Place, Race and Health: How Is Your Community Doing?

Mar 16, 2018

WASHINGTON - If you want to know how healthy your county is, check the ZIP code.

For the ninth year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute have released a report showing how nearly every county in the United States is doing, as well as what gaps persist. The report looked at more than 30 factors that influence how long and how well people live. Some of those include rates of smoking, alcohol and drug use, obesity, high school graduation and income inequality.


WJFW TV is reporting Crandon schools superintendent Dr. Douglas Kryder has been suspended pending the results of an investigation by the school board.

The board made the decision Thursday night after a lengthy closed session. A local citizen's group has been putting pressure on the school board asking for Kryder's removal.

The controversy arose after former principal Andy Space resigned February 2 after getting a notice of non-renewal for next school year. More than 200 people attended a recent board meeting asking for Kryder's removal relating to Space's departure.

School Safety Effort Backed By Northwoods Legislator

Mar 16, 2018

Governor Scott Walker unveiled Thursday a 100-million-dollar plan directed toward improving school safety in Wisconsin. The plan calls for the creation of the Office of School Safety under the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The plan also includes establishing a 100-million-dollar School Safety Grant Program under the Office of School Safety. Walker has called for a special session in the state legislature..

Assembly Republican Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander praised Walker's approach..

The annual spring fish and wildlife public hearings are set for all 72 counties in Wisconsin Monday, April 9.

Kari Lee-Zimmerman is the DNR's liaison with Wisconsin Conservation Congress who says citizens are invited to participate to provide input on possible policy or rule changes. The hearings are held the second Monday in April.

Lee-Zimmerman says the hearings provide a conservation sounding board...

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An innovative approach giving people with mental illness a place to talk with others with mental illness is having it's grand opening next week. NAMI Northern Lakes opened the drop-in center last year at Trinity Lutheran Church on Stevens and Phillips Street in Rhinelander. The group is a chapter of the National Alliance On Mental Illness. Board President Mick Fiocchi describes the grand opening...

Mick Fiocchi talking about the grand opening of the NAMI-Northern Lakes walk-in center.

Former Vilas county sheriff James Williquette died March 12 in Green Bay after a short illness. He was 84 years old.

Williquette was sheriff of Vilas county for 14 years before retiring in 1992. He had also served on the Eagle River police force. Funeral services will be Friday( 3/16) in Green Bay.

Newcomer Funeral Homes are in charge of arrangements.

It's the time of the year to get your ice shack off Northwoods waters.

DNR Conservation Warden Chris Bartelt in Lake Tomahawk says the law in Wisconsin says shacks have to be removed by the first Sunday after March 12, which is this coming Sunday

He says a lot of the snow on the ice turns to slush and makes it more difficult to get the shacks off the ice...

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How do you feel when you think about a wolf killing and eating a deer? Or perhaps you haven’t given it much thought before now?

In this week's episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist examines the predator prey relationship of wolves and deer.


17 minutes. That's how long more than 100 Rhinelander high school and 100 more James Williams Middle School students were outside in the cold demanding action to end gun violence in the nation's schools.

The time was peaceful, though local law enforcement kept a distant presence.

It's part of a nationwide protest held Wednesday, 30 days after 17 students were slain by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The walkouts specifically were timed to 17 minutes to honor the slain students.

Watchdog: Haas Ouster Diminishes Confidence in Election Results

Mar 14, 2018
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Wisconsin News Connection is here.

MADISON, Wis. - A government watchdog group says the ouster of Wisconsin Elections Administrator Michael Haas means Wisconsinites will have diminished confidence in the result of their elections. RyanMcGuire

Tighter security at the Vilas County courthouse in Eagle River will begin Monday with all visitors to enter at one location in the new addition on Court Street with security guards doing electronic sweeps of persons and package inspections.

The public property committee announced this week initial screening of visitors will be mostly educational in what county clerk Dave Alleman termed a “soft start.”

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A fire on South Bluebird Road in Lake Tomahawk Tuesday destroyed a home.

WJFW-TV reports the cause of the fire isn't known, but the wooden frame structure with a metal roof was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

Newbold and Hazelhurst fire departments also assisted at the scene. No injuries were reported.