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The C.W. Caywood Memorial Shooting Range in Arbor Vitae closed in August.

The DNR said it found rounds leaving the range and entering a gravel pit operation down range during an inspection of the pit.

The DNR immediately closed the gravel pit and the shooting range.


A second person from Oneida County has died because of COVID-19, according to the Oneida County Health Department.

It reported its first death on September 4.

The latest death was of a person in their 70s. The health department said the person had underlying health conditions.

To date, 260 people in Oneida County have tested positive for COVID-19. More than 86,000 people in the state of Wisconsin have tested positive. 1,197 Wisconsinites have died.


The Forest County Health Department is reporting COVID-19 cases linked to a couple of businesses.

Two employees at Charlie’s Lake Metonga Resort have tested positive for the virus. They were working at the resort on September 4th and 5th.

The health department said it’s not possible to specially identify all close contacts from an exposure in this instance. The Health Department is asking anyone who thinks they have been exposed to stay home and quarantine for 14 days and call your health care provider to get tested.

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As cars drove past with people getting along with their morning, a group of about 40 gathered at Memorial Park in Tomahawk Friday morning.

Fire trucks from Nokomis and Tomahawk lined River Street as the Tomahawk Veterans Honor Guard prepared the Posting of Colors.

Every year for the 18 years following the events of 9/11, Tomahawk has held a ceremony to honor the victims and first responders that gave their lives that day.

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A Merrill man with a history in state politics has been charged in federal court with fraud and with storing and disposing of hazardous electronic waste without a permit.

The charges against Kevin Shibilski were announced Thursday. Shibilski served in the state Senate from 1995 to 2002 and was briefly the state tourism secretary in 2003.

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry will host another Farm to Family Food Giveaway this morning(Friday, September 11th) beginning at 8:30 a.m.  The boxes will contain all produce and is again being provided through FCAP and Feeding America.  

Anyone, regardless of income, can come to the Food Pantry today after 8:30 a.m.

Enter behind the pantry from Carr Street exiting on to Coon Street. The line will start at the Pantry's driveway on Carr Street.  Patrons are asked not to block driveways. 

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A logical result of the pandemic and a weakened economy would be a sluggish real estate market in the Northwoods and elsewhere. Instead, real estate purchases are booming in many parts of the country including the Northwoods. Ironically, the pandemic and stay at home orders may be behind a recent surge in local real estate purchases.

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.

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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

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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

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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.