthly posting called 'Influence Peddler Of The Month' and for December named the Tavern League of Wisconsin.

After the most recent series of compliance checks, fewer businesses in Oneida and Vilas counties illegally sold tobacco to minors.

The Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition has youth go into area establishments and try to purchase tobacco. The wide majority of retailers don't sell to the minor, but a few do.

Tammi Boers of Vilas County Public Health says the number of Vilas county violations dropped...

Mining Companies Won't Be Required To Pay For Cleanup

Dec 5, 2017
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BOISE, Idaho – The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it's scrapping rules drafted during the Obama administration that require hard-rock mining companies to clean up their own messes.

The rule made sure companies that mine for gold, copper and other non-coal minerals had enough money set aside to tidy up abandoned mines left in their wake.

Thirlmere Books

Though the story happened more than a half-century ago, elements of "Burning Bridges: America's 20-Year Crusade To Deport Labor Leader Harry Bridges" could be taken from today's headlines.

WXPR's Ken Krall spoke with author and copyright attorney Peter Afrasiabi about the unique story of Harry Bridges ....

Peter Afrasiabi is a copyright lawyer. He also does a litigation clinic on political asylum cases. The book is available at major retailers.

Lights of the

They need volunteers to help make Hodag Park in Rhinelander a holiday showcase.

A group called Lights of the Northwoods is staging the inaugural holiday lighting event with the help of several non-profit community groups.

Shawn Will is vice-president of the group. He was asked to describe what they're doing...

Help For Holiday Stress

Dec 5, 2017
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MADISON, Wis. - With family gatherings, shopping and holiday parties, this can be a very joyful season. But the holidays often include a lot of stress, which can put a damper on the joyful parts.

Some of the stress is unnecessarily self-inflicted, says Christine Whelan, a clinical professor in the Department of Consumer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology.

Wisconsin could lose up to $115 million a year if unless Congress acts to renew a program called the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIPS. 118,000 children are covered under the program in Wisconsin. Because of Wisconsin law, those children will remain covered, but the state will need to pick up the burden instead of being reimbursed from Washington, D.C.

Jon Peacock of the Wisconsin group Kids Forward says the program began 20 years ago on a bipartisan basis to expand health coverage for kids in low-income working families...

Parents Pass Petition Calling For Removal Of Phelps Superintendent

Dec 4, 2017

Three parents of students in the Phelps School District are circulating petitions calling for the removal of the superintendent.  They are challenging Doctor Delnice Hill's leadership. 

The trouble started last summer when Hill's son, Kevin Hill, pawned two laptops belonging to the district for 450 dollars.  He was director of technology for the system at the time.  The parents say that money was turned over to the school only after Hill was confronted and his mother told police the district didn't want to pursue charges. 

Science On Tap Minocqua

Is there a robot in your future? That and other questions related to robotics and artificial intelligence are the focus of the next Science On Tap Wednesday in Minocqua.

WXPR's Ken Krall spoke with Dr. Bilge Mutlu, associate professor of computer science at UW-Madison. He leads a research program that builds human-centered methods and principles for designing robotic and other interactive and intelligent technologies...

United Way

The Northwoods United Way is making it's final push to reach its $165,000 goal.

Northwoods United Way Executive Director Nancy Sattler says they are halfway to reaching the goal with about four weeks left to go.

She says community donors are helping out...

Nicolet Area Technical College

A record 123 new scholarships were awarded to students to attend Nicolet College second semester according to the executive director of the Nicolet College Foundation.

Heather Schallock says generous donor support made the additional scholarships possible...

"....there are already more than 250 scholarships already awarded for this academic year and then with more than 100 additional scholarships, it's probably around 300 students because some students receive more than one scholarship...."

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a missing person’s case and is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing juvenile.

Mariah J. Schaaf, age 15 disappeared from a residence near Merrill.

Information has been received that Schaaf may be in the Medford area.

This is likely a juvenile runaway, and there is no danger to the public.

Deputies are concerned for her welfare and ask if you have any information to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.