Ken Krall WXPR

Last week Governor Walker previewed his biennial budget address to the state during a trip to Crandon to highlight education funding. He also hinted more money is going to be released to fix Wisconsin's rural roads.

During a question and answer session with reporters, Walker said the state revenues have exceeded expectations and more money is going to education and hinted there might be more for roads...

Nicolet College Included In New UW Tuition Plan

Feb 6, 2017
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A new plan unveiled last week would give one free year of tuition at U-W Madison to some of the first students in their families to seek college degrees.

The students would have to transfer to Madison after two years of schooling at the U-W Colleges around the state and certain technical schools -- and it would only take effect if the state provides funding. The only technical college north of Madison and Milwaukee involved in the proposal is Nicolet College in Rhinelander.

College President Dr. Richard Nelson....

Ken Krall WXPR

Displeasure with the Trump Administration policies became open protest in Rhinelander Saturday afternoon

About 50 members of the public gathered at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport to let their opinions be known that they don't think much of the ban leveled against Muslims and members of other nations and a wall proposed for the U.S. Mexico border by President Donald Trump.

Jerry Woolpy of Minocqua was one of the organizers...

Changes To School Start Date, Drunk Driving Proposed

Feb 4, 2017

For the fourth time in eleven years, state Representative Jim Ott is trying to give back the option of letting Wisconsin public schools start their fall terms in August. The Mequon Republican is seeking cosponsors for his bill to let schools do away with the required start date of September first or later. Farmers liked the August start, so classes could end in May and students can help with spring field work -- and many high school football coaches would like an earlier start because they often have two weeks of games in before the rest of their buildings open for the fall.

Group Wants To Stop Enbridge Emiment Domain Efforts

Feb 3, 2017
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Mosinee--A group of Wisconsin landowners is struggling with eminent domain laws, and has started a billboard campaign to gather support.

Mark Borchardt, founder of the group 80 Feet is Enough, says his land in the Wood County town of Lincoln continues to be threatened by Canada-based Enbridge Energy Partners, who took 80 feet around their oil pipeline under eminent domain rights and could be set to take more.

VC Board To Consider County Forest Certification

Feb 3, 2017

A split 3-1 vote the Vilas County Forestry committee will send a resolution to the county board to have the 40,000 acre county forest certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to help expand markets for forest products, primarily softwoods, thereby allowing more opportunities for local loggers.

"Only two mills take certified softwoods and they are asking us to do this," county forest administrator John Gagnon  said. "Right now we have pine cut and decked and can't sell it."

Ken Krall WXPR

Three Lakes had the first K-12 Fab Lab in Wisconsin.

Since then, the idea has spread to a number of Northwoods school districts and has drawn the interest of school administrators across Wisconsin. Legislators, staff, school district administrators all boarded a yellow school bus at the Representative Rob Swearingen's business in Rhinelander Wednesday to begin a day-long trip to Northwoods Fab Labs.

Dr. Darienne Driver is the Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools who says they're interested in bringing Fab Labs to that school system....

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A state advisory group has recommended about 60 ideas for renewing Wisconsin's fight against chronic wasting disease in the deer herd.

The panel completed four months of work by making its final proposals Wednesday.

DNR Big Game leader Bob Nack says the goals of the group are lofty...

"....the goal of the plan is to reduce the spread of CWD and to reduce the number of deer testing positive for CWD. That's a lofty goal I think the action items proposed here are the best effort we have to achieve that...."

Northwoods United Way

The Northwoods United Way is close to it's annual giving goal and they're hoping a few more contributors come forward to help. Director Nancy Sattler...

"....we just completed our drive for 2016 and we came very close to meeting our goal. We're at 95 percent of what we had hoped to raise. There's still opportunity to give to the campaign. This year we are supporting 28 different agencies throughout Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties. We can always use your help in meeting our goal.."

The original drive goal was $165, 000.

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Governor Walker stopped in Crandon Wednesday afternoon to highlight a portion of his budget address next week: more money for rural schools.

Walker said the improving economy will enable his administration to give rural schools a jump in sparcity aid, by nearly $20 million dollars. That money goes to small districts like Wabeno.

He also is providing more money to bus students....

Northwoods Alliance For Temporary Housing

Tuesday(1/31/2017) was the sixth anniversary of Rhinelander's homeless shelter Frederick Place. This Saturday is a key fundraiser to help keep them operating .

The Fifth Anniversary Benefit is set for the Quality Inn on West Kemp Street in Rhinelander beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

Executive Director Tammy Modic says Frederick Place has been busy....

Minocqua residents are among those being targeted for a telephone scam called "can you hear me".

Minocqua Police Chief David Jaeger describes the latest ripoff...

"'ll receive a phone call and either someone identifes themselves as 'my name is so-and-so, I'm with customer service, I have a really bad connection, can you hear me?'. At that time if you answer yes, or even if you answer no, they're going to record your voice and use that to say you are agreeing to use their service..."

Pert Near Sandstone

This weekend, WXPR is happy to sponsor Minneapolis based bluegrass band Pert Near Sandstone at the Nicolet College theater in Rhinelander.

Evan Verploegh got a chance to talk to Nate Sipe from Pert Near Sandstone ahead of their Saturday night debut.

Evan Verploegh writes about arts and culture for the Lakeland Times.


Pert Near Sandstone will be performing at Nicolet college this Saturday night at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at

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Competition is expected to heat up between two regional healthcare providers after Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) announced plans to build a hospital with a projected cost of upwards of $35 million at its Minocqua facility.

Eagle Cove Camp and Conference Center

Another legal setback for a family hoping to build a Bible camp and center on family owned land on Squash Lake west of Rhinelander.

The Lakeland Times reports two judges on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a lower court decision that Oneida county's denial of permits for the camp was legal.

The Jaros family has been seeking needed permits for 12 years, and has been through the federal court appeals process once, and the case was not heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.