A spokesperson for a group working to preserve Social Security and Medicare says a recent Trustees report is good news for recipients. He says it also dispels some of the common myths in the media about the program.

Max Richtman is CEO of the National Committee To Preserve Social Security and Medicare says the Trustees Reports for Social Security and Medicare provided some insights. Social Security is fully funded until 2034, after that, the program will pay 79 percent of benefits. But Richtman says bill are in Congress...

Skanawan Residents Oppose Gravel Pit

Jul 24, 2015
Lisa Satayut

Skanawan residents showed power in numbers when about 60 residents, or 20 percent of the population, attended a meeting to contest a proposed gravel pit.

Marathon County employee and Skanawan business owner Paul Daigle owns land ripe for the digging off County Highway S, and  County Materials Corporation wants the mineral rights to parts of it. The mine would sit on a 45-acre parcel with 33 of those acres designated for the non-metallic mining operation.

Marshfield Clinic-Minocqua Plans On Hold

Jul 23, 2015
Dean Acheson

The Oneida County Planning and Development Committee has put a temporary hold on Marshfield Clinic’s plans to build a 12-bed skilled nursing facility adjacent to their ambulatory surgical suites in Minocqua.

The committee took citizen comment and quizzed medical leaders during a public hearing  this week. The committee voted to take up to six months to review information and arguments for and against the conditional use permit required for the 17,000-square-foot facility. The review period is backdated to June 2 – the date of the permit application filing.

Northwoods counties continue to follow the statewide trend as unemployment is down measurably from one year ago.

The state's numbers find Oneida county's unemployment rate at 5.5 percent, Vilas at 6.3, Forest at 7.6, Langlade at 6.5, Lincoln 5.1, Price at 4.7 percent. Iron county had the state's second highest rate at 9.2 percent. Forest county's rate was fourth highest.

Oneida county has renewed its membership a regional consortium designed to improve housing in the Northwoods.

Tuesday the board approved a resolution joining again with Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Vilas and three other counties in the CDBG Consortium.

Minocqua Town Board Unsure About K-9 Unit

Jul 22, 2015

It’s been years since the Minocqua Police Department had a K9 team. That could change if the town board agrees to a request by its officers for a police dog.

Police Chief David Jaeger and his officers made the pitch Tuesday. Although officers said there would be no cost to the taxpayers, supervisors aren’t totally on board. They fear that future costs could come back to taxpayers.

Wisconsin DNR

David MacFarland   received the Wisconsin DNR  Wildlife Management's 2014 Wildlife Conservation Excellence Award at their annual statewide meeting.

MacFarland was recognized for his dedication to wolf management in Wisconsin. Officials say  MacFarland's  grasp of the complexities of wolf biology, state and federal law, history, and sociology have contributed to the award.

From Rhinelander, MacFarland coordinates the department's efforts to update the Wolf Management Plan which will be used to help guide wolf conservation through the next decade.

A state economist says a year-long look at the Northwoods economy showed some counties grew jobs, other counties lost jobs.

Beau Gellings in Wausau says Oneida, Lincoln and Price counties saw job gains, while Iron, Langlade and Vilas counties saw job losses. He measured several sectors hires and losses...

"....if you look at fourth-quarter 2014 compared to fourth quarter 2013, this is the net change..."

Gellings looked at the top three business sectors in each county and the bottom three in terms of hiring.

A Northwoods Democrat says she wonders about paying for an arena in Milwaukee with tax money while schools and roads in the north are underfunded.

State Senator Janet Bewley, whose district includes parts of Vilas, Iron and Price counties, says the state Senate's approval last week of nearly $400 million dollars to build a new Milwaukee Bucks arena shows questionable  priorities....

A number of crashes reported over the weekend in the Northwoods, with one person reported killed.

A three vehicle crash Friday night in northern Langlade county proved fatal for an Elcho man.

25 year old Joseph Ziemendorf was killed on Highway "K" near Pratt road when his vehicle collided with an SUV driven by a LaGrange, Illinois man. That collision pushed Ziemendorf's vehicle into the path of a vehicle driven by another LaGrange, Ilinois driver.