Office of Ron Johnson

Congress is working on tax reform, but Senator Ron Johnson says his chamber is going to work on some fixes from the version provided by the U.S. House.

Johnson stopped in Rhinelander last Friday for a Small Business Forum.

He was asked what the Senate version of tax reform will be...

David Chrisinger

The Boots on the Ground theater company will perform at Nicolet College tomorrow presenting its adaptation of See Me for Who I Am, a book on soldiers’ war experiences edited by Rhinelander native David Chrisinger.

The book is a collection of 20 first-person essays penned by Chrisinger's students at UW-Stevens Point.

The collection was published in February.

Chrisinger says word of mouth led the South Carolina based theater group to his collection...

White ash trees may not be safe for tree stands if they have been infected with emerald ash borer.Credit JMAR Photo-WerksEdit | Remove

State forest health specialists caution hunters to avoid placing tree stands in or near weakened ash trees.

The Emerald Ash Borer has killed many state ash trees, especially in southern Wisconsin.

Blame Sent Both Ways In Lincoln Hills Dispute

Nov 11, 2017
Wisconsin Dept. of Corrections

(Madison, WI) -- The state says a small group of teenage inmates are causing most of the trouble at Lincoln Hills -- while lawyers for the inmates say the states does not have enough staff and programs.

Both sides outlined their contentions to Federal Judge James Peterson of Madison, who's hearing a lawsuit into numerous problems at the state's boys and girls institutions at Irma in Lincoln County.

State attorneys told Peterson that those causing the trouble might have to go to treatment facilities -- including one who pepper sprayed a guard.

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Nov 10, 2017

Fake Money Found In Tomahawk

Nov 10, 2017
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Fake "movie" money has been making it's way around Tomahawk, according to the Tomahawk Police Department.

In a Facebook post, the department urged local businesses and residents to be on the look out for the fake money.

The bills have "For Motion Picture Use Only" printed on them, but do look like actual U.S. currency.

You're asked to contact your local law enforcement agency if you come across any of the fake bills.

Carlin Lake Property Owners Win Legal Victory

Nov 10, 2017
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A permanent injunction to prevent commercial pumping and transport of water from the Carlin Club property in Presque Isle to a bottling facility in Marenisco, Micigan was approved in Vilas County Court November 9. It  prevents Carlin Club Properties LLC from erecting any new structure, driveway, or other facility for pumping and transport of water, but does not prevent Carlin Club LLC interests from seeking a zoning permit, conditional use permit, change in zoning classification, or other relief from Vilas County officials.

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MINOCQUA – Lakeland Union High School’s Justin Szews has been named the 2017 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA).

Poverty In Wisconsin Declining: Good News, Bad News

Nov 10, 2017

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MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin is finally seeing poverty rates move downward, according to a new report from the Coalition on Human Needs and 9 to 5 Wisconsin. That's the good news. The bad news, according to the authors of the report, is that the programs that drove sustained economic gains over the past several years are on the chopping block in Washington.

Swearingen, Two Other Rep. Ask To Lower State's Drinking Age

Nov 9, 2017

Wisconsin's drinking age would be lowered from 21 to 19 if three Republican representatives get their bill passed.

Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander, a former president of the state's Tavern League, has joined Adam Jarchow of Balsam Lake and Cindi Duchow of Delafield in asking colleagues to cosponsor their bill.

Swearingen says national drinking age was set by the federal government in 1984, with a highway funds penalty if a state didn't enact the 21 year old minimum drinking age....

Sarah Flashing Named Three Lakes Chamber Director

Nov 9, 2017
Three Lakes Chamber of Commerce

(Three Lakes, WI) – The Board of Directors of the Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Sarah Flashing as the new Executive Director. Flashing brings to Three Lakes more than 15 years of experience that includes event management, education, public relations, advertising and web development.

Majority Republicans Pass Changes In Mining, Homeowners Laws

Nov 9, 2017

Two widely discussed  pieces of legislation authored by State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst got legislative approval this week and are likely to be signed by Governor Walker.

The state Senate voted Tuesday to repeal the Mining Moratorium law that no longer requires companies to prove that they operated mines elsewhere without long term environmental damage. Tiffany proposed to make it easier for mining companies to get permits -- insisting there's limited environmental risk, and saying he doesn't expect a 'gold rush'... Penderra

Daniel Zimmerman was appointed by Governor Walker to serve as the 10th Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

Hailing from New Berlin, he spent his 25 year military career serving in various command and staff positions in support of the tactical Army worldwide. Secretary Zimmerman is a decorated combat veteran, having been awarded two Bronze Star Medals, five Meritorious Service Medals, and numerous other Army, NATO, and foreign medals and awards.

WXPR's Ken Krall talked with Secretary Zimmerman about Veterans Day coming Saturday..