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A leader of the state movement to return industrial hemp to farms in Wisconsin is optimistic after meeting with legislators this week.

Phillip Scott is the founder and CEO of Wisconsin Hemp Farmers & Manufacturers Association Inc.

The group held Hemp Lobby Day Tuesday at the state capitol in Madison. The state has allowed limited production of hemp growing.

Scott says Wisconsin at one time led the way for this cash crop...

Thousands of visitors are expected this weekend as the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce brings the 33rd Art Fair on the Courthouse to the front lawn to the Oneida County Courthouse.

Evan Verploegh is events coordinator at the Chamber. He says there are a number of different offerings..

"From woodworking, to painting to various types of crafts. It pretty much runs the gamut of what's offered there. We consistently draw really nice crowds...and we expect to draw another nice one this weekend...." pixel 2013

With the cold and snowy winter and spring fresh in our memories, the idea of being too hot seems far-fetched. But a week where temperatures could reach the upper 80's by Friday brings to mind heat safety.

The state designated Wednesday(June 5) as Heat Awareness Day in Wisconsin.

Merrill Recall Election Date Set For July 16

Jun 5, 2019

MERRILL, WI (WSAU) -- Those on the Merrill Common Council voted unanimously Tuesday to set July 16th as Recall Election Day, and August 13th as a potential run-off date.

That's when voters in Alder Districts 1, 5, 6, 7, and 8 will decide if Paul Russell, John VanLieshout, Dave Sukow, Rob Norton, and Tim Meehean will keep their seats on the Council.

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MINOCQUA – Minocqua’s public fishing pier adjacent to the Highway 51 Bridge is failing and should be extensively renovated or replaced, the Minocqua town board learned Tuesday.

Director of public works Mark Pertile showed the board photographs of a section of the pier that recently became dangerous when one of the 140 timber pilings underneath collapsed. The pilings are from the old highway bridge decades ago.

School District of Rhinelander

Longtime Director of Business Services at the School District of Rhinelander has resigned to take a job at another school district.

Marta Kwiatkowski has been with the district since 2006. She will leave her position on June 30th to begin a job at an unnamed school district.

This past February, Kwaitkowski was recognized as School Business Manager of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials.

  •   A recall election is set for Merrill alderpersons,
  •  Republicans put more money into health programs, Democrats say it's not enough,
  •  An expulsion at Lakeland Union High School,
  •  Research is ongoing regarding erosion caused by high water levels in the Great Lakes.

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Star Lake near Eagle River is a popular summertime destination today.

As Gary Entz tells us for this week's A Northwoods Moment in History though, it used to be considered a wasteland.


WJFW TV is reporting Rhinelander Public Works Director Tim Kingman has been placed on administrative leave for what is reported to be 'non-disciplinary' reasons.

Kingman has been the focal point of controversy after he and other city employees signed a letter of no confidence in City Administrator Daniel Guild.

At recent meetings, public works employees said they were dealing with workplace harassment.

Mayor Chris Frederickson confirmed Kingman's job status to WJFW.

A press release is expected from the city to update the matter.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is trying a new strategy to expand Medicaid in the state.

Evers announced a new push to get more people enrolled in BadgerCare or, have them buy health insurance through the Affordable Care Act website. He calls those the first steps toward getting more Wisconsin residents covered. I

n an interview with WXPR recently, a Republican member of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, Senator Tom Tiffany, said they feel the matter would long term come back to backfire on taxpayers.

Langlade Co.

The Langlade County Board is meeting Thursday evening to discuss whether to add a county administrator position. The position would oversee all departments along with a variety of other duties.

The supervisors began discussing adding the position late last year. Supervisors got an update in February.  The board has the authority to terminate the person at their judgement. In Wisconsin you must have one of three forms of county administrative government.

With improving weather, bicyclists are taking to the streets and roadways in increasing numbers. 

The state has designated this as Wisconsin Bike Week, with activities set locally and across the state.

Oneida County Biking and Walking Trails Council President Jackie Cody says there are activities all week including events in Minocqua and trails in the county culminating with an event in Newbold...

Reporters: Big Tech is Slowly Killing Journalism

Jun 4, 2019

WASHINGTON - A movement is growing to try to save the news business by reining in the power of tech giants Google and Facebook, which together control 60% of digital advertising. Watchdog groups accuse the companies of profiting off the work of journalists while undercutting the ad revenue that pays their salaries.

  •   Gov. Evers looks at ways to expand health coverage,
  •   The Menominee tribe of Wisconsin and environmental groups are fighting a mine in the Upper Peninsula,
  •   A move before Congress to help save community journalism,
  •   Gov. Evers is looking at ways to raise revenue for roads.

  • Study of the human genome could revolutionize lives
  • Collisions with deer increase in June, so drivers need to show caution
  • Democrats pick party leader for Wisconsin
  • Republicans rule out gas tax increase in state
  • Several factors reduced honey production in 2018