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The administration at Lakeland Union High School is recommending the school board take a conservative approach to renovating the outdoor sports complex in order to protect the district’s fund balance from being drawn down to a critical level.

Tuesday, Governor Walker delivered the annual State of the State address. We're going to hear next a response from a long-time state Senate Democrat Jon Erpenbach about the proposals presented by Governor Walker. He spoke with Ken Krall...

Long time state Senate Democrat Jon Erpenbach with a response to Governor Walker's State of the State address.

Emergency Care: Wisconsin Gets C-Minus

Jan 11, 2017

When people in Wisconsin call 911 with an emergency, they could get a dispatcher who is highly trained in providing detailed medical help over the phone - or someone who has virtually no such training. Wisconsin has no minimum training standards for dispatchers, and the American Heart Association thinks that should change.

UPDATE(1/12/2017 9:30 a.m.)

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The Rhinelander City Council has proposed a few changes in its portion of a contract involving the Rhinelander District Library.

This is a backdrop to ongoing negotiations between the library and the towns of Crescent, Newbold, Pelican and Pine Lake and the city that form the joint support and operational funding for the library. At this week's meeting, council member Alex Young says the towns have proposed some changes in the contract, he says based on how much new construction happens in the towns and city...

What started out as a "not to exceed $10 million" for an addition to the Vilas County courthouse will now cost at least $11.1 million if the extra costs are approved by the full county board Jan. 24.

The first increase of $450,000 was made last June to add a full second story even though half may not be used for years. A maintenance garage attached to the current maintenance building rather than a new garage across the street would add $98,000.

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Tuesday afternoon, Governor Scott Walker gave the annual State of the State address to the Wisconsin legislature and guests.

Among the key points: Walker says he will continue to help rural schools...

Walker says he will increase the budget for broadband expansion...

Gov. Walker says they will help to meet a transportation budget shortfall which has left roads in need of repair....

Walker discussed more emphasis on a technical college degree...

We'll have the Democrats response to Walker's address Wednesday

Americans are signing up in record numbers for the Affordable Care Act, even though Congress is likely to repeal it soon.

Health and Human Services Regional Director Kathleen Falk was in Appleton this week to get the word out that regardless of what Congress does now, you can still get coverage...

".....that's exactly right, Ken. The insurance companies have committed to honoring the contracts people are entering into. So those who sign up before January 31 can be assured coverage exists through the entire calendar year...."

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The Rhinelander City Council is exploring the idea of hiring a part-time City Administrator.

During a discussion Monday night on the process of hiring a new administrator, a member of the audience came forward to propose the city not hire another full-time administrator, but rather look at a part-timer, and he suggested he would be available if called on.

Retired attorney Keith Kost approached the council, offering his services as an administrator...

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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month.

More than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030. Glaucoma is called "the sneak thief of sight" since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it's permanent. As much as 40 percent of vision can be lost without a person noticing a problem.

Dr. Kelsey Koerner is an optometrist at the Eye Care Center of Wausau. She says glaucoma can affect any age, but is most commonly found in people in their 40's...

Saturday night, WXPR welcomes a Michigan-based artist to the Nicolet College stage in Rhinelander. Joshua Davis has been in Rhinelander before, as a member of Stepping In for one example, but his name became nationally known as a finalist on the NBC singer competion show, "The Voice".

WXPR's Ken Krall talked with Davis about his singer-songwriter roots to today...

Tickets are still available for the performace Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at the newly-renovated LRC Theater at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.

A prominent Midwest wolf biologist thinks a possible delisting of wolves from the Endangered Species Act will not drive the population to dangerous levels.

L. David Mech is a Senior Scientist with the Biological Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota. He has studied wolves and their prey since 1958.


Last month, the Oneida County Humane Society announced an ambitious plan to expand the county shelter on north Stevens Street in Rhinelander. Estimated costs were in the $500,000 range. Two anonymous donations are moving the project closer to reality.

Treasurer Sue Otis details what has come in since the announcement December 13....

A DNR official explains the new proposal to raise some recreational fees after the agency reported a deep deficit in the Fish and Wildlife Account.

In this month’s installment of Field Notes, Scott Bowe of Kemp Natural Resources Station explains how trees survive brutal winters…