Nicolet Area Technical College

The demand for substance abuse counselors is expected to grow by more than 30 percent nationally in the next decade. To meet  demand for trained counselors, Nicolet College is offering a technical diploma beginning this fall.

Dean of Health Occupations Lenore Blemke says the training involves 28 credits in related subjects...

"....they will be offered through Nicolet, it's a collaborative project between Nicolet and Northcentral Technical College in Wausau. We wrote a grant together given the really high increase in the problems in the state of Wisconsin...."

"Lily's House" Shelter Nearing Completion

Jul 15, 2015

Many have probably driven past the current domestic violence shelter without giving it a second glance. It looks like a regular single-family home.

Shellie Holmes, the Executive  Director of Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, explains the move to a more visible and comforting location.

“There’s been quite an evolution I guess you’d say in our movement, where it used to be people that hung out in secret, and they put people away in places that were maybe sub-standard,” Holmes said.

A juried National arts competition opening at Nicolet College Saturday features 32 Wisconsin artists, including some from the Northwoods. The Northern National Arts Competition opens Saturday at 6 PM with wine, refreshments, music, and commentary by judge Bob Kanyusik explaining his selections.

Jeep Jamboree Coming To Mole Lake This Weekend

Jul 15, 2015
Jill Zagar photo

Thursday through Sunday the  Mole Lake Lodge and Conference Center will become host site for the 2015 Jeep Jamboree.  The Sokaogon Chippewa Community has granted access to their tribal lands, making it possible to hold  the Jeep Jamboree in the Northwoods.

John Lewins, Jeep Jamboree Trail Coordinator emphasized that “Tread Lightly!” is a very
important motto for their group....

Art That's Good Enough to Eat

Jul 15, 2015
Dottie Reeder

Many home-bakers have tried their hand at frosting cookies, but one Eagle River woman takes that a step farther. She paints baked goods with a creativity and skill that most artists reserve for a canvas. WXPR’s Emily Bright spoke with Dottie Reeder about making Food Art and sharing joy of food across cultures. This story was supported by a grant from the Northern Arts Council.


WXPR "Classics By Request" host Catherine Marshall has recently contributed commentaries for WXPR listeners.

The first one talks about the impact of colors....

Then she talks about the process of deciding which book do you read next?

Five Northwood’s organizations received grants from the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation Tuesday. The  recipients were nominated by employees at WPS.
 The WPS Foundation awarded $50,000  as part of the Employee Choice Grant. As WPS spokesperson Leah Van Zile reports, WPS employees nominated non-profits they felt were making a difference...

"....we had over 200 employees that nominated organizations throughout northern Wisconsin and randomly selected 50 of those organizations...."

Wisconsin DNR

A master plan for nearly 3,600 acres of recreational land west of Rhinelander has been finished and the public is being asked to comment.

A public meeting on the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area will be held Thursday, July 23 at 6 p.m. at the Northwoods Community Elementary School in Harshaw.

DNR planner Yoyi Steele says they've been working on the draft master plan since early this year. She says the plan emphasizes management of common trees like oak and aspen and continuing with traditional recreational pursuits like hunting. But one aspect is a proposed ATV trail...

Rhinelander voters will have another chance to decide on the Premier Area Resort Tax. Governor Walker did not veto the measure placed in the recently-signed two-year budget package.

If a community is designated as a Premier Resort Tax area, a sales tax is collected to be used for infrastructure improvements only. The tax was requested because high-tourist traffic communities see greater wear on their roads and public utilities. It was estimated more than 60 percent of the revenue generated would come from visitors.

Wisconsin fell to last place in a national ranking of start-up businesses last month. Today one group aiming to change that met in Minocqua. The Wisconsin Technology Council draws people from medical, tech, and educational fields around the state to share ideas and promote innovation.