Many northern Wisconsin counties could see zero-level quotas for antlerless deer for the second year in a row.

County deer advisory councils in Oneida, Vilas, Forest, Iron, and Langlade counties have made preliminary recommendations to give out zero permits for antlerless deer.

Vilas County Deer Advisory Council chair Ken Anderson says the council weighed the fact that even with restrictions…youth, disabled and active military hunters can still obtain an antlerless permit.

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A plan for a bike trail to connect Phelps and Conover has gotten a financial boost.

The DNR’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund is awarding the project $120,000.  That's about $40,000 more than it initially gave. 

Great Headwaters Trail spokesperson Jeff Currie says it will help fund the second portion what should eventually be 11 miles of trail. 

“The section it was applied for is the middle section that goes from Muskrat Creek Road, to where Songhill Lane meets County Highway K, on railroad grade that runs north of Highway K.” 

WXPR Public Radio announces that long-time staff member Jessie Dick will begin new duties at the radio station as Marketing Manager and Volunteer Coordinator.

Next Read: The Tender Bar

Apr 6, 2015
Photo courtesy of Hachette Books, a Division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Join me in reading The Tender Bar by J. R. Moehringer , our next book for WXPR’s New Perspectives Up North book club.

This heartwarming yet spellbinding book is a story about relationships. The ones we’re born into, the ones we’ve lost, the ones we’re seeking. We can’t explain them all. Some come in place of others, some help form who we are as adults, some their missing parts have us longing for something or someone else.

With honesty and humour, The Tender Bar takes a look at the heart of a lonely boy seeking a father figure in the unlikely of places, the corner bar.

Two people who died in a car accident and fire in Tomahawk early Sunday morning have been identified as 58-year-old Mark A. Nelson and 57-year-old Lani H. Nelson, both of Merrill.  

It happened near the intersection of East Somo Avenue and Charlotte Street, where police found a vehicle engulfed in flames around 1:30 am Sunday morning. 

Tomahawk police believe the vehicle left the roadway, struck a tree and caught fire.

The occupants of the vehicle were both pronounced dead on the scene.

The accident closed part of the roadway for about 12 hours. 

Discussion: Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening

Apr 6, 2015

We welcomed guests to join us at the WXPR studio headquarters in Rhinelander Wisconsin last Wednesday for an in-person discussion of our first book Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening, a memoir about the relationship between the author, Carol Wall, and her gardener and friend, Mr. Owita, a recent immigrant from Kenya.

Nicolet College will be celebrating 25 years having an Associate Degree Nursing Program on May 3.

Current and former Nursing faculty and staff will be on hand that afternoon along with special guests and former students are welcome.

Dean of Health Occupations Dr. Lenore Blemke says initially the nursing program was shared with North Central Technical College but once it was proven there was enough enrollment from the Northwoods, the program has thrived...


It was ten years ago today the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry opened its doors.

The pantry will be noting the anniversary with an open house Saturday afternoon at it's new location.

Executive Director Guy Hansen says they started out with a few shelves in what is now the Knights of Columbus building on Brown Street and last fall they moved into a new facility off Coon Street. They started serving 45 families but that number has grown...


A Mercer ice fisherman fell through the ice on Squirrel Lake in the Minocqua area Thursday.

The Minocqua Police Department says it got the call just after 1 pm, reporting that 56-year-old Jay Taylor had fallen through about 100 yards from shore. 

While emergency rescuers were on their way, another man pushed aluminum boat out to Taylor and pulled him out of the water. 

But the two needed help from the Minocqua fire department to get the boat back to shore. 

Taylor was transported by ambulance to the Howard Young Medical Center.  

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A Rhinelander native is helping launch a new theater company in the Bayfield area. 

Sidekick Theatre will put on its first season this summer at Stage North in Washburn.   

Co-founder Brian Pekol says it will coexist with The Groundlings, a community theater group that performs at Stage North during the off season.