Scott Kirby hosted Shoestrings Alive during the Midwest Music Hour in March. Listen to the archive here. If you are a local musician that would like to play live or have your music played during The Midwest Music Hour contact host Scott Kirby. 

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Another honor for a Lakeland area educator.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers along with the Wisconsin School Administrators Executive Director Jim Lynch announced Justin Szews was named as 2018  Assistant Principal of the Year.

Wisconsin DOT

Work has begun on U.S 51 between Woodruff and Arbor Vitae and a Transportation Department spokesperson says the public can get construction updates emailed to you.

The project will reconstruct US 51 from 3rd Avenue to Tuckaway Drive as a five-lane road with two lanes in each direction. The DOT's Kristin McHugh says if you go to the DOT website at  you can find out more information.. 

States, Cities Push Back on Census Citizenship Question

Apr 6, 2018
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WASHINGTON - Seventeen states, seven major U.S. cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors filed a lawsuit this week in an effort to remove a controversial question - "Are you a U.S. citizen?" - from the 2020 Census.

Veterans Administration

We told you recently of a series of meetings scheduled by the Veterans Administration to talk about the new National Veterans Cemetery to be built in the town of Cassian) west of Rhinelander. The meetings were postponed due to the weather but have been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 25.

Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters says personnel from Fort Snelling are going to oversee the national cemetery She says they're going to give the communities an update to report when things are happening.

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Boat Patrol stopped by the WXPR studios ahead of their show at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander. Boat Patrol is Cai Mountjoy (Bass), Daleth Mountjoy (Keys), and Evan Verploegh (Drums). Bones64

The recent snow has begun to put another level of stress on the Northwoods deer herd.

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz in Rhinelander says the most recent state index ending in March put much of Northwoods below the level that impacts deer.

But the heavy snows and the deeper cold at night have likely pushed that index toward the moderate level...

"...especially in terms of late-winter snowfall. It took us over the 18" mark in the woods and it's going to be pretty tough on the deer until the snow we just received begins to reduce again...."

Gas prices are stable....for now...but an industry spokesperson says it's likely we're likely to see more price hikes until Memorial Day.

Patrick DeHaan of the website says refinery maintenance shutdowns and lower outputs have put the pressure on prices.... 

"....Don't be fooled. There may be more price increases coming in the weeks ahead as refineries finish seasonal maintenance and we continue transitioning to summer gasoline...."

Phelps Chamber of Commerce

For one Vilas county community it's an opportunity to put a spark into the economy during what is traditionally a slow time for visitors.

The 7th annual Phelps Maple Syrup Fest is set for Saturday.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Celeste Hendrickson says the event helps the community..... 

Thompson Says Walker Might Have Tough Re-election Bid

Apr 5, 2018
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Former Governor Tommy Thompson was in Wausau Wednesday night to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service or WIPPS.

Before the event, Thompson spoke on a number of different topics. Thompson says that he was not surprised to see Rebecca Dallet win the Wisconsin Supreme Court race on Tuesday.

"I thought Dallet ran a strong campaign," he said. "I knew the Republicans were in trouble. I think it's indicative of what's taking place across the country. There's a Democratic wave and that Democrats are much more energized."

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The Board of Directors of WXPR Public Radio are pleased to announce that Jessie Dick has been selected as Station Manager. Dick has been working at WXPR for over 14 years, most recently as the Marketing Director and Volunteer Coordinator.

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There are many different signals that spring has arrived. In today’s episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist talks about a regional favorite—sugaring.

Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Community

The chair of the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Community has rejected a plea deal and will go to trial on charges related to a incident at the tribal offices last summer.

53 year old Chris McGeshick is charged with two felonies, false imprisonment and intimidating a witness, and two misdemeanors.

At a court hearing Thursday, an offer by District Attorney Charles Simino for a plea deal was rejected and McGeshick requested a jury trial. Trial was set for July 30.