A device that has caught the eye of emergency responders has been adopted by the Vilas County Sheriff's Department.


Last week the state Natural Resources Board approved the Master Plan for the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area.

The area is a forested 3,000-acre property located approximately 10 miles west of Rhinelander.

The DNR purchased the property from a paper company in 1999 as part of the "Great Addition."

A petition from an ATV group triggered a master plan review which concluded with the recent approval by the governing board.

DNR Property Manager Jeremy Holtz says very little is going to change with one exception...

Forest County Sheriff's Dept.

A Crandon man has agreed to a plea bargain involving the death of a 15 year old and the injury of a 16 yar old near Crandon last year.

19 year old Austin Ginter entered a plea Tuesday to charges of homicide by negligent use of a motor vehicle and 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety. Charges of reckless homicide and other charges were dismissed but some will be considered at sentencing.

The crash happened July 13, 2014 when a vehicle Ginter was driving left Old 8 Road near Crandon and struck several trees. 15 year old Chance Harkus died in the crash.

UW Madison Continuing Studies

There will be no more School of the Arts at Rhinelander.

The once week-long event has been a key part of the Northwoods summer landscape for 52 years. UW-Madison School of Continuing Studies...the key sponsor... let stakeholders know of the decision this week. The school began in 1964 by UW Professor Robert Gard as a way to bring arts and culture to rural Wisconsin. People from many different areas converged in Rhinelander each July to learn from artists active in the field.


Commentator Catherine Marshall describes the state of stuff, and recalls a famous author who had a straight-forward view of clutter a long time ago...

The next Iron County Citizen's Forum will look at the changing world of medicine in the Northwoods.

Organizer Terry Daulton says the goal is to look at what is being provided and what still needs to be done...

"....we're hoping to get input from citizens in our area about what the needs are and what kinds of opportunities we might have in the future better improve our medical care services...."


A fundraising event organized to raise money for the homeless shelter in Rhinelander is set for next week.

The 6th annual "Soup For Shelter" provides the public a chance to enjoy soup and bread from Northwoods restaurants, but it also is a key fundraiser to maintain Frederick Place says Executive Director Tammy Modic...

"'s a free will offering where we will have close to 10 different businesses that are donating some delicious soups. People can try as many as they like for that free will offering...."

Phosphorus, ammonia and sediment levels have decreased during the past 20 years in major rivers statewide as a result of stricter limits in wastewater, improved farming practices, construction site erosion control and urban storm water management...that from a recent DNR report on state impaired waters. DNR Section Chief Brian Weigel says they've 209 new waters that meet the criteria for being classified as impaired and is now asking for public comment....

The state has awarded nearly $195,000 to rehabilitate Runway 18/36 at Lakeland Noble F. Lee Airport in Arbor Vitae. DOT engineer Matt Messina says the runway needed repairs...

" was a microsurface project. Microsurface is a surface course that goes over the existing runway to seal it and protect the entire pavement...."

He says this provides a complete seal over the existing asphalt, preventing water damage and extending the life of the pavement...

  The Lac du Flambeau Indian tribe held a ground blessing at the construction site for the new Waaswaaganing Indian Bowl Living Arts and Culture Center. The grounds have been home to the Lac du Flambeau Amphitheater since 1951 where traditional dance performances and cultural events would take place. Since the demolition of the old building last year, such celebrations have been limited. Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Melinda Young says the new center will be a mecca for future celebrations.

Lower Gas Prices for Holiday Season Says Analyst

Nov 2, 2015

  Motorists can expect extra cash in their pocket this holiday season as gas prices continue to fall. Petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan says because of the small demand for gasoline, he expects gas prices to fall close to two dollars per gallon by the end of the year.

 “…the holdup at this point, from delivering the oil and turning it into gasoline, is at the refining level. This is the time of year, the autumn, that refiners generally slow down production and carry out maintenance now that gasoline demand is beginning to drop.”  

Dixie Lunch In Antigo Celebrates 70 Years

Oct 31, 2015
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The Dixie Lunch in Antigo has achieved a position possibly no other diner has achieved.

Dixie Lunch, downtown on 5th Avenue, is a family- owned diner that has fed people from every walk of life for seven decades. Their kolaches and burgers are the same as when Ed and Georgian Ourada began the business in 1945. Their children, Gus Ourada and Sue Stanton continue to carry on the tradition of home cooking. Sue Stanton’s familiarity with the customer base seems to be part of their formula for longevity....

Marshfield Clinic Appeals CUP Denial

Oct 31, 2015

Marshfield Clinic has filed an appeal with the Oneida County Zoning Board of Adjustment to overturn the Planning and Development Committee’s denial of a conditional use permit Marshfield needs to build a skilled nursing facility at their Minocqua location.

Marshfield’s assistant general counsel Dan Kirschnik wants 45 days from the Oct. 15 filing to “investigate other relevant land uses that have been previously allowed in Oneida County and which may be relevant to the matter before the Board.”

Minocqua Businessman Ends Run For Congress

Oct 30, 2015
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A businessman from Minocqua is ending his candidacy for Congress.

Democrat Kirk Bangstad spent three months trying to challenge third-term Republican Sean Duffy of Wausau in next fall's election. Now, Bangstad admits he won't be able to raise enough money. He says corporate money is too influential in politics, and he vows to do what he can to change that. Bangstad co-owns a fitness studio with his wife, and he's also a technology consultant.

This would have been his first bid for public office.

Fire destroyed a vacant two-story house this morning in the town of Merrill.

Crews responed to the fire on Lokemoen Road in the town of Merrill. When firefighters first arrived on scene, there was heavy smoke and fire. Cause of the fire at the vacant home has not yet been deterimed. Multiple fire departments were on scene.

The Merrill Fire Department is reported to be investigating.