Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce

It's a no-go for one of the Northwoods prime winter attractions: the Eagle River Ice Castle. When the weather cooperates to make deep ice, Eagle River firefighters and volunteers help build the castle near the downtown.

As Fire Chief Michael Anderson explains, this year's weather pattern didn't permit the removal of ice blocks from Silver Lake....

Bo-di-Lac Drive Project On Drawing Board

Jan 8, 2020
Town of

MINOCQUA – The Minocqua Town Board is eying reconstruction of 3.6 miles of Bo-Di-Lac Drive next summer.

The project will cost about $800,000 and includes the portion lying between the Bo-di-Lac Fire Station and Squirrel Lake Road. “It’s a big project for the town,” said public works director Mark Pertile, who requested, and got board permission Tuesday to complete engineering work before letting the project out for bids.

Conover Latest Site Of Tree-Killing Oak Wilt

Jan 8, 2020
Wisconsin DNR

Oak wilt is a deadly disease and is being found in more and more areas with the most recent in the Vilas County town of Conover according to letters reviewed by the county Forestry, Land & Recreation Committee last week. amberzen

Two long-time Rhinelander incumbents are not running again for seats on the common council as the deadline has passed for candidates to file papers to serve in government offices.

Alderpersons George Kirby and Dawn Rog did not file to run again. Because neither candidate filed needed papers, City Clerk Val Foley says other candidates in those districts have until 5:00 p.m. Friday to get papers returned to city hall.


A federal court indictment charges a Northwoods man with possessing child pornography.

A grand jury in Madison Wednesday returned an indictment against 50-year-old Matthew Kummer of Minocqua. The indictment alleges that last October he possessed a USB storage device containing visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

The indictment further alleges that at least one of the depictions involved a minor who had not attained 12 years of age.

  • A school is likely to close in the Merrill School District,
  • A large number of Americans don't get eye exams,
  • Republicans ban GOP challengers to Donald Trump from the Wisconsin ballot,
  • A man convicted of killing a person in 2012 while drunk is arrested again.

Library of Congress

Native Americans have been making maple syrup and maple sugar in the Northwoods for a long time now.  The methods have changed a little over the millennia, but the process is largely recognizable. 

Listening Session On Merrill's Maple Grove Charter School

Jan 8, 2020

A listening session was held on Tuesday for parents and concerned residents to ask questions about the future of Maple Grove Charter School in the Merrill Area Public School District.

The school has been in Hamburg for 115 years and started as a single room school house. Now, it could be forced to close.

Central Wis. Pearl Harbor Survivor Dies At 98

Jan 7, 2020
WAOW Television

PLOVER, WI (WSAU) -- A prominent survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor from central Wisconsin has died.

Will Lehner of Plover passed away on Sunday at the age of 98, just weeks after releasing the book “Legacy of a Pearl Harbor Survivor.” jeanluctelesfort

The early 2000's were marked by near drought conditions in northern Wisconsin. But since 2010, it's been very wet, the wettest on record, and 2019 ended as no exception. Precipitation records were set in many reporting stations in Wisconsin, including Rhinelander.

National Weather Service Chief Meteorologist Phil Aurimski in Green Bay says we had abundant moisture here.. PublicDomainPictures

This influenza season has resulted in hundreds of hospitalizations and nearly a dozen deaths so far with more months to go.

The state Department of Health Services issued a statement last week saying hospitalizations are on the rise. Locally, Leslie Schott of the Oneida County Health Department says there's been more flu than recent years...


 The goal is to test financial literacy in a fun, yet competitive format.

The 7th annual Rhinelander-Northwoods Regional Tournament of the Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl (FICB) was held Tuesday at Nicolet College. FICB is a financial literacy study program for high schoolers culminating in a college bowl quiz competition. 12019

Up to 16 million Americans have undiagnosed and untreated vision impairments. A survey by the American Optometric Association (AOA) reveals one-third of respondents don’t know how to take care of their eyes and only 54 percent get an annual comprehensive eye exam.

Those are findings discussed by Wausau optometrist Dr. Chris Marquardt, a recent past president of the Wisconsin Optometric Association. He says the year 2020 is also a time to thing about 20/20 vision.

Marquardt says many people equate good vision with health eyes, but that isn't always the case...

  • Two Menominee Co. residents get federal prison time on a gun charge,
  • The state legislator asks federal courts to dismiss a League of Women Voters lawsuit over voter rolls,
  • Road salt use is examined,
  • Highway 51 near Tomahawk is likely to get work to end 'tenting'.

A military couple became the proud parents of the first baby of the year delivered at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander. 

An Ascension press release says Dieter Ryan Fischer was born on Saturday, January 4 at 5:28 a.m. 

He is the son of Ashley and Brandon Fischer of Pelican Lake.  Baby Dieter checked in at 7 lbs 3.8 ounces and 19 inches.

He is the 2nd boy for the family.

Brandon Fischer is serving in Afghanistan, and connected with his new son and wife via Skype.