This week’s news, in brief
Reforestation seedlings for sale
The DNR’s reforestation program is accepting orders from forest landowners for trees and shrubs to be planted in the spring. For more than 100 years the DNR has provided native species seedlings to be used for reforestation and conservation plantings on private, industrial, state and county forest lands. The minimum order is 300 trees or shrubs of the landowners choosing. Seedlings can also be purchased by youth groups and educational organizations for planting projects. An online order form is on the DNR website.
Aspirus expanding Woodruff clinic After breaking ground in September for a $14 million expansion project in Rhinelander, Aspirus has begun work on a $1.8 million project at its Woodruff clinic. An additional 4,100 square feet will be added to the clinic to provide more space for primary and specialty care. Aspirus officials said seven new jobs will be created after the project is complete in spring 2020.
Three Lakes seeks school board applicants
Three Lakes School Board president Tom Rulseh is retiring and resigning his position with the board Nov. 1. The board is seeking candidates to serve the remainder of his term, which ends with spring 2020 election. Interested applicants should submit a one-page personal statement to the district office before the end of the day Oct. 14. The board will review applications at its Oct. 16 meeting. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s results
Residents from Rhinelander and the surrounding Northwoods community raised $90,536 in the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Sept. 21. “The money raised at our Walks allows us to provide local care and support services to ease the burden on those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, said Laurie Schill, executive director, Alzheimer’s Association Wisconsin chapter. “It also fuels our public policy efforts and allows us to advance critical research towards finding a cure. We are so appreciative of all of our Walkers and supporters.” The money raised also funds a 24/7 helpline, 800-272-3900. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.alz.org/wi.
Northwoods Fall Art Tour this weekend
The Northwoods is noted for its beautiful back roads made stunning by Mother Nature’s annual show of color. It is also becoming known for its growing, thriving fine art community. The largest ever group of artists is participating in the annual Northwoods Fall Art Tour, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 11-13. The free tour is the largest in the group’s 20-year history, featuring 38 locations and 41 artists who have joined together to open their private creative spaces to the public. Artists will be demonstrating their skills at all locations. Studios are open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Artists represent a wide variety of styles and media, including stained glass, woodworking, fiber arts, photography, jewelry and painting.
The tour is organized as 38 open houses throughout Iron, Vilas, Oneida, and Lincoln counties. Participants create their own itinerary; brochures listing the venues, types of art, driving directions and maps are available at local businesses, chambers of commerce and online at www.northwoodsarttour.com.
Spooky story writing challenge
The Rhinelander District Library is calling all writers as it seeks the spookiest story in the Northwoods. Whether true or fictional, the library wants to read them. Entries are due at the circulation desk Tuesday, Oct. 22, and should be typed and no more than 500 words. New this year is an adult spooky story category in addition to teens (grades 6-12). The winning stories will be published in the Star Journal. Writing challenge applications are available at the library or online, rhinelanderlibrary.org. For more information, 715-365-1070.
Nicolet College to open time capsule
A snapshot of life on the Nicolet College Campus from 25 years ago will see the light of day for the first time in a quarter century when the college will open a time capsule that was buried on campus in 1994. The free event will be held 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12 in the Northwoods Center on the Nicolet Campus. There are more than 100 items in the capsule, which was buried between what is now the Red Oak Center and the White Pine Center during Nicolet’s 25th anniversary celebration. Nicolet College Theater Director Jim Nuttall will emcee a short ceremony during the event.
Drug ‘take back’ Oct. 26
Area law enforcement agencies will be collecting unwanted prescription drugs once again in several locations Oct. 26. This free service is provided in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Wisconsin Department of Justice in effort to prevent prescription medication abuse and prescription medication theft by removing potentially dangerous expired unused drugs. Oneida County residents can bring medication for disposal between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to the Minocqua, Rhinelander or Three Lakes police departments or the Oneida County Landfill. Accepted medication includes prescription and over-the-counter medications, ointments, inhalers, patches, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications generated by a household. No business disposal is allowed. For more information, contact local law enforcement.