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The City of Rhinelander has approved its portion of a 10-year agreement to operate the Rhinelander District Library.

The joint library district includes the city and the towns of Crescent, Newbold, Pelican and Pine Lake.

Council member Alex Young noted the major change in the new agreement finds the city getting reimbursed for doing administrative duties, but in kind will pledge more to the library....

"....the administrative services the city provides, but it doesn't have a cash impact on the library district or any of the municipalities...."

Anda Union Brings Mongolian Music and Culture to Northwoods

Feb 14, 2017
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  A musical group from Inner Mongolia is visiting the Northwoods and is ending their week-long tour with a show Saturday evening at Nicolet College.

Wisconsin Grassroots Group Demands Better State Water Policy

Feb 14, 2017
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Calling it a first of its kind in state history, several diverse groups of citizens from Northern and Central Wisconsin traveled to Madison for what they're calling a Citizens Water Lobby Day.

They are concerned about pollution from the burgeoning number of huge factory farms in Wisconsin, and about the effect of high-capacity wells on local water tables.

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The Alzheimer's Association along with Wisconsin Public Television are bringing a local screening of an acclaimed documentary to Rhinelander later this month.

Titled "Alzheimer's Every Minute Counts" it's  a one-hour documentary which highlights the national threat posed by the disease.

Local Alzheimer's Association community outreach specialist Julie St. Pierre says the documentary shows how an aging population will strain our health care resources...

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Birders in the Northwoods are invited to join in the Great Backyard Bird Count February 17 through the 20th.

The count began in 1998 to have a centralized database of citizen's observations of their winged friends who stop by.

Local birding enthusiast Bob Dall says everyone is invited to join in...


A proposed dog park at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander has been stopped by the Rhinelander city council, for now.

A dog park has been in discussion for 10 years. Proponent Tina Werres had proposed upgrading the current dog path at Pioneer Park to a full dog park, but opposition to the location had surfaced from neighbors and also from people who thought allowing the park now would go around upgrading the city's parks master plan.

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Most animal experts agree that spay and neutering is something pet owners should consider for the health of their pets and to prevent unwanted litters.

An upcoming fundraiser will help raise money for people who can't afford spay and neutering services.

Karla Ortman is the founder of "The Fix Is In"...

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If the legislature agrees, personnel in the DNR's Division of Forestry could be moving to locations out of Madison and north of Highway 29.

In an interview with WXPR news Friday, Governor Scott Walker highlighted some of his proposals from last week's budget speech.

He described the changes he would like to see for state foresters...

Last week the Solar Foundation released the national and state-by-state results of its annual “Solar Jobs Census" with Wisconsin showing solid growth in the industry.

Wisconsin’s solar industry employs 2,813 workers according to the Census, across installation, manufacturing, sales and distribution, project development, and related sector employment.

The Census reported 45% growth in Wisconsin solar over 2015 numbers (1,941 jobs), after showing little growth the past two years.

Lakeland Wins State 'Spirit Of Excellence' Award

Feb 10, 2017
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There may be a shortage of exclamation marks after e-mails raced through Lakeland Union High School (LUHS) Tuesday with news that Lakeland will receive the state “Spirit of Excellence Award.”

The Wisconsin Association of School Councils (WASC) presents the annual award, selected from the six regional winners. Lakeland has been the Region 2 winner five times in the past six years.

Several Midwestern college ski teams will be gathering this weekend near Rhinelander at the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom, or CAVOC, to compete in a Nordic ski championship. The event's director is Ron Teclaw.

He tells us the schools that are competing...

"....there's probably six colleges from the Midwest showing up. We're co-hosting this with UW-Green Bay, Michigan Tech University, Northern Michigan University, St. Cloud State, and maybe a couple other colleges from Minnesota...."

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Rhinelander High School's Mock Trial team will be hoping to continue it's long-standing dominance at regional competition this weekend.

Last year, Rhinelander broke it's own state record by winning its 30th consecutive regional title. Mock Trial is a simulated courtroom setting where school teams argue the various sides of an agreed to issue.

Rhinelander coach Kathy Vick-Martini outlines this year's issue, where a young person with cystic fibrosis and a young woman are involved in a party that goes seriously wrong and who is responsible for the resulting mayhem.

For more than four decades they've been raising money on the ice to help people.

The 41st Annual Rhinelander Lions Fisheree will take place Saturday and Sunday on Boom and Bass Lakes and the Wisconsin River.

Rhinelander Lion Harry Helwig says it's a family event that supports people local and globally...

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Reaction from some Northwoods legislators followed party lines after Governor Scott Walker's budget message Wednesday.

Republican Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander says he education component of the speech was better news for rural schools... 

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Antigo school district residents are being asked to attend meetings over the next two weeks to discuss a proposed reorganization of facilities.

School Board President Mike Boldig says the board has come up with a draft plan for public review which includes a number of changes. Among the proposed changes would be closing Crestwood, Pleasant View and Spring Valley rural elementary schools, moving 8th graders to the high school, moving all 4th and 5th graders to the middle school and moving kindergarteners through third grade to East, West and North elementary schools.....