Join us for a "WXPR Party Under the Big Top" Saturday, September 10th at Big Top Chautauqua in Washburn, WI.

The beloved house band, The Blue Canvas Orchestra, opens the night with rollicking renditions of some of our favorite songs, illuminated by big screen images. Then author, humorist and host of Tent Show Radio, Michael Perry delivers his hilarious tales of rural Wisconsin life.

The WXPR group will gather before the show in the VIP Tent at 6pm, then move under the Big Top for the performance at 7pm.


The first step in relocating UW-Extension offices out of the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport terminal basement happened Monday.

The Oneida County Conservation and UW-Extension committee passed a motion to recommend moving staff. The committee has been wrestling with air quality issues for some Extension staff, who have complained of sensitivities to engine fumes from planes at the airport. A study found the air quality to be within safe boundaries. Other remediation measures also didn't work, leaving the situation to stay, move temporarily, or find a new home.

Wisconsin DNR

A parcel near the Prairie River in Lincoln county is among 81 parcels being put up for public auction now through mid-September. The legislature has ordered the DNR sell off state parcels that don't meet planned use. In February of this year the Natural Resources Board ordered the next round of sales.

The DNR's Kaylin Helm says the approximately 40 acre parcel is in the town of Merrill.

Campaign Watchdog Questions Potawatomi Spending

Aug 22, 2016

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin is home to 11 sovereign American Indian tribes, and rarely do any of the tribes spend much money supporting political committees or candidates.

But the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a nonpartisan watchdog group that carefully tracks political spending, has just reported that the Forest County Potawatomi Community has, in the first half of the year, spent more money on politics than in the past six years combined.

The widespread loss of bees and other pollinators has plant specialists concerned. Pollinators are essential to maintaining food crops.

Locally, an effort is underway to help return native pollinator habitat. The Oneida County-Three Lakes Pollinator Partnership, along with Oneida county is hosting a free workshop, "Pollinators in the Northwoods" this Friday morning at the Reiter Center in Three Lakes.

Pollinator Project Coordinator, Baerbel Ehrig, says the project has selected four sites along roadways to improve habitat for pollinators...

WXPR Says Goodbye to First Intern, Anna Catlin

Aug 22, 2016

  Anna Catlin was WXPR’s first intern. Her last day was Friday, but Miranda Vander Leest sat down with Anna to reflect on her time here.

The Eagle River Chamber of Commerce along with Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin Inc. are hosting the 31st Annual National Championship Musky Open this weekend.


The tournament is a catch and release format and includes teams of husbands and wives, and youth and guardians. Director of the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce, Kim Emerson says registration for the tournament is at an all time high.


First Look At Proposed LUHS 2016-17 Budget

Aug 19, 2016

The budget now goes to the full school board Monday, Aug. 29 for review and possible changes. The budget will then be presented to the electorate at the budget hearing and annual meeting next month.

Olson Library Foundation, Board Work On Boundaries

Aug 19, 2016

With the Library Foundation taking over expansion and renovation of the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River, the library Board of Trustees last week agreed to honor decisions of the Foundation building committee and hold the Foundation harmless for those decisions.

Drago, the Rhinelander Police Department’s solo K-9 patrol and narcotics dog is nearing retirement age.

The department is hoping to raise enough money to find a new member for their K9 unit when Drago retires. Police Chief, Mike Steffes says they’re selling stuffed animals to raise money.

Short term pain but long term gain.

That's the thought of Eagle River Union Airport Manager Rob Hom as he talks about an expected reconstruction of the main north-south runway in 2017. The plan requests $1.6 million dollars from the federal government to pay for the project expected to cost $2.4 million....

The Minocqua Police Department needs $80,000 to get a K9 unit at their department. So far they’ve raised around $50,000 through both their GoFundMe page and other fundraisers. Police Chief, David Jaeger says although expensive, the K9 unit will benefit their community.


Picnic Spot Gets Another Shot At Torpy Park Concession

Aug 18, 2016

Minocqua town supervisors are on board for The Picnic Spot to again lease the lower level of the Torpy Park bandshell to operate a deli serving food and soda to beach goers and others at the downtown park.

Sue Perron of Park Falls owns The Picnic Spot. So far supervisors have not heard any complaints about her business operating on town-owned property, they said. “Everything we have been hearing is that it’s been a good service,” said Town Chairman Mark Hartzheim at Tuesday’s board meeting. “It’s also been a real positive down there from the town office standpoint.”

A Minnesota man who was reported missing and later found in Vilas county has died.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports 79 year old Frank W. Mead of New Brighton, Minnesota died Thursday morning.

A report of a missing person was called into New Brighton officials and a vehicle Mead was driving was found off Golf Course Road near Sayner early Wednesday. He was found near the crash scene which apparently happened in the early morning hours Tuesday. Mead was found not far from where the car left the road. Mead was taken to Howard Young Medical Center.

ER City Council Approves Kwik Trip Zoning Request

Aug 18, 2016

The Eagle River city council approved the necessary zoning changes and conditional use permits clearing the way for Kwik Trip to develop their store by extending Wall Street further west to South Willow, locating the facility north of River Valley State Bank and south of West Division Street.

The $2.4 million facility included eliminating an entrance/exit on Division, relocating it to South Willow at the suggestion of Division Street homeowners with an earth berm and plantings to shield the station from those residences.