A provider of driver training in Antigo and Hurley has closed operation and the DOT suggests looking for other trainers.

Wisconsin DMV spokesperson Deb Kraemer says Adaptive Experts LLC is no longer licensed to provide training services.

Adaptive Experts provided classroom and behind the wheel training.

Kramer says people needing driver training in Antigo and Hurley can go to the DOT/DMV website to get more information...

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WXPR's Ken Krall talks with UW-Stevens Point Political Science Chair Dr. John Blakeman about Republican leadership in Congress and the legislature and the political 'ground game'....

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It looks like Mother Nature is cooperating and the Ice Castle is a go in Eagle River.

Led by the Eagle River Fire Department and volunteers, weather permitting, the castle is built out of blocks of ice from Silver Lake. The castle is assembled near the historic Railroad Depot downtown.

Fire Chief Michael Anderson says they need about a foot of solid ice before they proceed.

He says they have about 11 inches, and with the cold snap this week, they should be ready to go next week....

People need to have blood during medical procedures, but the supply of blood is not always plentiful, especially this time of the year.

The Community Blood Center, which has an office in Woodruff, is offering a free, long sleeve T-shirt to donors until January 15.

Donor Services Vice-President Kristine Belanger says blood supplies tend to drop this time of year....

Minocqua Board Eyes Meeting On Fire Station Bid Package

Jan 4, 2017

In a low-key session Tuesday, the Minocqua Town Board learned what it would cost to buy two new pickup trucks and complete asphalt crack sealing of town roads next summer. Supervisors approved the bid from Dave Marston Motors of Minocqua to supply a 2017 Ford F150 pickup truck to be used by the police department. The cost will be $23,329 with the trade-in of the department’s 2008 Ford Expedition. Ewald Automotive Group of Oconomowoc offered three vehicles, with the trade-in factored in: a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, $26,665; 2017 Ford F150, $23,791 and 2017 Dodge Ram 1500, $22,935.

No injuries were reported as a fire heavily damaged parts of a home north of Rhinelander Tuesday morning.

Firefighters report going to 4475 Poplar Drive in the town of Pine Lake about 8:30 a.m.

One person was inside the dwelling along with two pets, and all got out safely.

The family is being assisted by the Red Cross. Fire Chief Brian Gehrig says the fire is believed to have started in a living room.

Heat and smoke also damaged the home.

An anti- expanded gambling advocate says a potential Wisconsin legislative bill could  put legal Internet gambling on every smartphone, which she says would be the largest expansion of gambling in state history.

Executive Director of Citizens Against Expanded Gambling, Lorri Pickens, says a similar bill died in the last legislature.

While Whooping Cough has been in the news in the Northwoods recently, quietly the number of influenza cases in Wisconsin continues to rise.

Oneida County Health Department Nurse Rob Deede says the state is reporting flu is starting to affect senior citizens...

An economist says the moves recently made by the Federal Reserve could eventually impact interest rates when we borrow money.

Last month, the Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates a quarter of one percent, reflecting signs that the economy was growing and to slow inflationary pressures.

Independent auditors have found Wisconsin's state forested lands are examples of being well-managed and some of the states most valuable resources.  Those assessments from a recent audit of state managed woods.

DNR forest certification coordinator Mark Heyde says the audit teams gave glowing reviews of management practices on state lands. Department owned lands are certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council. Heyde was asked what this audit means for the public..

Wisconsin Conservationist: Don't Take Clean Tap Water for Granted

Jan 3, 2017
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Looking back on 2016, one of Wisconsin's leading conservationists says some of the best things that happened were proposed laws that didn't pass.

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More than five million persons today are living with Alzheimer's Disease, 1 in 3 seniors dies of Alzheimer's Disease or another dementia, and last year, the disease cost the nation $236 billion dollars. Those figures are a back drop for a series of educational programs sponsored by the Alzheimer Association in the Northwoods.

Spokesperson Kathy Davies says all of the programs are free. There is one set for January 17 in Rhinelander...

The fitness facilities often see an influx of new customers after January 1 as many people make a resolution to improve their health. By summer, many of the attendees aren't showing up any more.

Wellness and Aquatics Director at the YMCA of the Northwoods...Stephanie Ruckheim...says keeping your resolution to get fit will be more successful if you follow a plan...

The legislature will return to session this month, and leaders are organizing the committees that will do the work.

State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst says a new state Senate committee is likely to emerge for the next session. He says with the election of Donald Trump and Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress, he says the state is anticipating a change in federal-state relations and is shaping a committee to deal with the change....

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Wisconsin jobless numbers continue to fall, as the state preliminary numbers for November show decreasing unemployment across the Northwoods and the state.

Preliminary rates decreased in all 72 counties when compared to November, 2015. Unemployment numbers for the year ending in November are the lowest since 1989, and continuing unemployment claims are the lowest in 30 years.

Labor Market Economist Scott Hodek says the economy is stable and the future indicators show the economy to continue to grow.

But three counties here saw more jobs being created...