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In a letter to his Board of Directors, Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dana DeMet has announced his resignation from his current position effective October 2.

Forest County Sheriff's Dept.

A Forest county man will spend more than two decades in prison for his part in the brutal beating of a man who was left to die on a frozen snowmobile trail last year.

Judge Micheal Bloom sentenced 46 year old Raymond Jones to 24 years in prison and 16 years extended supervision for the beating of the man at a home in Wabeno in March of 2014. That sentence came from an attempted first-degree homicide charge. Multiple other charges were sentenced to run at the same time as the attempted homicide charge.

The leader of a state lakes group says opposition is mounting to a change in Wisconsin's shoreland zoning rules.

The budget signed by Gov. Walker eliminated county control of shoreland zoning, instead reverting to less restrictive state rules. This produced blowback from the Vilas and Oneida county boards who voted by wide margins to oppose the changes, fearing more development and lower water quality.

Recently the Plum Lake Association in Vilas County said they were working toward revoking the change.

The head of the Wisconsin Arts Board thinks Wisconsin has a thriving arts community, but the funding for it trails a neighboring state by a wide margin.

The Wisconsin Arts Board toured Rhinelander, Three Lakes, Eagle River and Land O' Lakes last Friday. Executive Director George Tzougros gave a comparison of Wisconsin's funding for the arts compared to neighboring Minnesota....

Iron Mountain VA to Host Wellness Fair and Sports Clinic

Sep 14, 2015

  The Oscar G Johnson VA Medical Center of Iron Mountain will be hosting a wellness fair and an adaptive sports clinic tomorrow. Spokesperson Brad Nelson says over 40 booths and several demonstrations will be available for veterans and the public. He says it’s a chance for injured veterans to explore their options to engage in a more active lifestyle.

 “This clinic will feature instructions and demonstrations of various adaptive bicycles and sports chairs. These would allow veterans to participate in sports such as tennis, basketball, rugby lacrosse and more.”

Tommy O's Playhouse Hosts First Annual Medieval Faire

Sep 11, 2015

  Tommy O’s Playhouse is putting on their first annual medieval faire in Hazelhurst this weekend and it has drawn people from near and far. Lumberjack Andrew Jensen says he traveled nearly three hours to perform a show equipped with axe throwing, hot saws, chain saws, tree climbing and log rolling.


The Wisconsin Arts Board toured the growing Northwoods Arts community Friday during the first of a two day stop.

The Board encourages the development of the arts and Executive Director George Tzougrous says their meetings are designed to show the board what is happening in the arts...

The deer hunt using archery and crossbow gear begins this Saturday in Wisconsin. Next we hear from Jon King, DNR Hunter Education Administrator. Many hunters use tree stands and unfortunately, too many hunters die or are injured when falling from their tree stands. King talked with WXPR's Ken Krall about being safe while hunting...


The Wisconsin Newspaper Association will honor long time newspaper publisher and WXPR volunteer Dick Timmons in a ceremony next week in Eagle River.

Timmons' name will be enshrined on the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation Memorial Pylon at Trees For Tomorrow.

Timmons spent 46 years in the newspaper business, last publishing the Rhinelander Daily News until 1998. After his retirement, among many other activities, Dick became the Thursday host for "Midday Classics" on WXPR, a volunteer spot he held until his death in 2014.


As part of renovations going on at Ministry St. Mary's Hospital and Ministry Medical Group Clinic in Rhinelander, a walking and biking path is being built to connect with other trails.

Hospital President Sandy Anderson says the pathway is part of on-going construction and will join up with pathways provided by the Oneida County Biking and Walking Trails Council...

" people who want to walk to the hospital or may want to walk or promote health and wellness or bike would be able to use that path and avoid vehicle traffic...."

  Community members will have an opportunity to support the mission of the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry while reducing their chance of identity theft. RIPCO Community Credit Union will be hosting its fourth annual “Shred Event” Saturday. People can bring documents such as financial and credit card statements and payroll stubs to shred at no cost. Vice President of Marketing and Business Development Diane Sowinski says it’s an easy and fast way to protect your financial standing.  

Kinship Recieves Grant to Fund Youth Mentorship Program

Sep 10, 2015

  Kinship of Tomahawk was awarded a 2,500 dollar grant from AT&T Wednesday to support their youth mentoring programs for at-risk teens. Kinship pairs at-risk teens with community volunteers who work to prepare them for the new school year. Director Patti Hilgendorf says the grant will fund programs to equip the youth with important life skills.

Aspirus At Home has been named among the top quarter of  home health agencies in the U.S.

The agency formerly was known at Aspirus VNA Home Health. An organization called HomeCare Elite ranks the home health agencies and it marks the seventh time Aspirus has been in the top 25 percentile of providers in the nation.

Spokesperson JoAnn Borchardt says they provide skilled home nursing care for a variety of ages and needs. She sees this type of care will be more common in the future...

Hunters Asked To Report Animal Sightings

Sep 9, 2015

  Hunters are heading out to the woods and fields as the fall seasons are beginning. The DNR is hoping deer hunters take a moment to record what they saw in the field.

Wildlife Research Scientist Jessica Rees Lohr says hunters become the eyes and ears in the field to report what they've seen...

"....we're doing a deer hunter wildlife survey where hunters can record their observations of deer and any wildlife while they're out hunting. This helps us keep track of population trends for Wisconsin's deer herd and other wildlife...."

The goal is having healthier employees as a chronic disease prevention and management coalition is hosting another Worksite Wellness Summit.

The coalition in Vilas and Oneida counties is known as Northwoods LEAN,( or Linking Education, Activity and Nutrition) is hosting the summit next month at Nicolet College.

Spokesperson Maria Skubal says the event is free..