Nicolet Area Technical College

The next event in the Nicolet College series takes place Friday and this one centers on veterans reintegrating into society.The series focuses on helping higher education and business professionals hire and work with veterans, the unemployed, and the underemployed. This weeks presentation discusses veterans reintegrating to society.

Dean of Health Occupations at Nicolet College, Lenore Blemke, talks about the Hire Up series...


No action was taken Monday night against two members of the Rhinelander City Council who other members of the city council allege released information from a closed session to the public. But more hearings and investigations are on the horizon.

Northwoods students who were enrolled in classes at ITT Technical Institute are encouraged to contact Nicolet College to create a plan that will allow them to continue their education.

130 ITT campuses across the country were ordered by the U.S. Department of Education last week to stop enrolling new students who use federal financial aid. The ban was set in place after the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools questioned their compliance with criteria such as financial stability, management, record keeping and institutional integrity.

Gift of the Harvest; Wild Ricing

Sep 12, 2016

Wild rice is almost as old as history itself, and each year more and more people are attracted to the joys of wild rice harvesting. Through the collection of wild rice, harvesters are able to explore the best of Wisconsin, collect their own food and support the local economy. 

WXPR’s Miranda Vander Leest hit the Rhinelander Flowage with Scott Eshelman of Newbold last week to find out how wild rice harvesting is done. 

Scott Eshelman says he’s will to teach anyone who’s interested in learning to harvest wild rice out on the flowage.

The archery and crossbow hunts begin Saturday and for the first time, hunters in the Northwoods have to hunt under rules concerning Chronic Wasting Disease.

DNR wildlife health section chief Tami Ryan says the DNR will be testing deer from select areas of the state. Surveillance will focus on adult deer, since older deer are more likely to have the disease.

She says hunters getting dear in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties can help by having their deer tested...

A Milwaukee filmmaker is navigating the length of the Wisconsin River on a paddleboard while doing a documentary about the state's longest river.

30 year old Jesse Heib started at the headwaters near Land O' Lakes on Friday.

He says he's a big paddleboarder and after talking with members of the River Alliance and having them explain the significance of the river he thought a paddle and a documentary would go well together....

Water-bottling Plant Being Built In Marenisco

Sep 12, 2016
Pete Rondello

Developers of a proposed water-bottling plant that sparked an outcry in Presque Isle, Wis., are on track now to begin similar production this November in Marenisco, Mich., according to a township supervisor.

Formerly known as the Carlin Water Company, the company is now labeled Superior Springs, LLC. Well-known grocer Tregve “Trig” Solberg is one of the plant’s developers. Solberg plans to sell Superior Springs bottled water in his grocery stores and gasoline service stations, as well as in outlets across the nation. No decision has been made on branding the bottles.

Joe's Pasty Shop Involved in Saturday Fire

Sep 10, 2016

The Rhinelander Police and Fire Department closed off Randall Avenue in Rhinelander Saturday evening as crews battled a structure fire. Sergeant Kurt Helke says they received a call shortly before 5.  He confirms the structure involved was Joe's Pasty Shop, and says the source of the fire has not yet been determined.  We will update this story as more information becomes available.

Vilas Ambulance Service Losing $250,000 a year

Sep 9, 2016

Ambulance service to residents of Eagle River and the towns of Lincoln, Washington, and Cloverland was discussed with Ministry Health Care and municipal representatives with the current contract being extended for another year.


Kinship of Tomahawk Thursday received the AT&T Innovation Award to Support Mentoring Program for Teens.

AT&T spokesperson Jessica Erickson says the $4,000 donation will help the KinsKlub program...

"'s an afterschool leadership and mentoring development program for teens. The goal of KinsKlub is to engage young people in community service projects and leadership development opportunities. It also helps partner them with academic mentoring to keep them on the right patch in school..."

Pete Rondello

An issue with a boiler at Rhinelander City Hall caused the evacuation of the building after carbon monoxide was detected.

Rhinelander Fire Department personnel report going to city hall Friday morning.

A spokesperson says one person was transported to St. Mary's Hospital by ambulance.

A large fan was being used to vent the carbon monoxide from the basement. Most employees returned to work by 11 a.m.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Volunteers and nature enthusiasts are invited to help find and document the School District of Rhinelander’s biological diversity at the first-ever BioBlitz through Saturday.

The two-day event is sponsored by the School District of Rhinelander, the University of Wisconsin Extension and Stevens Point Learning, Experiences and Activities in Forestry (LEAF) program, the Forest County Potawatomi and the U.S. Forest Service. It's being held at the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom known as CAVOC.

If you want to  get your hands dirty next week you can get some food for yourself and benefit local food pantries.

The UW-Madison Agricultural Research Station east of Rhinelander, along with the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association and area food pantries host a 'A Night On The Farm'.

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hanson says the community is welcome to stop out on September 16 and get their hands dirty...

Rick Latoff / American Battle Monuments Commission.

The next Never Forgotten Honor Flight leaves Central Wisconsin Airport next Monday morning for a day-long journey to Washington, D.C.

13 World War II veterans, 54 Korean War veterans and 28 Vietnam veterans will be joined by 55 guardians.

The Never Forgotten Honor Flight organization flies veterans from Oneida, Vilas, Iron Langlade, Lincoln, Price and six other counties to the nation's capitol to see the memorials for each of the wars and other sites at no charge to veterans.


The City of Rhinelander began the process of gathering public input on the future of Rhinelander's parks Thursday. Community members sat at tables providing input that facilitator Myles Alexander of Oneida County UW-Extension organized to help the city Parks, Buildings and Grounds committee begin the process of updating it's Master Plan...

"....four particular questions that we're going to be asking about...funding, your priorities, how you think the process should happen for deciding priorities, and what you think needs to happen...."