Turkey Tips: Food Safety for the Holidays

Nov 23, 2015

  The holiday season is here and the Oneida County Health Department is reminding everyone to keep food safety in mind while preparing turkey for family and friends.  Sanitarian Jody McKinney says refrigerator thawing is the best and safest way to thaw a turkey. She says it takes about 1 day for every pound of turkey to thaw.

Fatal Crash Near Rhinelander This Weekend

Nov 23, 2015

  A crash north of Rhinelander killed 23 year old passenger Jacob Juedes this weekend. The Oneida County Sherriff's office says it happened just after midnight, early on Saturday morning, when a vehicle struck a power pole on River Road in the town of Pine Lake. 

Preliminary investigation indicates alcohol was allegedly involved. 

The Sheriff's office says 20 year old Randal Lego was driving the vehicle. He was transported to Ministry St. Mary's Hospital for injuries, and arrested for operating while intoxicated. Additional charges may be pending.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan declared November as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.

At that time, fewer than 2 million people in the United States were affected. That number has grown to more than 5 million. Sunday, WXPR presented a panel discussion on the disease and how it will likely be a larger concern among a growing population of seniors.  Dr.Chris Koeppl of the Ministry Health Care Memory Diagnostic Clinic says as an example, many people forget someone's name...

Rhinelander's city council recently approved a five-year plan designed to provide a type of business plan for future grant writing.

City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says the plan is designed to help the city look at outdoor recreation for the next five years. It gives a background on the type of outdoor recreation the city has had in the past,what now exists and future objectives....

Favorable energy prices have resulted in Wisconsin Public Service customers seeing slightly lower average bills next year.

The utility is regulated by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. The utility had asked to raise electric rates by nearly 10 percent and natural gas rates by just under three percent.

State spokesperson Elise Nelson says regulators sharply cut the request...

Last month, Marshfield Clinic informed Ministry Health Care it would no longer be providing medical oncology services at the James Beck Cancer Center. With the change, Ministry officials say they've moved fill the void and keep services patients have come to expect.

Dr. Douglas Reding  will lead the new team at the Rhinelander facility. He's vice-president for the Ascension-Ministry Oncology Service Line across Ministry Health Care. He has 29 years of oncology experience including here in Rhinelander...

A group has formed at Nicolet College encouraging veterans to learn more about going to school.

Joshua Borchardt is President of the Veterans Club of Nicolet College. He says the new club is to let veterans know they can get help to attend school....

" of the main goals of the veterans club is to get the veterans informed on what they have for schooling. What they have for a community to help them out. I know you're struggling right now, but we're here to help...."

WXPR news

The residential facility in Rhinelander known as Taylor Park closed several months back, but the building will soon be the site of a first of its kind facility for young people with autism, education about epilepsy and a Fab Lab.

The Rhinelander Planning Commission this week gave approval for the facility InterAct Center of the Northwoods. The principals include a very well-known Northwoods name, Don Sidlowski of Three Lakes. He and April Leanna have put together a center that will take care of young people.

As of mid-afternoon, about WPS 6000 customers remained without power, primarily in north central and northeastern Wisconsin.

Since the high winds began yesterday morning, WPS has restored electricity to more than 22,500 customers. Because of the consistent high winds, as WPS restored power to many, others lost power.

The American Cancer Association held their annual Great American Smokeout this week. The event was created in 1970 to help individuals quit smoking, and to raise awareness about tobacco’s harmful effects.  Oneida County Health Department Health Specialist Corie Zelazoski says smoking increases a person’s risk for lung, colon, bladder, liver and kidney cancer.  She says quitting smoking can be as beneficial as it is harmful.

Beef-A-Rama to get Closer Look

Nov 19, 2015

  The Minocqua Town Board wants a closer look at the town’s signature celebration, Beef-A-Rama.

Former Town Chairman Don Gauger admonished the town board Tuesday that the town’s open container law is not being enforced as it should be during the annual fall event. He says it’s leading to problems such as broken glass and vomit on sidewalks.

Survey Reveals What Matters Most to Vilas County Residents

Nov 19, 2015

  The results from the Community Connections Survey that was sent out to year-round Vilas County residents in August are posted. Vilas County UW-Extension reports they sent out surveys to nearly 1,100 homes in the county and received about 400 surveys back. The survey was geared towards learning about the changing demographic in the Northwoods, and seeking residents’ input about the county’s economic development.  Vilas County Community Resource Development Educator Christopher Starks says a key issue was the importance of broadband internet services in the Northwoods.

A Democrat has thrown his hat in the ring for the 12th State Senate seat.

Former Oconto Falls Superintendent Dave Polashek stopped in Rhinelander to make the announcement...

"....I've been very disappointed in the turn in the legislature in the last four years. You can do it from the outside, but it really wasn't working and it's time to get on the inside. I have a passion for public education, I have a passion for the environment..."

Alzheimer's Association

November is National Alzheimer's Disease and Awareness Month.

This disease has the potential to have a profound effect on America's healthcare future. To note the month. WXPR is presenting a one-hour program Sunday(11/22/2015) at noon. We'll hear from doctors, family members giving care, and outreach specialists working here in the Northwoods.

Alzheimer's is the only disease in the top 10 that can't be prevented, cured or slowed.

Join us Sunday at noon on WXPR.

The Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Alzheimer's and Dementia made its only stop in northern Wisconsin Wednesday, with speakers telling the committee the victims and families need more help.