House Fire in Vilas County

Aug 11, 2016

  A lightning strike is believed to be the cause of a house fire in Vilas County Thursday.

The Vilas County Sheriff’s Department received a 9-1-1 call of a fully engulfed house at 9023 North Star Road in Winchester Township. The caller reported all people and animals were out of the house. No injuries were reported. 

  The Lakeland Union High School Board of Education has given tentative approval to locate the iconic “T-Bird Country” bridge panel at the north entrance of the high school off State Highway 70 West.

Meeting in special session Wednesday, the board voted 5-1 to green light the main entrance as recommended by its Finance Committee. Board president Tom Gabert voted against the site’s location.

As summer winds down parents are scrambling to find the best deals on school supplies, but some Northwoods families are struggling to afford even the most basic items.

The Northwoods United Way is sponsoring a Stuff the Bus event at the Rhinelander Walmart to help local families prepare for the upcoming school year. Director of the Northwoods United Way, Nancy Sattler hopes to get the community and local businesses involved.

Digger’s Hotline is celebrating 40 years Thursday and hopes that tomorrow’s date, 8-11 will remind residents to call 811 before completing digging.

Manager of Public Relations, Chad Krueger says digging before calling can have serious consequences.


  The Vilas County board quickly approved the first bid package for the $10 million courthouse addition that came in $260,000 lower than projected but adopted an amendment adding $400,000 to the project even though their resolution clearly stated project cost was not to exceed $10 million.

Included in the bid package were demolition, earthwork, utilities, site stabilization, concrete foundations, asphalt paving, and landscaping.

The budget for the these was projected at $1,421,000 with the bid total being $1,161,130 or 18% below budget.

Nicolet Resource Advisory Committee Seeks Project Proposals

Aug 10, 2016

  Local counties interested in improving the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest lands and resources are encouraged to submit project proposals to the Forest Service.

The Nicolet Resource Advisory Committee works with Forest, Florence and Oconto Counties, and receives funds from the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act each year based on the percentage of land in federal ownership, timber sales and per capita income.

Iron Mountain VA Offers Direct Appointment Scheduling

Aug 10, 2016

CWD Collection Plan Presented

Aug 10, 2016

A deer sampling plan to collect tissue for testing if chronic wasting disease (CWD) is present in free ranging deer around the private deer ranch south of Three Lakes was recently presented to area Conservation Congress delegates.

Two deer tested positive for CWD at the ranch which triggered a baiting and feeding ban in Oneida, Vilas, and Forest County although liquid scents are still allowed.

DNR wildlife manager Chuck McCullough presented the plan emphasizing cooperation of successful hunters is needed to reach 100 samples.

Head On Collision in Boulder Junction Kills Two

Aug 10, 2016

Two people are dead after a head-on crash in Boulder Junction.

The Vilas County Sheriff’s Department received a 9-1-1 call around 6:50 Tuesday night reporting an accident in the area of County Hwy M.

Preliminary investigation indicates one vehicle crossed the center line.

One of the drivers was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other driver was taken to Howard Young Medical Center, but was later pronounced dead.

The accident remains under investigation by the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department.

Names have not been released.


Obama Approves Disaster Aid for Northern Wisconsin

Aug 10, 2016
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

President Barack Obama has approved federal disaster aid for eight northern Wisconsin counties hit by heavy rains and floods July 11th and 12th.

Governor Scott Walker says Tuesday's declaration will help local governments get assistance for up to 75-percent of repair costs for washed out roads and bridges -- plus tax funded facilities like the Saxon Harbor in Iron County, where dozens of boats were damaged. Up to 12 inches of rain caused more than 25-million dollars in public infrastructure damage.

2016 Fall Primary Election Results

Aug 10, 2016

The winners  from the contested races in Tuesday’s primary are:

D-Russ Feingold

D-Mary Hoeft 
R-Sean Duffy


D-Matt Michalsen

D-Renea Frederick

D-Galen Bayne-Allison

R-Martha Milanowski

R-Tracy Hartman

ArtStart Rhinelander and WXPR have partnered to bring The Lowest Pair to ArtStart in an intimate, house concert setting. Banjo riffs, timeless folk and country influences, and haunting vocals are what this Minneapolis-based duo, Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee are all about!

Join us at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander, or tune in to WXPR at 7PM to listen to the live broadcast.

By donation, all $$ go to the musicians! Cash bar

Hunters around the Northwoods looking for an easy way to learn more about their hobby are reminded to join the Department of Natural Resources staff for live chats throughout the coming months.

Public Affairs Manager for the Fish, Wildlife and Parks division of the DNR, Sawyer Briel says the live chats on the DNR’s website are easy to use.


Rhinelander Brings Back City Hunt for Second Consecutive Year

Aug 9, 2016

After a rise in the number of deer living within the Rhinelander city limits nearly a decade ago city council and the police department set up a procedure to thin the heard. That same method will be in place for a second consecutive year; that’s according to City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner.

Last year’s city wide bow and arrow hunt had few participants and low deer harvest numbers, so city council questioned Monday night if bringing back the hunt would be worth it. Aschenbrenner says the city agreed to bring the hunt back, but changes have been made to the program…