The National Alliance For Mental Illness Family to Family Program returns November 3 to the Northwoods designed for family members of people dealing with mental illness.

NAMI Northern Lakes spokesperson Mick Fiocchi outlines the program....

"....things like panic disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive borderline personality disorder, PTSD, the class is taught by family members for family members...."

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Much attention has been made about the growing opioid and heroin addiction problem in the U.S.

Oneida county law enforcement agencies are joining in the semi-annual Prescription Drug Takeback Day being held October 22.

Captain Terri Hook from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department says that office and three others in Oneida county will be involved. Federal law enforcement sponsors the take back, funding local law enforcement efforts to bring in unused medications...

Two mass flu clinics are being held this month and next at Rhinelander High School.

School District of Rhinelander District Nurse Kerri Schmidt says the event is designed for people in all walks of life...

"....we want to get our school age kids as well as people from our community. It's not limited to any one in the school district, it's anyone in the county if you want to come in to get a shot to protect yourself from getting the flu....."


A nationally-recognized historian and supporter of Hillary Clinton stopped in Rhinelander Thursday to stump for the Democratic presidential candidate.

Dr. Allida Black has written four books about Eleanor Roosevelt and is considered an expert on the nation's 32nd First Lady and is a friend of Clinton's, the 42nd First Lady. Black says she first met Clinton in 1992, and says the public and private person are very different, saying she is the 'most unknown known person in the United States'...

The 1.5 million people who live in rural Wisconsin are finding greater challenges finding and retaining medical professionals in their communities.

The President and CEO of Wisconsin Hospital Association, Eric Borgerding applauds the state Assembly for forwarding a set of proposals put together by WHA to address the problem. Borgerding says a two-edged problem in rural health care will be happening soon with an aging population need more care, and fewer people to provide it.

He says helping find, train and keep home-grown talent is essential...

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The furnaces are coming on as the colder weather settles in, and officials at Wisconsin Public Service are asking low-income residents to apply for energy assistance funds.

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program helps people pay winter heating bills. Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Leah Van Zile says if you should check your household eligibility....

An unusual third year of funding for a Boulder Junction event was announced earlier this week.

Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett was on hand to present a $14,000 Joint Effort Marketing grant to the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce to promote the White Deer Triathlon next spring.

Chamber Director Theresa Smith says it's unusual for the Department of Tourism to provide a JEM grant for three straight years...

The name of a person killed Monday in a Price county traffic crash has been released.

The driver of a sport utility vehicle died at the scene when struck head on by a vehicle. The other vehicle was fleeing a Price County Sheriff's deputy.

Julie Petty of Catawba was the driver of the SUV. A deputy had stopped a pickup truck for speeding. When the deputy was pulling behind the pickup truck, the driver fled at a high rate of speed. The pickup truck unexpectedly swerved into Petty's path.

Record Number Of Hunting Dog Deaths

Oct 12, 2016

State wildlife officials say a record number of hunting dogs were killed by gray wolves in the recent bear hunting season.

The D-N-R says at least 40 hunting dogs were confirmed dead during the bear hunt that ended Tuesday -- way up from the previous record of 23.

The Wisconsin State Journal says some people blame a federal court decision which ended  the state's wolf hunt almost two years ago, while some say bear hunters should have the good sense to stay away from areas where their dogs could be put in jeopardy.

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Governor Scott Walker met with Oneida County, Rhinelander, and school officials Tuesday for his 64th listening session to Wisconsin counties. Meeting with reporters after the session, Walker had little to say about his former Republican Presidential opponent Donald Trump and Trump's loss of Republican endorsements following the release of audio about women...

Walker says his goal in the next two-year budget is to expand broadband beyond what the federal government is providing to three local service providers....

The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is encouraging candidates to fill out their profiles on the Vote website and hopes the public takes a moment to check it out.

An attorney with seven years experience as a Corporation Counsel in Adams County, Jack Albert of Wisconsin Rapids, will be offered the position of Vilas County Corporation Counsel.

That position is is expected to become vacant when current Corporation Counsel Martha Milanowski is likely elected District Attorney next month. After the primary election, Milanowski is unopposed.

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Three Davenport Street business owners complained Monday night about the slow reopening of that street as part of the downtown Streetscape project.

Aaron Schultz, Jeanne Pederson and John Stoehr all complained that the extended work on the street caused extreme financial difficulties.

Schultz, owner of Big Daddy's hoped the city would provide better communication to local businesses when delays happen...

Two persons died in a Price county high-speed chase and crash Monday.

The Wisconsin State Patrol reports a Price County Sheriff's deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding on Highway 13 about 11:00 a.m. The driver pulled over to the side of the road. As the deputy pulled up, the driver sped off at a high rate of speed and a chase began. The vehicle abruptly pulled into the southbound lane, striking another vehicle head-on. Both drivers were alone in the vehicles and were killed in the crash.

The crash happened on Highway 13 at Dama Road near Phillips.

The increasing number of identity thefts and scams prompts the Wisconsin Homeland Security Council to provide all computer users with a series of tips to lower the risk of cyber crime.

Tod Pritchard from the state Department of Military Affairs says one common way crooks get to your digital info is through an innocent looking link...

"....they're trying to get you to click on that link, and unfortunately, sometimes that link is basically an entre to get into your computer to send you malware and start doing nasty things...."