WXPR’s Annual Fall Auction and Concert will be held Sunday, November 6th at Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander. Silent auction items will be on display starting at 2:00 pm. At 3:00 pm the live auction and music with Bret and Frisk begins. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served and admission for the day is $25.00 or $20.00 for WXPR Members. Call WXPR 715-362-6000 to reserve.

The color of squirrels is a black and grey question

Oct 6, 2016

In my experience, children can ask some pretty profound questions. A while back, at an undisclosed school event, a child asked me why there are so many black squirrels now. I did not have an answer ready, so like any good biologist, I gave a stock answer: black squirrels are simply a melanistic form of gray squirrels, and while nature may select against such a mutation, in residential, suburban, or rural areas (where food is abundant and natural predators are scarce) these animals are more likely to survive. It seemed like a fair answer in the absence of any other facts.

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa have a new administration leading the tribe.

Following the Tribal General Election on Tuesday, Joseph G. Wildcat, Sr. was elected President. John "Goober" Johnson, Sr. was named vice-president. Henry "Butch" St. Germaine had been the previous President.

Elected to the tribal council were Steve Beson, Betty Jo Graveen, Frank Mitchell, Sr. and William "Bill" Stone, Sr. The President, Vice-President and council members will be sworn in on October 10.

The DNR says the time for education is ending, and wardens will be issuing fines for baiting and feeding deer in the Northwoods CWD zone.

After discovering Chronic Wasting Disease in two deer in Oneida county, the DNR issued its familiar quarantine in an effort to keep the disease from spreading within the healthy deer population.

The law, which took effect on January 11, only bans baiting and feeding of deer. Feeding birds and small mammals still is allowed provided the feeders are not accessible by deer.

Ken Krall WXPR

More than 500 Northwoods eighth-graders arrived at Nicolet College in Rhinelander Wednesday to see what heavy metal is all about. This wasn't a tour of musical acts, but rather exposure to manufacturing jobs. The annual "Heavy Metal Tour" brings the early teens to talk to educators about getting schooled in manufacturing and seeing first hand what's being built , says Nicolet Director of Enrollment Erica Warning...

A Vilas county man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Madison with allegedly producing child pornography and one count of possessing child porn.

The indictment alleges that in July, 2015, 35 year old Benjamin J.McHugh of St. Germain had a minor engage in a sex act so he could record it on his cellphone.

The indictment also alleges McHugh was also found with child porn in September, 2016.

Actions from a state meeting this week provided a major boost to a company hoping to use the former Printpak building in Rhinelander.

The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands has approved a $15 million dollar State Trust Fund Loan to finance the eventual move of Rhinelander Coated Products...a division of Expera Specialty Solutions ..into the former Printpak building on Kemp Street.

The complicated deal uses Northeast Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to purchase and renovate of the vacant Printpack building and purchase needed capital equipment.

Authorities Still Looking For Answers In Death

Oct 5, 2016

It's been almost five months since the body of Luann Beckman, 47 was found in a wooded area near Noseeum Lake behind Northwoods Village Apartments in Phelps. She was last seen on Sunday, May 15 at the Phelps Convenience Center a little after 7:00 pm.

Vilas County Chief Deputy Patrick Schmidt has distributed a poster around the county and especially in the Phelps area asking if persons may have information related to Beckman's death to call the Sheriff's department.

Sara's Bog

Oct 5, 2016

In this month's edition of Field Notes,  Trout Lake Station Biologist Susan Knight learns it's valuable to pay attention to the small things...

An open meetings complaint filed by former Rhinelander City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner has been dismissed.

In a three-page response to Aschenbrenner's complaint, Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek said no charges would be filed against Rhinelander city council members who dismissed her in late August.

Aschenbrenner alleged improper notice was given for actions taken surrounding a closed session the night she was notified of her termination. She filed an open meetings law complaint last month.

Get in touch with your wild side

Oct 5, 2016

I learned to love and appreciate hunting, fishing, and nature from my father. He was an avid outdoorsman, and took great pride in the fact that he never missed a deer season, not even the year he had open heart surgery. He loved to fish, and would keep every single possible fish he caught. I still remember watching him on the riverbank, nailing a catfish to a tree so he could skin and fillet it while it was fresh. He never really got crazy about lots of lures, or fancy poles or tackle. A worm, a minnow, or maybe a black and silver Rapala was all he needed to be content.

A fire Monday night led police to find a body in a home in Langlade County.

According to a press release from the Langlade County Sheriff’s Office, they received a 9-1-1 call around 7:45 Monday night reporting a barn fire near County Highway H.  

The first week of October was dubbed as Mental Illness Awareness Week by the U.S. Congress in 1990 in recognition of the National Alliance of Mental Illness’s efforts to raise awareness about mental illness.

A mental illness is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling or mood. Corie Zelazoski is a community health specialist with the Oneida County Health Department and says a mental illness can affect a person’s ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis.

Protect your business from cyber criminals

Oct 4, 2016

A statewide campaign declared by Governor Scott Walker is fighting back against cyber theft.

Known as the Cyber Hygiene Campaign, the Center for Internet Security and the National Governor’s Homeland Security Advisors Council launched the movement to encourage individuals and businesses to practice safekeeping’s when it comes to your personal or business’s security. 

Rhinelander Chamber Director Bill Clow let go

Oct 4, 2016


The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the departure of Director, Bill Clow. According to a press release released today Clow’s departure was effective Oct. 3. Clow took over the Chamber’s operations December of 2015.