The Department of Transportation is hosting a meeting Tuesday(3/17) evening to spell out its plan for improvements to U.S. 51 between 3rd Street and Wisconsin 70 east in the towns of Woodruff and Arbor Vitae.

A Project Manager for the D.O.T., Jed Peters, says the meeting is to present their preferred alternative that addresses Highway 51's pavement and operational needs.

He says they would like to reconstruct Highway 51 to five lanes similar to what was done in Minocqua...



Downtown Rhinelander will likely be seeing a business incubator soon.

As part of moving Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. offices to a building they own on 30 West Davenport Street, Board President Dan Kuzlik says they will start a business incubator in the unused office space. This will be the first business incubator in Rhinelander.....


Wildfire season is getting an early start in Wisconsin, thanks to the recent snow melt.

DNR Forester Ranger John Gillen in Rhinelander says April and May are typically the most active months for forest fires in Wisconsin. 

“This year seems to be coming a little bit before that time, in March.  And certainly my counterparts in the southern part of the state are already active in suppressing forest fires.”

Gillen says fire season in northern Wisconsin shouldn’t be far behind, if the warm weather continues. 

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Warm weather has drawn people out of their homes for a number of spring activities including one popular Northwoods pastime: tapping trees for maple syrup. As Emily Bright reports, the season has begun, and much earlier than last year.

Maple syrup enthusiasts have been out tapping trees this week, as the warm daytime temperatures and freezing nights make sap start to run. Speaking from the winter farmers’ market, Tonya Hofrichter of Hofrichter farms in Deerbrook says the sap has had a slow start.

Photo via Marv Kaukl


Many Wisconsin hunters are aware of the pheasant propagation program conducted at the state game farm in Poynette, which annually hatches thousands of pheasants for hunting opportunities across the southern half of the state.  Few however, are aware of the fur propagation program. But as writer Bob Willging recalls in today’s History Afield, fur was once a thriving part of game farm operations.

The old boys of the state game farm were all gone by the time I interviewed Marv “Koke” Kaukl at his home in Poynette in the spring of 2000.

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A domestic violence victim support agency is holding a candlelight vigil in Rhinelander Thursday night for the three children who survived the apparent homicide of Thomas and Jennifer Ayers.

Law enforcement believes the three young girls were locked in a room while Jennifer Ayers’ 17-year-old daughter Ashlee Martinson killed her mother and step-father.  The couple was found dead Sunday. 

Shellie Holmes, Director of Tri County Council on Domestic Violence, says the agency is holding a vigil and collecting donations for the children.

For basketball fans, U-W Madison men's coach Bo Ryan is a familiar face. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism has contracted with Ryan to make sure his image is associated with fun times in the Badger state.

Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett talks about the new summer Tourism ad campaign designed to bring travelers to Wisconsin....


U-W Madison Continuing Studies

The 52nd School of the Arts at Rhinelander is taking registrations, and leaders are saying they have another full program this summer.

School of the Arts Director Lynn Tarnoff says the school will be back the third weekend in July. Last year they adopted a weekend format instead of a full week to see if more people were available to attend and this year the school will be held July 17-19. Tarnoff says there are 40 different classes and workshops to choose from....


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Snowmobile trails in Oneida and Vilas counties are closed as of Thursday afternoon.

John Bilogan, Director of the Oneida County Forestry Department says warm weather has melted most of the snow. 

"If you get into the woods, the trails probably would still be ridable.  But it gets to the point where intersections and areas that are exposed to direct sunlight, a lot of them are bare."

Bilogan says riding on bare ground can cause safety issues or damage to trails.

Commentary: Protect The Northwoods

Mar 12, 2015

Joe Hovel from Conover has a commentary about the proposed state budget and how it affects the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund and the forests...