Hybrid personal learning plans will need to meet at least one of four requirements or be denied under  a proposal that will be on the agenda for the full Northland Pines school board after being discussed last week by the school policy committee.

District administrator Scott Foster indicated the district has to meet the needs of students full time and include students who might be out for quarantine.

In recent days, a report titled “Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful” was released in response to one of President Biden’s first Executive Orders. The Masked Biologist pulls this report apart and shares some highlights in this week’s Wildlife Matters.

Wisconsin DNR

There’s been more than 620 fires recorded in Wisconsin so far this year. More than 1,700 acres have burned.  

For comparison, in the same time frame last year there were 368 fires and less than a third as many acres burned.

John A. Jorgensen is the aeronautics team leader for the DNR. He said it’s not necessarily the number of fires that makes this fire season unique, but the length of the season and how widespread fire risk is.

Matthew Leitner

A new parking payment system, HVAC System, elevator, road repairs, and a cell phone parking lot are all on the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport Director’s to-do list.

They’re not as flashy a renovated waiting area or adding a new airline, both of which the airport has already done in the last year, but Director Matthew Leitner says they’re necessary steps for the airport to keep pace with the demand it’s seeing.

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Antigo expects a new championship off-road racing event will draw high-level drivers and fans to the city next month.

It’s part of the same series that attracts thousands of people to Crandon each year.

The Antigo Lions are hosting the first-ever Roaring Raceway event at the Langlade County Fairgrounds on the first weekend of June.

The races are part of the AMSOIL Championship Off-Road races series.


Michigan is lifting a mask requirement for fully vaccinated people and says the unvaccinated don't need to wear one outdoors.

A broad indoor face covering mandate will expire in July.

The announcement Friday from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer comes a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people.

Michigan’s order takes effect at 9 a.m. Saturday.

People outside won't have to wear a mask regardless of whether they have gotten a shot.

Gov. Tony Evers is praising new guidelines that allow people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to shed their facemasks in most situations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines Thursday saying the fully vaccinated can resume normal activities and don't have to wear masks outdoors or indoors except in crowded environments such as on public transportation or inside hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters.

Wisconsin's conservative state Supreme Court struck down Evers' statewide mask mandate in March.

The state Supreme Court has rejected a Republican request to develop rules to fast-track redistricting lawsuits.

The conservative law firm Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty and Republican leaders proposed rules last year that would require any state lawsuits filed over new boundaries to start in the state Supreme Court rather than lower courts.

Conservatives hold a 4-3 edge on the court. But the court denied the request Friday, saying the proposed procedures wouldn't help the justices if they end up weighing an as yet undefined redistricting challenge.

  • Revised regulations to be considered for wolf hunts
  • New funding will benefit a Fab Lab in the Wabeno school district
  • Fire danger a concern in Wisconsin
  • Federal prison sentence for a former central Wisconsin teacher

Wisconsin wildlife officials are considering drafting new regulations that would prohibit hunting wolves at night and shorten the window for registering kills after hunters blew past their quota in February.

The Trump administration removed wolves from the endangered species list in January.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was preparing to hold a hunt in November as per statutory requirements but a judge forced the department to launch the season in February.

State-licensed hunters killed 218 wolves, almost 100 animals more than their quota.

Fire Danger High in Wisconsin

May 14, 2021
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Wisconsin DNR officials are issuing very high fire-danger warnings for the next two days.

According to the DNR, in the past week there have been 50 wildfires in the state.

Light-rain forecast on Saturday might not be enough to prevent a fire from spreading.

Wisconsin Women in Conservation

Wisconsin Women in Conservation is a statewide collaborative effort to bring together women landowners to connect and learn about conservation practices, resources and funding opportunities.

Women landowners are a growing demographic in Wisconsin. They make up about 35 percent of the state’s producers.

But they’ve historically been underserved and underrepresented in the media.

Wisconsin Women in Conservation aims to change that.

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After a year of wedding postponements and cancellations, many couples are more than ready to say their “I dos.”

But now, they’re competing with a crowd who intended on getting married this year all along.

The result is a surge in demand for venues, caterers, florists and DJs – some of which are having to turn away business after a year of pinching pennies.

Maria Neubauer and Mike Rozumialski are making the final preparations for their June wedding.

Instead of a big wedding cake, the two decided on gelato for dessert.

Wabeno School Fab Lab and Shop

Fabrication laboratories or Fab Labs have been gaining popularity in Northwoods school districts.

The School District of Wabeno started one four years ago.

It has only grown in scope and popularity since.

Students have been able to create metal and wood signs, vinyl stickers and graphics, engravings on glasses and tumblers, and 3D printed a lot of prototypes.

District Administrator Jeff Walsh says it teaches students a lot of valuable skills.

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A year ago, scheduling a dental appointment might have been the furthest thing from people's minds as the pandemic unfolded. But with many residents and providers now vaccinated, Wisconsin residents are urged to get caught up on care.