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George R. Berdes, 1931 – 2015

George R. Berdes, a journalist and writer, died on May 6, 2015 in Milwaukee.  George’s  love of words produced a lifetime of fulfilling work as a journalist, teacher, editor, and in international affairs in Washington, D.C. and several foreign countries. His love for his wife, children and grandchildren was his passion.

Change In LUHS Administrator's Contract

May 14, 2015

The top administrator at Lakeland Union High School will no longer have an automatic renewal clause in his contract after the school board this week voted to remove it.

Board president Tom Gabert says "the board decided to withhold the extension of the district administator's contract beyond the (upcoming) school year."

The board's actin followed a closed session as members continue to evaluate Todd Kleinhans.

Kleinhan's contract goes until June 30, 2016. It had called for an automatic renewal for two years unless the board acted otherwise by June 30, 2015.

A big check from the state Department of Tourism to the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce to promote a growing event this summer.

Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett presented a $20,000 marketing check to the Chamber.

Chamber Director Dana DeMet says the Joint Effort Marketing grant, or JEM grant, will be used to bring visitors here...

'....the JEM grant we were awarded is for marketing the Boom Lake Log Jam in Rhinelander June 19-21 at Hodag Park. What we're using the money for is targeting markets in central Wisconsin as well as the Fox Valley...."

Leah VanZile WPS

Teams from Northwoods high schools competed Wednesday at UW-Stevens Point in the annual Solar Olympics, sponsored by Wisconsin Public Service. It's an annual, one-day renewable energy competition..

WPS' Leah Van Zile says schools that are part of the SolarWise For Schools program compete in a number of categories, making devices run on solar power....

"....some of the categories that we have is Solar Cooker, Solar Water Heater, we have a Solar Race Car, Solar Photography, Solar Art Sculpture, PV Innovation and Solar Marketing Campaign...."

A debate at the Eagle River City Council meeting Tuesday night   whether to continue to add fluoride into its water highlighted the importance of oral hygiene—not just for your teeth, but for your overall health. WXPR’s Emily Bright has more...

Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated hopes to get the Rhinelander city council to keep the Streetscape portion of a downtown upgrade in its plans.

The city is proposing to redo the old underground infrastructure around the downtown next year. Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated helped put together a "Streetscape" plan to redo the above ground portions of downtown.

WXPR news(Natalie Jablonski)

Should the Oneida County Board agree next week, a compromise has been reached concerning the Heal Creek property west of Rhinelander.

The county originally wanted to build a state-of-the-art light industrial park on the property next to the Northwood Golf Course on Rhinelander's far west side. Nothing  developed, and the county put the property up for sale. Two groups bid, the Hodag Sports Club with two offers, and another offer from the town of Crescent and city of Rhinelander.

Lakeland School Board Improves Auditorium

May 12, 2015

Work will start within two weeks on remodeling the auditorium at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua.

The school board this week awarded a $2 million dollar contract to Miron Construction from Neenah. That's the same firm that redid the school's front entrance to make it more secure, along with renovating the bathroom and nurse's station this past year.

Most of the auditorium work will take place during summer, but work must be done by September.

Long time Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce Director Theresa Smith is leaving that post to take the directorship of the Campanile Center For The Arts.

Smith says it was a tough decision to leave the job she's held for 10 years as she says the community was very supportive...

"....everyone is very hard working and involved in the chamber and the other organizations in the area. We have worked together for a long time to build Boulder Junction making it a premier destination here in the Northwoods...."

Alex Young-You Tube

Rhinelander City Administrator Blaine Oborn  confirmed Tuesday he will be leaving that post this summer to take the City Administrator job in Lake Geneva.

Oborn was named Rhinelander's City Administrator almost four years ago, after the departure of Bill Bell.

Oborn has been in his post during a time that has seen much change in the city. He says getting the city's fiscal situation in order was a priority...