Going With the Flow: Waterfalls of the Northwoods

By Allison Burns, Correspondent The Northwoods is known for its natural beauty, including eagles soaring in the sky, towering pine trees, beautiful pristine lakes and bountiful wildlife. Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (the UP) offers numerous hidden treasures, including waterfalls. My colleagues and I have compiled a list that features only some…

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Senator Gaylord Nelson a Driving Force in Establishing Earth Day

Saturday, April 22, 2023, is Earth Day. Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson was a driving force is establishing Earth Day.  “Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human being and all living creatures.” ~…

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Joe Hovel – A Northwoods Conservationist

By Kim Swisher, Publisher Long-time residents of the Northwoods may recognize the name Joe Hovel. He has inspired many including me. My team at Kim Swisher Communications, LLC., and I began working with Joe in 2020 when he created the Northwoods Forest Conservation Handbook series. Karla Rosenberg, our graphic artist, did the layout, and the…

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Very High Fire Danger Across Most of Wisconsin

By Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking the public to avoid burning due to very high fire danger across most of Wisconsin. Warm, dry and breezy conditions are expected again today, which makes burning of any kind extremely risky. Areas with VERY HIGH fire…

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January is National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month If you’re not familiar with radon, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) states that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and describes it as, “a naturally occurring gas that is radioactive and can cause lung cancer.” What is Radon? “Radon is…

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Meet Shawn Blaschka, Wausau Ghost Hunter

Shawn Blaschka (pictured third from right, along with his team at Fond du lac’s Retlaw Hotel) has been with the Wausau Paranormal Research Society for over two decades.   By Northwoods News Staff Shawn Blaschka, founder and director of the Wausau Paranormal Research Society (WPRS), doesn’t rent out headspace to nonbelievers. “I don’t let that…

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Spreading Their Wings: Monarch Butterflies in the Northwoods

By K. Woodzick, Editor Kerry Bloedorn, Director at the Pioneer Park Historical Complex, has been rearing Monarch butterflies in the Northwoods for several years. The Monarch enclosure is located just inside the main entrance of the Pioneer Park Historical Complex. At its busiest, the enclosure is home to 40 Monarch caterpillars. A bottle of milkweed…

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2021 Wisconsin Water Week: Navigating in Turbulent Times

Information provided by the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership For over thirty years, the Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention has been an annual gathering of lake and river lovers of all stripes: Lake and River Stewards, Lake Leaders, Lake and River Professionals, and members of the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership. Meeting together to share research, management options, and…

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Johnson Controls to Pay Peshtigo Residents $17.5M to Settle PFAS Lawsuit

By Chris Hubbuch, Wisconsin State Journal Johnson Controls has agreed to pay $17.5 million to Peshtigo area residents whose water was contaminated by “forever chemicals” from a manufacturing plant in Marinette. The agreement announced Thursday is part of a settlement in a 2018 class action lawsuit against the company’s Tyco Fire Products subsidiary and is…

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