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As the chatter continues about President Trump's proposed budget, one of the programs targeted initially for potential cutbacks is what's commonly called Meals on Wheels, or meals delivered to senior citizens.

Oneida County Director on Aging Dianne Jacobson notes Meals on Wheels is the copyrighted name of an organization that does home delivered meals, but in Wisconsin, every county is designated to have a home delivered meal program.

Jacobson says the proposed cuts could impact a portion of their budget, but it's too soon to know....

Minocqua Considers Uniform Signage Program

Mar 22, 2017
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The Minocqua Town Board is considering a proposal to post new address signs at nearly every listed property in Minocqua Township, which should help first responders more easily find those needing emergency help. If final board approval is given, the town project could cost in the neighborhood of $150,000 based on a contractor’s estimate received last year.

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The Lakeland Noon Rotary Club is hosting an event to help rebuild the Lakeland Senior Center in Woodruff.

Rotary spokesperson Sue Morris says their group is hosting an event called "Tropical Nights". The tropical-themed event is set for 6:00 p.m. April 22 at the Waters of Minocqua. Guests can dress in tropical attire, and they have a number raffle items, including gift baskets. Morris says one larger raffle item is going to be available for a larger ticket.

She says the event will not only benefit the Lakeland Senior Center but a student as well...

Northwoods Land Trust

The Oneida County Board Tuesday approved the formation of the Squash Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District. A lake district is different than a lake association as local residents agree to tax themselves as a form of local government to fund improvements to the lake. Squash Lake is west of Rhinelander.

Supervisor Bob Mott said the backers found enough support...

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Add Oneida County to the growing list of local governments opposed to a tax loophole which could cost residential property taxpayers more money. Called the "Dark Store" loophole, it allows big box stores to say their property tax values are half of what the local governments say they are, as they allow comparable valuation on buildings that are no longer stores, hence the name Dark Store.

The city of Rhinelander has had challenges under this loophole, the latest being with Menards.

Forest County Sheriff's Department

A Crandon woman has been sentenced to federal prison for her role in an alleged drug trafficking ring.

40 year old Diana F. Alvarado was sentenced to more than 2 years in prison and 5 years of extended supervision after release.

Several law enforcement agencies investigated methamphetamine and prescription drug ring in Forest county and arrests were made last August.

While Alvarado was sentenced on federal charges, she also faces similar charges in state court and will appear next month in Forest County Court

Wisconsin DNR

City of Rhinelander residents should know they have one of the top laboratories for helping keeping their water safe from contamination.

The DNR has recognized the Rhinelander Wastewater Treatment Plant and Town of Sullivan Sanitary District as the 2017 Registered Laboratories of the Year. Laboratories for municipal wastewater treatment plants monitor the quality of treated water discharged into the environment assuring that it meets all applicable standards for protecting public health and natural resources.

The DNR recognized Jody Flannery of the Rhinelander facility.

Sokaogon Chippewa Community Mole Lake Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

March 10th, Native Americans from area tribes were in Washington, D.C. to protest policy toward the Standing Rock tribe by the federal government. Today we hear from three Members of the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Community... Arlyn Ackley, Jr., Tribal Vice-Chairman, Vickie Ackley, Tribal Treasurer, and Carson Ackley, tribal councilman. They spoke with WXPR's Ken Krall. We hear first from Arlyn Ackley...

With many retired people heading to warmer climates this month, an official says they're getting complaints about what's called the "Grandparents Scam".

State Division Administrator of Trade and Consumer Protection, Frank Frassetto, outlines how the scam works...

AARP Wisconsin: "Age Tax" For Health Insurance Unfair

Mar 21, 2017

MADISON, Wis. - Under the new Republican healthcare plan, insurance companies would be allowed to charge older workers much more than younger workers, a move that AARP Wisconsin calls an "age tax."

This provision in the GOP proposal comes from legislation, House Resolution 708, that AARP charges would line the pockets of insurance companies.


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Vilas Committee Clears Way For Multi-Use Highway Trails

The Vilas County forestry committee gave the green light Wednesday to apply for ATV funds for 10 miles of multi-use off highway trails that would improve connections to the developing RV Park by Torch Lake south of Conover while at the same time linking communities. "We are shovel ready for ATV's from Eagle River north to Conover and can apply now for ATV maintenance funds," according to county recreation administrator Dale Mayo who said most of the trail would be on existing snowmobile...

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