A state Division of Consumer Affairs official says the recent flooding in northern Wisconsin likely will also bring out a group of con artists selling cheap repairs door-to-door.

Department of Ag, Trade and Consumer Protection's Division head Frank Frassetto says look our for contractors whose offer doesn't seem right...

Roads, Sidewalk Art Featured At Recent ER Meeting

Jul 19, 2016

Issues with roads and sidewalks occupied discussion at a Eagle River city council meeting (7/12) that included a decision on Pleasure Island Road, final payment of the Division Street project, a new process for some road segments, and allowing a special sidewalk art project.

Wisconsin Housing Posts Strongest First Half Since 2005

Jul 18, 2016

  Wisconsin home sales for the first half of 2016 are the highest in eleven years, that’s according state Economist David Clark. He says Wisconsin realtors sold about 38,150 homes from January through June; that’s about a 5.5 percent increase from June of last year. Clark says the number of available houses on the market has dropped by 14 percent causing prices to rise…

 “…the northern region was actually quite a bit more; it was up 7.8 percent in terms of volume. The median prices were up about 5.7 percent.”

Olson Library Looking At New Architect For Project

Jul 18, 2016

The Walter E. Olson Memorial Library Foundation approved a number of motions last week including taking the lead for renovation and expansion of the library, accepting ownership of the property, contracting with OPN architects, and establishing a library foundation building committee.

Some political experts are predicting a raucous Republican National Convention beginning today in Cleveland, but a regional Republican Party official doesn't believe the talk.

Jim Miller of Hayward is the 7th Congressional District Republican Party Chair and a delegate to the convention from Wisconsin. The 7th District covers much of central and northern Wisconsin.

Miller says the national convention brings about a feeling of the national scope of the party....

The Native American Drug and Gang Initiatived Task Force has been named a finalist by the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.

NADGI was created in 2007, bringing together tribal law enforcement agencies with the state Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation. to fight illegal drug and gang activities on state reservations. DOJ Special Agent Brian Kastelic is the Task Force Commander.

He says the task force works to make arrests but also educate the community...

  Dragons are coming to the Northwoods.

Businesses, organizations and service clubs will compete in the 1st Annual Dragon Boat Races on Lake Minocqua August 20. Teams of 20 paddlers in a 45 foot long boat will race a 300 meter straight, point-to-point course along the shores of Torpy Park.  The event is a fundraiser for the Howard Young Foundation. President Mike Gibbons says they still need teams…

Bayfield County has published an interactive flood road closures map which is available on their website

The map allows people to click on certain areas and view the status of the road.

To view the status of a particular road click on the area. A small box should pop up that displays a photo and/or the road's status.

Keep checking the WXPR website for more updates on the flooding damage and road closures.

Ashland Holds Listening Session in Wake of Recent Storm

Jul 15, 2016
Ashland Daily Press


   Northern Wisconsin residents are continuing their work in restoring services, repairing infrastructure and assessing damage in wake of Monday night’s heavy rain that’s led to days of flooding and rerouting.

Sections of major state and federal highways like U.S. HWY 2 and 13 leading to Ashland, Bayfield and Iron counties have been closed for nearly a week due to washouts. Ashland Chamber of Commerce Director Mary McPhatridge says a listening session is planned to discuss what their next steps will be…

VC Officials Mulling Over Courthouse Design

Jul 14, 2016

A review of interior design options for the $10 million Vilas County courthouse expansion brought out different opinions from members of the public property committee centered on what the budget can handle verses what the public perception may be.

With the clock ticking, an advocacy group is asking insurance companies to come up with what are called 'low-out of pocket' insurance plans.

This week Citizen Action of Wisconsin reports on July 22, insurers need to submit 2017 plan designs to the state for the health marketplace, The group was asking the companies to offer what are known as Low Out-Of-Pocket health plans that provide health care access at costs that working families can afford by reducing deductibles.

 The American Cancer Society is recruiting teams to participate in the annual Relay for Life United Up North this Saturday at Hodag Park in Rhinelander. Co-lead committee member, Angela Harris says the event will begin at 3pm with events going on throughout the day. 

“We’re holding our event down at Hodag Park this Saturday July 16th. We’re going to start at 3pm with an opening ceremony at 3:30. We’ll have activities throughout the day, the biggest one being the grand ceremony and survivor recognition starting at 6pm.”

Widespread Storm Damage In CNNF Reported

Jul 14, 2016

Update: 3:20 p.m. 7/14/2016 Wheeler News Service: Several roadways are under water and remain impassable in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota where flooding caused by storms earlier this week has yet to recede. In Wisconsin, Highway 2 between Ashland and Hurley remained closed as well as other roads in the region. In the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, the Beaver Lake Campground near Mellen is closed due to flood damage. In Minnesota, volunteers are filling and stacking sandbags in Moose Lake where residents are keeping an eye on rising lake water.

Lincoln county has noted the one year anniversary of one of its workers killed while working a road construction site.

Lincoln County Highway Commissioner Kelly Reith talks about Marcus Wydeven Work Zone Safety Awareness Day....

"....he was tragically killed in an accident one year ago on July 14, 2015 while working on a road construction project on Highway 17. Marcus was a flagger who moved traffic around the construction zone...."

Small schools in rural Wisconsin have been in a budget pinch but the Department of Public Instruction has released more than $7 million to help schools meet the high cost of bussing. Several of the schools getting transportation money are in the Northwoods.

128 schools qualified for the aid says DPI spokesperson Tom McCarthy says the aid is directed for districts with above-average school transportation costs....