More FAB LAB Money Announced; 25 More Schools In Cue

Sep 20, 2016

The state's job creation agency is helping more high schools and tech colleges create new "fabrication labs" that train students to obtain valuable job skills.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation says it will allocate another 500-thousand dollars in the current fiscal year for the "Fab Labs" program. The labs are high tech workshops with manufacturing components like laser engravers and Three "D" printers.

Three Lakes was the first K-12 school district in Wisconsin.


A 60 year old Tripoli area man has agreed to a plea bargain in exchange for dropping attempted homicide charges.

Kenneth Welsh was arrested April 19 after gunfire at a home he shares with another person. Welsh initially was charged with four counts, including attempted homicide. Though shots were fired by the other person involved, that person was not charged in the incident.

Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek says as part of the plea bargain, attempted homicide charges were dropped with another charge in its place...

Ascension To Raise Profile, Integrate Its Health Operations

Sep 20, 2016
Ascension Health Care

Wisconsin's second largest health care system will soon raise its profile and start integrating its operations throughout the state.

Ascension will start by adding its name to its 24 hospitals and 111 primary care clinics throughout Wisconsin. That's after Ascension acquired Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare earlier this year and earlier picked up Ministry Health Care and several Northwoods facilities, Affinity Health, Columbia Saint Mary's.

Miranda Vander Leest

An Antigo police officer was recognized by Nicolet Area Technical College Tuesday for his response to an active shooter at Antigo High School in late April.

Highway 47 Construction Slows Traffic

Sep 20, 2016
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One of the main roads between Rhinelander and Minocqua is under going construction work which will slow travel.

Stoplights have been installed along Highway 47 Just north of Lake Tomahawk.

State research highlights bat supermoms and summer Habitats

Sep 20, 2016
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  State conservation biologists’ spent the summer radio- tracking cave bats and have turned up insights into the strength and sacrifices of mother bats.

The tracking is part of a federal grant used to learn more about different hibernating bat species and how bat populations are recovering from white nose syndrome.

There will be lots of purple  this Saturday in Rhinelander.

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Outreach specialist Julie St. Pierre in Rhinelander says the main base will be the Rouman Cinema on Lincoln Street. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.

She says the walk has grown over the last decade as the public is becoming more aware of how this devastating disease will affect people you know...

Life is a grain of sand

Sep 19, 2016

An Eagle River man defied the odds when he was born clinically dead and wasn’t expected to live longer than a couple minutes. Now 20 year old RJ Schmoll is a high school graduate, a college student and a business man. WXPR’s Miranda Vander Leest has that story…

Visit Awesome Outcast's Facebook page to see RJ's work. RJ will be at Cranberry Fest October 1 & 2 selling his art.

The Eagle River 4-H Club is conducting an Ash tree inventory along city streets.

Through mid-October, club members will be counting how many ash trees are within the city limits. Cathy Higley is Vilas County Invasive Species Coordinator. She says the idea to have the young people do the survey was after Emerald Ash Borer was discovered in Rhinelander...

A Land O' Lakes business leader says they've had a good tourism summer and he attributes at least some of that to a website they launched five months ago.

Mark Gosticha of the Land O’ Lakes Accommodations Commission says the extra marketing helped...

"'s only been up for five months, and we've had over 20,000 page views in the past five months. The time people have stayed on the pages, we're beating industry records and we're averaging about two minutes a page, so they really must be liking what they are seeing on there...."

The Executive Director of the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association based in Antigo says it has been a good weather year for the potato crop and prices are stable.

Tamas Houlihan says the crop had a good weather year...

"....the last couple of years we've had unusual springs where it was either too cold or too wet This year most of the crop got in the ground on time We had plenty of moisture throughout the growing season. We didn't have too many hot days which can stunt the growth of potatoes. We had some nice cool nights..."

Olson Library Architect Contract Signed

Sep 17, 2016

The Walter E. Olson Memorial Library Foundation has signed a contract with O-P-N Architects of Madison for designing the $2.5 million expansion and renovation of the library in Eagle River.

According to Foundation President Nancy Schaffer, O-P-N was selected by the Building committee.

Project manager Bryan Mann presented a number of design options to the building committee Friday and according to building committee chairwoman Jill Kunes they will narrow down the options to arrive at a final design

As hunters take to the woods and waters this fall, the DNR is hoping they take a moment to note the wildlife they see OTHER than the animal or bird they're seeking.

The DNR kicking off its eighth annual Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey, a survey where hunters can record their observations of deer and other wildlife while out hunting. Survey results help track population trends for Wisconsin's deer herd and other wildlife...says wildlife research scientist Jessica Rees Lohr...

Goehe Sentenced In Vilas County Court

Sep 16, 2016

Thomas Goehe, 34 of Conover received a three year probation sentence in Vilas County court Thursday but had nine months jail time waiting should probation be revoked. Goehe was the last of seven persons charged with various drug offenses as a result of a sting operation at the home of James and Jennifer Ringe, 1125 Lakeside Court in St. Germain. Authorities were made aware of the drug activity after being called for an overdose death.

Phragmites is a tall decorative plant that if allowed to get into the wild will take over large tracts of land. It is a tough invasive plant. Wednesday on Rhinelander's far west side, a group of volunteers and staff made one more attempt to restore the area.

The Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Team has been managing the half-acre site on Highway 8 for the past few years.