Northwoods high school students got a taste of what a challenge navigating the world of money can be Wednesday at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.

Rhinelander School District  Business Education Teacher Patrick Kubeny describes how the Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl competition works...

Teen Dating Violence: "A Wisconsin Public Health Crisis"

Jan 10, 2018
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MADISON, Wis. - Reliable estimates are that a third of teens in the U.S. will be subjected to physical, emotional or sexual abuse from a dating partner before leaving high school.

Wisconsin is not immune, according to a bipartisan group of lawmakers sponsoring legislation to address the problem. The lawmakers' bill would require every school district in Wisconsin to develop a curriculum to educate students in grades 7 through 12 about dating violence.

Forest County Potawatomi Community

A new leader will be selected next month by the Forest County Potawatomi Community.

Harold “Gus” Frank announced his retirement from the Forest County Potawatomi Community Executive Council after 20 years of elected service for the Tribe. He says he was grateful he was able to serve the tribe through elected office. The Tribe will conduct a special election for Chairman on February 10.

Madison Mayor Announces Run For Governor

Jan 10, 2018
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Saying Wisconsin needs effective leadership, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin has officially announced he is running for governor.

The Democrat had promised he would make the campaign official with a January announcement.

Soglin has served multiple terms as Madison mayor since he was first elected in 1973. He hasn't said if he will also run for re-election in that position.

If he wins the primary against at least seven other Democrats, Soglin would likely face incumbent Scott Walker in the general election. Walker is running for a third term.

DNR: Local Fire Wardens Being Phased Out

Jan 10, 2018
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Going to your local corner convenience store to get a burning permit is a relic of history according to according to a DNR policy change starting this year.

No longer are there local “fire wardens” according to Katherine Koele, DNR forest fire prevention specialist. “We looked at the number of fires over the past several years and most were caused by persons who did not have a burning permit and those that did have a permit but failed to follow the rules for burning,” she said.

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Very small school districts get additional state financial help in what's called sparcity aid. Those districts say they must provide the classes larger districts do but can't get the same kind of money to do so.

Governor Walker this week proposed allowing smaller districts to raise property taxes without a referendum vote, something he vetoed in the latest budget. It raises the amount of money smaller districts spend on students by $300 next year and $100 more each year until 2022.

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An invisible, orderless and tasteless gas is a leading cause of lung cancer, even among non-smokers. It also can be here in the Northwoods.

January is Radon Action Month. 1 in 10 Wisconsin homes have high radon levels, a cancer-causing naturally occurring radioactive gas. But a local health spokesperson says you can fix the problem in your homes.

Kyla Waksmonski of the Oneida County Health Department says it has been found in Oneida county and appears at random....

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There appears to be fewer problems involving air quality in the basement offices at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

Air quality became an issue a few years back when UW-Extension staff reported they were made uncomfortable by the exhaust from airplanes arriving and going at the airport. The diesel exhaust from the jets was getting sucked into the ventilation system. In March, work was completed on an upgraded ventilation system that was said to cut the amount of fumes in the basement offices.

Layoffs At Flambeau River Papers In Park Falls

Jan 9, 2018

The lay-off of 82 workers at Flambeau River Papers is expected to have a major impact on the Park Falls area. The community only has a population of about 24-hundred residents and it will be difficult for the displaced workers to find similar, high-paying jobs.

Iron Co. Sheriff

A $1 million bond has been set for one of five men suspected in the death of Wayne Valliere, Jr. of Lac du Flambeau. Last Friday, a judge set the high bond for 27-year-old Richard F. A. Allen, charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

Four other suspects are likely to be charged this week according to reports.Officials say the others are being transported to Iron county to face charges.

Valliere was last seen December 22. He was reported missing on Christmas day. His body was found January 1 in the town of Mercer.

Record Store Day

Jan 9, 2018

Record Store Day will be celebrated this year on April 21st.  It’s day dedicated to honoring and celebrating the culture of indie record stores.

On April 21st WXPR will open our own “pop up record store” selling used vinyl and CDs.

The fun will take place at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander, Saturday, April 21st from noon to 4pm and will include a cash bar and music.

Do some spring cleaning, dust off those old records and CDs in your closet, and bring them into WXPR!

All proceeds from the sale benefit WXPR.

Questions? Call us 715-362-6000.

Scott Bowe

In this month's installment of Field Notes Scott Bowe of Kemp Station discusses Lichens in Wisconsin’s forests, a fascinating organism commonly overlooked.

A long-time Northwoods naturalist and author is hoping people who enjoy old growth forests will help him out with his next project.

John Bates of Mercer has penned Our Living Ancestors: The History and Ecology of Old-Growth Forests in Wisconsin (and where to find them). The book will be self-published and is about 340 pages, full color, with over 200 maps, photos, and graphics. The first chapter provides a history of old-growth and why almost all of the forests were cut.

Ken Krall talked with John Bates about the project...

Economists often say an unemployment rate of four percent is statistically full employment. Only six of the state's 72 counties are at four percent or higher, with the majority well below it.

The Department of Workforce Development recently released the local employment and unemployment rates for November. Iron county had the state's highest rate of 5.3 percent. Forest county had the state's seventh-highest rate at 3.9 percent, Vilas was ninth at 3.8 percent, Langlade county is at 3.2 percent, Price and Oneida county at 3.1 percent and Lincoln at 2.5 percent.