Oneida County UW-Extension

A Northwoods legislator says the north was dealt out of the decision to merge the two-year state colleges and UW-Extension into the state's four-year campuses.

U-W System President Ray Cross announced the changes Wednesday.

State Senator Janet Bewley, whose district includes parts of Vilas, Iron and Price counties, says any discussion with local officials was simply ignored. She says the needs of the north take a step back to southern Wisconsin needs...

More than a year ago, UW-Extension began a statewide reorganization that will likely change how services are offered in all of the state's 72 counties.

Last week, County U-W Extension leader Lynn Feldman detailed to the Oneida county board the many areas the local staff is involved with throughout the county...

"...for 2016, unduplicated people served, 5,548....teaching lessons, 338. Our volunteer network is huge, so we have 107 active volunteers...."

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A program that has been called innovative placing Oneida county high schoolers within county and city government is looking for students to join for the next school year. The program is operated through Oneida County UW-Extension.

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The fusion of the children's toy called LEGOs and STEM curriculum come together next month in a UW-Extension class in Rhinelander.

The Wisconsin 4-H science, technology, engineering and math specialist will be at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport to present a hands-on workshop involving LEGO EV3 Robotics. Oneida County 4-H - Youth Development Educator Lynn Feldman says 4-H has been involved in LEGO Robotics program and the workshop is to train adult Youth Leaders.

Participants learn to advance from working with LEGO's to programming robots..


Lakeland area residents will have a chance to talk to a local UW-Extension agent about what they want to see here in the future.

Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development Educator Miles Alexander says he will be at the Minocqua Farmers Market Friday to hear from the public...

"...what are the best things? What do they want to perpetuate from the past? What has been grand and glorious that gives us clues about what we can build on to make a sustainable future? What are the things people don't want to lose as change continues to happen...."

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Changes are coming to your local UW-Extension office.

The state cut $3.6 million from the UW-Extension budget. This will result in the loss of 80 jobs from county offices for agriculture agents, 4-H and youth specialists and family living advisors.

At the Oneida County office, Extension leader Lynn Feldman says nothing is finalized, but could see more sharing of services. Administration would be consolidated and staff would be shared between groupings of counties...

Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a program which determines what it costs for people to live in every county in the country.

A UW-Extension spokesperson says the numbers show people here have a tough time keeping up.

Next week the University of Wisconsin-Extension Oneida County, in partnership with the U-W Alumni Association and Wisconsin Public Television, is hosting the Northern Lights Tour.

"Wednesday Nite at  the Lab" features local researchers talking about their investigations and inventions that are changing how we look at life and how we lead our lives.

Oneida County Extension Family Living Educator Sara Richie says  one speaker is  Jeffrey Endelman, UW lead researcher at the Rhinelander Ag Research Station...

Focus Groups to Weigh In on Rhinelander Dining Options

Oct 3, 2014

Restaurant owners in Rhinelander are looking for input about what they can do differently.  Oneida County UW Extension is organizing two focus groups Monday night…to talk about dining options in Rhinelander. 

Extension Agent Tim Brown says several recent surveys have revealed a sense of public dissatisfaction with the Rhinelander restaurant scene.  The focus groups hope to identify some of what the public is looking for.

County residents can help determine when the Oneida county board holds its meetings.

Recently,  the board directed a committee and UW-Extension to put together a survey to help resolve an ongoing debate about meeting times. Twice in the last several months resolutions came to the floor to alter the standard meeting time of 9:30 a.m on the third Tuesday to a later time.

Oneida County UW-Extension agent Tim Brown says some would like to see later in the day meetings...

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The leader of the Oneida County UW-Extension office is leaving that position to become the head of the E.U. Demmer Library in Three Lakes.

Erica Brewster informed county supervisors this week she is resigning to take the job in Three Lakes. Brewster is the Extension department head and also is the Family Living Agent.

President of the library Board of Trustees, Vicki Reuling made the announcement...

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Three Lakes increased broadband capacity and a willing community and school will likely put them on the cutting edge of a revolutionary education and economic development effort called a Fab Lab.

The technology exists to build a box,tooth brush or any manufactured item without a large manufacturing facility.

  Oneida County UW-Extension is asking county residents to fill out a survey about what they think about living here. Extension leader Erica Brewster says rather than have formal meetings, they've put a series of questions on a website called "Survey Monkey". She says they're hoping to take the pulse of Oneida county residents...  

Groups to Conduct Winter Homeless Count

Jan 27, 2014

Volunteers will be scouring four counties this Wednesday night to tally the area’s homeless population. 

The point-in-time count is conducted by a coalition of groups called Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness, including Oneida County UW Extension and Forward Service Corporation.  It covers Forest, Langlade, Oneida and Vilas Counties. 

Coordinator Lori Hallas explains the count is an important tool to measure the homeless population.   


A survey is underway to find out why people live in Oneida county. Survey proponents hope as many young people as possible participate.

Oneida County UW-Extension and Rhinelander Young Professionals are hosting the survey. Extension Agent Tim Brown says there is plenty of chatter why young people leave the community or stay, but little in the way of hard numbers...