New reports from the American Cancer Society links radon exposure to blood cancer in women. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that’s often found in rock and soil, and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.


Rows of Rhinelander's past filled the upstairs at Rhinelander City Hall Thursday, as the city Historical Commission held a Rhinelander Roots Celebration.

The council chambers have been adorned with pictures from Rhinelander's past for years, and the displays brought out other history of local businesses and organizations as well.

One of the business people on hand was Phil Frasier from Frasier's Plumbing and Heating. Next to a huge and heavy heat radiator in the council chambers was a hand-held tool that Frasier explained...

The DNR and consultants are asking for public input as they move forward with the planning process for the Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area.

The area is in western Vilas county and is bounded on three sides by the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and the Lac du Flambeau Chippewa tribal lands. Meetings are being held in two weeks in Manitowish Waters. The DNR's property planning section chief Diane Brusoe says the charette process is a multi-day design workshop designed to capture public input...

Nicolet College

A first-of-its-kind graduation ceremony happened Wednesday at the Forest County Potawatomi Community Auditorium east of Crandon.

More than two dozen tribal members received a certificate in Professional Communication from Nicolet College. The idea for the classes began with tribal administrator Eugene Shawano who was looking for ways to expand professional development opportunities for employees.

As Nicolet College President Dr. Richard Nelson says this was a unique graduation for the college...

Eagle River Chamber of Commerce

The Northwoods will be filled with participants and viewers as the 20th Journeys Marathon travels across Vilas county this weekend.

Patti Gill from the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center says they're hoping for 1,200 registrants this year. The full marathon course begins near Boulder Junction and makes its way southeast along Cty K down county roads and city streets until it finishes in Riverview Park in Eagle River. There is also a half-marathon run, and a 13 K power walk. Other race events are also being held.

A recent study done by AAA finds fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized the drug. AAA spokesperson Nick Jarmusz says the recent numbers are concerning...

"......they went from an 8 percent(fatal crash level) to 17 percent, that's about one in six drivers in Washington state that are involved in fatal crashes that has marijuana in their system...."

Next we'll hear from Jay Heck, Executive Director For Common Cause in Wisconsin. Recently, Common Cause noted a sharp decrease in competitive Congressional and legislative races heading into the fall elections. Heck says a redistricting plan soon to be under judicial review adopted in 2011 created what has been known for centuries as 'gerrymandering'....

Jessie Dick

More than 600 middle school students learned about career options Tuesday.

Seventh graders from schools around the Northwoods attended the 4th Annual Nicolet College Career Expo at the Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander. Organizer and Career Coach Patrick Burns says the day was dedicated to students exploring their interests and future career options…

An application to provide for cooped chickens came before the Rhinelander City Council Monday night.

Since 2013, the city allows homeowners to have the birds under tight controls. Most of the requests have gone through city government routinely, but the council Monday had an objection to location.

Scott Kirby requested a coop at 15 South Pelham St. A neighbor wrote a letter saying he had no objection, but another letter from the Northwoods Historical Society next door was in opposition, citing pollution and odor concerns.

Wisconsin DNR

The possibility of the DNR's Division of Forestry moving it's headquarters from Madison to Rhinelander took a step forward last night as the Rhinelander city council approved a resolution accepting a request for information.

The legislature asked the DNR to put together a study about moving the agency to an area closer to the state's principal forest lands. City Administrator Kristina Ashenbrenner says the DNR asked for a request for information about Rhinelander as a possible site for the division.

VA Hosting Holistic Wellness Event

May 9, 2016

The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain will be hosting a wellness event that focuses on natural  recovery and health maintenance. Called Walking the Recovery Road, the event will focus on the wellness of the mind, body and spirit, and will be geared towards naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, mindfulness, meditation and personal spirituality. Public Affairs Officer Brad Nelson says experts will be on-site to talk about holistic healing…

ATV/UTV Trails Set to Open This Week

May 9, 2016

The Oneida County ATV/UTV Trail System will officially open for the spring, summer and fall season this week. The trails will open at 5 pm Friday May 13 and includes the trails maintained by the Oneida County ATV Association in the Town of Enterprise and the Little River ATV Riders club in the Little Rice and Lynne townships. Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Director Bill Clow says ATV and UTV enthusiasts should stay up to date with the latest trail conditions…

Legislators Call For Great Lakes Wolf Summit

May 9, 2016

State Senator Tom Tiffany and Representative Adam Jarchow have announced plans to host a Great Lakes Wolf Summit. The summit comes on the heels of last week’s wolf depredation in Shawano County. Tiffany says there has been 14 confirmed wolf depredation events this year alone and says it’s time to have federal action return management to the states. He says management practices would be similar to previous years…

  May is Older Americans Month and a national non-profit organization has created a program to allow older adults to reinvent themselves. Called the Senior Community Service Employment Program, Experience Works offers assistance to low-income older adults who need help transitioning back into the workforce. Director Scott Savola says it’s an opportunity for older adults to age with dignity and purpose while out in the workforce.

  This week is National Women’s Health Week and the Wisconsin Well Woman Program is encouraging women to make their health a priority. The program serves the northern nine county region of Wisconsin, and offers breast and cervical cancer screenings at no cost to uninsured or underinsured women between the ages of 45 and 64. Program coordinator Nichole Paplinski says this week is about improving women’s mental and physical health. She says women should engage in a physical activity 5 days a week for 30 minutes a day, eat healthy and keep up with preventative screenings…