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The foot or more of snow Tuesday has brought about another concern from Wisconsin Public Service.

Spokesperson Matt Cullen says customers need to check their outdoor meters...

Music as Medicine for a Healthy Brain

Feb 13, 2019

Music is said to be food for the soul, but it also can help nourish the brain.

Further investigation by Rhinelander Police has found the incident at the Rodeway Inn Tuesday night was NOT a hostage incident and an arrest was made.

Police were called about 5:30 p.m. after a woman told dispatchers she was being held hostage. She told police that night that she was being held against her will. When police arrived, the woman got out of the room, she told police she allegedly had hit a 33-year-old man with a liquor bottle.

The Sheriff's Department Special Response Team was called and the incident was over without injuries.

  •   A hostage situation ends without serious injury in Rhinelander,
  •   Electors approve a new building at Torpy Park in Minocqua,
  •   A state task force is likely to request a rise in the gas tax to fix roads,
  •   AARP is ready to help taxpayers get their tax forms ready,
  •   A man goes missing in the waves of Lake Michigan.
  •   The closing of Shopko pharmacies has inconvenienced small town residents.

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In this week's A Northwoods Moment in History, Gary Entz tell us how the city of Rhinelander got its name.

Will It Ever End?

Feb 12, 2019

A photo snapped Tuesday afternoon out the front door at WXPR, showing a snowplow and brave souls driving in a steady snow.

It began snowing early Tuesday and simply has not paused, bringing back images of  the 20+ inch snowfall last April.

The weather service said roads are in extremely poor driving condition. Travel is not recommended this evening.

We have a list of closings on this webpage.

The planned construction on Stevens Street will be allowed to last a longer time after action Monday by the Rhinelander Common Council.

The city plans to redo the main traffic artery beginning this spring. The question that arose was whether to try to package the project into one year, or to have it last over two to possibly three years.

Minocqua Chamber of Commerce

The conditions are right with our mountains of recent snow, so a large snow sculpture is about to be built in front of the Mincoqua Chamber of Commerce.

The 30-foot-tall snowman Snowmy Kromer will be built next week.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Krystal Westfahl says the mild and dry weather of December and January made it look like Snowmy wasn't going to happen. But she says with the big dumps of snow, Snowmy will become a reality.

Volunteers and some local businesses make it happen, says Westfahl...

A Merrill woman has been identified as the person killed when her snowmobile crashed with a car.

The Langlade County Sheriff's Department reports 41-year-old Jodie R. Rethaber was killed when the snowmobile crashed with a car near Langlade county "Q" and Highway 17 in the Town of Parrish Saturday night.

Rethaber died at the scene.

The driver reported no injuries. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash. There have been 14 deaths on snowmobiles in Wisconsin during the current snowmobile season.

Wi. Taxpayers Don't Have To Go It Alone

Feb 12, 2019

Wisconsin News Connection is here.  

MADISON, Wis. - With pencils and calculators in hand, hundreds of volunteers are standing by to help Wisconsin taxpayers crunch the numbers on their 2018 income tax returns.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are providing free tax filing services in communities across the state. Sam Wilson, state director of AARP Wisconsin, says all Tax-Aide volunteers are IRS certified and trained in the latest tax code updates, so they can help identify potential tax credits. "

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A white-tail buck from a hunting ranch in Forest county has been found to be carrying chronic wasting disease.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumper Protection confirmed the deer was born on a breeding ranch in Marinette county and was moved to the 230-acre ranch  in 2014.

Both the breeding farm in Marinette county and the hunt ranch in Forest county have been quarantined since last June because the breeding farm tested positive for CWD. Both locations have the same owner.

  • Travel not recommended this afternoon as heavy snow continues,
  •  A deer in Forest county is found to have Chronic Wasting Disease,
  •  A call for a closer look at the books for the Rhinelander City Council,
  •  More telemarketing complaints filed with the state,
  •   A manufacturing group doesn't want a tax loophole closed.

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In this month's installment of Field Notes, Susan Knight discusses the importance of seedbanks - in the past and in the future - for the survival of our food crops in an uncertain future.

National Park Service

U-S Senator Tammy Baldwin says she expects the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to pass soon.

Hunters, anglers and conservationists had asked the Wisconsin Democrat to work on its passage when they met with her last September.

The fund uses money from federal oil and gas leases for projects in parks, rivers and forests. It had expired four months ago. Baldwin says this passage will be permanent.

Federal Trade Commission

Each year the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection publishes the top 10 complaints made by consumers from the previous year.

Division of Consumer Protection Director Michelle Reinen says the top complaint returns from 2018...telemarketing...

"...Not your traditional telemarketing sales calls.(Then) people would be violating the Do Not Call list. The calls consumers received in the last year were scam calls. Individuals or robocalls trying to rip consumers off...."

Number two is also close to home...