Due to the high number of children from low-income families in the area, the School District of Rhinelander will be offering a Summer Food Service Program beginning June 13th through July 8th for students under 18 and those who have mental or physical disabilities. Breakfast and lunch will be offered at various schools in the district. Food Service Director, Pat Karaba (ka-rah-bah) says there is a great need in our community for this program.

At least one person has already won a prize as the Three Lakes Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a summer-long fishing contest on the Three Lakes Chain.

Chamber of Commerce Director Skip Brunswick says one lucky angler could win big cash and others can win too...

"...they went in with the Fish and Wildlife Association. They purchased 100 fish, got a permit to tag them, The first-fish prize is $5,000, two fish are tagged with a value of $500, 20 fish are tagged at $100 each. The remaining anglers with tagged fish win coolers...."

Farmers, foresters and the general public are invited to a meeting next month to set priorities and to implement local conservation efforts.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced the schedule for Local Working Group meetings for this year.

District Conservationist Michael Stinebrink in Rhinelander says the local meeting is set for July 26 at the U.S. Forest Service office in Rhinelander. He says the main topic will be the Environmental Quality Incentives Program...

  Each spring, Department of Natural Resources biologists and volunteers head outdoors to complete surveys in order to learn more about Wisconsin’s wildlife species. Wildlife population and harvest assessment specialist, Brian Dhuey says that the surveys help the DNR determine how populations of certain animals and doing, and how many permits will be available for the upcoming seasons.

Vilas county authorities are investigating a crash Sunday morning that killed a pedestrian in the town of Washington near Eagle River.

Deputies report the man was blowing leaves along the shoulder of a roadway when he was struck by a vehicle.

The driver remained at the scene. The names the victim and the driver of the vehicle have not been released.

Wisconsin Public Service

A long weekend without electricity is coming to an end for many Northwoods communities hit hard by a vicious Friday afternoon storm. At one point Friday, tens of thousands of customers were without power, but crews worked through the night to bring back the power.

Sunday morning, more than 8,000 Wisconsin Public Service customers mainly in Oneida and Vilas counties were still in the dark.

Martinson Sentenced To 23 Years In Prison

Jun 11, 2016

The teenager convicted of killing her mother and stepfather nineteen months ago will spend the next 23-years in prison.

Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom heard both the defense and prosecution arguments for over ten hours Friday before sending now-18-year-old Ashlee Martinson to prison for stabbing her mother 40-year-old Jennifer Ayers and shoot 37-year-old Thomas Ayers at the family's rural Rhinelander home in March of 2015. Martinson will also have to engage in treatment or counseling.

Tourism is up and running for many areas in the Northwoods. Memorial Weekend kicked off the start of tourism season, and gave businesses and chambers up north an optimistic view for the rest of the summer.



The sentencing for the 18 year old Rhinelander area girl charged with killing her parents at their home in the town of Piehl in March of 2015 is going on today in Oneida County Court.

Ashlee Martinson was found guilty of two counts of 2nd Degree Intentional Homicide after entering into a plea bargain. T

he bodies of  step-father Thomas Ayers and his wife Jennifer were found in the home and other children were left in the home.


Three Lakes will be holding their 5th Annual Northwoods Heritage Fest this Sunday at Cy (sigh) Williams Park from 10am to 7pm. Executive Director of the Three Lakes Chamber of Commerce Skip Brunswick says the event is a celebration of the heritages of the Northwoods.

  Rhinelander’s 30th Annual Art Fair on the Courthouse lawn is going on this Saturday from 9am to 3pm. Executive Director of the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, Bill Clow says the event has something for everyone.

A Northwoods Democrat thinks deep budget cuts placed on the UW system during the last budget cycle will come home to roost on student tuition beginning this fall.

25th District State Senator Janey Bewley of Delta, whose district includes parts of Vilas, Iron and Price counties, says the recent news that the UW system said it would raise fees came as no surprise to her....

OnlyTwo Show Up for $14.6 Million Bond Issue Hearing

Jun 9, 2016

OnlyTwo Show Up for $14.6 Million Bond Issue Hearing Only two members of the public showed up for public hearing Wednesday on the proposed $14.66 million general obligation bond issue to finance 20 energy-saving projects at the Lakeland Union High School.

The school board got only one question: whether construction activities would disrupt classroom learning.

One woman was assured that construction would take place only during non-school hours, i.e. after hours, weekends.

Nicolet Area Technical College

Last fall, Nicolet College announced the "Nicolet Promise", which enables qualifying Northwoods students to attend the college tuition free starting this fall. At the time, Nicolet President Dr. Richard Nelson said the promise means the Nicolet College Foundation will pick up the entire balance of tuition and fees that remain after state and federal grants have been applied to students accounts.

Nicolet College Foundation Executive Director Heather Schallock says the initial offering has found many takers..

An avid Northwoods bicyclist says education is key for anyone using the road to understand and respect the rights of all when on the road. This week five bicyclists were killed, four others injured in Kalamazoo, Michigan when a pickup truck slammed into a group of riders. A driver has been taken into custody.

Mark Nienstaedt of Rhinelander says motorists and bicyclists respect the rights each has...