Law enforcement gets many complaints this time of the year about loud, and often illegal, fireworks going off. An Oneida County Sheriff's Department spokesperson says a visit by law enforcement could cost you big dollars.

Captain Lloyd Gauthier from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department....

"....(Wisconsin law) has some things people should be aware of. A common rule of thumb is a permit is required if the device explodes or leaves the ground...."

June saw the opening of a new arts center in Eagle River. The Warehouse Four Season Center for the Arts has offered classes for the last several years but now has a building in the downtown area. WXPR’s Emily Bright took a behind-the-scenes look at the four-year journey of the new arts center and what that’s bringing to the Northwoods region.

This is a story about a dream. A dream, followed by a lot of work.

State Officials Urge Safety When Handling Fireworks

Jun 30, 2015

Last year, in 2014, there were 71 visited emergency rooms due to fireworks-related injuries in Wisconsin.   As the Fourth of July approaches, state officials are urging everyone to be safe when using fireworks.

New technology is bringing Nicolet College courses to communities in its service area.

The school will be offering classes to Minocqua and Tomahawk areas using the state-of-the-art telepresence equipment at each location.

Boil Advisory Continues in Crescent

Jun 30, 2015


A boil advisory continues for a popular public water spring near Rhinelander, though the situation could improve this week.

The Oneida County Health Department reports that testing at the town of Crescent's water spring just west of Rhinelander found coliform bacteria. Ice, food, and beverages prepared with this water should be discarded. Registered Sanitarian Todd Troskey says "the disinfection is going to occur this week. There's going to be a new lid made for the spring. The current lid probably isn't in real good shape," Troskey adds.

Not every student attends a four-year university, and school districts should be preparing students for career as well as academic paths—starting in 6th grade. That’s the argument behind the Academic and Career Planning program, mandated in all schools in Wisconsin starting in 2017.  Northland Pines is one of 25 schools in the state taking part in a pilot program that starts this fall.

Statewide Need for Foster Parents

Jun 30, 2015

About 8000 children are in foster care in the state of Wisconsin, and there’s a statewide need for more foster parents. That's according to Foster Care and Independent Living Coordinator Donita Docka from Portage County. Sometimes the reason for foster parents is because the birth parents are having drug or domestic violence issues, Docka says.

A spokesperson for a state recycling group is refuting claims made in several news stories about the future of recycling.

Meleesa Johnson is President of the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin and is Director of Marathon County Solid Waste Department. Three articles in different publications outlined questions about contamination. She says the tenor of the articles was recycling was is a catastrophic state. Johnson says Wisconsin's recycling is far from that...

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A Rhinelander teenager has entered a plea to two first-degree homicide charges and three charges of false imprisonment.

17 year old Ashlee Martinson is charged with the March 7 death of her parents in their home east of Rhinelander.  Young children were also allegedly trapped in a room in the house but were later freed.

Martinson was arrested in Indiana shortly after the bodies of her parents were found.

Monday in Oneida County Circuit Court, Martinson pled not guilty to the charges by reason of mental disease or defect.

Major Wisconsin Energy Merger

Jun 29, 2015

The merger of two Wisconsin Energy companies today has formed a Fortune 400, with hopes to enter that top 300 list soon. As of today, Wisconsin Public Service Corporation of Green Bay has partnered with Milwaukee-based We Energies. They’ve acquired four natural gas utilities in Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois. The result is W-E-C Energy, but spokesperson Brian Manthey says your bill won’t look any different. "There won’t be any change on the utility bill, won’t be any changes in terms of who they deal with for their utility," says Manthey.