Americans are throwing away millions of vacation days each year because they won’t take time off from work. That’s according to State Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett. She says Americans threw away 469 million vacation days last year alone.  She says because skipping out on vacation can cause burnout, the Department of Tourism is partnering with the United States Travel Association to launch a new campaign called “Project Time Off.” Klett says vacation days are supposed to be used to improve a person’s well-being…

Police officers from central and northern Wisconsin recently trained in techniques to handle people who are having a mental health crisis.

  Tomahawk and Rhinelander Chiefs of Police Al Elvins and Michael Steffes were presenters,along with mental health professionals in what's known as Crisis Intervention Training. The model brings together law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency departments and individuals with mental illness and others to improve responses to people in crisis.

Eagle River Celebrates Arts in the Northwoods

May 6, 2016

  This weekend is all about art in the Northwoods. The Warehouse in Eagle River has partnered with the Olson E. Memorial Library to offer a day long arts program called Eagle River Creates.

We will be having digital to old school as far as hands on activities for people. The library’s going to have stop motion animation so people can come in and use ipads and apps that the library is furnishing to create their own stop motion animation films, we will also be doing photo booths.

New private road standards for proposed subdivisions were revealed recently  to the Vilas County Zoning Committee while reviewing a complete re-draft of the county subdivision control ordinance. The current county subdivision ordinance did not contain private road easement standards although most municipalities have local road access ordinances that identify height and width clearances, primarily for ambulances and fire department vehicles responding to emergencies.

NATH's Annual Elvis and Patsy Cline Tribute

May 5, 2016

  Friday marks the third annual Elvis and Patsy Cline Tribute at the Whitetail Inn in St. Germain. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the operations of NATH’s Frederick place in Rhinelander. Director Tammy Modic explains how you can get tickets…

 “…individuals can get their tickets, they’re 45 a piece for the dinner and show. They can get them right at Frederick place, or they can call Frederick place at 715-369-9777. We will have tickets set aside that they can pick up the night of the event at the Whitetail Inn...”

Area Kids Explore Careers on Wheels

May 5, 2016

  Rhinelander students Thursday got an up close look at a possible career. Over 20 local businesses and organizations participated in the sixth annual “Careers on Wheels” event held at Central Elementary. Logging trucks and equipment, street sweepers, utility vehicles and other machines were set up for students to tour and ask questions. Community Education Coordinator Mike Cheslock says the day is dedicated to students exploring their future career options…

The first National Day of Prayer began after a proclamation by President Harry Truman in 1952, and since 1988 the first Thursday in May is a day set aside to meditate about the role of people to things greater than themselves.

In Rhinelander, Pastor Rod Ankrom from Calvary Baptist Church in Rhinelander was among a group of speakers talking about the day in front of the Oneida County Courthouse...

The tall tales for 2016 begin Saturday as the traditional Wisconsin fishing opener greets anglers.

DNR Northern District Fisheries Supervisor in Woodruff, Mike Vogelsang, says walleyes are the traditional opening weekend fish to seek. He says their surveys find good populations...

".....we've been our actively doing surveys for the last couple of weeks, the dozen or so lakes we've been on right in the area look very well. We work on stocked lakes, naturally reproducing lakes.They all seem to be holding their own right now...."

Proposal For Bottled Water Plant Gets Chilly Reception

May 5, 2016
Dean S. Acheson photo

A crowd of about 170 citizens crammed the Presque Isle Community Center Wednesday for a hearing on a rezoning request designed to pave the way for a water-bottling plant near Highways B and W in Presque Isle.

After the public hearing was over, the zoning committee voted unanimously to recommend to the town board that it deny the rezoning request.

Nearly 2,000 jobs in Vilas county are directly related to tourism and more visitors are coming over the past few years. Those were two key points of many, as tourism officials reported out at Eagle River City Hall Wednesday.

Department of Tourism Regional Specialist Jeff Anderson says the state has upped its marketing investments and it has paid off....

Natalie Jablonski

The Rhinelander District Library has formed a group hoping to get more integrated into the community.

Library Director Virginia Roberts says they've formed the Friends of the Library group.

Roberts says it was first proposed to Leadership Oneida County and some leadership candidates took the idea on. She says the Friends group is designed to help with day-to-day things...

  Nearly 400 students at Three Lakes High School Tuesday learned about the dangers of using a cell phone while driving as part of AT&T’s, AAA and the Wisconsin State Patrol’s “It Can Wait” campaign. The event featured a distracted driving simulator that allowed students to experience the dangers of smartphone use behind the wheel. Theresa Nelson of the Department of Transportation says students need to understand the consequences of distracted driving.


On Tuesday, May 3rd, Bobby Bullet, joined WXPR in The White Pine Room. If you missed the live broadcast during Northwoods Cafe, you can hear the concert archived here. Click the audio link below. 

Our thanks to Bobby Bullet and "friends" for a great night of live music!

Minocqua Board Gets Pavilion Rental Request

May 4, 2016

Park Falls resident Sue Perron would like to rent the lower half of the Torpy Park pavilion in downtown Minocqua for a small lakeside café, but getting town board approval may not be easy.

Two of the five-member board said Tuesday that allowing a private party to rent town owned property to compete against established eateries that pay property taxes and have substantial investments in buildings and employees would not be fair to them.

Nonetheless, the board will allow Perron to inspect the kitchen to see if electrical and plumbing services are adequate.

Veterans Cautioned To Get Authorization For Veterans Choice

May 4, 2016

Ministry Health Care, part of the nationwide Ascension health provider network, announced last month that it is now part of the Veterans’ Choice Program where eligible veterans can obtain care from providers that are not part of the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system.