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DNR: If Rhinelander Loses One More Well, There Won’t Be Enough Water For City

If just one more Rhinelander city well is taken offline, the city won’t be able to meet its water demand, according to a DNR drinking water supervisor. Only three off Rhinelander’s five municipal wells are currently operating. It’s been that way since last year, when the other two were shut off due to high levels of detected PFAS. PFAS is a manmade chemical with links to health risks, including cancer. DNR Public Drinking Water Field Supervisor Mark Pauli saID losing another well would create...

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MADISON, Wis. - The State of Wisconsin is now accepting applications for people to serve on a nonpartisan redistricting panel, aimed at eliminating political influence in redrawing legislative maps. But some are questioning whether the state is ready for this approach.

Minocqua Police Department

MINOCQUA – The Minocqua Police Department will soon have to replace three positions in its 24/7-dispatch center. Its police chief says now is the time to make some staffing changes. LisaTaylorPhoto

EAGLE RIVER- Conflicts in the fall hunting season between ATV/UTV's and ruffed grouse hunters were discussed recently at the Vilas County forestry committee after concerns were expressed by Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) representative Jon Steigerwaldt who oppossed any more motorized trails on the county forest until the cumulative impacts of motorized trails can be determined on wildlife.

Report: Wisconsin Lacking Teachers of Color

Jul 10, 2020
Cannon Air Force Base

ARCADIA, Wis. -- Wisconsin's public school student population has become more racially diverse, but its teacher workforce still is mostly White. That's according to a new report from an independent research group.

The Wisconsin Policy Forum said between 2009 and 2019, the number K-12 students of color increased by more than 28%, but teachers of color only make up 5% of those leading classrooms across the state.

Feed Our Rural Kids

Feed Our Rural Kids, or FORK, has been approved to be one of the agencies getting United Way funding in the region.

FORK was organized to provide meals to Northland Pines students from food insecure homes who otherwise might not get a meal during off times or during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Northwoods United Way has twice supported FORK in the last year with funding.

Keith Kantala is an advisor to the FORK board of directors and a grant writer. He says the funding will help set the organization up long term..

  • Marshfield Clinic plans to fill the gap for medical helicopter service in the Lakeland area
  • Drive-thru job fair planned in Rhinelander
  • Virtual Oneida County Fair plans weeks of activities
  • Wausau man indicted for tax evasion in alleged embezzlement

Marathon County Adds Mask Requirement For County Workers

Jul 10, 2020
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Employees of Marathon County will be required to wear face masks beginning Monday.

Judy Burrows, Public Information Officer for the Marathon County Health Department, says it is a measure for the protection of the public and county employees.

The policy is one that all employers have the ability to put into place, says Burrows, who noted that others already have as well.

Per the Health Department and DHS, mask wearing " is a proven strategy to protect public health and the spread of COVID," says Burrows in an email.

MCHS To Provide Medical Helicopter Service To Area

Jul 10, 2020
Marshfield Clinic Health Systems

MINOCQUA – Asked to respond to the news that Ascension-Wisconsin will no longer base its Spirit 2 medical helicopter at Howard Young Medical Center, Woodruff, by year’s end, Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) issued the following statement: “Marshfield Clinic Health System will provide emergency air transport in Minocqua for patients requiring critical care through its Life Link III helicopters.


People in the Rhinelander area can learn about employment opportunities at a drive-thru job fair next week.

The Northern Advantage Job Center regularly hosts in-person job fairs.

But it’s trying a drive-thru fair as a COVID-19 precaution.

“A lot of people are thinking that a lot of jobs aren’t hiring right now, but there are a ton of job openings right now, said Employment and Training Specialist Jenny Kowalczyk. “With unemployment rates so high, we are hoping that we will have a nice turnout.”

The fair will be next Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m.

Oneida County Fair

The Oneida County Fair was canceled this year due to the COVID pandemic, but a virtual fair is beginning online with weeks of activities planned.

Fair Coordinator Tom Barnett details how this fair works...

"What we're planning on doing is having a whole bunch of different events. They will all be online whether they're live or through a pre-recorded situation. We're going to Wildwood Zoo on Friday. That will be recorded. We'll be discussing animals and talking about animals and putting that up on our Facebook page..."


July 23-26

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