It was ten years ago today the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry opened its doors.

The pantry will be noting the anniversary with an open house Saturday afternoon at it's new location.

Executive Director Guy Hansen says they started out with a few shelves in what is now the Knights of Columbus building on Brown Street and last fall they moved into a new facility off Coon Street. They started serving 45 families but that number has grown...


A Mercer ice fisherman fell through the ice on Squirrel Lake in the Minocqua area Thursday.

The Minocqua Police Department says it got the call just after 1 pm, reporting that 56-year-old Jay Taylor had fallen through about 100 yards from shore. 

While emergency rescuers were on their way, another man pushed aluminum boat out to Taylor and pulled him out of the water. 

But the two needed help from the Minocqua fire department to get the boat back to shore. 

Taylor was transported by ambulance to the Howard Young Medical Center.  

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A Rhinelander native is helping launch a new theater company in the Bayfield area. 

Sidekick Theatre will put on its first season this summer at Stage North in Washburn.   

Co-founder Brian Pekol says it will coexist with The Groundlings, a community theater group that performs at Stage North during the off season.

Wildfire danger is increasing as the snow leaves the Northwoods and warmer, dryer air comes in.
Conditions have changed so fast that burning permits are not allowed in most places.

DNR Wildfire Prevention Specialist  Catherine Koele in Woodruff says the fire danger is very high in most places, with extreme fire danger the northwest corner of the state. She says conditions are prime for fire...

The Oneida County Board has asked for an extension until August to consider a complex proposal whether to accept an offer from Kwik-Trip of LaCrosse.

Kwik-Trip has offered to buy the county shops on Rhinelander's west side for a large  facility and try to develop out lots. If that were approved, the county likely would build a new county shops about a mile away on county owned land off the Highway 8 bypass. Two other options are to reject the Kwik-Trip offer and fix up the current facility with two renovation options.


An effort to eliminate Rhinelander's downtown Business Improvement District has been successful.

A group of business owners petitioned the city to eliminate the BID district. The BID is authorized by city government to allow property owners to assess themselves more to make necessary improvements.

Those opposing the removal of the district had until the close of business Wednesday to get enough signers to change their mind. As City Administrator Blaine Oborn notes, a last second effort came up short...


Steven Thomas / US Fish and Wildlife Service

A declining species of bat will be federally protected throughout its range.  But the US Fish and Wildlife’s decision to list the northern long-eared bat as threatened, is drawing criticism from wildlife advocates who wanted stronger protections. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the northern long-eared bat as threatened due to the impacts of the deadly white nose syndrome.  But the agency withheld the more dire designation of endangered.  It’s also exempting activities like forest management from rules that prohibit incidental killing of the bat. --Creative Commons

Recent Northwoods unemployment numbers find joblessness here remains stubbornly high compared to other parts of the state.

The February rates  find some 'good news-bad news" for Iron county, where the rate is fifth-highest in the state at 10.7 percent. That's about one percentage point lower than one year ago. Vilas county is sixth highest at 10.3 percent, Forest county is eighth highest at 9.4 percent, Oneida county is at 8.4 percent, Langlade 7.7 percent, Lincoln at 6.5 percent and Price county at 5.8 percent.

Forest County Sheriff's Dept.

The husband of a former Forest county corrections officer will enter a plea to charges of receiving stolen property.

Nicolet College

Nicolet College officially has a new president.

Dr. Richard Nelson has accepted the position. Nelson previously served as Provost of Paul Smith's College in New York.

Nicolet Board Chair Ron Zimmerman says the board was impressed with Dr. Nelson's ability to collaborate with faculty and staff across campus at Paul Smith’s College and his ability to recognize talent and foster the development of these individuals.