Wisconsin residents are paying 47 percent more on average than Minnesota residents for comparable health insurance.

That is a key statistic in a report filed by an advocacy group that would like to see Wisconsin take federal Medicaid money. Citizen Action of Wisconsin analyzed comparable policies under the Affordable Care Act and found no matter where you are in Wisconsin, you pay more than Minnesotans.

Executive Director Robert Kraig says even though Minnesota's rates went up this year, Wisconsin's rose faster...

Wisconsin Continues to Provide for Excellent Snowy Owl Viewing

Nov 12, 2015

  DNR reports show Wisconsin continues to be a haven for snowy owl viewing.  Snowy owls are a northern species that nest worldwide on the treeless tundra near the Arctic Circle. Research Scientist Ryan Brady says while some remain close to their breeding areas, others head south into southern Canada and the northern United States. He says every handful of years large numbers move into Wisconsin, and you can find them in places you least expect.

A Rhinelander-area Red Cross volunteer is in Texas to help with relief efforts in an area overwhelmed with rain and floods.

Carol Miller travels often to help with relief efforts in other parts of the nation. Torrential rains.. in some places 20 inches of rain...pummeled southern Texas in late October causing widespread flooding. Miller helps with medical needs and is based out of Austin. She says she helps clients with medical problems, or staff who need medical aid. She says the heavy rains washed out the homes for thousands....


Well-known businessman Trygve (Trig) Solberg now wants to build a water-bottling plant at Hwy. P and Carlin Club Drive in Presque Isle where he hopes to pipe in well water from the Carlin Club property for the operation.

Nearly 60 citizens attended the Presque Isle Zoning Committee meeting Tuesday to hear Solberg present his plans during an information-only session. Several citizens spoke against the proposal.

The first K-12 digital Fab Lab in Wisconsin was honored Wednesday by the Department of Public Instruction.

The Three Lakes Schools project was one of seven awarded by State Superintendent Tony Evers as part of the 'Standing Up For Rural Wisconsin' program. The project provides 3D modeling and 3D printing technology and is said to be a way to bring a new type of manufacturing to a rural area. Evers says the K-12 aspect of FAB LAB is rare and received deep community support...

Republican State Senator Tom Tiffany says says he does not support proposed legislation that would restrict school districts choosing when to hold a referendum.

Speaking Wednesday before the Rhinelander Area Retired Educators Association, Tiffany was asked about a bill by Senator Duey Strobel which would only allow school funding referendums to be held during general elections and no sooner than two years apart...

Veterans Day Celebration Across Nation

Nov 11, 2015
Dean S. Acheson photo

Jerry Mestek of St. Germain waves to students as they give a standing ovation to the 200 veterans spouses entering Lakeland Union High School fieldhouse in Minocqua for the Veteran's Day program Wednesday. Escorting the 98-year-old U. S. Army veteran is Lori Schmitz, a staff member a the high school.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Service Honors Veterans

Nov 11, 2015

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is waiving fees at most of its day-use recreation sites in honor of Veterans Day.  Public Affairs Officer Dave Melancon says day-use fees will be waived at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the U.S. Forest Service. He says it’s a way to encourage veterans and their families to take advantage of the outdoors.  

 “…this is the forest service’s way of thanking veterans for their service, and to give them an opportunity to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.”

In contrast to some tough debate in past years, the Oneida County Board Tuesday breezed through approval of a $51 million dollar budget for 2016.

The budget is down 11 percent, or $6.5 million dollars from 2015. Department heads were asked to cut expenditures by 5 percent says Supervisor Ted Cushing, who chaired the Finance committee for several years...

"....I will say this budget, 2016, was the best, and I don't want anybody to misinterpret this term, best orchestrated that has ever come across in my opinion..." 


The Vilas County Board tabled a resolution which would have put a six month moratorium on all land division within areas regulated by shoreland zoning.

The state budget changed local regulation, allowing looser state codes, and taking away tougher county enforcement.

At Tuesday's meeting, Zoning committee chair Ken Anderson asked the resolution be withdrawn. He says they want to look at the subdivision ordinance, including the shoreland regulations, then take them to the public.

Last year he joined us on Veteran's Day and again this year WXPR News Director Ken Krall had a chance to talk to Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos. Scocos says the need to help veterans is growing, and reflected on a recent federal decision to place a National Veterans Cemetery in the town of Cassian west of Rhinelander....

 Tune in to WXPR's Northwoods Café Monday, November 16th, at 7 pm for a live broadcast performance with Northwoods singer/songwriter Scott Kirby.

Scott Kirby is from Rhinelander and has been playing music and writing since he was 12. Over the last few years he has released two albums, his latest Good Morning Jo, is a cutting edge bit of “blue-country-folk-grass”. Kirby won second place at the songwriters competition at Big top Chautauqua. He was selected from hundreds of entries from across the nation and his unique sound made him truly standout among the other songwriters.

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare has taken issue with some statements made by some Republican presidential candidates.

Upgrades Made to Flambeau Motorized Trail

Nov 10, 2015

  The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Service is upgrading the Flambeau Motorized Trail to accommodate ATVs and UTVs 65 inches or less. Previously, the Flambeau Motorized Trail system offered more than 70 miles of year round riding for ATVs 50 inches or less.  Medford-Park Falls Recreation Ranger Tim Vetter says a safety audit in 2011 identified areas of the trail system that didn’t meet agency standards for larger width UTVs.