A Minocqua man will spend ten years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.  Matthew Kummer, 49, will be on supervised release for an additional 15 years once he gets out.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Wisconsin announced Kummer pled guilty and was sentenced Thursday in federal court.

Crandon School District Facebook

The Crandon School District joins the list of area districts that have seen cases of COVID-19.

In a Facebook Post, the district announced two unlinked cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday.  One case was at Crandon High School and one at Crandon Elementary School.

Wisconsin Department of Corrections

National Guard troops were at the Lincoln Hills youth prison near Irma Thursday, helping test staff for COVID-19.

It’s part of an effort by the Department of Corrections to track and handle any cases of COVID-19 in the state prison system.

To date, 907 inmates and 238 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in prisons statewide.

Thursday’s testing at Lincoln Hills is part of an ongoing effort to identify and respond to the virus.

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On a beautiful fall-like day a small group gathered in Ramsay Township Thursday afternoon.

They met at the end of paved trail off Ramsay Road where a new sign reads ‘Iron Belle Trail’ and shares some of the history of the region.

The mayors, volunteers, health group, and members of the trail authority that came out are just some of the many people that made this latest section of the Iron Belle Trail possible.

Wisconsin Court Sets Up Possible Delay in Absentee Mailing

Sep 10, 2020
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The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court has ordered no absentee ballots to be mailed until it gives the go-ahead or makes any future ruling about who should be on the ballot in the battleground state.

The order Thursday injects a measure of confusion into the voting process in Wisconsin a week before a state’s deadline for absentee ballots to be mailed and less than two months before the Nov. 3 presidential election.

WXPR News: Thursday, September 10, 2020

Sep 10, 2020

  • Potato growers hope for a good harvest
  • Positive COVID-19 tests at two area school districts
  • Murder case in Wausau appears likely to go to trial
  • Former workers at Drs Foster and Smith explore new options

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Cindy Hoffman is a grandmother.

She doesn’t have a job, but she’s not retired.

Instead, for eight hours a day, she’s a student.

“Yes. It is my job until I get my degree,” she said, sitting on her back porch in St. Germain.

Using her laptop, Hoffman showed off her Nicolet College learning portal.

“I’ve been on the Dean’s List now a couple of times,” Hoffman said. “If I do anything, I want to do it well.”

Now in her late 50s, Hoffman was named the college’s Academic Success Student of the Year last year.

Antigo Scares Up Halloween Plan

Sep 10, 2020
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Fall is here and Halloween is quickly approaching!

However due to COVID-19 things will look a little different this year, especially in Antigo.

They became the first local town in central Wisconsin to cancel any city sponsored trick or treating events, but they weren't prepared to let Halloween go uncelebrated.


Frosty nights and intense rain can be detrimental to potato harvests.

The Northwoods is experiencing record low high temperatures for September and there’s a frost advisory for part of the region Wednesday night.

“No one is panicking. I think everything is pretty on schedule,” said Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association Executive Director Tamas Houlihan.

Houlihan said harvest is wrapping up for potato farmers in central Wisconsin. It’s just starting for farmers in the northern part of the state.


The School District of Rhinelander is reporting a positive case of COVID-19 at Pelican Elementary School.

We don’t know if the person is a student or staff member.

In a Facebook post, the district said the person has been excluded from school until the Oneida County Health Department determines they are no longer infectious.

Oneida County 4-H

The Oneida County 4-H program is still finding ways to connect with kids even during the pandemic.

Junk drawer robotics, a Star Wars-themed LEGO camp, and fishing skills are just some of the programs Oneida County 4-H is offering this fall.

4-H is going virtual to keep people safe during the COVID-19. Program coordinator Anne Williams said while the programs go virtual kids are still learning the same life skills.

Three Lakes School District

The Three Lakes School District said a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. In a Facebook post, the district said that person is self-quarantining and will not return to work until the local health department determines that person is no longer infectious.

The school district is working with the Oneida County Health Department to contact students and staff who were identified as close contacts. They are being instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days per health guidelines.

Chilly Weather Sets Records

Sep 9, 2020
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Temperatures this low, this early is something Wisconsinites haven't' seen in nearly a century.

Many places reported a record low high temerature for the day on Tuesday.

Residents in Wausau say they're not thrilled with the temps.

The earliest it has ever been this cold goes all the way back to 1895 when weather records first began in Wausau. In Wausau, the coldest it has ever been on September 8th was 55 degrees a record set in 1911. Six years later another cold record set in 1917.

Wisconsin Historical Society

Many young people today cannot name a Supreme Court Justice or identify their own Congressional Representative. Voter participation is lower in the U.S. than in any other Western Democracy. It was not always this way, and in the past Rhinelander made certain its young people were aware of their civic responsibilities. Historian Gary Entz has the story.


One person is dead and another is hurt after a single-car crash in Minocqua.

The Minocqua Police Department said it responded to the car crash just after midnight early Sunday morning. The crash happened on Willow Road near Indian Point Road.

Police believe Kent Herbert, 30, of Winnecone was driving at the time.  He was taken to Howard Young Medical Center with serious injuries.

Colton Marx, 28, of Butte Des Morts was in the car with Herbert. He died in the crash.

The crash is under investigation.