Rhinelander Area Food Pantry

Many people donate to food pantries around the holidays, but the time after that finds a bit of a lull.

Each spring the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry invited the public to have financial donations matched. Previously the effort was known as the Feinstein Challenge, but as pantry spokesperson Bill Vancos reports a new donor has stepped forward...

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The results of a three-year investigation by local, state, and federal law enforcement into the large scale trafficking of methamphetamine in central Wisconsin have been released .

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Thursday(3/9/17) was the first day for Drug Court in Forest County, a joint effort from the state court system at the Forest County Courthouse and Forest County Potawatomi Tribal Court to get persons convicted of drug offenses into treatment.

WXPR's Ken Krall spoke with Chief Judge of Tribal Court Eugene Whitefish and Wellness Court Coordinator Valerie Loduha about the program, designed to get people with addictions to change course. We hear first from Judge Whitefish...

High speed internet has arrived for some Northwoods residents and more is on the way.

Rhinelander-based Northwoods Connect Founder and CEO Paul Osterman says a new tower has gone live north of Rhinelander...

"....just completed and just launched the Newbold tower. The tower itself is located by Newbold Fire Station #2. That was built in cooperation with the town of Newbold. The service is active and live and we are currently putting on subscribers in the Newbold area....."

Osterman says other towers are being set up...

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Winter recreation in the Northwoods includes a large number of snowmobiles driving along groomed trails. It's vital for the tourist economy. A competition held at Michigan Tech University in Houghton this week is designed to lessen environmental impacts.

Speed and alcohol continue to be main factors in the majority of Wisconsin snowmobile deaths. As the snowmobile season closes for the year , a DNR warden says a majority of the snowmobilers killed this season saw speed and alcohol as the main contributing factors...

"....almost two-thirds of the fatalities involved one or both of those factors, alcohol consumption and speed. Going too fast for conditions or too fast at night...."

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The finalists for the vacant Rhinelander Chief of Police position is down to three.

The confirmed finalists are Rhinelander Police Interim Chief Ron Lueneburg, Oneida County Sheriff's Department Captain Lloyd Gauthier, and Dave Funkhouser, the Police Chief from Kiel, Wisconsin.

Final interviews are set for next week. The community will also have a chance to meet the candidates.

Gauthier was an officer with Rhinelander Police before moving over the sheriff's department.

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WJFW TV is reporting criminal charges are possible after a child was found dead Tuesday in Crandon.

They're reporting the child's name as 6 year old Amber Perry. WJFW reported an autopsy was performed Wednesday and Forest County District Attorney Charles Simino said charges are possible, though the investigation is continuing.

A press conference is scheduled for Friday to discuss the situation.

Amber was a kindergartener at Crandon Elementary School.

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Since late Monday evening, Wisconsin Public Service has restored power to more than 81,000 customers.

WPS spokesperson Matt Cullen says they continue to bring in additional crews to restore power. He says if the severe winds subside, they expect to restore the majority of customers in the Minocqua, Rhinelander and Eagle River areas sometime on Friday. Eagle River has been the hardest hit area in the Northwoods.

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Two student wildland firefighters from the Blackwell Job Corps Center near Laona are headed to southern Illinois to get hands on training learning to fight fires.

The eight person team includes employees from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Blackwell Job Corps Center, and other units.. The group left Wisconsin Wednesday.

Assistant Fire Management Officer for the Chequamegon-Nicolet, Lee Jensen, says the local students go as part of an agreement with the Shawnee National Forest. He says this real life training is invaluable...

Marshfield Clinic Scores Win At Town Board

Mar 8, 2017

Round 2 belongs to Marshfield Clinic after the Minocqua Town Board voted unanimously Tuesday, March 7th to recommended approval of Marshfield Clinic’s hospital plans over objections by Howard Young Medical Center officials. The board’s approval comes on the heels of a similar recommendation by the town plan commission to issue a conditional use permit, which Marshfield Clinic needs in order to build a 12-bed hospital adjacent to its Minocqua clinic and ambulatory center.

Minocqua Board Accepts Fire Station Bid

Mar 8, 2017

The Minocqua Town Board awarded a $2,455,500 contract Tuesday to the Marshfield–based Boson Company to build the town’s new fire station. Including land purchase and other costs, the total project cost will be about $3.17 million.

The low bid by Boson is $600,000 under estimates, according to town officials who met in special session with its fire department expansion committee. The town will have to borrow money for its construction, which is to be substantially completed by next November.

Arts Wisconsin

Wisconsinites who love the arts are gathering in Madison Thursday for a day-long education and visibility conference called Arts Day 2017. Arts Wisconsin is the arts non-profit presenting the day-long event for the 20th year.

WXPR's Ken Krall spoke with Arts Wisconsin Director Anne Katz about how the arts, especially in the Northwoods, are influencing the economy and our lives...

Funds for this story are provided by the Northern Arts Council.


The annual partnership meeting of a multi-agency coop dedicated to controlling invasives species in the Northwoods is being held Thursday and public input is welcomed.

The Wisconsin Headwaters Invasive Partnership, or WHIP, includes Oneida and Vilas counties and fights mainly terrestrial invasive species but also aquatic invasives.

Oneida County Conservationist Michele Sadauskas says the group works toward education, control work and trying to bring groups together to control the spread of invasives.

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Career exploration and hands-on training for students with disabilities is the purpose of a new program at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff.

Set to begin this fall, Project SEARCH is a one year, business-led, school-to-work program involving workplace immersion by combining classroom instruction, career exploration and hands-on training.

Community Service Coordinator Kathy Viergutz outlines the program....