|Sept. 22, 2021 -||And just like that, it’s Autumn on the National Forest - Rhinelander, Wis., Sept. 22, 2021— Noticeably cooler temperatures and shorter days have a colorful effect on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Forest visitors and local residents bear witness to this change in the vibrant multi-colored pallet of the landscape. Whether by foot, bike or motorized vehicle, knowing when to look is as crucial as knowing where to look.|
|Sept. 17, 2021 -||This Halloween Season, Oconto County Hosts Spooktacular
REVENGE Haunted House Experience - Oconto County is the place to be for true fright seekers this Halloween, thanks to REVENGE, an immersive haunted house experience returning for its fifth season in 2021. Taking place weekends from 7-11pm throughout October at the Historic Chase Stone Barn, REVENGE promises to be the most chilling (and most fun) experience in Wisconsin during the “spooky season.”
|July 20, 2021 -||Oconto County Culture Comes to Life at Lakewood Arts & Crafts Show - Oconto County Culture Comes to Life at Lakewood Arts & Crafts Show
Free Festival Features More Than 200 Vendors Offering Original Work
|July 20, 2021 -||Oconto County to Host Third Annual Dirt City Duel This Summer - Oconto County to Host Third Annual Dirt City Duel This Summer
Championship Off Road Racing Event Takes Place July 31-Aug. 1
|May 17, 2021 -||OCEDC receives grant from the Leon H. and Clymene M. Bond Foundation for $15,000. - Oconto – May 17, 2021 – Oconto County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce it has received a $15,000 grant from the Leon H. and Clymene M. Bond Foundation, Inc. These funds will support, Winter Wonderland, the popular holiday light display in the City of Oconto.|
|May 11, 2021 -||Village of Lena receives $110,000 state grant to support expansion of downtown catering business - MADISON, WI. MAY 7, 2021—The Village of Lena received a $110,000 state grant to assist in expanding the Wooden Shoe Bar & Grill located in downtown Lena.|
|May 3, 2021 -||Accessible fishing trail reopens on the South Branch Oconto River - Mountain, Wis., April 30, 2021—An accessible fishing pier along the South Branch Oconto River is available again, just in time for spring fishing. The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest reopened the site to the public on Thursday following winter construction to restore accessibility and improve overall conditions.|
|Apr. 5, 2021 -||Welcome to the Neighborhood: Rav Designs Décor & More - (WFRV) – April is National Decorating Month and new, local business Rav Designs Décor & More visited with Local 5 Live with a look at what she has to offer and how you can shop.
|Jan. 26, 2021 -||Paul Bunyan Ski Hill making snow, could open soon in Oconto County - ?LAKEWOOD (WLUK) -- An old ski hill in the Northwoods, closed for decades, is showing signs of life.|
|Jan. 26, 2021 -||Cleanup, logging still taking place in Oconto Co. after 2019 storms - OCONTO COUNTY (WLUK) -- A year and a half after damaging storms raced through the Northwoods, cleanup continues, that includes work being done near the Mountain Fire Lookout Tower in Oconto County.|
|Dec. 14, 2020 -||Logging Activities Near Mountain Fire Lookout Tower to Start this Week - (Mountain, Wis., December 9, 2020) – The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest expects logging activities to begin this week near the Mountain Fire Lookout Tower on the Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. The tower is closed to the public for the season, and logging will continue in the area into spring 2021.|
|Oct. 21, 2020 -||OCEDC RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE LEON H. AND CLYMENE M. BOND FOUNDATION FOR $8,000 - Oconto County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce it has received a $8,000 grant from the Leon H. and Clymene M. Bond Foundation, Inc. These funds will support, Winter Wonderland, the popular holiday light display in the City of Oconto.|
|Sept. 8, 2020 -||Large crowd comes out for Townsend's 14th annual Corn Roast & ATV Parade - TOWNSEND (WLUK) -- COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in lots of plans this summer. Despite warnings from health officials, plenty of people headed north for the holiday weekend.|
|Sept. 8, 2020 -||Red Arrow corn roast scheduled for Saturday, with COVID-19 protocols - TOWNSEND (WLUK) -- People in the Northwood community of Townsend are gearing up for a seasonal celebration, which doubles as a fundraiser.|
|June 5, 2020 -||Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Opens Picnic Areas and Beaches at Recreation Areas - Rhinelander, WI – June 5, 2020 – Today, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest opened picnic areas and beaches across most of the Forest as well as developed dispersed campsites. In addition, restrooms and garbage receptacles will be available and fees will be charged at sites that are open and have full services. Please note that some developed dispersed campsites in the Lakewood-Laona Ranger District remain closed due the July 2019 blowdown.|
|June 1, 2020 -||Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Allowing Dispersed Camping and Campfires; Visitors Urged to be Safe this Memorial Day Weekend - Rhinelander, WI - May 21, 2020 – Effective today, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will be open for dispersed camping and campfires, lifting the campfire ban across much of the Forest. Fire and campfire restrictions will remain in place for Forest Service lands in Langlade and Oconto counties due to the July 2019 blowdown. Please visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/CNNF for complete details and listings of what’s open.|
|May 15, 2020 -||MOVING OCONTO COUNTY FORWARD - Oconto County Reopening Guidelines - On May 13, 2020, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled to overturn the Safer at Home Order, with the exception of schools. At this time, Oconto County is not issuing an order to extend Safer at Home. However, our Health Officer continues to reserve the right and duty to take such action in the event that COVID-19 overwhelms our health care system or jeopardizes public health.|
|May 3, 2020 -||Northwoods Community Health Fund - Need help from our community that extends beyond a mask? We’re offering a variety of services to help you stay safer during this time. Review the options, mark what you need, and someone will be in touch with you as soon as possible to see how we can best help you!|
|May 1, 2020 -||Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Reopens Boat Landings and Trails - Rhinelander, WI – April 30, 2020 -- The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will be lifting the closure order for boat landings (except for some within closed campgrounds) today. In addition, both motorized and non-motorized trails on the National Forest will be open May 8 or when local conditions allow for opening. Please check the website or with your local county to see what trails are open before heading out.|
|Apr. 10, 2020 -||National Forest Closures - Rhinelander, WI – APRIL 10, 2020 -- In alignment with current federal, state and local guidance for social distancing and to ensure health safety of its employees, visitors and volunteers, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will be delaying the opening of all recreation sites and not allowing camping or campfires until further notice. In addition, the Forest is implementing a group-size limitation of 10 people or less per group across the entire Forest. Last week, the Forest shutdown all restrooms and removed garbage receptacles at recreation sites.|
|Apr. 7, 2020 -||OCONTO COUNTY BOAT LANDINGS AND CAMPGROUNDS CLOSED; ATV USE ON COUNTY ROADS SUSPENDED - OCONTO, WI (April 7, 2020)— To stop the spread of COVID-19 during this public health emergency, Debra Konitzer, Oconto County Health Officer has ordered all Oconto County campgrounds and boat landings closed, as well as the suspension of ATV use on county roads. This health order takes effect on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 5:00 a.m. and remains in effect until further notice.|
|Mar. 18, 2020 -||COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - COVID-19 (Coronavirus)|
|Sept. 6, 2019 -||8th annual Festi-Fall Celebrates Fall in the Northwoods – Sat. Sept. 14th - 8th annual Festi-Fall Celebrates Fall in the Northwoods – Sat. Sept. 14th|
|Aug. 2, 2019 -||Wisconsin’s 2-Story Candy Shop Is What Sweet Dreams Are Made Of - The expression, Like a kid in a candy store, takes on a whole new (and literal) meaning once you visit Sweet Memories Candy Shoppe. Like a real-life Candy Land, the two-building sweet shop features two floors of candy and other sweet treats.|
|Aug. 1, 2019 -||Visit Amy’s Wine Cellar in Lakewood - (WFRV) – During your visit out to the Northwoods, you’ll want to be sure to stop by Amy’s Wine Cellar for something to sip on.|
|Aug. 1, 2019 -||Get shopping in Lakewood at Yvonne’s Classy Closet - (WFRV) – For some fun shopping in Lakewood, head to Yvonne’s Classy Closet on Highway 32.|
|Aug. 1, 2019 -||Artist Joan White brings wood to life with creative artwork - (WFRV) – Joan White’s talent for bringing wood to life has captured the attention of collectors around the world but you only have to travel as far as Lakewood to see her beautiful creations.|
|Apr. 1, 2019 -||Cocktails, Tacos and Steak Salad with The Dockside - OCONTO (WLUK) -- As people transition into a new season, so are local restaurants.|
|Mar. 26, 2019 -||HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Training Program for Miles4Madyson - HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Training Program for Miles4Madyson - A free program for beginner runners|
|Mar. 14, 2019 -||Oconto Beer is coming back to stores, taverns as soon as Ale Asylum's schedule allows - “The earliest it could be on shelves as cans or on tap is next week,” Oconto County Historical Society President Peter Stark announced at the city Sesquicentennial Kickoff Reception on March 11.|
|Feb. 22, 2019 -||Snowy weather means snowmobile trails are open throughout Oconto County - SURING (WLUK) -- The recent wintry weather has given many people a chance to head outdoors, and enjoy some recreation a Northwoods winter typically offers.|
|Feb. 21, 2019 -||Snowmobile trails busy ahead of Red Arrow Fish-A-Ree in Townsend - TOWNSEND (WLUK) -- The sounds of the season filled the Northwoods air Friday, following the by-product of Winter Storm Destiny earlier this week.|
|May 29, 2018 -||Summer Fun at Waubee Lake Lodge - LAKEWOOD (WLUK) -- Summer is right around the corner, but people are already making plans to get outdoors.|
|May 11, 2018 -||Previewing Summer Fun in Lakewood - LAKEWOOD (WLUK) - As the trails open for the season in Oconto County, we were checking one of the prime spots to take in a nice weekend in Wisconsin, the town of Lakewood.|
|May 8, 2018 -||BOULDER LAKE CAMPGROUND OPENING MAY 24, NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS - RHINELANDER, Wis. (May 8, 2018) – The Boulder Lake Campground on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will open May 24 for the 2018 recreation season.|
|May 8, 2018 -||OCONTO COUNTY ATV TRAILS OPEN FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018 - OCONTO COUNTY ATV TRAILS OPEN FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018|
|May 7, 2018 -||Oconto Co. ATV club: 'It's the fourth time in 23 years that we haven't opened' - OCONTO COUNTY, Wis. (WLUK) -- As snow continues to melt nearly three weeks after Blizzard Evelyn, puddles along ATV routes in Oconto County can lead to icy conditions overnight.|
|Apr. 18, 2018 -||Oconto County ATV Trails Remain Closed - NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - OCONTO COUNTY ATV TRAILS REMAIN CLOSE|
|Jan. 10, 2018 -||Winter Wonderland Wagon Ride Night in Oconto - OCONTO (WLUK) -- Oconto's holiday light display 'Winter Wonderland' is back for another season, but with a special method for viewing the scenery. Head through the light show on a free wagon wide this holiday season, while sipping hot chocolate and enjoying homemade cookies. More than 150 light displays are ready to shine brightly, as you walk in through the dozens of 8-foot trees at the entrance, as you head to board your wagon.|
|Jan. 10, 2018 -||Snowmobile trails open in Northern Oconto County - LAKEWOOD (WLUK) -- The sights and sounds of the season. Snowmobiles are on the move in the Northwoods Town of Lakewood.|
|Jan. 10, 2018 -||Picking out your Christmas tree with Whispering Pines - OCONTO (WLUK) -- If you haven't picked out your Christmas tree yet, there's still time before the holidays.
FOX 11's Lauren Kalil was live from Whispering Pines showing us how to pick out the perfect tree.
|May 4, 2017 -||Oconto County Addressing Worker Shortage - OCONTO, WI (WTAQ) - One local county has announced new efforts to address current and future shortages of skilled workers.|
|May 4, 2017 -||Oconto County works to attract more skilled workers - OCONTO (WLUK) -- A career in manufacturing wasn't something Drew Oswald planned on, but he has found it to be rewarding.|
|Mar. 14, 2017 -||What to Eat in Wisconsin: Iconic Eats from America's Dairyland - Everybody knows Wisconsin is renowned for its top-notch cheese — but that's not the only food the state is known for. Here's a tally of all the great grub Wisconsin has to offer, plus tips on where to sample the iconic eats.|
|Mar. 13, 2017 -||Iconic sign shines bright again in Oconto - OCONTO, Wis. (WBAY) - An iconic sign, representing nearly a century of history in Oconto, is shining bright once again. Bond Pickle Company sign]It's been quite a journey for that sign after decades atop the Bond Pickle Company.|
|Mar. 8, 2017 -||'Finding Bigfoot' search in Oconto County - MOUNTAIN, Wis. (WLUK) - Is it real? Or is it fake? No matter.|
|Feb. 28, 2017 -||Ice shoves spotted at Breakwater Park in Oconto - AAOCONTO (WLUK) -- One of mother nature's one-of-a-kind happenings piled up along the shoreline in Oconto.|
|Feb. 27, 2017 -||'Doty Dog Days' highlights winter sports like dog sledding' - MOUNTAIN (WLUK) -- Some dogs aren't your average pet, they're athletes.
Running up to 30 to 50 miles a day.
"They always have more energy the second day, than the first, seem to get warmed up then let it rip the second day," said Ryan Beaber owner of Flying K Kennel in Mountain, Wisconsin.
|Jan. 25, 2017 -||WEDC hands out grants to support entrepreneurship - OCONTO (WLUK) -- The Oconto County Economic Development Corporation received $25,000 Tuesday to help fund the climate of entrepreneurship in the county.|
|Jan. 25, 2017 -||WEDC awards 11 grants to support entrepreneurship programs across Wisconsin. - MADISON, WI. Jan. 24, 2017 – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) today announced that 11 organizations have been awarded nearly $500,000 in grants to help develop or expand innovative programs aimed at advancing the climate for entrepreneurship throughout the state.|
|Oct. 10, 2016 -||The 15 Best Supper Clubs in the Midwest - Ask any supper club owner to describe what a supper club is exactly, and many will say, “They’re difficult to describe but easy to recognize.” Luckily for us, the supper club has its giveaways, including Midwest origins, old-fashioned sweets, relish trays, and rib eyes. Couple those with an atmosphere that conjures nostalgia, brings friends together, and helps guests to feel at home, and you have yourself a place to sit and stay a while. From Iowa to Indiana, here are 15 of the Midwest’s best supper clubs.|
|Oct. 5, 2016 -||Restoring Oconto County History - OCONTO, Wis. (WBAY) – It was a leap of faith to preserve several pieces of Oconto County history. The end result: a number of antique cars and carriages are not only restored but on display in a new home.|
|Sept. 28, 2016 -||Barn quilt tour in Oconto County - GILLETT (WLUK) -- Scenic barn quilts will take center stage this weekend in Oconto County.|
|Sept. 21, 2016 -||Official White House Christmas tree selected from Oconto - OCONTO (WLUK) -- A Christmas tree from Wisconsin will be headed to Washington D.C. as the official White House Christmas Tree.|
|Sept. 21, 2016 -||White House Christmas Tree comes from Oconto - OCONTO, Wis. (WBAY) – The fall season is a couple of days away, but those in Washington are already thinking about Christmas.|
|Sept. 15, 2016 -||Lakewood's Festi-Fall - Here's a good deal for you: art, wine, antiques, food, music, and more!|
|Sept. 6, 2016 -||Townsend corn roast compliments Northwoods tourism - TOWNSEND (WLUK) -- The Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club is gearing up for a major celebration, and fundraiser in Townsend.|
|June 30, 2016 -||Artist Joan White - She really embraces the "woods" of north woods. Joan White from Nicolet Studio in Lakewood joins us today to show us her creations and also tell us more about Festi-Fall.|
|May 3, 2016 -||Mountain Fire Lookout Tower Re-Opening Ceremony - Mountain, June 10, 2016: We are pleased to invite you to a re-opening ceremony of the Mountain Fire Lookout Tower on the Lakewood Ranger District of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The ceremony will be held at 10a.m. Friday, June 10, 2016. The ceremony will take place at the tower approximately two and one-half miles north of Mountain, Wisconsin off of Old 32 (Forest Road 2106). We are planning to serve snacks and refreshments immediately after the ceremony at the Schoolhouse Bar (14007 WI-32) in Mountain.|
|Apr. 28, 2016 -||Mountain Fire Lookout Tower to open again - OCONTO COUNTY — A popular attraction will soon be towering once again over parts of the Northwoods.
The Mountain Fire Lookout Tower, had been closed because of vandalism.
|Apr. 27, 2016 -||Oconto County ATV Trails opening early - OCONTO COUNTY — The Northwoods may be buzzing with activity this weekend. ATV/UTV trails in Oconto County are opening a day early, and riders are ready to go.|
|Apr. 7, 2016 -||Oconto County ATV/UTV Trails - The Oconto County Park & Forestry Committee has decided to open the ATV/UTV season one day early this year (weather permitting) to help the local economy get a full weekend of ATV/UTV business. The Oconto County ATV/UTV trails normally open every year on May 1st, which this year falls on a Sunday. The committee has decided to open the Oconto County ATV/UTV trails on Saturday, April 30th, 2016. This will allow ATV/UTV riders a full weekend of riding to start the ATV/UTV season.|
|Mar. 1, 2016 -||If you love the outdoors, you'll love Oconto County! - Oconto County is every outdoor enthusiast’s dream!|
|Feb. 22, 2016 -||Oconto County Broadband Survey - The OCEDC and UW-Extension are working toward improving internet service in Oconto County.|
|Feb. 10, 2016 -||Snowmobilers hit the trails in Lakewood - LAKEWOOD — And as Winter Storm Bucky winds down, snowmobiling in parts of the Northwoods is ramping up.|
|Jan. 11, 2016 -||Signs use GPS to guide trail riders - OCONTO COUNTY — It won't be long until snowmobilers will be taking to the trails across the Northwoods.
A new system of marking those trails is designed to make the outing safer.
Hundreds of miles of snowmobile, and ATV trails snake their way through Oconto County. Trail leaders say if there is trouble, new brown signs could help lead the way.
|Jan. 11, 2016 -||Snowmobile trails groomed near Lakewood - LAKEWOOD — The snowmobiling season in the Northwoods could be just a few hours away.
Groomers took to the woods near Lakewood Tuesday morning to get the trails ready for the season.
Many area business owners are also happy to see all the snow.
|June 29, 2015 -||Oconto preserve soon to be open - OCONTO - A new 70-acre wetlands preserve will soon be open in Oconto.|
|July 29, 2014 -||Timberlea Drive In custard delivers delicious moments - The Lemorandes say customers ask them, "when will pistachio be the flavor of the week," more than almost anything else.|
|Mar. 21, 2014 -||Cruising in Oconto County - For an itinerany snowmoblier like me, the ultimate endoresement of a great riding location is making a return visit. After I toured the northern half of Oconto County in March of 2009, I wrote an article that appeared a year later in Illinois Snowmobiler magazine. The publication of that piece promted an invitation to visit again, which I was finally able to do last February. After several lackluster winters, this large, stairstep-shaped conty was blessed with an abundance of snow, creating prime conditions for a Friday-Saturday tour of its southern half.|
|Dec. 9, 2013 -||Snowmobile clubs are gearing up for season! - LAKEWOOD - With only a little snow on the ground in places, snowmobilers are ready for more.
In the Lakewood area, trails are not yet open, but clubs are gearing up for an early start to the season. At the Paul Bunyan Riders Snowmobile Club in Lakewood, they're testing the grooming equipment. Recent snow in the area has people talking.
|June 25, 2013 -||North American Finishing readies for operation in Suring - WEDC provides loan to assist in startup of pre-finished wood flooring manufacturer|
|June 20, 2013 -||Monday conversation: Nicolet Plastics molds streamlined business - RIVERVIEW — Each week, Press-Gazette Media talks with area businesses and business leaders for its Monday Conversation.
This week, Bob Macintosh, president and CEO of Nicolet Plastics in Oconto County, talks about the company’s adoption of Quick Response Manufacturing principles and how the business stays competitive in a global market.
|June 20, 2013 -||Breakfast on the Farm showcases area dairy farm - CARLTON — It’s a number you don’t see often when talking about dairy herd size: 55.
That’s the number of cows owned by Norman Acres, the host of the 2013 Kewaunee County Breakfast on the Farm on June 16. Large or small, the dairy industry — and farmers like Lloyd Hlinak and his wife, Claire — form the underpinnings of a multibillion-dollar business in Wisconsin.
|June 3, 2013 -||Zwick, Kobriger Win Cabela’s Masters
Walleye Circuit’s Green Bay Tournament - Oconto, Wisc.—June 1, 2013—Wisconsin’s Dan Zwick and Tony Kobriger finished strong to score a comeback victory the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s Green Bay qualifying tournament out of Oconto, Wisconsin, May 31-June 2.
|May 10, 2013 -||Oconto County barn is doubly old
Wood for 1942 structure came from logs long submerged in Oconto River - Don Demeny of Abrams said his in-laws, John and Cookie Konitzer, own an old barn, "the tallest one in Oconto County."
|May 2, 2013 -||Barn Quilts Cover Countryside - In 2000, when Donna Sue Groves, 64, set out to fulfill her promise to paint a quilt square on her mother’s tobacco barn in Adams County, Ohio, she decided to expand her folk art idea beyond their farm....|