This is Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Next we hear from Mick Fiocchi, President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Northern Lakes chapter. Fiocchi says a surprisingly large number of people have some form of mental illness, but many are afraid to seek treatment...

Fiocchi says there are providers in the area that will provide help, including a number of providers not affiliated with large organizations. He says the main thing to remember is to just start seeking help if you are having problems. He says the earlier you seek treatment the better off you will be.

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week, a local health professional says people with mental illness are known to have a significantly higher rate of tobacco use.

Corie Zelazoski of the Oneida County Health Department and Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition details the studies...

As the growing season is concluding, we sometimes forget the role pollinators play in having the food we eat.

Advocates are pointing to a new website that provides information about the rapidly diminishing populations of some pollinators.

Oneida County Conservationist Michele Sadauskas talks about Bumble Bee Watch, a citizen science project to help monitor bumble bee activity...

The state Senate's mining panel endorsed a bill Wednesday from its Republican chairman Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst who said that if opponents had their way, the miner should be taken off the state flag because, quote, "he's not going to work here anymore." (end quote) The vote was 3-2, with Democrats voting no, to send the bill to the full Senate.

Constructing Brush Piles

Oct 5, 2017

If you own a property with some trees or brush and would like to tinker with wildlife management, take note of today’s episode of Wildlife Matters. The Masked Biologist talks about brush piles for small mammal habitat.

A newly-formed non-profit corporation is hosting a cookout Saturday in Minocqua to give first responders of all types a place where they can decompress and talk about PTSD.

While most people are familiar with military personnel suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Responders Retreat founder Liz Bartholomew says she founded the organization to provide law enforcement and other responders with a place...

Terry Rutlin Nicolet College

About 600 middle school students from throughout the Northwoods came to Nicolet College and visited area businesses during the Heavy Metal Tour.  During the day,  students took part in numerous hands-on activities in Nicolet labs and classrooms and also toured  area manufacturing plants.

Dual Credit Coordinator Sarah Gruber says the Tour is in it's sixth year at Nicolet...

Bobcat Population Healthy, Growing: DNR

Oct 4, 2017

MINOCQUA – The state’s bobcat population is robust and growing, according to two specialists from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources who recently briefed the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) on the elusive creature.

Madison Democrats Demand Audit Of Rape Kit Backlog

Oct 4, 2017
Wisconsin Dept. of Justice

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MADISON, Wis. - Two Democratic state representatives from Madison have requested an official audit of the backlog of sexual-assault kits awaiting DNA testing in the state Crime Laboratory.

Reps. Melissa Sargent and Chris Taylor said the drastic step is necessary because they've formally asked questions of the Department of Justice four times and gotten no response. Sargent said the backlog has reached more than 6,000 rape kits.

National Park Service

A Republican-backed bill making the rounds in Madison would take away the authority of the DNR to assess the ecological impact of isolated wetlands before they could be developed.

A spokesperson for a wetlands group says the Northwoods could be deeply impacted.

The bills' backers say a 2001 bipartisan bill signed by Republican Governor Scott McCallum has become a barrier to development for property owners and people in the construction business on what they say is marginal land. The proposed law requires mitigation.

Ken Krall WXPR

The Northwoods United Way has set an ambitious goal as it begins it's fall fundraising campaign, and leaders think the goal is within reach.

Rhinelander Mayor Dick Johns read a proclamation...

"...whereas, the Northwoods United Way, with the assistance of community partners is committed to raising $165,000 for 2018. That's quite a goal to shoot for....."

Northwoods United Way Board President Brian Fritz stood in front of the thermometer at the corner of Stevens and Davenport Street with the goal behind him...

The idea is to give people who are well fed a glimpse of what being hungry is like, if only for a short time.

To raise awareness of hunger, Nicolet College is hosting the Empty Bowls event next week at the Northwoods Center.

While the original Empty Bowls event was first held elsewhere, Nicolet spokesperson Katy Ralph outlines how the event began at the campus...