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Northwoods news as reported by WXPR. Taken from our daily weekday 1:00pm newscast.

Ken Krall


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    Copper Peak plans, higher education for native students, road construction plans in Vilas County draw concerns

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 5:56


    Hodag Park stage ready, Pickleball coming to Merrill, Sober October event

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 5:07


    Three Lakes school referendum, winter lake ice diminishing, Antigo water tower plans

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 5:46


    Dance for the trees, new judge in Vilas County, child sex trafficking sentence

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 5:57


    Workforce changes looming, battle over books in Phillips, raising awareness about substance abuse resources

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 6:59


    Abortion ban workaround rejected, colorblind adapted views, and volunteers needed

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 5:59


    A digital navigator, another PFAS regulation attempt, and challenged books

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 4:46


    A group in Forest County is trying to help people learn how to use digital devices by hiring a digital navigator, who will travel through the county offering technical support. The position has been funded by a $375,000 grant from Google. Next, Gov. Tony Evers' administration is trying again to limit the amount of chemicals known as PFAS in groundwater, after the Natural Resources Board killed the last proposal in February. Finally, libraries across the country, including in the Northwoods, have seen a rise in challenged books in recent years.

    Drunk driver charged in Merrill, Vice President Harris to visit Milwaukee, and fall colors

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 5:07


    A drunk driver who caused an accident that killed an 8-year-old boy over the weekend was charged in Lincoln County Court Monday with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. Then, Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels is calling on Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers to halt all paroles in the state, even though a governor can't unilaterally order them to stop. Vice President Kamala Harris is scheduled to visit Milwaukee Thursday. And as the weather starts to feel like fall, we explore the factors that impact fall colors.

    A midterm debate, Phillips school renovations, and the Boys and Girls Club staffing shortage

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 5:21


    Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson and his Democratic challenger, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, have agreed to a televised debate on Oct. 13, ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm election. Then, the Phillips School District just finished a major renovation project, thanks to a successful referendum two years ago. The Boys and Girls Club of the Northwoods is looking for staff to fill open positions before opening this fall. And multiple accidents over the weekend left two people dead in Lincoln County.

    COVID & Flu clinics, Tomahawk Fall Ride, and Project Connect

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 6:28


    Local news for Friday, September 16, 2022.

    Getting out the vote, flu season, and crossbow hunting

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 5:24


    A new privately funded get-out-the vote initiative in Wisconsin's largest city has the support of Milwaukee's mayor, but Republicans say it's an attempt to improperly bolster turnout. Then, health experts are concerned about the upcoming flu season as concerns over COVID wane. And the archery crossbow deer season starts this weekend.

    Absentee ballot ruling, offense name changes, and public art

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 6:55


    Local news for Wednesday, September 14, 2022.

    A gubernatorial debate, Feed Our Rural Kids, and Wisconsin restaurants

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 5:50


    Democratic Governor Tony Evers and Republican challenger Tim Michels have agreed to debate just one time ahead of the Nov. 8 election. That debate will be October 14. Then, Feed Our Rural Kids is thanking the Vilas County community for helping it surpass its fundraising goals last month. Lincoln County's 4-H program could be in jeopardy as the county battles a $1.2 million budget deficit. And the Wisconsin Restaurant Association reports 73 percent of restaurants don't have enough employees to support existing demand.

    Growing the Ottawa National Forest, renaming Wisconsin sites, and Michigan's abortion ballot initiative

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 6:04


    Another 1,200 acres along the Ontonagon River will be protected following a sale between the Trust for Public Land and the Ottawa National Forest. The government has renamed more than two dozen lakes and other sites on federal land in Wisconsin to remove a racist term for a Native American woman. A Michigan election board has approved a November ballot question asking voters to put the right to an abortion in the state constitution. And the Rhinelander District Library is welcoming the public to an open house to see its new resources and programming.

    Wild rice ready to harvest, school funding plan, new COVID boosters

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 6:05


    New COVID booster, suicide prevention, and School of the Arts returns

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 6:03


    Local news for Thursday, September 8, 2022.

    Seth Wakefield's sentencing, the monkeypox vaccine, Habitat for Humanity's next Northwoods home

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 5:46


    Seth Wakefield, the man who helped Christopher Anderson plan the murder of Hannah Miller, will spend five and a half years in prison. Then, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services expanded eligibility yesterday for who can get the monkeypox vaccine. Gov. Tony Evers is calling for spending nearly $2 billion more public K-12 education. And Habitat for Humanity broke ground on its 24th house in the Northwoods yesterday.

    Biden's Labor Day remarks, the EPA's proposed PFAS rule, and waving goodbye to summer visitors

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 4:19


    President Joe Biden assailed the extreme right in Labor Day remarks to union workers in Milwaukee and outside Pittsburgh. Then, the EPA is proposing a rule that will designate two PFAS chemicals as dangerous. And Northwoods residents continued a tradition that's more than 50 years old – waving goodbye to summer travelers outside Whitman's Bar in Hazelhurst.

    Summer tourism, President Biden's Wisconsin visit, and support for rural Michigan

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 5:46


    As summer comes to a close, local business leaders say the season looks on track to set records for tourism. Then, President Joe Biden is making Labor Day visits to Wisconsin and Pennsylvania ahead of midterm elections in November. And a pilot program approved by Congress could give rural Michigan communities a leg up when applying for federal dollars.

    Child hit and killed in Wausau crash, DHS offering at-home COVID tests, and SepTimber Ride to support trail development

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 6:04


    The first day of school, student loan forgiveness, and a win for voters with disabilities

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 5:14


    It's the first day of the new school year for most students across the Northwoods. The City of Rhinelander is making sure parents are aware of road construction around some of the schools that could impact dropping off and picking up students. Then, applications could become available for student loan forgiveness in the coming weeks. But in states like Wisconsin, those relief amounts could be taxed. Finally, a federal judge says Wisconsin voters with disabilities can get help returning their ballots, contradicting a state Supreme Court ruling in July.

    Granite Peak acquires UP ski resort, Gov. Evers announces additional school funding, and Northwoods Kiwanis Club raises $28k for Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 5:11


    Granite Peak closed its deal on acquiring Big Snow Resort in the Upper Peninsula. The name of the resort and ski hills will be changing. Then, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced $75 million in new funding for school districts across the state. And the Northwoods Kiwanis Club raised more than $28,000 to support people impacted by Russia's war in Ukraine.

    Park Falls YMCA update, pilot program could benefit rural communities, and government to end free COVID-19 test program

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 6:33


    Wausau School District's new app, Ironwood Hospital renovations, and the trouble with fixing pets

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 5:04


    The Wausau School District is getting ready for the first day of school with a new mobile app to improve communication between the district and parents. The Aspirus Ironwood Hospital kicked off a multi-phase renovation project to update technology and remodel patient rooms. And after a Northwoods vet clinic that spayed and neutered pets closed earlier this summer, humane societies are grappling with a problem that's two-fold. They're dealing with an overpopulation of pets, and they're struggling to get those pets fixed before giving them up for adoption.

    Support for conservation projects, broadband expansion in Vilas County, bond reduction for school threat suspect

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 5:17


    Fighting invasive species, addressing bullying in schools, endowment for UWSP

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 5:52


    Sentence in Rhinelander area murder, building a traditional native lodge, Governor announces tax cut plan

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 5:56


    Fire department grants, birds in decline, "Green Economy" jobs

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 6:15


    Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives awareness, childcare challenge in Ironwood, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 6:06


    Fentanyl public health advisory, Highway 8 construction, and increased need at local food pantries

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 4:44


    Private well testing, blue green algae blooms, and prehistoric fish spawning

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 4:55


    Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced $10 million in grant funding Tuesday to help homeowners treat, replace and reconstruct private wells. Then, late summer is a common time for blue green algae blooms to appear. But as the climate changes, these blooms are becoming more common, even on lakes scientists wouldn't have predicted. Finally, scientists in Georgia have found three female sturgeon with mature eggs – a sign that the prehistoric fish may be reproducing in Georgia for the first time in 50 years.

    Buggy crash sentencing, new home builds down, and Wisconsin kids report

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 5:29


    Local news for Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

    Vos fires Gableman, Christopher Anderson pleads guilty to murder, and Gov. Evers is on the campaign trail

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 6:01


    Wisconsin Republican Assembly speaker Robin Vos fired Michael Gableman Friday, ending a 14-month, taxpayer-funded inquiry into the 2020 election. Then, Christopher Terrell Anderson pleaded guilty in Oneida County Court Friday to murdering Hannah Miller. And Gov. Tony Evers stopped in Rhinelander Friday to make his case for re-election ahead of Wisconsin's general election in November.

    New Oneida County Judge, Saildrones on Lake Superior, and free YMCA membership for 6th graders

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 7:20


    Local news for Friday, August 12, 2022.

    Voter turnout, a new drug court, and the Monkeypox vaccine

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 6:23


    Turnout in Wisconsin's primary election reached nearly 26 percent, the highest it's been for a non-presidential primary in 40 years. Vilas County is hoping to take the first major step toward creating a drug treatment court later this month. And nearly 6,000 vials of the Monkeypox vaccine have been allocated to Wisconsin.

    Election results, Rhinelander's city administrator resigns, and a new youth prison

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 6:19


    Tim Michels won Wisconsin's GOP primary to face Gov. Tony Evers in November. Mandela Barnes won the state's Democratic Senate primary. And two incumbent Northwoods sheriffs will hold onto their offices, fending off challenges from within their own departments. Then, Rhinelander City Administrator Zach Vruwink announced his resignation Monday. He's the sixth administrator to leave since 2015. Finally, Gov. Evers announced the Department of Corrections has selected a site for a new youth prison.

    Today's primary election, rising opioid overdoses, and an ATV challenge trail

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 4:59


    Voters are taking to the polls today to decide the primary races for Wisconsin governor and U.S. Senate. Then, Wisconsin is set to receive nearly $31 million to fight the opioid epidemic, as overdose deaths rise. And the Vilas County ATV Alliance plans to build a challenge trail within the county forest.

    A Minocqua fire, Tuesday's primary, and a unique Nicolet graduation ceremony

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 4:37


    A fire early Monday morning heavily damaged a building that housed long-time Minocqua business Copy Cat Printing. Police said no one was injured in the fire. It shut down traffic in the area for several hours Monday morning. Wisconsin's primary election is quicky approaching. Voters will decide the Republican candidate for governor, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, and the Vilas and Lincoln County sheriffs. Finally, ten students who are incarcerated at McNaughton Correctional Facility graduated with a heavy machinery certification from Nicolet College last week.

    Dam maintenance impacts drivers, interim YMCA CEO, Chain Skimmers take first -place

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 4:59


    Park Falls water solution, explosion death accidental, Redikulus bargains in Rhinelander

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 5:49


    Explosion kills man in Oneida County, sheriff's race in Lincoln County, Marathon County leaders hear about mining

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 5:45


    Paper maker seeks to reduce emissions, Gogebic Community College back to normal, COVID vaccine numbers in Wisconsin

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 6:05


    Book bike in Boulder Junction, Feed Our Rural Kids fundraiser, costs for communications project up in Vilas County

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 6:51


    YMCA Groundbreaking, Primary elections, and lottery scams

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 6:47


    Local news for Friday, July 29, 2022.

    Ritter challenges Fath for Vilas County Sherriff, Marathon Co. cracks down on speeding, and Antigo seeks federal infrastructure funding

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 6:05


    Joe Fath's run for Vilas County Sheriff, election security concerns, and ideas on a new skate park

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 5:41


    Absentee voting is underway for Wisconsin's August primary. In the race for Vilas County sheriff, Captain Gerard Ritter is running against current Sheriff Joe Fath. Fath says he's running for a third term because he's excited for the department's upcoming projects. Hear his perspective today, and then tune in tomorrow to hear from Captain Ritter. As the election gets underway, election clerks in the area express concerns for safety and security. Finally, Rhinelander got a clearer picture of what a new skate park could look like after Over It and ArtStart presented a feasibility study to city council.

    Restoring faith in Wisconsin's elections, the dropping price of gas, and public art

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 6:13


    The Wisconsin Elections Commission will roll out a new public information campaign in the next few months aimed at teaching people about how elections work. Meanwhile, four people with disabilities have filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to ensure they can get help returning ballots, after the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that only a voter can return their absentee ballot in person. Then, the price of gas has dropped 70 cents in the past month. And a new mural is coming to Rhinelander's Hodag Park.

    Local COVID levels drop, a gubernatorial candidate debate, and monarch butterflies

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 4:20


    Northwoods counties are back at the medium COVID community level. Cases in the region have dropped slightly, but remain steady statewide. Then, Wisconsin's Republican gubernatorial candidates debated Sunday. And U.S. Senate candidate Tom Nelson dropped out of the Democratic primary race to face Republican incumbent Ron Johnson in November. Finally, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature added the monarch butterfly to its red list of threatened species last week.

    New highway facility, horse investigation, and the MASH Blood Drive

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 7:58


    PFAS lawsuit, swimmer's itch, and blood donations

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 6:41


    Local news for Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

    Evidence considered for murder trial, no date for wolf plan, and injured loons

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 6:45


    Local news for Thursday, July 19, 2022.

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