Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa a $3 million grant to support construction of a Workforce Development and Business Training Center in Lac du Flambeau.

The Lac du Flambeau Business Development Corporation was a key player in getting the significant grant.

In making the announcement, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said the grant will enable the access to opportunities to achieve greater success.

  •   Rep. Duffy's bill to de-list wolves from the Endangered Species Act moves forward,
  •   The Great Lakes Visitor Center near Ashland notes an anniversary Saturday,
  •    They're chuckin' apples at a Three Lakes school and it has science behind it,
  •    A new city hall in a central Wisconsin community.

Immigrant Rights Groups: Hurting Parents Hurts Children

Sep 28, 2018

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MADISON, Wis. - Immigrant rights groups say the Trump administration's proposed rule to deny visas and permanent residency to aspiring immigrants, who've legally accessed public benefits in the past, is cruel.

Rep. Duffy's Wolf De-Listing Bill Moves Forward

Sep 28, 2018

(Washington, DC) -- A bill to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list has cleared a House committee and is headed for a vote.

Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy says his "Manage Our Wolves Act" has bipartisan support.

Management would be turned over to the states. Duffy says Wednesday's 19-to-15 vote in the House Natural Resources Committee moves Wisconsin farmers "one step closer to having the legal means to defend their livestock from gray wolves."

Report: Social Programs Help Young Parents Succeed

Sep 28, 2018
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Parenting can be a challenge for the even most financially secure, but the hardships can be even greater for young parents.

A report out Tuesday from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, called "Opening Doors for Young Parents," stressed the need for increased programs to support people between the ages of 18 and 24 who have children.

U.S. Forest Service

Saturday(9/29) marks a anniversary for a popular stop in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center near Ashland is a popular spots for local residents and visitors alike. The center is celebrating 20 years along with activities surrounding National Public Lands Day.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin describes some activities going on during the celebration...


If you've heard of pumpkin chuckin', a Three Lakes school will be the site of an apple chuckin' event today (9/28) as a prelude to the school's homecoming.

Pumpkin chuckin' finds the fruit placed in a catapult and tossed as far as it can go. The Three Lakes version will have apples instead. The Demmer Library is sponsoring the event at the Three Lakes Elementary School playground area from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

The library's April Lammert explains..

A message received Thursday morning by the Prentice School District resulted in the evacuation of a school for the morning.

According to the district's Facebook page, students were back in their classrooms before noon.

The Facebook page said earlier the students had been taken to a safe location.

It wasn't immediately known what the content of the message that caused the disruption.


There's a signed picture of Vince Lombardi. Jim Taylor's jersey is there signed by Packers greats, including Brett Favre. A signed picture of Reggie White. There's even a Super Bowl ring. That and more is permanently on display at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

Sports  collectors Bill and Pat Spars wanted to donate a portion of their collection to the Rhinelander airport and made the offer that was accepted by the city and the airport commission. After a remodeling, the display was unveiled Thursday.

Ascension Health Care

Community members, staff and leaders gathered in Tomahawk Thursday  to note 125 years of service by Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital to the community.

The tradition of the hospital dates to 1893 when the pastor at St. Mary's parish in Tomahawk learned the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother were planning a hospital in Rhinelander. He successfully made the case Tomahawk needed a hospital too. In 2013, the facilities of Ministry Health Care joined Ascension.

It's a festival built around a piece of beef and a way to say thank you. It's been going on for 54 years with the latest celebration set for Friday night and Saturday in Minocqua.

Beef-a-Rama began in 1964 as a way to bring travelers back to the region in a time when visitors had left for the summer and to thank them for their business, says Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Krystal Westfahl...

VC Board Says No To County Administrator

Sep 27, 2018
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Vilas County Clerk Dave Alleman handed out results of a survey of all 21 Vilas County board members seeking advice about hiring a county administrator.

The Vilas county board this week showed little support. Alleman indicated county board chairman Ron DeBruyne requested he ask all board members: Do you favor establishing the position of a County Administrator?

15 supervisors reponded according to the information provided at the county board meeting on Tuesday.

  • Beef-A-Rama is this weekend in Minocqua,
  •  Ascension Sacred Heart celebrates 125 years,
  •  Vilas Co. Supervisors say no to an administrator
  •  Resource officers remain in Madison schools,
  •  It turned out to be a B-B gun at Little Chute schools.

Report: Rural Areas Reap Benefits in States with Medicaid Expansion

Sep 26, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - States that have expanded Medicaid have seen dramatic decreases in their numbers of uninsured, low-income adults, especially in rural areas, according to a new report that notes Alabama has gone in the opposite direction. Wisconsin did not accept expanded Medicaid funds.

According to the report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, the percentage of low-income adults without insurance who live outside of metropolitan areas dropped by almost 20 percentage points in states that have expanded Medicaid.

Public Domain Files

A horse in Oneida county has tested positively for Eastern Equine Encephalities(EEE) and had to be humanely euthanized.

Triple "E" as it's known, is a mosquito-transmitted virus along the line of West Nile Virus. A state lab confirmed the diagnosis. It is transmitted to humans, horses, birds and other animals through mosquito bites.

Oneida County Community Health Specialist Kyla Waksmonski says it can make humans sick, but is deadly for horses...