Minocqua Town Board To Decide Firm For Fire Station

May 16, 2016

The Minocqua Town Board will be asked Tuesday to approve a $180,000 contact with the Baraboo architectural firm MSA Professional Services to design Minocqua’s new fire station.

Bill Clow

Democrat Russ Feingold would like the up- for- grabs Wisconsin U.S. Senate seat back. He lost to incumbent Republican Ron Johnson six years ago.

While making a campaign swing in Rhinelander Saturday, Feingold shot back at a revised commercial from a so-called 'dark money' group funded by the Koch Brothers, claiming Feingold did nothing after being notified of a problem at the Tomah VA.

Northland Pines Drug Testing Policy Inches Forward

May 13, 2016

A compromise who may be subject to random drug testing in Northland Pines school district was discussed again with the district policy committee this week, but may have generated more questions than answers.

Candidates Sought For Open LUHS School Board Position

May 13, 2016

The Lakeland Union High School (LUHS) Board of Education is taking applications to fill the unexpired term of Joe Fahrenbach.

The board treasurer resigned his post April 17 after learning his extended absences from the school district disqualified him from holding that post. His three-year term expires next year.

No one was injured, but a home north of Rhinelander was destroyed early Friday.

The Sheriff's office reports a 9-1-1-caller reported the blast at 4:46 a.m. at 5078 Sand Lake Road in the town of Sugar Camp.

When emergency crews arrived, they found the seasonal home wrecked, and a small fire in the basement. No one was home at the time of the explosion but five other homes in the vicinity were damaged.

Wis. Dept. of Agriculture, Trade, Consumer Protection

Below is the release from DATCP regarding the recall from Gunkel's Bakery.


  New reports from the American Cancer Society links radon exposure to blood cancer in women. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that’s often found in rock and soil, and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.


Rows of Rhinelander's past filled the upstairs at Rhinelander City Hall Thursday, as the city Historical Commission held a Rhinelander Roots Celebration.

The council chambers have been adorned with pictures from Rhinelander's past for years, and the displays brought out other history of local businesses and organizations as well.

One of the business people on hand was Phil Frasier from Frasier's Plumbing and Heating. Next to a huge and heavy heat radiator in the council chambers was a hand-held tool that Frasier explained...

The DNR and consultants are asking for public input as they move forward with the planning process for the Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area.

The area is in western Vilas county and is bounded on three sides by the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and the Lac du Flambeau Chippewa tribal lands. Meetings are being held in two weeks in Manitowish Waters. The DNR's property planning section chief Diane Brusoe says the charette process is a multi-day design workshop designed to capture public input...

Nicolet College

A first-of-its-kind graduation ceremony happened Wednesday at the Forest County Potawatomi Community Auditorium east of Crandon.

More than two dozen tribal members received a certificate in Professional Communication from Nicolet College. The idea for the classes began with tribal administrator Eugene Shawano who was looking for ways to expand professional development opportunities for employees.

As Nicolet College President Dr. Richard Nelson says this was a unique graduation for the college...

Eagle River Chamber of Commerce

The Northwoods will be filled with participants and viewers as the 20th Journeys Marathon travels across Vilas county this weekend.

Patti Gill from the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center says they're hoping for 1,200 registrants this year. The full marathon course begins near Boulder Junction and makes its way southeast along Cty K down county roads and city streets until it finishes in Riverview Park in Eagle River. There is also a half-marathon run, and a 13 K power walk. Other race events are also being held.

A recent study done by AAA finds fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized the drug. AAA spokesperson Nick Jarmusz says the recent numbers are concerning...

"......they went from an 8 percent(fatal crash level) to 17 percent, that's about one in six drivers in Washington state that are involved in fatal crashes that has marijuana in their system...."

Next we'll hear from Jay Heck, Executive Director For Common Cause in Wisconsin. Recently, Common Cause noted a sharp decrease in competitive Congressional and legislative races heading into the fall elections. Heck says a redistricting plan soon to be under judicial review adopted in 2011 created what has been known for centuries as 'gerrymandering'....

Jessie Dick

More than 600 middle school students learned about career options Tuesday.

Seventh graders from schools around the Northwoods attended the 4th Annual Nicolet College Career Expo at the Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander. Organizer and Career Coach Patrick Burns says the day was dedicated to students exploring their interests and future career options…

An application to provide for cooped chickens came before the Rhinelander City Council Monday night.

Since 2013, the city allows homeowners to have the birds under tight controls. Most of the requests have gone through city government routinely, but the council Monday had an objection to location.

Scott Kirby requested a coop at 15 South Pelham St. A neighbor wrote a letter saying he had no objection, but another letter from the Northwoods Historical Society next door was in opposition, citing pollution and odor concerns.