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The Wisconsin primary election day is August 14 and a group is sponsoring the two Democrats vying to take on Congressman Sean Duffy.

The Northwoods Chapter of Our Wisconsin Revolution is hosting Margaret Engebretson of Balsam Lake and Brian Ewert of Marshfield in Rhinelander Saturday.

David Barnhill of Minocqua is one of the organizers of the forum...

Community Blood Center

It looks like a re-creation of the long-ago TV series M*A*S*H.

While the TV show was fiction, this event has a very real outcome for people needing blood.

The Community Blood Center of Appleton is sponsoring its annual MASH blood drive July 18 at the Rhinelander National Guard Armory.

Community Blood Center spokesperson Jill Butzein explains what's happening...

  • Plans being made for annual MASH blood drive in Rhinelander
  • Six county conference looking at area lakes and rivers begins Friday
  • Forum to feature two democrats vying to take on Republican Congressman Sean Duffy
  • Drivers using Highway 97 near Stratford will see road construction

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There's lots of cowboy hats, guitars and country music lovers arriving in Rhinelander for the Northwoods largest summer music festival and it has a major economic impact in the Rhinelander area.

The Hodag Country Festival was founded in 1978. This year's event officially begins in the town of Pine Lake Thursday, though campers have been arriving for several days.

Chamber of Commerce Director Lauren Sackett says while festival goers spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in stores and other local establishments, there's another hidden benefit for the community...

Mitchell for Governor

One of the Democrats vying for the party nomination August 14 to challenge Republican Governor Scott Walker in November toured Rhinelander Sunday.

Mahlon Mitchell of Fitchburg serves as President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, being the youngest and first African American to serve in the union post. Mitchell ran for Lieutenant Governor as the Democratic nominee in the 2012 Scott Walker recall election.

In an interview with WXPR, Mitchell touched on a number of issues, but said labor unions lead to a fairer playing field...

Census Count: Report Warns WI Kids Could be Missed

Jul 9, 2018
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MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin is doing well by its kids, ranked 12th overall in the new 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book released today.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation measures indicators of children's well-being, from health and education, to family and community factors that affect kids' daily lives. This year's report brings up another kind of data - the upcoming U.S. Census.

  •   Drugs are found at Lincoln Hills juvenile facility near Irma
  •   A trial date is set for a Minocqua man arrested for murder  after a TV show investigation
  •   A multi-agency fire crew heads to stop the Colorado wildfires
  •  Fundraisers set for Saturday in Three Lakes and Boulder Junction

Government Watchdog Groups: Pruitt's EPA Exit "Long Overdue"

Jul 6, 2018
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WASHINGTON - After allegedly overspending on everything from pens to lavish trips and accepting questionable deals from lobbyists, government ethics and watchdog groups say Scott Pruitt's resignation as Environmental Protection Agency administrator is long overdue.

Join Scott Kirby as He Hosts Heather Styka on the Midwest Music Hour~!

Her New Album is titled "north" - and we'll hear some songs live in studio as well as chat about the adventures of this vagabond Folk Singer- www.heather.styka.com

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Twenty firefighters...several from northern Wisconsin..are part of the Wisconsin Interagency Coordination crew have arrived in Southwest Colorado to help fight large wildfires.

The crew left Thursday morning from the USDA Forest Service’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest office in Rhinelander. The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest manages the WICC, which sends out interagency crews to support firefighting efforts.

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An annual event in Three Lakes has a special meaning this year.

The Three Lakes Historical Society is hosting it's fish boil Saturday, and Society President Bill Hayes says they're going to replicate a traditional Door County fishboil. They've been doing that for 12 years. The fishboil fundraiser will run from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on the museum grounds next to the Demmer Library.

Hayes says midway through the event a special dedication will take place...

Boulder Junction Fire Dept.

A major fundraiser  is Saturday(7-7-2018) for the Boulder Junction Fire Department.

The 28th annual Chicken Barbecue is being from noon until 6 p.m. at the fire department on Park Street.

The barbeque is the only fundraiser for the department.

All profits from the event go to equipment purchases and training for the firefighters.

Meals include a half-chicken, potato, roll and more. Beer and other refreshments will be served by the American Legion Post. Music will be provided.

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On days when the weather in northern Wisconsin is particularly bleak, we've all felt sympathy for our mail carriers. This week on A Northwoods Moment in History though, local historian Gary Entz tells us that it used to be a lot worse.

  • A Rhinelander area man talks Friday about water quality and the environment at the Big Top..
  • A Congressional candidate says healthcare and tariffs are on the public's mind...
  • AT&T upgrades two Vilas county towers...
  • Another grant to improve Rhinelander's swimming beach...

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A Rhinelander area man is one of the presenters Friday(7-6) at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua about Wisconsin's waters.

The "Water Talk" includes people doing research on water protection, along with members of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Wisconsin Green Fire, a group of retired scientists, many from the DNR.

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