Northwood Golf Club

Rhinelander's Golf Course Advisory Committee heard a first draft of a consultant's analysis of the financially-troubled Northwood Golf Club.

A recent audit showed the municipal course owed Rhinelander more than $1 million.

Minocqua Will Buy Liquor License From Fifield

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MINOCQUA -- The Minocqua Town Board voted 3-2 Tuesday to buy a reserve Class B liquor license offered by the Town of Fifield for $10,000.

Town Clerk Robyn Haggart says a new state law allows a municipality to sell up to three such licenses to another municipality located within two miles of it. Due to resorts closing in Fifield over the years and for other reasons, that town has 16 unused Class B licenses, she said.

Two votes in Three Lakes Tuesday are approved.

Three Lakes school district voters passed a referendum to exceed revenue limits by slightly more than $3 million per year for five years. The vote total was 750 in favor of the referendum, 294 opposed.

Also yesterday in Three Lakes, town electors approved building a new town hall.

At a special town meeting on Tuesday, electors authorized the town board to borrow $1.6 million to tear down the existing structure and build a new town office and police department on the existing footprint.

A missing Arbor Vitae woman has been found and is safe.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports 78 year old MaryLee Hovland was found safe in Mackinac County, located in Upper Michigan, about 5 hours away from where she lived. She was located at about 6:30 Tuesday evening.

Earlier Tuesday, a statewide 'Silver Alert' had been issued. Vilas County officials said she left her home in Arbor Vitae without shoes and without her purse or medications.


The members of the Oneida County Tourism Council have picked up a state Joint Effort Marketing grant to find out more information about why tourists come and stay here.

On hand at the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce was Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett to present a check for more than $39,000....


Governor Scott Walker made it official Monday with a stop in Rhinelander. This will be Walker's third run for the state's top post, along with a recall election he won and an aborted run for the U.S. presidency.

Walker stopped at Cross Trac Equipment as part of a statewide jaunt to announce the reelection bid..

Walker is also touting tax reform...

He says this will be a tough reelection bid with at least 8 Democrats either having announced or making rumblings they will. Walker says the Democrats are going to spend money....

Tuesday will be a day of decisions in Three Lakes.

Voters in the Three Lakes School District will decide on a referendum to exceed revenue limits by slightly more than $3 million per year for five years for non-recurring purposes.

Last week we broadcast an interview with Superintendent George Karling about the referendum which can be found here.

Nicolet College

Meetings where students can find out out more about college is set for next week in Rhinelander.

Nicolet College will hold a College Visit Night and Transfer Fair Tuesday, November 14 for anyone interested in learning more about attending Nicolet as well as transferring Nicolet credits to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Representatives from 15 different four-year campuses will be on hand to discuss transfer options and the pathways to earning a bachelor’s degree.

Assembly Votes To End Wisconsin Mining Moratorium

Nov 3, 2017

(Madison, WI) -- Wisconsin's moratorium on new sulfide mines is one step closer to being repealed. The state Assembly voted 55-38 on Thursday to let mining companies dig for copper, gold, silver, and zinc without having to prove that they've done it elsewhere without causing long term damage to the environment.

The bill's supporters say mining is safer and cleaner now than it was in 1998 when the mining moratorium was adopted -- but opponents say ending the moratorium would cause more water pollution.

AG Schimel, Google Talk Internet Safety In Wausau

Nov 3, 2017
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WAUSAU-Internet safety was the topic of discussion at John Muir Middle School in Wausau on Thursday afternoon. Attorney General Brad Schimel joined representatives from Google to teach the students about how to be safe when they use online services.

Groundbreaking In Wittenberg For Ho-Chunk Gaming Facility

Nov 3, 2017

WITTENBERG, WI (WSAU) -- Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new expansions.

LeAnthony Pecore, Senior Manager of Public Relations, explains what exactly is new at the casino. "We doubled our floor size. In a new area, we added a high stakes and non-smoking," said Pecore. "There will be 10 electronic table games. That includes roulette, blackjack, and Texas Hold 'Em."

Report: Wisconsin Is Failing Its Children Of Color

Nov 3, 2017

Wisconsin News Connection is here.

MADISON, Wis. - A just-released report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows the gap between the well-being of Wisconsin's white and African American children is the largest in the nation. It says Wisconsin's Hispanic, American Indian, and Hmong children also face significant challenges.

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A recent grant award is going to help protect Eagle River police officers.

Police Chief Mark Vander Bloomen says thanks to a $1,900 grant from Wisconsin Public Service Foundation they will be getting the next grade up in body armor for officers....

"....all of our officers wear soft body armor on a daily basis. We did not have the equipment for higher-threat level ballistic armor, such as rifles. That stuff is expensive so we started looking for grant opportunities...."

The grant enabled the purchase of higher-level protection says Vander Bloomen....

A settlement has been reported in a lawsuit filed against Oneida county for a hostile work environment.

The Northwoods River News is reporting Tracey Congleton came to a settlement with the county last week.

The suit was filed in 2016 by Congleton and Rita Johnson named several county personnel including Sheriff Grady Hartman and Human Resources Director Lisa Charbarneau in the suit.

In October, a federal judge dismissed all but one of the claims.

McCabe campaign

Gubernatorial candidate Mike McCabe says he thinks the state's Democratic Party pulled a "Bernie Sanders" on him. A party spokesperson denies this is what happened.

Mike McCabe is running in the Democratic primary, though he says he has never formally joined any political party.

He says he established a campaign to run on the Democratic ticket....