A training for new volunteers is set for Thursday in Rhinelander for a program that takes seniors, youth, the disabled  and veterans out on fishing excursions.

The Rhinelander chapter of  "Lets Go Fishing" needs people to learn to be captains and mates says spokesperson Neal Baudhuin. He says they will begin with a morning training session at the Oneida County Senior Center then move to the water....

Some lands  outside the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest are among the parcels the DNR has put up for sale.

In the last budget, the legislature said the state had to put up for sale at least 10,000 acres of state-owned property located outside the scope of state project boundaries.

The DNR's Steve Miller says this includes some property outside the Northern Highland land and some land in Lincoln county. He says you can find the listings on the DNR website...

A state economist says a year-long look at the Northwoods economy showed some counties grew jobs, other counties lost jobs.

Beau Gellings in Wausau says Oneida, Lincoln and Price counties saw job gains, while Iron, Langlade and Vilas counties saw job losses. He measured several sectors hires and losses...

"....if you look at fourth-quarter 2014 compared to fourth quarter 2013, this is the net change..."

Gellings looked at the top three business sectors in each county and the bottom three in terms of hiring.

The Deer Tick is also responsible for at least two other illnesses besides the widely known Lyme Disease.

Lyme disease is a concern in northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, and can cause a variety of flu-like symptoms. But Char Ahrens of Oneida County Public Health says  Anaplasmosis , and Ehrlichiosis  and other illnesses are a concern.

Sometimes those problems are in conjunction with having Lyme Disease.  Ahrens outlines the symptoms...

A Northwoods Democrat says she wonders about paying for an arena in Milwaukee with tax money while schools and roads in the north are underfunded.

State Senator Janet Bewley, whose district includes parts of Vilas, Iron and Price counties, says the state Senate's approval last week of nearly $400 million dollars to build a new Milwaukee Bucks arena shows questionable  priorities....

A number of crashes reported over the weekend in the Northwoods, with one person reported killed.

A three vehicle crash Friday night in northern Langlade county proved fatal for an Elcho man.

25 year old Joseph Ziemendorf was killed on Highway "K" near Pratt road when his vehicle collided with an SUV driven by a LaGrange, Illinois man. That collision pushed Ziemendorf's vehicle into the path of a vehicle driven by another LaGrange, Ilinois driver.

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James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander was buzzing Friday(7/17)  as the School of the Arts at Rhinelander begins.

This is the 52 year for the program, originating the UW-Madison Continuing Studies department. The school brings together writers, musicians, photographers and artists of all types each summer in Rhinelander.

This year they went to a weekend format in the hopes of bringing in more people able to stay for a shorter period of time.

Musician Wade Fernandez spoke with WXPR's Emily Bright in a memorable Live From the White Pine performance Thursday, July 16th. 

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Biologists say habitat preservation is critical to preserving wildlife. The DNR reports turkey, pheasant and waterfowl hunters contributions have led to large increases in habitat preservation.

More than 500,000 acres of land have been restored for both turkey and pheasant hunters each  says DNR ecologist Krista McGinley.....

"....over three-quarters of pheasand and turkey stamp revenues has gone to restoring, maintaining habitat for those species in the state..."

The Executive Director of Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority says they're working toward getting more middle-range housing for the Northwoods.

Wyman Winston met with business groups in Rhinelander Thursday.

He says people in the middle class have few housing options..

".....there aren't a lot of housing options. You're either on the lake or you have nothing. Your either at the high end or there's not much(housing) there. So we want to see if there are things we can do over the next year to help the community...."