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The name of the St. Germain man who died in a snowmobile crash last week has been released.

The Vilas Co. Sheriff's Department reports the victim as 62 year old Douglas Weyers.

An emergency call came in shortly before 7 p.m. from the Found Lake Road area near St. Germain. Law enforcement reports the driver of the sled was operating in the east bound lane while heading west and struck another vehicle. Weyers was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators report speed appears to have been a factor in the crash and the investigation is continuing.

  • The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods wants to observe local government
  • A nonpartisan commission might be a way to avoid problems with partisan gerrymandering
  • Weather questions are answered as part of our “Curious North” project
  • Spring flooding does millions in damage to Wisconsin infrastructure

WXPR's Nancy Richmond recently spoke with Ed Willett from the Chance Ensemble ahead of their performance at Nicolet College this Saturday, March 30th at 7:30 p.m.

When you think of the benefits of living up north, do you include tall trees and clear water? The Masked Biologist does, and that is the topic of this week’s Wildlife Matters.

Fight Over Gerrymandering Draws Crowd

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NEWBOLD – Wisconsin citizens need to stand up to both Republican and Democrat parties and demand the creation of a nonpartisan commission to draw the next legislative boundaries, says the head of a government watchdog group in Wisconsin.

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Listeners have been sending WXPR questions to ask of area experts so we can report back to you. It's part of our Curious North project.

Several questions came in regarding weather, so we asked WJFW TV Chief  Meteorologist Geoff Weller to answer them. First question: when are the meteorological seasons?

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The next meeting of the League of Women Voters of the Northwoods will feature a discussion on the possibility of forming an Observer Corps.

League President Dorothy Skye says the League applauds all people who run and are elected to office, and they are hoping to find volunteers willing to attend local meetings to watch and report back on local government..

No charges are being filed by the Oneida County District Attorney's Office concerning an incident last month at Rhinelander City Hall. February 21, a computer consultant, Peggy Schauer, was approached by Council member Dawn Rog at city hall and a confrontation happened. Rog wanted Schauer to leave the building and Schauer maintained she was instructed to be there by City Administrator Daniel Guild. Schauer told investigators she had been shoved, but in a statement issued through her attorney, Rog maintained her hand brushed Schauer's coat.

Project North Festival has released the initial 10 bands in their music lineup for their inaugural festival.

Due to rapidly deteriorating trail conditions, the user-funded snowmobile trail system in Oneida County will officially close for the season at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 24.

The Oneida County Forestry Department thanked all the snowmobile clubs and volunteers for their work in maintaining good trails this winter season.

Duffy Attends Town Halls In Central Wisconsin

Mar 22, 2019

MERRILL, WI (WSAU) -- Seventh district Representative Sean Duffy spent much of Thursday morning holding town hall-style listening sessions in the Wausau area.

"It's a great way for me to hear feedback from my constituents," said Duffy. "When I was up in Ashland, I never had the chance to talk to my Congressman. I was never invited to take part in an event like this."

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Attorneys for Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos argue their client is immune from civil legal action. The powerful Republican is refusing to testify in the federal lawsuit over the drawing of state political boundary maps. Democrats asked the federal panel of judges to force Vos to sit for a deposition and turn over documents related to the case. They say the boundaries he helped draw were illegally gerrymandered. That case is likely to be heard in the lower federal court this summer.

Oneida County Fair

The Oneida County Board this week formalized a state-mandated policy about donations to the county, but not before calming concerns to one organization that is deeply dependent on donations: the Oneida County Fair. Fair Board President Fred Andrus had some concerns...

"...We get a lot of donations, do they have to start designating it for the fair? How does that affect our current budget. We have money set aside for long range plans, again, I'm concerned how this is going to affect the fair..."

Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce

The snow is finally melting, and the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is hosting their first major event of the year this Saturday: the Hodag Home Show.

Event and Program Coordinator Evan Verploegh says people hoping to improve their property will have much to see...

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Vilas County road projects for this year were identified and explained to the Vilas County highway committee recently including delaying bonding for a large stretch of Highway B between Land O' Lakes and Presque Isle.

Patrol Superintendent Troy Schalinske indicated crack sealing will be done on portions of Highway 17-45 four lane section around Eagle River and on Highway 51 between Highways H and W. Both projects will cost $123,000.

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