Failure to follow a judge's order has landed a former Rhinelander man in prison for two additional years.

Thursday, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb sentenced 44 year old John Henricks III, now of Amherst, to additional prison for insurance fraud involving the U.S. mail. Hendricks was originally sentenced to 10 years in January of 2014.

Democrats were surprised this week when the Republican dominated Joint Finance Committee cut $15 million to promote rural faster-speed Internet.

Residents in rural areas, especially businesses and schools, have asked for more funding for what is called broadband, saying they are at a disadvantage to areas that have it.

One of the proponents of the extra funding was Madison area state Senator Jon Erpenbach. Erpenbach says the measure was an attempt to continue development in rural areas...

It's National Volunteer Week and a non-profit group giving older adults and those with needs a chance for a day of fishing is looking for volunteer help during the soft water months.

Let's Go Fishing was founded in 2002 by Joe Holm in Minnesota. The chapters have grown there, but Rhinelander became the first place in Wisconsin with a chapter. Holm says with the growing older adult population, there is a large need to provide positive experiences...

County Deer Advisory Councils are preparing final antlerless quota and permit recommendations during the last round of spring meetings next week.

The councils were established by the state in every county to provide guidance to the DNR on deer issues.

The councils first met last month and a comment period ended Wednesday.

DNR big game section chief Bob Nack says the input will help the DNR set deer quotas...

Avian Flu Hitting Wisconsin, Domestic Flocks Affected

Apr 16, 2015

A state spokesperson says the current outbreak of Avian flu in Wisconsin is not likely a threat to humans, but it is a threat to domestic poultry. 40 birds in a backyard flock in Juneau county and 126,000 turkeys in a commercial setting have been affected so far.

Raechelle Cline from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says the flu is spread from wild birds to domestic birds. She says while it has proven fatal to domestic poultry, it hasn't killed wild birds...

A former Forest County corrections officer has entered not guilty pleas to several charges, including misconduct in public office.

59 year old Jeannie Pitts is charged with seven felonies and a misdemeanor. She was arrested in October along with another corrections officer and her husband as part of a state and federal probe. Other persons were arrested in Oconto and Brown counties.

Pitts will next be in court June 24.

Life And Death Cafe Brings Dialogue About The End

Apr 15, 2015

The Dr. Kate Hospice in Woodruff is beginning a series of public conversations at the Minocqua Public Library  on how people should approach life and death decisions. WXPR's Emily Bright has more...

Seed Library Brings Together Old and New Practices

Apr 15, 2015
Emily Bright

Earth Day is next week. For many people the day carries a call to plant trees and other seeds. WXPR’s Emily Bright tells us that Vilas County’s new Seed Library is keeping an ancient tradition alive...

Wisconsin's Lieutenant Governor was crossing the state this week talking about the Walker administration budget.

Rebecca Kleefisch told the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association in Green Bay  that their industry is a heavyweight in Wisconsin's economy....

"....they have a $22.9 billion impact on Wisconsin's economy and they support 59,000 Wisconsin jobs...."

It's the third largest growing industry in Wisconsin.

Aspirus and Marshfield Clinic Health System leaders have signed a non-binding letter of intent to pursue joint efforts across their service areas.

Officials point out this is not a merger or acquisition. Aspirus and Marshfield Clinic will continue to be independent organizations with separate boards, cultures and brands.

One of the points being explored is for Asprirus to allow Marshfield Clinic a minority interest in Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids.