Legislation has been proposed in Madison that would make some broad changes in how the state and counties administer local veterans services.

Among the provisions, it would allow counties the option to keep the current arrangement for a County Veteran Service Officer, or not have a local officer and go into a consortium with other counties. Currently the CVSO's are mandated by the Wisconsin statutes in each county. It would allow non-veterans to be that CVSO and eliminate several duties now done locally and put them under the direction of the state.

Energy Saving Projects Approved By LUHS

Jan 26, 2016

The Lakeland Union High School Board has selected a Milwaukee company to act as a general contractor to oversee nearly 40 projects that could save the district $65,000 in energy savings each year for the next two decades.

The district spends over $330,000 annually for electricity and natural gas bills, as well as for related maintenance.

Business Services Director Greg Kopp explains why the timing is right to do the projects:

A second of three public information meetings on the proposed $3.9 million Northland Pines school district referendum for the next three years scheduled for a vote Feb. 16 was held last night at the Land O' Lakes elementary school before a small group of school employees and three members of the public.

  The Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness Continuum of Care is partnering with coalitions around the state to complete a homelessness count the night of January 27. The count will cover Forest, Langlade, Oneida and Vilas counties. Volunteer Lori Hallas says staff and volunteers will count persons in shelters, streets, under bridges or similar places not meant for human habitation.

Next month high school seniors and others have a chance to get instant help filling out the forms needed to apply for college financial aid.

Each winter, College Goal Wisconsin is held at a number of places around the state.

Nicolet College is hosting a session on February 27 at the Learning Resources Center. A few days earlier, February 24, a session is scheduled at the Education Center in Lac du Flambeau.

Nicolet College Director of Financial Aid, Jill Price, says by going to these sessions, many questions about financing your schooling can get answered...

The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is inviting citizens to a forum involving the 22 candidates for the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors. League spokesperson Jane Trotter says the event is designed for the public to meet and ask questions of the candidates...

"....its non-partisan as county board seats are non-partisan. There are 22 seats open. It's an opportunity for them to meet their constituents..."

Trotter says the audience will submit questions and there also will be questions on specific issues...

Wild Ponies Talk Honest Songwriting

Jan 26, 2016


Rhinelander Police Department

The chance for Rhinelander citizens to see first hand what city police officers do is again open to the public.

The Rhinelander Citizens Police Academy is accepting applicants for the next class. Police Chief Michael Steffes says this is the ninth annual academy. The academy begins February 25 and runs through April 21. Steffes says participants get an inside view of law enforcement's daily activities...

A regional anti-drug unit...the Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group... has picked up federal money through the state of Wisconsin to fight heroin and opioid abuse here.TheDrug Enforcement Group is from seven different counties and 26 agencies.

Oneida County Chief Deputy Dan Hess says the two year grant for $52,000 will help continue the fight against a growing heroin and opioid problem...

"....we've been seeing a lot of heroin cases in our area. We hope this will be effective in curbing this type of behavior...."

Nicolet College officials are pleased with an announcement last week by Governor Walker that more than $3 million dollars is now available to help students take college-level credits while still in high school.

It's called "dual enrollment". Nicolet College President Dr. Richard Nelson says students who have some credits in hand when they enroll are more likely to finish their degrees. He says another reason is practical...

Offering dead-on, honest songwriting  delivered in a hauntingly beautiful and gritty neo-traditional Americana wrapper, Wild Ponies takes all the rich detail and narrative of their earlier work and adds a sonic right fist. With quick wit and fearless delivery, Doug and Telisha Williams with drummer Megan Jane, make every show stunning and personal.

Join WXPR and Nicolet College Saturday, January 30th at 7:30pm in the Nicolet Theater for this great night of music. Tickets are $25 or $20 for WXPR members. 

Hunters Voice Concerns At Deer Advisory meeting

Jan 22, 2016

The hunting fraternity aired a host of concerns, including the ban on deer baiting, at Thursday’s Vilas County Deer Advisory Council meeting in Conover.

Several citizens complained about low deer numbers, the impact that predators such as coyotes and bobcats have on deer, and a couple voices saying it was time to restrict the number of antlerless deer youth can bag.

Deer feeding and baiting in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties is now prohibited after a deer killed on a Three Lakes deer farm last December tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

End Of An Era In Forest County

Jan 22, 2016
Richard D. Ackley, Jr.

In 2014 the final remnants of railroad tracks were removed from Crandon, thus bringing a quiet close to a portion of Crandon's unique history. Chances are children today will grow up with little or no association with the railroad.

While Governor Scott Walker has had center stage this week with the State of the State address and a subsequent tour of the state, Democrats are out with what they call the real state of the state.

Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader Katrina Shankland of Stevens Point says they see a set of problems the Walker didn't address...