If you are familiar with Oneida County, you've probably heard the name Pelican more than one time.

This week on A Northwoods Moment in History, local historian Gary Entz tells us about the name Pelican and its history in the Northwoods.

MINOCQUA – The Lakeland Union High School Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to increase its share of pre-opening costs of the two charter schools for autism students by some $80,000.

In a companion move, the governance council that oversees the two charters will cover an additional $30,000 of those costs.

The school board met with the council Monday to hear why costs were higher than expected to renovate the former Nicolet College satellite campus that now serves the two charter schools.

The City of Rhinelander hasn't done it in the past, but they will now, following a vote this week by the city council.

City Administrator Daniel Guild told the council he has been asked to find new funding sources and he says he found one the city has not used.

Guild says the untapped revenue source permitted under state law is the Cable Franchise Fee. He says this type of franchise is similar to how a commercial franchise works...

SDR Committee Debates What Is 'Activism' By Students

Oct 9, 2018

The School District of Rhinelander Operations and Strategic Planning Committee had a look at the first draft of a new district policy addressing student activism Monday.

Superintendent Kelli Jacobi said the development of the policy followed a request by a board member who had concerns pertaining to student demonstrations and walkouts.

The policy as presented Monday:


A former Oneida County Sheriff's Department candidate has decided to try again, this time as a write-in. Larry Mathein was one of three Republican candidates vying for the Sheriff's job in August. He lost by 21 points to incumbent Sheriff Grady Hartman.

Groups Push Back On EffortsTo Privatize Postal Service

Oct 9, 2018

Wisconsin News Connection is here. 

MADISON, Wis. - President Donald Trump's announced intention to reform the U.S. Postal Service in April landed with a thud, and now, six months later, a White House-appointed committee report on the topic has been shelved.

The first of four public forums designed for citizens to get more information about mining is set for tonight at Nicolet College.

Nine mining experts have been brought in to the sessions including representatives of UW-Extension, an engineering firm, workforce development, business, environmental groups among others.

The information sessions are sponsored by UW-Extension and Oneida County Economic Development Corporation.

Tonight's forum is at 7 p.m. at Nicolet College's Northwoods Center.

WXPR’s Annual Auction and Concert will be held Sunday, November 4th at Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander. Featuring a live and silent auction, complimentary wine and horsd’oeuvres, and music by the Jazz/ Funk band Boat Patrol.  Tickets are $25 or $20 for WXPR members. Tickets are availabe at the door.

  •   An educational forum on mining is tonight at Nicolet College,
  •   The former Oneida-Forest Co.'s Medical Examiner is again running for sheriff,
  •   Cranberries are so plentiful they might end up as animal feed,
  •   The IRS scam hits Wood Co.

Susan Knight

In this month's episode of Field Notes, Susan Knight of UW-Madison’s Trout Lake Station describes an unusual growth pattern of an aquatic plant, reminiscent of mushroom fairy rings.

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It's not a done deal yet, but the Rhinelander City Council is moving closer to fixing a heavily used and badly in need of repair street.

The Council Monday approved a recommendation by Public Works Director Tim Kingman to pursue a shorter term loan to help fund a 2019 redo of Stevens Street. The streetwork would be done from the north end of the downtown to the Highway 8 bypass. Total cost of the project is $17.8 million.

The city has already received other federal grant and loan monies for sewer construction of close to $10 million.

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We all need a hint or a pointer now and then.

In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist shares some insight as he discusses the annual influx of requests for good places to hunt.

Tinker Air Force Base

LOS ANGELES - Chances are you or someone you know live near a potentially hazardous chemical facility, and may not even know it.

A new interactive map and report from the Environmental Justice Health Alliance identifies 12,000 such facilities that it said present health and safety risks.

Based on the report, 124 million Americans live with a threat of harm - 39 percent of the country's population. Jean Beaufort

Fall is another time when whitetails get very active and they also become even more likely to be an obstacle in front of your car.

Randy Romanski is Safety Programs Chief for the state Department of Transportation...

"...Deer get a little more active during October and November as bucks are pursuing potential mates. Motorists are reminded over the next couple of months especially to be alert for the potential of deer darting across the roadways...."

He says while you will often see one deer in the road, always expect more to follow.


October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

The state Division of  Consumer Protection is first giving a week's worth of advice to people concerned about protecting their cyber security. Next we hear from Michelle Reinen from the Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection(DATCP) with a week's worth of tips to keep you from having your life turned upside down with identity theft...

Another way to find the link to these tips is Google Wisconsin Division of Consumer Protection.