School libraries across the Northwoods and the rest of Wisconsin will get their annual funding after the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands announced a record $37.7 million for state public school libraries.

In the past five years, the Wisconsin Never Forgotten Honor Flight has taken nearly 2,100 veterans to see the memorials and other sites in Washington, D.C.

The next flight leaves Monday with 16 World War Two, 39 Korean War, and 39 Vietnam War veterans on the flight. The flight provides a one-day trip for veterans and caregivers. Co-Founder Jim Campbell says as the 23 flight leaves next week, the composition of veterans changes...

An incumbent Oneida County Board Supervisor has filed for a recount after she lost to a challenger by one vote.

Lisa Zunker in District 19 lost to Jeffrey Vollmer 306 to 305 during last week's state primary.

Tuesday, Zunker filed for a recount. Oneida County Clerk Mary Bartelt says the recount will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. The district includes parts of Minocqua and the town of Lynne.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A Northwoods man has entered a plea in a case where a friend died in a traffic crash.

At Tuesday's pre-trial conference, 21 year old Randall Lego of Highway 47 Rhinelander entered a plea of no contest to one charge of Homicide By Intoxicated Use of a Motor Vehicle.

Court records indicate Lego was the driver of a vehicle that crashed on River Road in the town of Pine Lake early on November 21 last year.

A passenger, 23 year old Jacob Juedes was pronounced dead at the scene. Lego also was injured.

Saturday, the 41st annual Midwest Crane Count happens in Wisconsin and five other states, sponsored by the International Crane Foundation . Volunteers gather from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. in typical crane habitat to count the birds. Local coordinators  are Bob and Jan Dall from Rhinelander. We talked with Bob last week about the count when snow was flying...

"....I know it isn't looking like spring, but it really is out there. The cranes are back. We have some cranes beginning to build nests, so believe it or not..(laugh).... "

Snow is still around parts of the Northwoods, but crews in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest are preparing for prescribed fire burns in parts of the forest, including Price county.

Forest spokesperson Hillary Markin says it seems odd that fire can be a positive within a forest, but that's the case...

Governor Walker has declared this week as Wisconsin’s Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin.

Dawn Robinson from Oneida County Emergency Management says the awareness week is designed to get businesses and the public to think about what they should do when one of the deadliest of storms approaches...

"'s an opportunity for everyone to test their plans, improve their plans, and if nothing else, to establish a plan. Timing is of the essence to save lives...."

Expera Specialty Solutions has received permission from the City of Rhinelander to extend one of three stacks at its paper facility on the city's west side.

The DNR told the company the current stack was not tall enough to reduce sulpher dioxide emissions to acceptable levels. The current stack height on what is described as the brown stack, or the northern most of three stacks, is 209 feet. Expera's proposal would extend the stack to 296 feet.

Since 1958, the American Library Association has sponsored National Library Week in mid-April.This week is set aside to celebrate the contributions of libraries and librarians. At the E.U. Demmer Library in Three Lakes a full week of activities are planned. Library Director Erica Brewster says the role of the library is changing....

Rhinelander native David Chrisinger is an associate lecturer at UW-Stevens Point. In the course of teaching, he's collected stories from veterans that has turned into a book in demand. Chrisinger edited "See Me For Who I Am", 20 stories by student veterans, most from the Northwoods.

WXPR's Ken Krall spoke with Chrisinger about the collection...

Duffy Talks About VA Care During Stop in Eagle River

Apr 11, 2016

  Congressman Sean Duffy met with Northwoods constituents late last week at the Eagle River Inn to speak to a number of issues surrounding the current state of the government. Duffy later opened the talk for discussion, and addressed questions and concerns about veteran homelessness. Duffy says it’s a “disgrace” there are homeless service men and woman.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A Rhinelander man died early Sunday after a boating mishap in the town of Pine Lake.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports two men were kayaking near 3907 Trails End Loop. The call for assistance came in about 3:00 a.m. Sunday. One of the kayakers, 23 year old Andrew J. Berrell of Rhinelander was able to get out of the water and was taken to Ministry-St. Mary's Hospital. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Newbold, Pine Lake Fire department, LIttle Rice, Rhinelander Rescue and Oneida County EMS in searching for the second kayaker.

Olson Library Changes Moving Forward

Apr 9, 2016

A new direction for renovation and expansion of the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River will depend on acceptance of ownership by the Library Foundation, acceptance of a new direction for project completion, and acceptance of a new project proposal by Jeff Visner of Design/Build by Visner.

Judge To Hear Motion On State Gag Order

Apr 8, 2016

Vilas County brothers David and Brian Eliason, charged with 10 counts each of securities fraud, are scheduled to make their initial appearance in Vilas County court before substitute judge Leon Stenz of Forest County on Wednesday, April 13 at which time it's also expected motions filed by the state for a gag order opposed by nine media groups will also be heard.

The allegations of securities fraud were filed Feb. 26 by the Wisconsin Attorney Generals office by assistant A.G. Amber Hahn in connection with the Eliason Combination Fund.

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