Eat more cranberries....that's the hope of cranberry producers as they deal with a large oversupply of the fruit. Wisconsin produces a majority of the nation's cranberries with many producers in the Northwoods.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports the state is expected to continue to lead the nation in cranberry production this fall, estimating a harvest of 5.6 million barrels of fruit.


Another high school football season is kicking off, which means there will be cheering, whistles and the sound of helmets crashing into one another.

That head to head contact means it’s important for coaches, players and athletic trainers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of concussions.

Aspirus neurosurgeon Dr. Samuel Waller offers some advice as our student athletes get ready to perform between the sidelines...

Renewable Resources: Wild Rice

Aug 17, 2017

We have a lot of natural renewable resources here in the Northwoods—some you may think about, others you may not. In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist takes a closer look at one important resource that might be easy to take for granted.

Bond was set Wednesday in Forest county court for Mole Lake Sokaogon Tribal Chair Chris McGhesick, charged with felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct.

A complaint was filed July 17 after a person alleged McGeshick slammed him against a wall at the Sokaogon Chippewa Tribal Offices on June 29.

Minocqua Buoys: Illegal Or Property Savers?

Aug 16, 2017

MINOCQUA – Minocqua lakeshore owners are being put on notice that a state waterway marker permit is needed before they can place a buoy in the lake. The Minocqua Town Board took up the issue Tuesday, Aug. 15th with Wisconsin conservation warden Tim Ebert and town boat patrol officer Gary Lade in attendance.

The Rhinelander City Council this week put more enforcement into the city's sign ordinance and business owners could be cited.

Fire Chief and Inspector Terry Williams says prior to Monday's vote, if a business left a building and left their sign on the building, the Inspection department would order the sign being taken down.

If it wasn't taken down, the city would hire a contractor to take the sign down but Williams felt there was an easier way from the city's perspective...

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The Oneida County Board Tuesday approved notifying the state of the intent to operate as an Aging and Disability Resource Center and give notice to withdraw from the current ADRC of the Northwoods. The vote was 16-4.

Both agencies operate out of the same building next to Trig's in Rhinelander.

Department on Aging Director Dianne Jacobson...

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Opposition to using county highway right-of-way for a bicycle trail in Manitowish Waters was expressed to the Vilas County highway committee this week by a group of business and property owners.

Led by Lee Stengele  they didn't want the county to approve a proposed paved bike path along Highway K to Highway J where the trail would go through their front yards. They suggested the bicycle group pay for paving a three foot shoulder on the county highway instead.


The Eagle River Chain of Lakes Association has finished consolidating nine represented lake associations along the popular chain of lakes.

The Watersmeet Lake Association became the final association of 10 lakes on the chain to dissolve and join the larger lake association.

Dave Tidmarsh is president of the unified association. He says over time the lakes members were confused by the many groups that were representing lakes on the chain.

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Smoking rates in the Northwoods continue to be holding stubbornly as reported in a recent study.

UW-Milwaukee Center for Urban Population Health looked at the number of lives taken by tobacco use in Oneida county, showing 78 persons per year died in Oneida county from 2011-2015.

Corie Zelazoski of the Oneida County Health Department says two key categories were highlighted...

"....our smoking rate is 16.7 which is slightly lower than the state rate at 17 percent, but 22 percent of women smoking during pregnancy is very high..."

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Highway 45 in the Town of Schoepke was closed for two hours and injuries reported Monday after a crash with the trailer of a semi-tractor trailer.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports the crash about 6:00 a.m. on Highway 45 south near Old 26 road involved the semi and two SUV's.

Deputies say the driver of one SUV was traveling south on Highway 45 and allegedly fell asleep, crossing the centerline and striking the trailer of the northbound truck. Emergency crews had to extricate the people from the southbound SUV.

An explosion in a boiler at a Moen's Chain resort near Rhinelander caused no injuries Tuesday night.

Pine Lake Fire Chief Brian Gehrig says they were called about 8 p.m. to the Pine Valley Lodge on Lake Shore Drive...

"....what we had was a malfunction of the boiler system and a storage tank. Apparently it was over-pressurized and it exploded, causing damage to the structure, exterior and interior of the building...."

Gehrig says there was no fire. What was thought to be smoke, Gehrig says, was a plume of steam from the boiler malfunction.

The James Beck Cancer Center at Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander will host its 10th Annual Celebration of Life – “Capturing Moments” this Thursday.

The Celebration of Life honors patients battling or have battled cancer, for their strength and courage and to recognize the contributions of their families and friends. It also promotes awareness that knowledge, hope and inspiration can help beat the impact of cancer.

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They've had a cockroach, snakes and sheep and, of course, cats and dogs. Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church at Church Road in Conover is hosting the 10th annual Pet Blessing.

Event coordinator Bill Green says if you have a pet, or not, to stop by....

"...The pastor does a blessing and there's a little bit of music, some songs, the dogs howl and know it's a hoot, it's a real hoot..."

Green says the event is held under a tent, so weather isn't a factor.

He says pictures are taken of the many pets that are blessed...