Miranda Vander Leest

Community Features Editor

WXPR volunteer, Randy Burl, spoke with band member and Rhinelander native, Steve Foltz, from the indie-grass folk quintet Trout Steak Revival. We hear about the band's journey from informal jam sessions with limited bluegrass background to becoming an Emmy Award winning musical group. 

Trout Steak Revival will be in Wausau July 5 for Concerts on the Square

 A Rhinelander man was arrested Saturday night for firing shots at an apartment complex in the Town of Pelican.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office reports the call came in just before midnight. When authorities arrived on scene, deputies identified the shooter as 46-year-old Steven Fletcher.

Officials say the preliminary investigation shows Fletcher allegedly was trying to shoot someone in the apartment complex.

No one was hurt and the investigation is ongoing.

Oh Deer

Nov 21, 2016

Saturday was the gun-deer season opener, and one Northwoods man recalls an experience similar to the popular song “Da Turdy Point Buck,”  WXPR’s Dave Havel shares his story…

The Veterans Affairs Office has partnered with Walgreens for a third year to bring free flu shots to area veterans. That’s according to Iron Mountain’s Oscar G. Johnson Public Affairs Officer Brad Nelson.

Nelson says veterans who choose to get their flu shots at Walgreens don’t have to worry about keeping track of their medical records. He says their records will automatically be updated and the only thing they’ll need is a VA identification card to prove they’re enrolled in the VA health care system.


A dead Blue Jay in Oneida County tested positive for the mosquito-transmitted West Nile virus earlier this week, and health officials are urging Oneida County residents to take extra precautions against mosquito bites.

According to health officials a community member reported the bird’s suspicious death Monday. This is the first bird that’s tested positive for West Nile virus in Oneida County since surveillance for the virus began May 1.

Wildlife Matters: Wisconsin's Natural World

Sep 22, 2016

  Average retail gas prices in Wisconsin have risen nearly 2.5 cents per gallon in the past week and about 20 cents within the last month, averaging about $2.40 per gallon. That’s according to Gas Buddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski. He says the recent price hike shouldn’t panic summer travelers…


The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is challenging local residents to contribute to their annual Spring Challenge.

The food pantry had its part in the $1 million challenge grant in years past from the Feinstein Foundation, or otherwise known as the Feinstein Challenge, but Director Guy Hansen expects this year’s challenge to exceed previous Feinstein matches.

He says the food pantry will make a partial match for all donations or pledges received from March 1st through April 30th thanks to a new anonymous donor...


Outdoor enthusiasts will have to wait a bit longer to break out the fat tire bikes for a spring ride.

Fat tire bikes are an off-road bike with oversized tires making for increased traction on dirt and flotation on snow and water.

Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association President Richard Reidinger says they groom trails post rifle season in preparation for winter fat tire biking, but close during the spring thaw. He says riding on mucky trails isn’t good...


The start of a new school year is around the corner and Wisconsin’s DOT State Patrol is gearing up for their annual inspection of Wisconsin’s school buses. State Patrol Lieutenant Karl Mittelstadt  says that nearly 11,000 inspections are done to ensure buses have working equipment such as brakes, steering, lights and electrical systems.  


The DNR and Department of Transportation unveiled a new eagle license plate design last week that replaced the Badger design, making it a novelty item. Beginning today drivers will be able choose between the new plate and the 20 year old timber wolf design.

According to the DNR the bald eagle was removed from the endangered species list in 2007, and Species Management Chief Owen Boyle says the new design will highlight that recovery. He says funds raised by the sale of the specialty plates goes towards the DNR’s effort to continue to restore native plants and animals.