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Since late Monday evening, Wisconsin Public Service has restored power to more than 81,000 customers.

WPS spokesperson Matt Cullen says they continue to bring in additional crews to restore power. He says if the severe winds subside, they expect to restore the majority of customers in the Minocqua, Rhinelander and Eagle River areas sometime on Friday. Eagle River has been the hardest hit area in the Northwoods.

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Two student wildland firefighters from the Blackwell Job Corps Center near Laona are headed to southern Illinois to get hands on training learning to fight fires.

The eight person team includes employees from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Blackwell Job Corps Center, and other units.. The group left Wisconsin Wednesday.

Assistant Fire Management Officer for the Chequamegon-Nicolet, Lee Jensen, says the local students go as part of an agreement with the Shawnee National Forest. He says this real life training is invaluable...

Marshfield Clinic Scores Win At Town Board

Mar 8, 2017

Round 2 belongs to Marshfield Clinic after the Minocqua Town Board voted unanimously Tuesday, March 7th to recommended approval of Marshfield Clinic’s hospital plans over objections by Howard Young Medical Center officials. The board’s approval comes on the heels of a similar recommendation by the town plan commission to issue a conditional use permit, which Marshfield Clinic needs in order to build a 12-bed hospital adjacent to its Minocqua clinic and ambulatory center.

Minocqua Board Accepts Fire Station Bid

Mar 8, 2017

The Minocqua Town Board awarded a $2,455,500 contract Tuesday to the Marshfield–based Boson Company to build the town’s new fire station. Including land purchase and other costs, the total project cost will be about $3.17 million.

The low bid by Boson is $600,000 under estimates, according to town officials who met in special session with its fire department expansion committee. The town will have to borrow money for its construction, which is to be substantially completed by next November.

Arts Wisconsin

Wisconsinites who love the arts are gathering in Madison Thursday for a day-long education and visibility conference called Arts Day 2017. Arts Wisconsin is the arts non-profit presenting the day-long event for the 20th year.

WXPR's Ken Krall spoke with Arts Wisconsin Director Anne Katz about how the arts, especially in the Northwoods, are influencing the economy and our lives...

Funds for this story are provided by the Northern Arts Council.


The annual partnership meeting of a multi-agency coop dedicated to controlling invasives species in the Northwoods is being held Thursday and public input is welcomed.

The Wisconsin Headwaters Invasive Partnership, or WHIP, includes Oneida and Vilas counties and fights mainly terrestrial invasive species but also aquatic invasives.

Oneida County Conservationist Michele Sadauskas says the group works toward education, control work and trying to bring groups together to control the spread of invasives.

Ascension Health Care

Career exploration and hands-on training for students with disabilities is the purpose of a new program at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff.

Set to begin this fall, Project SEARCH is a one year, business-led, school-to-work program involving workplace immersion by combining classroom instruction, career exploration and hands-on training.

Community Service Coordinator Kathy Viergutz outlines the program....

A 22-year veteran of the Langlade County Sheriff's Department has been named the next sheriff.

Governor Scott Walker Tuesday named Sergeant Mark Westen to the position. Westen replaces Sheriff Bill Greening,who resigned in January.

Wind advisories continue throughout Wisconsin, as thousands of customers were without power . Winds were gusting to near 50 miles per hour in the state's midsection Tuesday, and central and northeast Wisconsin remain the hardest hit with more than 18-thousand outages reported by Wisconsin Public Service.

Eagle River, Townsend, Lac du Flambeau, Three Lakes and Arbor Vitae were listed as the hardest hit in the WXPR listening area at noon, but dozens of communities reported outages.

Northwoods students interested in attending technical college have another potential source of scholarship money.

Wisconsin Public Service Foundation is partnering with the tech college system to fund scholarships for students who live within the company’s service area and plan to attend technical college programs in the fall.

Foundation Administrator Karmen Lemke says this is the 53rd year they're making scholarships available to potential technical college students...

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The DNR plans to present final revisions to the state's long-term chronic wasting disease plan to the Natural Resources Board in December.

A stakeholder committee has developed more than 60 adjustments to the existing 15-year plan. State D-N-R Big Game Section Chief Bob Nack told the Board last week 17 stakeholders were involved in the recent updating of the plan..

WOODRUFF – The lead plaintiff in the legal battle over how Republicans redrew Wisconsin Assembly district boundaries says the case is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court and the outcome could have national implications.

That’s according to Bill Whitford, a retired law professor who sued the state Elections Commission over Act 43, the legislation that approved the new and controversial districts back in 2011. He is one of 12 citizen plaintiffs.

Rhinelander High School was the site last week of an awareness raising event called "Spread The Word To End The Word".

Shelley Lehman is a Special Education teacher. She says the effort is designed to eliminate what is referred to as the "R-Word"...

"....Project Unify is a group of regular students and Special Education Students. The main focus is a more inclusive community within our community and the school district. They do different activities but one of the main events is "Spread The Word To End The Word"....


Oneida County Planning and Development committee held three public hearings last week on the complex changes to the county's shoreland zoning ordinance.

Prior to the last state budget, the counties were allowed to have shoreland zoning rules stronger than what were considered minimum state regulations. Those rules cover everything from structure proximity to the shoreline to boathouses to height of buildings and much more. When the change happened in the last two years, the counties were ordered by the state to get their rules to conform to the less stringent state regulations.


Last fall, Aspirus Heart & Vascular became the first program in the area to begin performing the WATCHMAN procedure that offers an alternative for people with atrial fibrillation (AFib) that have difficulty with blood-thinning medication. For some patients with A-Fib, as it's called, this new surgical procedure can change whether they use blood thinners to reduce the chance of stroke. Ken Krall spoke with Dr. Kevin Rist, a cardiac electrophysiologist, about the procedure....