State Wolf Population Increases

Jun 16, 2016

Wisconsin ended the winter with 16 percent more gray wolves than the same time last year.

The D-N-R reports a record high 866 to 897 wolves in more than 220 packs. That's up from last year's count of 746 to 771 animals.

Wisconsin has not been able to manage its own wolf herd since late 2014. That's when a federal judge ruled in favor of animal rights groups who wanted the wolves returned to federal endangered species' protections, mainly to stop the wolf hunts in Wisconsin and other states.

The American Red Cross Chapter of North Central Wisconsin recently honored its volunteers at the Wausau Red Cross Office. Two of the volunteers honored are from the Northwoods.

Carol Miller of Rhinelander, earned the Exceptional Leadership Award, given to an individual demonstrating exceptional guidance and support for other volunteers, staff, or clients served by the Red Cross. As a regional Disaster Health Services/Staff Wellness volunteer, Carol recently accepted a leadership position for an 18-state Division. In 2016, she twice deployed out-of-state.

Vilas Co. Committee Discussing County Administrator

Jun 16, 2016

The possibility of Vilas County creating the position of county administrator was discussed by the county Human Services committee this week with more information needed on job descriptions, duties, and salary requirements.

County administrators are authorized by Chapter 59.18 and duties can be described by the county board. The closest county to Vilas that has a county administrator is Price County which created the position after the county board downsized from 21 to 13 supervisors.

Olson Library Plans Changing Direction

Jun 16, 2016

Renovation and expansion planned for the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River will continue to move forward but the board of trustee's modified their direction Wednesday, June 16 after bids received this spring were greatly more than anticipated.

“We have to look at what we have in funds and what we can do with those funds,” Board Of Trustees President Laurie Stoegbauer said. “The building committee is recommending a new direction that could provide us flexibility for future needs.”

Across the world this week the focus was on identifying and preventing elder abuse. A state official says one increasingly noticed form of elder abuse has to do with finances.

Leslie Van Buskirk, Administrator of the state Department of Financial Institutions’s Division of Securities says there are a number of scams in action. She says some of them don't necessarily target elderly people, but they often answer their phones. She says on scam involves sending money because that person won a lottery that's a scam...


Oneida County Economic Development Director Roger Luce was putting the final touches on a grant application Thursday that, if approved, could have a large impact on some underserved broadband areas.

The grant application is for more than $400,000 with a local fund match of more than $180,000. Luce says the project will add new equipment on existing Oneida county towers and , if approved, will impact a much larger portion of Oneida county that is underserved....

As Rhinelander's downtown Streetscape project continues, crews are working on the opposite side of the Davenport street bridge after they found the bridge needed more work.

One of Rhinelander's three bridges has been closed since early April as part of the project. Part of the construction was to fix the point where the bridge connects with the street near the Courtney Street intersection.

Rhinelander City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says when crews checked the approach on the west side, it needed work...


The Assembly Speakers Task Force on Alzheimer's and Dementia stopped in Rhinelander last fall to take testimony on the needs of this region.

Spring Storms

Jun 15, 2016
Jessie Dick

Torrential rains Wednesday afternoon produced some flooding problems near the downtown offices of WXPR. The area is being upgraded for new utility lines. A tornado watch was posted until 8 p.m. Wednesday as the second wave of severe storms passed through the area in 5 days. 400 customers of Wisconsin Public Service lost power Wednesday afternoon.

Churches in the Northwoods are holding special services as a time to promote healing after the killing of 50 people early Sunday morning at a gay nightclub in Orlando. An interfaith gathering is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. at Saint Matthias Episcopal Church in Minocqua. The names of the 50 victims will be read, then the group will go to Torpy Park for a candlelight vigil and other demonstrations.

Random drug testing for Northland Pines high school students is being prepared by the district policy committee for implementation with the 2016-17 school year for all 9-12 grade levels, with expansion to include grades 7-12 in the 2017-18 school year.

“We will send a letter to all parents giving them the option of allowing the school to randomly test their kids for up to 10 substances,” district administrator Mike Richie said. “We will enclose a stamped, self addressed letter for them to respond.”

Bradley Funeral Home

Justin Schroepfer a former Antigo resident, currently living in Rhinelander, died while attempting to save swimmers last Saturday in in Lake Superior near Marquette, Michigan. He was 24 years old. 

He attended Peace Lutheran grade school, was a graduate of Antigo High School with the class of 2010 and attended the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point where he was recruited to play baseball. After two years at Stevens Point, he transferred to Northern Michigan University in Marquette where he received a bachelor degree in accounting in December, 2014.

Appeals Court Sides With Oneida Co. Judge On OWI Case

Jun 14, 2016

A northern Wisconsin prosecutor was wrong to reduce a drunk driving charge in a plea deal, without a judge approving it beforehand.

More bicycles are on the road this summer and a Wisconsin Bike Federation spokesperson says motorists and bicyclists need to know the rules of the road.

Richard Hablewitz says according to Wisconsin law, a bicycle is a vehicle and has the same rights afforded to any other vehicle using the roadway....

" have to by law give bicyclists at least three feet by law. A bicyclist can use the full travel lane if they wish to. The law does say the bicycle has to ride as far right in the lane as practical...."

Nicolet Area Technical College


Anyone interested in attending Nicolet College this fall can speed up the enrollment process by attending the college’s Quick Start event on June 21st from 9am to 7pm in the University Transfer Center on the Nicolet Campus. Career Coach, Patrick Burns has more on the event.