Mackenzie Martin / WXPR

The death care industry has undergone a lot of changes in recent years and it’s more than just that formal burials are down and cremations are up.

In the first of a two part series about death care in the Northwoods, we’ll hear about green funerals and how the job of a local funeral director has changed. WXPR’s Mackenzie Martin reports.

So it turns out, there are a lot of options when you’re planning a funeral, a lot more than there were 20 or 25 years ago.


Leaders of the Lakeland Senior Center in Woodruff are  meeting to begin the process of restoring services after a fire destroyed the building early Wednesday.

Fire Chief Michael Timmons said the call came in shortly after one p.m. Wednesday and he realized Woodruff needed help...

".....Minocqua and us were simulcast paged, as well as Medic 5(ambulance) and knowing the building, I called Arbor Vitae for mutual aid as well as St. Germain's ladder trucks...."

Hazelhurst and Little Rice also were called, he said.

Oak Wilt Arrives in Minocqua-Woodruff

Nov 20, 2013
Ronald Billings / Texas Forest Service

A lethal tree disease has been found for the first time in near Woodruff.  Oak wilt is prevalent in southern and central Wisconsin.  But tests have confirmed its presence in the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest. 

DNR Forest insect and disease Specialist Brian Schwingle says the finding is significant.               

“It’s concerning that we found it on our largest state property, the Northern American Legion state forest, where oak is an extremely valuable tree.”