Names Of Crash Victims Released

May 20, 2016

The names of three persons injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon in Eagle River have been released.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports the crash happened about 5:45 p.m.on Highway 70 in front of Parson's Chevrolet. A pickup truck collided head on with a Volkswagen. The driver of the truck and a man riding in the Volkswagen were flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

The Volkswagen driver was treated at Ministry-Eagle River Memorial Hospital.

Van Stippen campaign

A Democrat who previously announced he was running for the 35th Assembly has suspended his campaign for that seat, and now says he will run in for the 12th State Senate seat currently held by Republican Tom Tiffany.

Bryan Van Stippen of Deerbrook, in Langlade county, announced the change. He says after talking with those close to him and others, he wants the Senate seat instead.

Van Stippen says the issues in both the 35th Assembly seat and the Senate seat are the same, citing jobs, local control and what he sees as an attack on our educational systems.

Picnic Spot Gets A Place At The Table At Torpy Park

May 20, 2016

During summer, Torpy Park on the Island of Minocqua bustles with sun worshipers, kids climbing on playground equipment, swimmers, and young sandcastle builders. For some, though, herding hungry kids back into the minivan for a trip to a restaurant puts a cloud over the fun.

Sue Perron of Park Falls saw an opportunity to capitalize on the dilemma. She asked the Minocqua Town Board that she be allowed to open a small, café-style business in the lower level of the pavilion. Her business would be named The Picnic Spot.


  Rhinelander High School was one of the top three winning teams at this year’s Solar Olympics at UW-Oshkosh. The Solar Olympics is sponsored by WPS Community Foundation and is an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and skills about solar power by designing, constructing and demonstrating a solar cooker, water heater and a solar powered model car. Most schools involved in the competition are part of the state wide SolarWise program. WPS Spokesperson Leah Vanzile says the competitive based program is paying off…

Design Work To Begin On Minocqua’s New Fire Station

May 19, 2016

Plans for a new $2 million Minocqua fire station are moving forward after the town board Tuesday, May 17th unanimously approved the $180,000 contract with MSA Professional Services to design the 15,000-squre-foot building.

City of Rhinelander

In August, 1935 the Green Bay Packers held their first off-site training camp practice at Sarocka Field in Rhinelander.

81 years later, the city of Rhinelander is moving forward to attempt to build a series of markers to note the historic event. Jenny Bonardelli is on the Rhinelander Historical Commission. The Commission requested a design for a memorial through Leadership Oneida County. Sarocka Park is not far from the Oneida County Courthouse.

Lakeland Union High School

A Lac du Flambeau tribal member and senior at Lakeland Union High School has been awarded a unique scholarship opportunity and plans to work toward a chemical engineering degree at UW-Madison this fall.

 Forest resource specialists scoped out nearly 250 new sites this year where invasive plant species were found and the U.S. Forest Service is acting quickly; they’ve announced their invasive plant control strategy and they’re asking for your help.

Common invasive plants such as knapweed and leafy spurge stunt tree growth, food and nesting sites for wildlife. The forest service has relied on cutting, pulling, and herbicides and prescribed burns to eliminate invasive plants, but Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Botanist Marjory Brzeskiewicz says prevention is key…

Missing Man Found Safe By Authorities

May 19, 2016

The elderly man who hadn't been seen for over a day has been found safe and sound.

Langlade County Sheriff's officials issued a Silver Alert for 79-year-old Gerald Mikkelson Wednesday evening. He was located shortly before midnight. Mikkelson is from Kansas but has family members in Langlade County and also in southeastern Wisconsin. He left the Polar area east of Antigo, and family members believed he was traveling to visit his sister in the Milwaukee area.

Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce

Final preparations are underway for the second annual White Deer Triathlon being held Saturday in Boulder Junction. Instead of the typical swim, bike, and run format, the event features a paddle, bike, run format.

WXPR's Ken Krall spoke with Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce Director Theresa Smith about the event...

The White Deer Triathlon is part of the Northwoods of Wisconsin Tri-Master series, a group of triathlons held in Vilas, Oneida and Langlade counties in the warm weather months.

Oneida County Sheriff's Office Holds Active Shooter Training

May 18, 2016

  Sounds similar to gun shots will be heard on Nicolet College’s campus next week, but the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office says don’t be alarmed. The simulated shots are part of their annual active shooter training program, and officers from around the Northwoods will be taking part in the training. Officer Lloyd Gauthier says the training will include student, staff and law enforcement role playing with simulated 9-1-1 calls…

You can take part in an online chat about the growing black bear population in Wisconsin on the DNR website Thursday(5/19/2016) at noon. DNR big game ecologist Mary Annala says the online chat gives the public a wide area to explore the many aspects of bears...

" this chat is basically for the public to interact with the DNR staff and basically ask questions related to bears, bear management or bear hunting. Anything related to bears we're open to...."

Wisconsin Wins Cracks Down on Illegal Tobacco Sales

May 18, 2016

  A state wide program is cracking down on illegal tobacco sales.  

The Wisconsin Wins Tobacco Compliance Check Program works to keep tobacco out of the hands of youth and lower illegal tobacco sales in Oneida, Vilas, Forest, Florence, Lincoln and Price counties.  Program Coordinator and Oneida County Community Health Specialist Maria Otterholt outlines the program…

Sidewalks For Highways 45-70 Approved In Eagle River

May 18, 2016

Approval of new sidewalks on the north side of Pine Street in Eagle River will be part of the 2019 reconstruction of four lane Highway 45-70 to three lanes after the city council whittled down the Dept. of Transportation proposal by eliminating sidewalks on the south side.

A Phelps woman has been found dead on a trail in Phelps and the Vilas County Sheriff's Department is calling the death 'suspicious'.

Sheriff Joe Fath reports a 9-1-1 caller reported finding the body on a trail behind apartments in Phelps. The body was identified at 47 year old Luann Beckman. She was last seen riding her bicycle Sunday afternoon about 4;30 p.m. Fath says state experts were called in to examine the scene and report a suspicious death.

Fath says the Sheriff's office, Coroner, District Attorney and Wisconsin Department of Justice are investigating.