Grocery stores and shopping centers aren’t the only places seeing heavy traffic this time of year.
Rhinelander Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hansen says demand goes up during the holidays.
“Our business increases – we have a lot of people that come in, when they wouldn’t come in other times of the year, because they’re preparing for holidays, company and so on. And money’s always a little short at this time of the year.”
Manitowish Waters will hold its annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count Saturday.
Groups throughout the Northwoods and across North America help track long term trends in winter bird populations.
It’s the twenty first year of the Manitowish Waters count. Coordinator John Bates says over that time he’s seen significant change in bird populations. This year he’s expecting low numbers, especially of seed-eating birds that often travel here from Canada.
Snowmobile trails are opening across the Northwoods. Phelps trails open Thursday, and Forest County trails open Friday.
Most Oneida County trails opened Wednesday. Minocqua Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Baltus says wintry conditions this early in the year is a big deal.
“It’s been several years since the trails have been open before the holidays, and a very long time since we’ve been able to really invite tourists to come and spend their holiday vacation hopefully between Christmas and New Years in the Northwoods.”
The Assembly Speaker's Rural Schools Task Force held its third hearing Tuesday in Madison.
Legislators heard more than three hours of testimony from educational groups and administrators. State Superintendent of Schools Tony Evers spoke about the financial challenges facing rural schools.
"We need to do something about fixing our funding system for all the schools in the state. We need to find ways to allocate resources that take into account the income levels of families, and not just the community's property value."
Rhinelander health care premiums are falling somewhere in the middle as compared to the rest of the state. That’s according to a new report from progressive group Citizen Action of Wisconsin. It compares health insurance rates in different regions statewide.
It finds Madison tends to rank lowest, while the highest premiums are found in the Milwaukee area and in far Northwestern Wisconsin.
A bill relating to race-based mascots is still sitting on Governor Scott Walker’s desk. He until the end of the day Wednesday to sign or veto the bill, before it automatically becomes law. The bill changes a process established in 2010 for how to handle complaints about race-based school mascots and team names.
Supporters of the new process say it’s more fair – a person has to prove a mascot is discriminatory before they can get it changed. And that person needs a petition of signatures to file an initial complaint. Here’s Representative Steve Nass, who authored the bill.
A Democratic challenger to Representative Sean Duffy paid a visit to Rhinelander Tuesday. Kelly Westlund declared her candidacy last week.
About thirty people gathered at the Rhinelander Days Inn to hear from the newest candidate to represent Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional district. The 30-year-old Kelly Westlund has served for two years on the Ashland City Council. Her background is in environmental and sustainability work. And she says she’s not worried about being relatively new to the political game.
Crandon School District is getting a financial boost to pay for energy conservation measures. Wisconsin Public Service and the statewide Focus on Energy program presented Crandon Schools with a $34,000 check Monday to help pay for energy-efficient lighting.
District Administrator Jim Asher says the school was looking to save money on costly energy bills.
One of Wisconsin’s tribal leaders is expressing disappointment at last week’s federal ruling against night hunting.
Six Chippewa tribes had filed suit, arguing that night hunting in ceded territory is a federally protected treaty right. But Judge Barbara Crabb ruled against the practice Friday, citing a risk to the public.
Lac du Flambeau Chairman Tom Maulson says it’s a traditional practice that hasn’t resulted in any incidents.