•   Groups question Wisconsin laws on lead in drinking water,
  •   Work Zone Awareness Week--more than 3,000 crashes last year,
  •    Winter moratorium is ending for utility disconnections,
  •    Judge Hagedorn thinks a recount for the State Supreme Court race won't work.

Wisconsin DNR

Though snow is in the forecast this week, a DNR tree specialist says don't prune oak trees until later this year.

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It remains uncertain when the first automobile appeared in the Northwoods, but what we know for sure is that they were not welcomed with open arms.

Gary Entz has the story for this week's A Northwoods Moment in History.

Wisconsin DNR

A draft of a plan for ATV's-UTV's to operate in Rhinelander is out an public feedback is being asked by the City.

City Administrator Daniel Guild says the proposal follows a workshop held last fall when there was a public input session. He says the proposed ordinance is not finalized, but it is at the point where more feedback is sought. DCA360

Two major road construction projects are getting underway in Rhinelander this month and at the same time the state has declared this Work Zone Awareness week.

The city is beginning a three-year project to reconstruct Stevens Street, or Highway 17, from the downtown north. The state is also beginning to construct a roundabout at the Business Highway 8 and state 47 intersection on the city's far west side.

When the work is proceeding, Department of Transportation spokesperson Rob Miller says motorists must be careful when they see the orange construction barrels... Kristoferb

Next week, state utilities can disconnect gas and electric service from customers who are far behind in their bills. The winter moratorium law in Wisconsin forbids disconnections during the winter months but ends in April. This year the moratorium ends on April 16.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Matt Cullen says past-due customers should make contact soon to keep service....

  • The Rhinelander Common Council pauses the extension of outside legal help,
  •  The Gypsy moth is about the return and the DNR offers advice,
  •  A manure spill damages a southern Wiscons trout stream,
  •  A lot of mean hits the road near Appleton. 

Wisconsin DNR

For this month's Field Notes feature, Susan Knight discusses Wild Rice, and its amazing transformation from spring to fall.

National Park Service

April 13 is national Citizen Science Day and a DNR leader hopes more people join as volunteers.

Eva Lewandowski is a conservation biologist with DNR's Natural Heritage Conservation Program.

She says Wisconsin's long tradition of volunteers partnering with professional scientists to help monitor natural resources by participating in one of dozens of projects to collect information on Wisconsin's wildlife, lakes and rivers and other natural resources... mhouy

As the weather turns toward spring, the potential of tornadoes and severe weather also increases. State officials have declared this week as Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Oneida County Emergency Management spokesperson Dawn Robinson says everyone learns about safety in school, but sometimes those lessons aren't carried through at home...

Within the next few weeks, a species that in large enough numbers can do major damage to forest will be laying eggs, and property owners are reminded to be on the look out.

Gypsy moth eggs should start hatching in a few weeks. Property owners are urged to treat or remove egg masses now to help protect high-value trees and reduce future caterpillar populations.

DNR Forest Health Specialist Bill McNee says periodically the moth's number spike and can become a tremendous nuisance to homeowners and can defoliate susceptible tree species which may kill them...


A request to pay for expanded legal and HR services for the city made by Mayor Chris Frederickson was tabled last night by the Rhinelander common council until language could be clarified.

Last Tuesday, the council terminated the contract of City Attorney Carrie Miljevich, with Miljevich staying on 60 days as part of the contract. The city has retained the firm of von Briesen & Roper in the past, and Frederickson wants them to also work for the city after Miljevich's time is done and before the city hires it's next legal counsel.

  • One person died and two were hurt in a weekend crash in Lincoln County
  • Another comment period has opened for those interested in the size of Wisconsin's deer herd
  • The 35th Never Forgotten Honor Flight is headed to Washington D.C.
  • A proposed campground expansion in Vilas County would not need more area for septic disposal
  • A ski lodge near Ironwood, Michigan, will be rebuilt after a fire

As our state loses numbers of hunters, it also loses the license revenue that funds wildlife management. This is the topic the Masked Biologist tackles in this week’s Wildlife Matters. snyderico3

The 35th Never Forgotten Honor Flight is heading to Washington, D.C. today to bring one World War II, Korean, Vietnam and veterans to see the monuments of their conflicts.

Flight co-founder Jim Campbell says the cross-generational meeting of the veterans is always very well remembered by the group. 64 guardians will also be going along on the one-day flight.

Campbell says the discussion between generations also has paid other dividends..