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The state Department of Transportation is conducting a public meeting next week to discuss plans to reconstruct the US 8-WIS 47 intersection on Rhinelander's far west side.

The DOT announced late last year two options: a roundabout or an upgraded intersection with traffic signals.


Changes are happening at Oneida County UW-Extension.

The Extension has been part of a funding cutback and reshaping of its organization mandated by state officials.

Locally, Steve Nelson is the UW-Extension Director covering Florence, Forest, Vilas, and Oneida counties and the Lac du Flambeau and Forest County Potawatomi tribes. He gave a yearly update of to the Oneida County Board on Tuesday, here talking about outreach...

At the first meeting in Eagle River of a group of dog owners looking to find a location for a dog park, six potential locations were identified for further study.

Ron Kressin, a member of the city council and county board, volunteered to chair the group and said he “was glad to see a number of dog owners ready to do some work” and was especially thankful many had visited dog parks in other communities.

Diaper Duty an Economic Burden for 1-in-3 Families

Jun 20, 2018

WASHINGTON - Diaper duty can certainly be stressful for parents of young children. But for some parents, it's a stress not just on their patience, but also on their wallets.

Nearly 1 in 3 families in the U.S. is affected by diaper need: the inability to adequately access clean diapers during the newborn, infant and toddler years of a child's life.

Join WXPR for another Blues Cruise on the Wisconsin River on August 18th at 6:00pm! Enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner from CT's Deli, brews, and blues music by Cathy Grier.

  •   The Oneida County Board passes three mining measures after long debate
  • The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce hires a new Executive Director
  • A consumer expert says beware of timeshare rentals that appear to be too good.
  • Late update on flooding in the Northwoods and Upper Peninsula:
  • Governor Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency for Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, and Iron Counties. The governor has directed all state agencies to assist with the response to the flooding.


They talked about mining at the Oneida County Board meeting for more than four hours, but in the end three resolutions passed as they were presented.

The county was considering a rewrite of its mining ordinance prior to a change in state mining rules July 1.

That resolution passed unamended 15-5. A resolution to put a moratorium on bulk samping at proposed mine sites also passed, and the board approved a non-binding advisory referendum about mining at the town of Lynne which will appear on the November ballot.

Flooding Update From Federal And State Offices

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Governor Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency for Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, and Iron Counties.

The governor has directed all state agencies to assist with the response to the flooding. He has also called members of the Wisconsin National Guard to active duty. Property owners in the northwest region who experienced flood damage should contact 2-1-1 to file a report. Information gathered will be passed on to county officials, as they work to assess damage done in their areas.

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The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce has a new leader.

The executive committee announced the promotion of Lauren Sackett to the Executive Director's post. Sackett started with the Chamber as the Visitor Center Coordinator in 2014 and was promoted to the Event and Program Coordinator in 2015.

Sackett says the changover came quickly...

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

That's the advice from a state consumer protection official. Michelle Reinen, director of the state's Bureau of Consumer Protection says people are often looking for timeshares as opposed to finding hotels. This shopping often leads them to social media or online platforms that offer good rental deals.

Reinen says often the deals are too good...

"....the ones we want you to be suspicious of are those really amazing rentals deals or the unrealistic or too good to be true..."

Wolf De-listing Update

Jun 19, 2018

Updating an earlier story about wolf de-listing in the U.S. House: it was reported the de-listing bill had passed the House as part of a spending bill.

Congressional and other sources report wolf de-listing was not a part of the spending bill.

But a report in the Duluth News Tribune indicated the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  will again try to get wolves de-listed in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. The News Tribune indicated recent efforts to put it in spending bills and as a stand alone bills have not been successful.

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. The Alzheimer's Association and others are encouraging families to talk about memory and cognition concerns sooner rather than later.

The Alzheimer's Association Rhinelander outreach specialist Julie St. Pierre sat down with WXPR's Ken Krall about keeping your brain healthy and to take action.... Mad tinman

The population of a popular sports hunting bird is down, and researchers are considering why that is the case.

Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center

A report finds the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain revealed that its nursing home received 5-stars as part of its annual performance rating.

The Iron Mountain-based VAMC’s announcement came after VA extended its unprecedented 18-month record of transparency disclosures by making public for the first time its annual nursing home ratings for every facility in the country.

Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center spokesperson Brad Nelson says their facility was highly rated in the report... 

  • Flooding damages roads, kills man in northwest Wisconsin
  • The population of a popular sports hunting bird is down
  • June is Alzheimers and Brain Awareness Month
  • Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain receives a high rating for its nursing home