•   A Northwoods resident becomes a top leader in the Wisconsin National Guard,
  •  Minocqua is working on it's own town mining ordinance,
  •  Artists are sought for the Northern National Art Competition,
  •  An event on Monday could save your young child's life.

Minocqua Eyes Metallic Mining License Agreement

Jun 7, 2018

MINOCQUA – The Minocqua town board will hold a special meeting next week on a proposed metallic mining licensing ordinance to ensure Minocqua’s concerns are heard before a nonferrous mining operation would ever impact the town.

The town board decided Tuesday to model its ordinance after a 21-page sample ordinance prepared by the Wisconsin Towns Association.

Wisconsin Army National Guard

The Wisconsin Army National Guard celebrated the first woman — as well as first Native American — to serve as Wisconsin’s deputy adjutant general for Army during a formal change of authority ceremony last week at Volk Field. Major General Mark Anderson relinquished the post to Brigadier General Joane Mathews, who most recently served as the assistant adjutant general for readiness and training. Mathews was born in Lac du Flambeau.

In an interview with WXPR, General Mathews says along with all the attention given during the ceremony, she had a special visitor...

Nicolet College

One of the Midwest's top art exhibitions is looking for submissions before the deadline later this month.

The Northern National Art Competition is a cooperative venture of the Northern Arts Council and the Nicolet College Art Gallery.

Nicolet College Art Gallery Director Katy Ralph says they would like to have more artists to submit entries...

Air Force Reserve Command

An event Monday could save your young child from serious injury in a vehicle crash.

The Oneida County Health Department is offering car seat inspections Monday, June 11,  from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Rhinelander Fire Department located on West Frederick Street in Rhinelander.

Public Health Nurse Dawn Klink says the car checks are free....

"...we have nationally-certified car seat technicians available to check and make sure the seats are properly installed. The kids can also come and look at the fire trucks as well...."

Gerry from Fort St. John, BC, Canada / Wikimedia Commons

Sometimes its not what you know, but who you know. In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist recalls a photo of a forest floor discovery that required help from a colleague to identify.


The Oneida County committee working to get it's mining ordinance in compliance with state laws gave the public a chance to hear on the revisions. They heard from people who wanted changes in the proposal, but also a lot of comment, mostly against, but some in favor of mining.

Members of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. including President Joseph Wildcat, Sr., and council member Brooks Big John said mining is unwanted. Their attorney Andrew Adams told the committee they have the resources now to litigate any mine in Oneida county...

  •   A fatal traffic crash in Minocqua
  •  After a jury trial, a man is sentenced for domestic battery in Vilas county
  •  Nothing suspicious after alarm bells raised in Birnamwood
  •   An approaching swim competition in Minocqua helps people during water emergencies
  • Thousands  are expected in downtown Rhinelander this Saturday...

Arts Wisconsin League of Wi. Municipalities

(Longer interview below) 

A new report is out detailing how creativity will be the key element in a new Wisconsin economy and how government and the arts community can make that happen.

Proceeds will benefit the Oneida County Public Safety Dive Team as more than 100 swimmers are expected in Minocqua on June 23.

The Minocqua Island Swim Challenge involves a one mile or 400 meter open water swim beginning at Torpy Park.

Race Director Laura Fuhrman(fur-man) says competitors begin on the beach and swim to the island and back and is a timed race....

Wisconsin Dept. of Tourism

One of the main events in Rhinelander is Saturday as art, cars, motorcycles and burgers all combine under the umbrella of "Art Fair On the Courthouse Lawn".

The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce leads the 32nd Art Fair on the Oneida County Courthouse lawn. Chamber spokesperson Lauren Sackett talks about the Art Fair...

One Dead In Wednesday Morning Crash In Minocqua

Jun 6, 2018
Dean S. Acheson photo

MINOCQUA -- A single vehicle crash early this morning on U.S. Highway 51 just south of Minocqua has claimed the life of a Minocqua man, according to the Minocqua Police Department.

Police received a call at 4:51 a.m. of the accident, which occurred in front of Sleep Central. Thirty-four-year-old Aaron P. Coleman was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was the vehicle’s only occupant.

Schuman Sentenced To Jail Tuesday In Vilas County

Jun 6, 2018
Ken Anderson

A two year old case of domestic violence came to an end Tuesday when Frank Schuman, 25 of Lac du Flambeau was sentenced to eight months in the Vilas County jail after being found guilty last month of three of 11 charges by a 12 person jury in a five day trial.

Special prosecutor Robert Kaiser sought prison on the battery while armed count and two other counts of physical abuse by Schuman that included pulling his former wife by the hair and kicking her in the ribs and stomach . . . all criminal misdemeanors.

  •   Vilas County is looking for foster homes,
  •    Turtles are crossing roads and a conservationist  is hoping the public will help,
  •    Infrastructure concerns are hindering farmers and truckers,
  •   A large dairy operation in Wood county has cleared a major hurdle,
  •   A Sunday car crash in Woodruff leads to felony charges.