Weather officials are saying there could be more storms this summer than previous years and both Oneida and Vilas counties want to train more storm spotters.

The next classes to train to be a spotter take place next next week.

Registrants will learn about cloud formations, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and  flash flooding. Classes will last up  to 2 hours. There is no charge.

Jim Galloway from Vilas County Emergency Management says in this region trained storm spotters are critical for safety....

The state is expected to wrap up budget deliberations this week. The Joint Finance Committee saved the toughest work for last, what to do with a transportation budget this is deep in the fiscal hole.

One provision has people who enjoy bicycling upset. The proposal charges buyers of new bicycles a one-time $25 dollar tax.

This 'bike tax" is outlined by  Executive Director of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin Dave Cieslewicz....

While Northwoods Republicans last week praised the Joint Finance Committee putting more money to fund public education, a Northwoods Democrat says there's more to the story.

Nicolet Area Technical College

Nicolet College students looking to transfer to Northland College to earn a bachelor’s degree can now be guaranteed admission through one transfer agreement and have more options thanks to other agreements recently signed by officials from both colleges.

Located in Ashland, Northland is a liberal arts college with about 600 students.

Nicolet Transfer Coordinator Teresa Rose says after studying the offerings of both colleges, both schools felt it was a good fit....

Like the thermometer that rises each summer, gas prices are starting to head upward after being near $2.00 a gallon this past winter.

Senior Petroleum Analyst for the website  Patrick DeHaan,  says refinery problems helped trigger high prices....

"....Exxon-Mobil's Joliet refinery suffering from undisclosed issues and that caused wholesale prices to go up. We've also seen the price of crude oil bumping back up close to 2015 highs and that's influencing gas prices as well...."

It's Memorial Day...this morning we hear from Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos. Scocos tells Ken Krall it's very important for everyone to remember the fallen, especially those from the Viet Nam era. This is the 40th anniversary year of the end of that controversial war....

Forest County Sheriff's Dept.

A Wabeno man has been found guilty of three counts, including  attempted first degree homicide.

The jury got the case during the noon hour Friday in the case of 46 year old Raymond Jones,  charged with beating a man for two days then leaving him in the woods near Crandon to be eaten by wolves. They returned a verdict two hours later.

Jones was arrested in March of 2014 along with three others. Steven Roberts was found along a trail  by ATV'ers frostbitten and beaten.

Thanks to generous donations by local artists, community members and record companies WXPR Public Radio will hold an Art and CD Sale to raise funds for our local non-profit radio station.

The sale will be part of Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce “Art on the Courthouse Lawn and Car Show” held on Saturday, June 13th in downtown Rhinelander.

The WXPR Art and CD Sale will take place at the WXPR studios on 28N Stevens Street, Downtown Rhinelander from 9:00am until Noon.

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Lakeland Senior Center Without Insurance

May 22, 2015

More tragic news has unfolded for the Lakeland Senior Center board of directors, which oversees the Senior Center in Woodruff. They had no property insurance coverage for the center on theday fire destroyed it.The Senior Center’s insurance policy was cancelled seven weeks before the May 6 fire due to a lack  of premium payment, according to the center’s board president Brian Nerdahl said he and fellow board members are still in shock after learning from former Center Director Holly Schwartz that she had made only a partial premium payment.