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Project North Releases Initial Lineup

Project North Festival has released the initial 10 bands in their music lineup for their inaugural festival. Taking place September 26 - 28 in downtown Rhinelander, Project North will include a diverse musical lineup featuring artists such as Bad Bad Hats , Reina del Cid , and Kind Country . Another round of bands will be announced in a few weeks. The festival is a collaboration between the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce , ArtStart Rhinelander , WXPR Public Radio, and Nicolet College ....

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A Rhinelander city council member is facing possible charges after a confrontation recently at city hall.

WJFW TV reports council member Dawn Rog was investigated by the Vilas County Sheriff's Department after she and a city IT contractor, Peggy Schauer got into a disagreement at city hall after Rog saw Schauer working near the computers.

At a recent city council meeting, Schauer said Rog told her to leave and it escalated to the point where Schauer alleges Rog pushed her.

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The Ironwood/Hurley area can get up to 200 inches of annual snowfall, in part due to their close proximity to Lake Superior.

This makes for great skiing, but it was only recently that a youth-based cross country ski program began in the area, named for the Finnish concept Sisu, that has to do with resilience.

Last week, they wrapped up the season with 25 youth participants. Larry Lapachin continues our We Live Up Here series with the story.


The prosecution and defense are moving forward toward an April trial date for a Minocqua man accused of killing his wife three decades ago.

70 year old Robin Mendez is charged with the April 28, 1983 homicide of his wife Barbara at the Park City Credit Union in Minocqua. The case was dormant until the cable TV show "Cold Justice" picked it up and sent a crew of investigators to Oneida county. Along with the Oneida County Sheriff's Department, they were able to find enough evidence to convince District Attorney Mike Schiek to file a 1st degree homicide charge.

It motored the Willow Flowage and Wisconsin River for a number of years and now it sits waiting for someone to pick it up.

The Wilderness Queen was purchased last year by a Delavan interest with the idea of moving the boat to a new home. The boat was owned locally by Ben and Patty Zastrow and before that Tom and Chris Tiffany. ToNic-Pics

People working to help those with gambling problems are holding their annual conference in Sheboygan this week and a spokesperson says they want people to recognize when gambling becomes a problem.

March is problem gambling awareness month. Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling, Rose Blozinski details some warning signs....

Report Links Massive Increase in Corn, Soybean Crops to Environmental Destruction

Mar 14, 2019
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The Renewable Fuel Standard, a policy that promotes the biofuel ethanol, has led to a massive expansion of corn and soybean farming, and to significant environmental destruction, according to a new report.

Researchers from Kansas State University, the University of Wisconsin and the University of California-Davis found that the United States lost more than a million acres of non-farm land between 2008 and 2016, particularly in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and the Dakotas.

Evers Discusses More Budget Priorities While In Wausau

Mar 14, 2019
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Even though his budget proposal is already in, Governor Tony is continuing to listen to what residents want to see prioritized over the next two-year cycle. T

he latest stop on that tour was in Wausau at the Hmong Mutual Association where he met with leaders from across the state who displayed what he called "extraordinary needs and extraordinary energy." "They are hopeful that our budget will provide the resources they need," said Evers. Many of those needs fall into categories such as mental health and economic development.

  •   Gov. Evers talks Lincoln Hills and the budget in Wausau,
  •   U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says wolves should leave the Endangered Species list,
  •  Farm taxes part of a state Supreme Court ruling,
  •  A Milwaukee man faces homicide charges and also abduction of his child. mil

Governor Evers this week let stand a Walker administration decision on what are known as wedding barns.

The state allows groups like those having a wedding or get together to buy liquor and give it away at an event, without having to go through the licensing and inspection process all liquor-selling establishments are required to do.

State Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander owns a bar and restaurant and was the past President of the Wisconsin Tavern League.

State Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander.

Proposal To Raise Eagle River Room Tax Supported

Mar 13, 2019
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A proposal to raise the room tax in three Vilas County municipalities from 4.5% to 8% to fund repair and replacement of the ice plant at the Sports Arena was supported in a 3-1 split vote of the Eagle River Area Room Tax Commission last Tuesday, and if approved, would be for a period of three years.


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Saturday, March 23


Wednesday, March 27th

ArtStart Rhinelander/7-9 PM. Perform something you're in the midst of working on, or just come watch.


Music/Arts/Sustainability Festival Coming to Rhinelander Sept. 26-28

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