It's back to school soon  and health officials are reminding parents to check to make sure students have the required immunizations.

Char Ahrens from Oneida County Health Department says the immunizations prevent the child and others from getting sick....

"....children can easily transmit illnesses to one another due to poor hand washing, uncovered coughs. They're in with their classrooms and their teachers for long periods of time...."

Rhinelander School District Nurse Kerri Schmidt says information is available...

The DNR is making a last push for public comment on two long term plans to manage conservation and wildlife.

DNR officials say in order to remain eligible for federal funding, they need public input on plans concerning fish and wildlife.

Spokesperson Owen Boyle says public comment will end next Sunday on the two plans...


An economist says the state's economy is showing mixed signals...slow job growth yet relatively low unemployment in some areas.

David Clark is an economist for the Wisconsin Realtors Association. He says job growth has been slow...

"....job growth has been pretty minimal  in some months compared to the previous year they've actually seen a slight decline...."

A Rhinelander manufacturer... Advanced Barrier Extrusions.. is expanding, but the city council had to do some lot clarification last night to keep things legal.

A group of counties from northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula continue to work toward providing new rail cars for the logging industry. They hope the new cars will help keep freight rail service in the region.


The Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin says Wisconsin's economy needs creativity and the arts are good place to start.

Anne Katz says the arts make us human and that's why the arts are important. She says  we're in a new economy, one that is has new possibilities. She says the traditional economies of farming and manufacturing are not going away but changing....

The state chairman of Wisconsin Trout Unlimited says they will be working to change a DNR plan to sell off parcels that contain prime trout fishing in Langlade county.

The DNR recently offered 13 properties that contain the small ponds. They are among 118 parcels, covering approximately 8,000 acres, the DNR could sell to private parties or other units of government. The ponds are considered the headwaters of prime trout streams.

Henry Koltz says the properties are unique and deserve protection as part of Wisconsin's fisheries...

YMCA Receives Grant to Renovate Recreational Area

Aug 21, 2015

  A grant given to the YMCA of the Northwoods has allowed for an improved recreational area for the community. The Wisconsin Public Service Foundation donated $5,000 to the YMCA to install sound baffles. Aquatics Director Melissa Nieman says the change has been significant.

 “If you’ve been into our swimming pool before, it’s a lot of open space, and the noise level was really intense we couldn’t hear during our swimming lessons. The big one was communication for our lifeguards; it was really hard for them to hear.”

LUHS Committee Upset With Rising Auditorium Costs

Aug 20, 2015

The auditorium renovation project at Lakeland Union High School is raising the eyebrows of school board members as they face rising – and unexpected – costs resulting from numerous change orders.


The school board’s building and grounds committee had wanted to meet Friday with representatives of the project’s architectural firm, Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) of Wausau for an explanation. That meeting however was cancelled Thursday because not enough information was available.

Wisconsin Public Service recently received several customer calls  about scammers claiming to be WPS or We Energies employees and demanding funds to prevent a disconnection of service.

Spokesperson Kerry Spees  says a new twist surfaced as customers also are reporting that they are receiving emails attempting to obtain bank account numbers and claiming to represent WPS.  Additionally, the scammers say they're from WE Energies, though WE Energies doesn't service this portion of the state...