• Congressman Sean Duffy says a wolf de-listing bill will be put in the big budget bill next month,
  • It's the time of year to help out next year's endangered Monarch butterflies,
  • and after a trial run last year, Lights of the Northwoods will soon be back.

WI Dept. of Natural Resources

Cougar sightings here in the Northwoods are never met with enthusiasm. There was a time, however, when Wisconsin had a well-documented cougar population.

In this week’s episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist examines the Wisconsin Puma.

National Park Service

A bill to de-list the gray wolf from federal endangered species protection is likely to make it into a large spending bill before Congress.

During a town hall meeting in Rhinelander Friday, Congressman Sean Duffy was asked about the bill which he authored which would return wolf management to the states.

The bill passed the U.S. House, but Duffy said it is unlikely to make it through the Senate...

Lights of the Northwoods

Last year was just a trial run, and a spokesperson for the Lights of the Northwoods promises a grander show when it open this weekend.

The holiday light display is adorned around Rhinelander's largest park at Boom Lake.

Shawn Will is president of Lights of the Northwoods. The event was begun last year to see if a large display was feasible.

Large crowds drove and walked through the park...

Wisconsin DNR Jay Watson

Even though winter is upon us, the hope among pollinators is people think about using this time to help make habitat for declining numbers of Monarch butterflies.

The once-common butterfly has made it's 1,700 mile trek to it's wintering grounds in Mexico.

There's a new Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative website that has specific information on adding habitat and other ways to help monarchs.

Caitlin Williamson of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

Belliveau Resigns From Rhinelander City Council

Dec 8, 2018

Rhinelander third district alderperson Sherrie Belliveau has resigned from the city council, according to a press release from city administrator Daniel Guild.

WI Christmas Tree Shortage: High Demand, Immigration Restrictions

Dec 7, 2018
U.S. Forest Service

Wisconsin News Connection is here.  

ELKTON, Md. - Christmas trees will be available this holiday season, although growers say they've had a tougher time getting Balsam, Frasier and other fir-tree varieties out for purchase - and one reason is the U.S. immigration crackdown.

President Donald Trump's effort to restrict legal and illegal immigration at the nation's borders has meant fewer migrant workers filling tree farms with the seasonal labor they need.


Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy(R-Wi.7) stopped in Rhinelander Friday as part of four community town halls, saying he supports building a border wall with Mexico.

Duffy was asked if there was a possibility that the government could be shut down unless President Trump's proposal for a border wall is approved....

  •  Congressman Sean Duffy tells a Rhinelander town hall he supports a border wall and tougher immigration...
  • Christmas tree farmers are finding it tough to get their product out because of a worker shortage...
  •  Milwaukee is a finalist for the 2020 Democratic convention
  •  A notorious killer is in Wisconsin from a Colorado prison. 

Wisc. Dept. of Natural Resources

Homesteading is a way of living your life with the goal of being more self-sufficient. In Rhinelander, there is a Homesteading Club that meets at least once a month.

Mackenzie Martin has the story.

The origin of homesteading comes from the Homestead Act of 1862 where land was given to families in an effort to encourage western migration, but some say it stands in for more of a mindset today.


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Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy(R-7th District)  has scheduled four town hall meetings in the Northwoods for Friday.(12/7/18)

Duffy will be at the Great Northern Hotel in Mercer from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. for the Iron county town hall.

He then will be at the Oneida County Sheriff's office in Rhinelander for a town hall from 10:00 a.m. to 11.

He will head to Florence for a town hall from 12:30- 1:30 p.m. at the Florence County Wild Rivers Interpretive Center. Linnaea Mallette

Ascension St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander, Nicolet Area Technical College and North Central Technical College have received a grant to assist rural hospitals in filling "high need, high demand" medical positions.

State Department of Health Services spokesperson Linda McCart says the grants are designed to address health care workforce shortages in rural communities.

McCart says a Wisconsin Hospital Association study found a need for workers... craigsteffen

The weather has turned cold and ice has formed on area lakes but a DNR warden says think safety first when heading out on the hard water.

DNR Conservation Supervisor David Walz in Woodruff says check on ice conditions at local bait shops and has other safety tips..

"...Let somebody know where you're going to be, or go out with someone. Use the buddy system as well..."

Rhinelander District Library

The late Ced Vig was a long time Rhinelander area educator, conservationist and author and a local library is hoping you step forward and help with a fund drive in his name.

Carla Chropkowski is President of the Rhinelander District Library Foundation.

She says for more than 30 years they have held a holiday book fund that was started by Ced Vig with the purpose to buy books and materials for the library...

  •   A new Vilas County recreation warden,
  •   Several stories on the lame duck session of the Wisconsin legislature,
  •   Minocqua to update address signs.