Antigo Scares Up Halloween Plan

Sep 10, 2020
WAOW Television

Fall is here and Halloween is quickly approaching!

However due to COVID-19 things will look a little different this year, especially in Antigo.

They became the first local town in central Wisconsin to cancel any city sponsored trick or treating events, but they weren't prepared to let Halloween go uncelebrated.


Frosty nights and intense rain can be detrimental to potato harvests.

The Northwoods is experiencing record low high temperatures for September and there’s a frost advisory for part of the region Wednesday night.

“No one is panicking. I think everything is pretty on schedule,” said Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association Executive Director Tamas Houlihan.

Houlihan said harvest is wrapping up for potato farmers in central Wisconsin. It’s just starting for farmers in the northern part of the state.


The School District of Rhinelander is reporting a positive case of COVID-19 at Pelican Elementary School.

We don’t know if the person is a student or staff member.

In a Facebook post, the district said the person has been excluded from school until the Oneida County Health Department determines they are no longer infectious.

Oneida County 4-H

The Oneida County 4-H program is still finding ways to connect with kids even during the pandemic.

Junk drawer robotics, a Star Wars-themed LEGO camp, and fishing skills are just some of the programs Oneida County 4-H is offering this fall.

4-H is going virtual to keep people safe during the COVID-19. Program coordinator Anne Williams said while the programs go virtual kids are still learning the same life skills.

Three Lakes School District

The Three Lakes School District said a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. In a Facebook post, the district said that person is self-quarantining and will not return to work until the local health department determines that person is no longer infectious.

The school district is working with the Oneida County Health Department to contact students and staff who were identified as close contacts. They are being instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days per health guidelines.

Chilly Weather Sets Records

Sep 9, 2020
WAOW Television

Temperatures this low, this early is something Wisconsinites haven't' seen in nearly a century.

Many places reported a record low high temerature for the day on Tuesday.

Residents in Wausau say they're not thrilled with the temps.

The earliest it has ever been this cold goes all the way back to 1895 when weather records first began in Wausau. In Wausau, the coldest it has ever been on September 8th was 55 degrees a record set in 1911. Six years later another cold record set in 1917.

Wisconsin Historical Society

Many young people today cannot name a Supreme Court Justice or identify their own Congressional Representative. Voter participation is lower in the U.S. than in any other Western Democracy. It was not always this way, and in the past Rhinelander made certain its young people were aware of their civic responsibilities. Historian Gary Entz has the story.


One person is dead and another is hurt after a single-car crash in Minocqua.

The Minocqua Police Department said it responded to the car crash just after midnight early Sunday morning. The crash happened on Willow Road near Indian Point Road.

Police believe Kent Herbert, 30, of Winnecone was driving at the time.  He was taken to Howard Young Medical Center with serious injuries.

Colton Marx, 28, of Butte Des Morts was in the car with Herbert. He died in the crash.

The crash is under investigation.

WXPR introduces ‘Employed,’ a weekly reporting series focused on the new Northwoods.

The landscape of living, playing, and working in the Northwoods is changing. Where we work, where we shop, where we eat, where we reside, and how we support our families looks different than it did even a decade ago. It continues to shift as industry, tourism, retail, services, and natural resources shift.

WXPR seeks to bring its listeners the stories of those shifts through a new weekly series, ‘Employed.’


Update: The Sokaogon Chippewa Community reports additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified.  That comes after the first positive case was identified in the community on Monday.

As of Tuesday, three positive cases had been identified in the Sokaogon Chippewa Community, with two positive cases identified off reservation.  Results from 32 tests are still pending.

43 people on the reservation have been asked to quarantine, and another 13 who are off reservation.

Nicolet College

A new organization is working to help support and grow businesses throughout the Northwoods.

The GRID was recently awarded nearly $100,000 in grants to help with its launch. GRID stands for Guiding Rural Innovation and Development.


The sidewalks of Rhinelander will be more colorful this weekend.

Downtown Rhinelander is holding its annual Chalkfest. The event has grown over the last four years.

It started out as something to go along with the city’s block party and grew from there.

Chalk artists locally and from all over the state come to create people pieces of artwork on the sidewalks along davenport street.

Because of the positive response to the event, Chalkfest Co-Chair Audrey Thurn said they didn’t want to lose the event entirely this year.

Vilas County Up to 126 COVID-19 Cases

Sep 8, 2020

At least 126 people in Vilas County have tested for positive COVID-19 since the pandemic started. One person has died according to information from the county Health Department, and the cases are not spread evenly across the county.

Data shows more cases in three areas of the county; the Eagle River area, Lac du Flambeau, and St. Germain. Eagle River area had about 30 cases and includes the towns of Cloverland, Washington, and Lincoln.

A Wisconsin man is in the Gogebic County Jail on an Assault with Intent to commit Murder charge. Police believe Benjamin Bazile, 30, of Gillet, Wisconsin tried to stab a man to death.

The Ironwood Department of Public Safety responded to a stabbing at a motel on Cloverland Drive on Tuesday, September 1. Officers found a man laying in the parking lot bleeding.

Police said the 36-year-old victim had been stabbed several times. He also had a slit across his throat. The man was airlifted to Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He is in serious but stable condition.


More than 40 school districts in 31 Wisconsin counties are getting behavioral health grants for this school year.

The b.e.s.t. program has been around for years but may be more important than ever with the added stress of the COVID-19 pandemic.

b.e.s.t. stands for behavioral emotional social traits. It’s online screening tool designed to help educators identify and build the emotional health of students.

More than a dozen school districts in the Northwoods were awarded grants for the program from Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan.