Nicolet Area Technical College

Anyone interested in going to college has an opportunity to 'one-stop shop' at Nicolet College this Friday at College Visit Day.

Those attending will be able to connect with a Career Coach to learn about mapping a plan for college, completing the application, and paying for college.

Nicolet Director of Enrollment Erika Warning says anyone thinking about coursework should stop by...


Rhinelander alderperson Dawn Rog Monday night made a passionate plea for all members of the common council take a sharp look at the month's bills and invoices.

A motion to review one month's invoices were set aside until next meeting.

A dispute erupted recently over some office furniture purchased by City Administrator Daniel Guild. The past practice was to have the Finance committee review expenditures of this type and recommend them to the council for approval.

    • Snowmobile crashes leave several dead around the state, including northern Wisconsin
    • Familiar factors have been seen in snowmobile deaths this winter
    • Fire damages an apartment in Rhinelander
    • A Vilas County business development groug has success

The improved snowmobiling conditions in the Northwoods proved to be deadly for two persons with a third person in serious condition in three area counties over the weekend.

The Department of Natural Resources reports in:

* Iron County: Last Friday afternoon , a snowmobile with a single operator collided with a vehicle on a state highway. The operator is hospitalized and on life support due to the serious injuries suffered.

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Some birds you might take for granted, others might make you take more notice when you see them.

The Masked Biologist reports a shrike sighting in this week’s Wildlife Matters.

Vilas County Economic Development Corporation

Recently, the chair of Vilas County Economic Development Corporation stopped by the WXPR studios.

VCEDC is a non-profit that provides financial help and mentoring to budding entrepreneurs and has business incubators across Vilas County.

Ken Krall talks with Chair Jim Tuckwell..

Jim Tuckwell, Chair of Vilas County Economic Development Corporation.

Several of the state's recent snowmobile fatalities have occurred in northern Wisconsin and a DNR recreation warden says the familiar factors have been involved.

Warden Justin Bender in Woodruff has this report...

"...As of January this year there's been five fatalities. Three have been in Oneida, one in Forest and one in Juneau county. Of the five, we still are waiting blood results, it takes some time. But in four of those it appears alcohol was involved and we're still pending results from finding that out..." Nick Youngson

The Vilas County Forestry & Land Committee voted last Tuesday (Feb. 5) to post all county lands acquired by tax delinquency foreclosure on the Wisconsin Surplus On-Line Auction site rather than sealed bids as has been the past policy.

The issue was discussed when another sealed bid was opened and rejected for a foreclosed parcel in the Natural Lakes area of Presque Isle. The parcel has an appraised value of $13,500 and had received a number of bids much lower with the recent bid of $6,100.

Birthday Party And Meet And Greet Brings Many To City Hall

Feb 9, 2019
Eileen Persike

A city-wide birthday party was held Friday for one of Rhinelander Police Department’s newest recruits.

K-9 Odin, who joined the force last fall, turned two years old February first.

His handler, officer Chad Brown, said the party is also an opportunity for him to thank the community for their support over the past year. “Everyone who has donated, purchased one of the hero dogs, I’d love to be able to shake everyone’s hands,” Brown said. “The best way we can do that is offering a meet and greet session. I just want to say a huge thank you to the community.”


Today, February 9, 2019, we pay tribute to a long-time volunteer at WXPR, Al Eiglmeier. Al died recently after a long battle with cancer. Courtesy the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Schmidt and Bartelt Funeral Home, we post his obituary below.

  • Dentists are rethinking opioid prescriptions for dental pain,
  • Gov. Evers is likely to address the "Dark Store Loophole",
  • Pond Hockey comes to Eagle River this weekend,
  • The Turtle River Pursuit is a unique cross-country ski race,
  • More than $5,000 raised to help local fire departments.


2019 Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships  are this weekend in Eagle River, Wisconsin .

The 14th annual Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships are taking place on Dollar Lake .The Championships began in 2006 with 40 teams on six rinks and has evolved into more than 330 teams and more than 2,300 players.

Thousands of visitors are expected.

Rep. Shankland on Proposed Dark Store Loophole Elimination

Feb 8, 2019
WSAU radio Logan Wenger

WAUSAU, WI (WSAU ) -- A local representative is happy to see the closure of the dark store loophole in Governor Evers proposed budget.

Governor Tony Evers announced earlier this week that he would include a provision to close the dark store loophole that was the topic of several referendums throughout the state.

State Representative Katrina Shankland for the 71st District is thrilled that Governor Evers is proposing to eliminate the loophole. The Stevens Point native explains what the dark store loophole does for large retailers in regards to taxes.

Turtle River Pursuit

Just in time after a fresh blanket of snow, a unique cross-country racing event is being held this weekend on the Mercer Mecca Trails and the Manitowish Waters WinMan Trails.

Called the Turtle River Pursuit,. it offers a two-day competition in its inaugural year.

Alaska Coast Guard

A recent event in Phelps helped bring in money for area fire departments.

The Blast Off event was held January 26th as part of the Blizzard Blast events.

But Phelps Chamber Director Celeste Hendrickson says the hightlight of the day was a competition called the Bob Off..