Monday, June 12 Evening Newscast

Jun 12, 2017

Daryl Youngstrum

A Northwoods institution is returning. ArtStart and several partners have announced the return of School of the Arts to the Northwoods.

School of the Arts began in 1964, an idea of the late UW-Madison professor Robert Gard to bring the arts to rural Wisconsin. For more than 50 years, the week-long sessions were held in Rhinelander.

In 2015, the University of Wisconsin Continuing Studies program announced the end of the program.

ArtStart spokesperson Ashley McLaughlin talks about the revival....

National Allliance On Mental Illness

After hearing they had secured a place to operate, a local mental health organization has secured a start date to begin drop-in hours.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Northern Lakes has been offered space downstairs at Trinity Lutheran Church on Stevens Street in Rhinelander.

Board President Mick Fiocchi says they've been working for three years to get the drop in center going, serving Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties...

Survey work over the winter by the DNR shows the wolf population has grown.

Monitoring efforts over the winter found a count of 925-956 wolves in 232 packs, a 6.8 percent increase from the previous winter.

DNR large carnivore specialist David MacFarland in Rhinelander says the wolf population fluctuates...

Marine Corps Base Quantico

Saturday evening more than 3300 Wisconsin Public Service customers were without power caused by high winds.

Wisconsin Public Service has an outage webpage that showed more than 1,000 Rhinelander area customers were without power.

Traffic lights were observed to be off in the city's main section and several stores were closed.

Elsewhere, nearly 900 customers were without power in the Eagle River area and 300 in Lake Tomahawk.

Cooling Facilities for Hot Days in the Northwoods

Jun 9, 2017

Dawn Robinson of the Oneida County Emergency Management Department spoke with Ken Krall about locations in Oneida and Vilas Counties that have been identified as public cooling facilities.

Oneida County and Vilas County have designated cooling facilities that are open 24/7that if citizens need to get a little reprieve from the heat that they can go to. They can walk around these facilities on the inside, they can have a seat.

“And can you tell us where some of them are?”


The annual WXPR Blues Cruise down the Wisconsin River leaves the dock, Saturday, August 19th, at 6:00pm.  We’re excited to welcome Robert "One Man" Johnson this year as our entertainment.

Tickets are $35.00. The ticket price includes a reserved sit-down dinner, concert and two hour cruise down the Wisconsin River.   There will be a cash bar available.

The first Northwoods LGBT Pride event is being held Saturday(6/10) in Arbor Vitae.

The secretary of the Rainbow Hodags, Don Schindhelm says the first Gay Pride rally was held 47 years ago in New York City. Schindhelm says since that time, the term "gay" has been replaced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender sexual orientation.

Schindhelm says they're holding a picnic event Saturday...

Men's Health Month Target: "Silent Health Crisis"

Jun 9, 2017
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Wisconsin News Connection is here.

MADISON, Wis. - According to the Men's Health Network, there is a silent health crisis in America: On average, American men are sicker and die younger than American women.


Wednesday, NPR's Robert Siegel interviewed a Palestianian lawyer and author Raja Shehadeh as part of All Things Considered's look at the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War in 1967, involving Israel and surrounding Arab nations. Israel won the war and the region has been changed.

Shehadeh was 16 years old in 1967 and living in the West Bank when the war began. He says Israeli troops easily occupied the area...


Work on a Rhinelander bridge is ending and a city official says it should be open soon.

The second year of work on the Rhinelander downtown Streetscape project is moving forward.

This weekend there are three different events taking place in the downtown and Public Works Director Tim Kingman says the Davenport Street bridge will be open and all the barriers downtown will be removed...

Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce

Three events are taking place in and near downtown Rhinelander Saturday and promoters are expecting big crowds.

The annual Art Fair on the Courthouse lawn is being held on and near the grounds of the Oneida County Courthouse, the 20th annual Rhinelander Car Show is downtown, as is a first-year event, Bikes and Burgers, a motorcycle, food and music gathering sponsored by Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated.

Chamber of Commerce Director Maggie Steffen says there will be much to see...