A Boulder Junction woman,  AmyWheeler, 46 entered not guilty pleas to in Vilas County court last Thursday to six counts of theft of over half-million dollars from a trust account over a six year period.

According to court documents, Wheeler is alleged to have taken $539,000 from the trust account of her mother, June Paul, between March of 2012 and August 2017, after she was appointed trustee.

Paul was residing at Mt. View Care Center in Wausau and the criminal complaint claims trust bank checks not related to her care had Wheeler's signature.

Gilbert Brown On Next Honor Flight Monday

May 19, 2018
Never Forgotten Honor Flight

The 32nd Never Forgotten Honor Flight will take off on Monday from the Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee with 101 Veterans on board.

“It ranks right up there,” said Co-Founder and VP of Marketing Jim Campbell. “The very first one we had 103 World War II Veterans, and over the 31 flights, the average is 94. So yeah it’s a little bit higher than average. But as we get more and more of the Vietnam-era generation we can increase the ratio of Veterans per guardian.” Campbell says of the 101 Veterans there will be one WWII Vet and 100 Vietnam-era Vets.

  •   Fire danger increasing in Northwoods as drought begins to creep in,
  •   Plans are beginning  for construction on Vilas county "B",
  •   Getting a summer job often leads to a better future for young people,
  •   Area students claim top prizes in the WPS Solar Olympics program.


While southern Wisconsin residents have had plenty of rainfall recently, the northern half of Wisconsin and Minnesota have shown up on the U.S. Drought Monitor this week. That means an increased chance of wildfire.

The time just after the snow leaves and the forest floor greens up is considered a danger point for wildfire. This is especially true when spring rains are infrequent, like the past few weeks in the Northwoods.

Phelps Chamber of Commerce

Every Friday, we turn back the clock on Morning Edition with local historian Gary Entz to find out what life in the Northwoods used to be like. This is part of a new initiative by WXPR to tell the history and culture of northern Wisconsin.

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Several Northwoods schools were winners this week at the 22nd annual Solar Olympics, held at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The competition is sponsored by Wisconsin Public Service.

WPS spokesperson Matt Cullen outlines the competition...

Vilas Co. Seeking Money To Rebuild County "B"

May 18, 2018

Reconstruction of 25 miles of Vilas County highway "B" between Land O' Lakes and Presque Isle, could be eligible for an 80 percent federal highway grant according to Vilas County highway commissioner Nick Scholtes in a report to the Vilas county highway committee.

The work is estimated to cost $5 million.

Get a Job: Experts See Benefits in Service-Sector Summer Employment

May 18, 2018

NEW YORK - With the end of the school year right around the corner, students and parents are considering how they might spend the summer. And while the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a decline in teen employment in the years since the Great Recession, experts say summer jobs should not be overlooked.

  • A body is recovered from a Lac du Flambeau lake,
  • There's a shortage of one type of public defense attorneys,
  • Bears are starting to look for food in your backyard,
  • School of the Arts returns this fall.


The Wisconsin Supreme Court is considering a petition from criminal defense lawyers that asks to up the pay they receive for clients who can't afford to pay for an attorney but are facing criminal charges.

Former Northwoods Public Defender Ann Munninghoff-Eshelman hired on as this type of for-hire attorney after retiring from the Public Defender's office. Munninghoff-Eshelman says a number of defendants either don't qualify for a Public Defender... though they don't have a lot of money... or more likely, the Public Defender has a conflict in the case...


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