Almeda Fire

The west coast is experiencing some of the most catastrophic wildfires in history.

Tens of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate. Thousands of homes have been destroyed. At least 35 people have died.

American Red Cross Communications Officer for Wisconsin Justin Kern said he’s never seen destruction quite like this.

“This is my first wildfire. It’s extremely surreal,” said Kern. “[It’s] really eye opening how powerful and catastrophic these things can be and how quickly they can do a lot of damage and destroy a lot of people’s lives.”

Preparations Underway For Presidential Visit To Mosinee

Sep 15, 2020
WAOW Television

President Trump's campaign team has been in the Central Wisconsin area for days now, preparing for his stop at the Central Wisconsin Airport on Thursday.

The team works with local law enforcement and fire departments to make sure everything is set and secure before Air Force One lands.

The campaign doesn't have an estimate on how many people will be attending Thursday's event, but they do expect there to be quite a bit of traffic. They suggest arriving early since the event is first come, first serve.


 A large 64 unit residential development east of Oak Road along with seven residential town houses was approved last week by the Eagle River city council along with approving construction of a new Lutheran church on the present Lutheran school block.

Legacy of the Northwoods requested a zoning change to planned unit development in the city comprehensive plan to construct two 32-unit community development residential facilities off Winter Road along with seven town houses. The city plan commission held public hearings and recommended approval from the city council.

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More than 89,000 businesses in Wisconsin benefitted from the Paycheck Protection Program. This was part of the funding available to small businesses through the CARES Act at the start of the pandemic.

Wisconsin businesses received $9.9 billion through the program.

SBA Great Lakes Administrator Rob Scott visited some of the businesses that benefited from the program.

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Did you have some hassles with wildlife in or around your home this year? Now is the perfect time of year to take steps to exclude unwelcome guests. That’s the focus of this week’s Wildlife Matters.

Bike Ride Helps A Good Cause

Sep 14, 2020
WAOW Television

A group of cyclists pedaled for a good cause, and got to enjoy some ice cream at the end.

The second annual "Tour de Briq's" ride kicked off Sunday. Riders started at the Aspirus YMCA in Weston and rode to Briq's in Mosinee.

The event was to benefit Cycling Without Age, an organization that makes cycling accessible to area nursing home residents by providing rides on trishaws. A trishaw is a three wheeled pedal vehicle that allows passengers to sit comfortably while a "pilot" pedals.

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The C.W. Caywood Memorial Shooting Range in Arbor Vitae closed in August.

The DNR said it found rounds leaving the range and entering a gravel pit operation down range during an inspection of the pit.

The DNR immediately closed the gravel pit and the shooting range.


A second person from Oneida County has died because of COVID-19, according to the Oneida County Health Department.

It reported its first death on September 4.

The latest death was of a person in their 70s. The health department said the person had underlying health conditions.

To date, 260 people in Oneida County have tested positive for COVID-19. More than 86,000 people in the state of Wisconsin have tested positive. 1,197 Wisconsinites have died.


The Forest County Health Department is reporting COVID-19 cases linked to a couple of businesses.

Two employees at Charlie’s Lake Metonga Resort have tested positive for the virus. They were working at the resort on September 4th and 5th.

The health department said it’s not possible to specially identify all close contacts from an exposure in this instance. The Health Department is asking anyone who thinks they have been exposed to stay home and quarantine for 14 days and call your health care provider to get tested.

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As cars drove past with people getting along with their morning, a group of about 40 gathered at Memorial Park in Tomahawk Friday morning.

Fire trucks from Nokomis and Tomahawk lined River Street as the Tomahawk Veterans Honor Guard prepared the Posting of Colors.

Every year for the 18 years following the events of 9/11, Tomahawk has held a ceremony to honor the victims and first responders that gave their lives that day.

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A Merrill man with a history in state politics has been charged in federal court with fraud and with storing and disposing of hazardous electronic waste without a permit.

The charges against Kevin Shibilski were announced Thursday. Shibilski served in the state Senate from 1995 to 2002 and was briefly the state tourism secretary in 2003.

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry will host another Farm to Family Food Giveaway this morning(Friday, September 11th) beginning at 8:30 a.m.  The boxes will contain all produce and is again being provided through FCAP and Feeding America.  

Anyone, regardless of income, can come to the Food Pantry today after 8:30 a.m.

Enter behind the pantry from Carr Street exiting on to Coon Street. The line will start at the Pantry's driveway on Carr Street.  Patrons are asked not to block driveways. 

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A logical result of the pandemic and a weakened economy would be a sluggish real estate market in the Northwoods and elsewhere. Instead, real estate purchases are booming in many parts of the country including the Northwoods. Ironically, the pandemic and stay at home orders may be behind a recent surge in local real estate purchases.