The traditional holiday gift buying time normally begins the day after Thanksgiving, but retailers have been in full shopping promotion for a couple of weeks.

Director of the state Bureau of Consumer Protection, Michelle Reinen, says while a toy might have a great deal of visual appeal, parents should look beyond the wrapping. She says asks consumers to think about the safety of each potential gift before hitting the register this holiday season...


The draft Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area master plan will be presented for final approval at next month's Natural Resources Board meeting.

Following a public input process that included multiple public meetings and a four-day workshop to acquire stakeholder input the agency came up with a draft plan.

Fire Monday At Laona Supper Club

Nov 22, 2016

US Highway 8 was closed to traffic for nearly eight hours in Laona Monday because of a building fire.

The Forest County Sheriffs Department reports the road reopened at 2:00 a.m.

There was a large fire at the Silver Lake Inn and Supper Club. It was reported around 6pm.

School District of Rhinelander

Crescent Elementary School again has a full-time principal.

The School District of Rhinelander board Monday named Gayle Daniel as the new principal.

Daniel was the principal at St. Germain Elementary School and is currently Director of Instruction at Northland Pines Schools in Eagle River. Daniel will start December 1.

Former principal Kelly Huseby resigned in October for personal reasons. Kari Volk had been interim principal.

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The monthly 'Warm For Winter' distribution happens this Saturday in Rhinelander and a coordinator says everyone is welcome to get needed winter clothing for free.

A coordinator for the monthly event is Jan Leschke of Rhinelander...

"...we have clothes for everyone in the whole family, all sizes. from babies up to adults. It's free. All you have to do is bring a bag to bring your items in and go shopping...."

One way to determine if the economy is improving is to check the number of permits being taken out for construction.

In Oneida county, 2015 numbers in some categories showed an increase, says Planning and Zoning Director Karl Jenrich. During the recession, construction permits dropped, as did revenue, but last year, the department saw an increase...

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A spokesperson for a group hoping to amend the U.S. Constitution says the vote in Lake Tomahawk November 8 showed strong bipartisan support to repeal a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on campaign financing.

Spokesperson for Wisconsin United to Amend is George Penn.

Lake Tomahawk residents voted 91 percent in favor of having an amendment saying only humans have rights and money is not the same as free speech. Penn says in a county which strongly went for Donald Trump, it showed this issue has bipartisan support..

Oh Deer

Nov 21, 2016

Saturday was the gun-deer season opener, and one Northwoods man recalls an experience similar to the popular song “Da Turdy Point Buck,”  WXPR’s Dave Havel shares his story…

The tax watchdog organization Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance is out with a pamphlet that explains to the public just how the state's K-12 schools are financed.

As WTA spokesperson Dale Knapp explains, K-12 funding is about $11 billion dollars, but few people can easily figure out how that funding happens....

"...we thought it would be helpful to put out an 'explainer' of how some schools in Wisconsin are financed. How all of those pieces fit together, and where school districts spend their money. Helping people understand how all these pieces fit together...."

Though Thanksgiving is Thursday, a food safety expert says you should already be thinking about safely preparing the turkey.

Next Ken Krall talks with Oneida County Registered Sanitarian Jody McKinney about getting the turkey ready in a safe way...

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Only a few roads in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest remain to be repaired as hunters return in mass for the Gun Deer Season.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says more than 300 miles of road and trail since the July 11 storm event...

"....we've got most of our roads open, we're down to just 9 portions of roads that are closed and a couple of those are bridges that were washed out. We've worked really hard since July to restore all those services to get people back out in the forest..."

Tiffany Asking Baldwin To Join Wolf Delisting Effort

Nov 19, 2016
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A Northwoods Senate Republican is again pushing to have states regain control of their wolf populations. And this time, he hopes to convince a leading Democrat to get on board.

Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst says the federal courts and Congress need to stop what he calls "ping ponging" -- moving Upper Midwest wolves on and off the federal endangered list as was done in recent years.


She wasn't the first Venison Queen, but she's glad she was asked.

A Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce tradition...the 51st annual Venison Feed is always held the Friday before the opening of the gun deer season in Wisconsin. More than a thousand hungry hunters attend to eat venison burgers and enjoy the hunt.

Last year, Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett was crowned the first Venison Queen.

This year, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp gets the honor...

Town of Three Lakes

Three Lakes residents will have to vote again whether to finance upgrades of the Demmer library and the town offices. Tuesday was the town budget meeting where electors vote on the budget.

That portion of the meeting had been noticed properly and the budget was acted on. Also that night, motions were passed to allow the town to get the money to upgrade the Demmer library and the town offices.

As Town Chair Stella Westfall says, it was discovered there were procedural problems with the votes for the buildings, so another meeting needs to be called...

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We invite you to join us Thanksgiving Day for special programming.

During the Thanksgiving holiday, we pause to express gratitude for the blessings of family, friends and the abundance of our lives. In this spirit, the WXPR staff and volunteers send you our best wishes for the season.

Thanksgiving Midday Classics-Holiday Themed Midday Classics with Host Molly Rose Teuke. 9am-11am