Cran-A-Rama in Manitowish Waters to celebrate harvesting season

Sep 30, 2016

If you can’t make it to Cranberry Fest in Eagle River this weekend, you can head up to Cran-A-Rama in Manitowish Waters.

Kicking off Saturday at 9am, the event will feature cranberry cooking contests, indoor and outdoor arts and crafts fair and free fall color pontoon cruises. Chamber Director Sara Pischer says it’s a yearly event for people to come together and celebrate a Wisconsin tradition…

Harvest Hoedown this weekend returns for second year

Sep 30, 2016

The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry and the Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing are bringing back their fall-themed festival for a second year.

Called the “Harvest Hoedown,” the event will feature live music, line-dancing, horse drawn wagon rides, arts and crafts, baked goods, raffles and a pig roast.

Food pantry Director Guy Hansen says there’s something for everyone…

Wisconsin fall colors late, but expected to be show-stopping

Sep 29, 2016

An arborist says Wisconsin’s fall colors are delayed compared to previous years, but says when they reach peak they’re expected to be show-stopping. That’s according to biologist Richard Bruce Allison.

Allison says the slow onset of fall color this season is due to the unseasonably warm September across much of the mid-west. If it stays warm for too long the colors won’t be brilliant, but he says the shortened daylight hours have triggered the fall colors. He says it’s the cool temperatures that are needed to maximize the colors.

Health officials say get the facts about the flu shot

Sep 29, 2016
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  “The flu isn’t that serious” or “it won’t happen to me,” are common thoughts when it comes to flu season, but local health officials are breaking down those myths and are encouraging everyone to get their flu shots.  

Christie Oestreich is the community health specialist for Oneida County and says people 6 months and older are recommended to get the vaccine. She says young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people ages 65 years and older are at high risk for flu complications.

Tomahawk PD Raising Money for Squad Car AED Devices

Sep 28, 2016

A local police department is asking for the community’s help in raising funds to install new equipment in their squad cars.

The Tomahawk Police Department has been raising money to equip all their squad cars with Automatic External Defibrillators, or AEDs.  Police Chief Al Elvins says the Rodeo Saloon in Tomahawk hosted a fundraising event last weekend and raised twelve hundred dollars. He says they’ve purchased five AEDs from Dixie Medical in Tennessee and are looking to buy five more.

Vilas County RV Park Development Approved

Sep 28, 2016

A short agenda didn't mean a short meeting of the Vilas County board who took well over an hour on one resolution to approve development of a Recreational Vehicle  park on the county forest near Torch Lake in the town of Conover.

Supervisor Art Kunde described for the board Phase I would build 22 sites, which the resolution being debated called for, with Phase II in the future for 18 sites after obtaining funding.

The timeline for a proposed charter school to serve children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and others with special needs has been delayed a year, according to a Lakeland Union High School official.

Community health professionals and the public are gathering Friday morning at Nicolet College in Rhinelander for the second-annual Community Health Symposium, presented by the Collage and the Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition.

Community Health Specialist Corie Zelazoski says the symposium offers the public a chance to learn from other professionals..

"....we also wanted to collaborate with other sectors of the community such as mental health, AODA, health and sexual assault to bring some presentations to our community...."

Cranberry Enthusiasts Prepare for 37th Annual Cranberry Fest

Sep 27, 2016
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Visitors are pouring into Eagle River in time for the 37th Annual Cranberry Fest. This weekend’s event is expected to draw about 40,000 people to the area.

Each year over 300 vendors from around the country set up at the Vilas County Fairgrounds to showcase specialty cranberry foods and beers, but Chamber Director Kim Emerson says you don’t have to be a cranberry enthusiast to have a good time…

Two well-known Northwoods residents who are officials at the Department of Workforce Development say tougher enforcement has cut the amount of unemployment fraud.

Assistant Deputy Secretary David Anderson says the emphasis has shifted unemployment payments from a benefits program to a short term assistance program. Administrator of the Unemployment Insurance Division, Joe Handrick, says they wanted to have a greater accuracy in what was being paid out...

Mayo Pleads Not Guilty Concerning Shooting Incident

Sep 27, 2016

Not guilty pleas were entered by the court for Mark Mayo, 48 of Eagle River who stood mute at his arraignment Monday on two felony counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety and one count of going armed while intoxicated.

Mayo was taken into custody August 24 in an armed standoff with law enforcement in the Vilas County town of Washington.

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Oneida and Lincoln recently became the next two counties signing off on a resolution to fix the broken state transportation funding system. Called 'Just Fix It' the resolution is meant to urge Governor Walker and the legislature to figure out a way to get adequate funding to rural road systems, among others roads.

Oneida County Highway Commissioner Bruce Stefonek said road builders and the Wisconsin Counties Association began passing the resolution to counties in hopes of impressing Madison with local government frustration.

The Milwaukee man who began his journey at the  headwaters of the Wisconsin River in Vilas county two weeks ago is making his way to the mouth of the state's largest river on a paddle board. It's just not going as quickly as anticipated.

30 year old Jesse Hieb is a filmmaker and avid paddleboarder. He once tried to paddleboard across Lake Michigan before weather stopped the trip.