Fire Monday At Laona Supper Club

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US Highway 8 was closed to traffic for nearly eight hours in Laona Monday because of a building fire.

The Forest County Sheriffs Department reports the road reopened at 2:00 a.m.

There was a large fire at the Silver Lake Inn and Supper Club. It was reported around 6pm.

One way to determine if the economy is improving is to check the number of permits being taken out for construction.

In Oneida county, 2015 numbers in some categories showed an increase, says Planning and Zoning Director Karl Jenrich. During the recession, construction permits dropped, as did revenue, but last year, the department saw an increase...

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A spokesperson for a group hoping to amend the U.S. Constitution says the vote in Lake Tomahawk November 8 showed strong bipartisan support to repeal a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on campaign financing.

Spokesperson for Wisconsin United to Amend is George Penn.

Lake Tomahawk residents voted 91 percent in favor of having an amendment saying only humans have rights and money is not the same as free speech. Penn says in a county which strongly went for Donald Trump, it showed this issue has bipartisan support..

The tax watchdog organization Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance is out with a pamphlet that explains to the public just how the state's K-12 schools are financed.

As WTA spokesperson Dale Knapp explains, K-12 funding is about $11 billion dollars, but few people can easily figure out how that funding happens....

"...we thought it would be helpful to put out an 'explainer' of how some schools in Wisconsin are financed. How all of those pieces fit together, and where school districts spend their money. Helping people understand how all these pieces fit together...."


She wasn't the first Venison Queen, but she's glad she was asked.

A Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce tradition...the 51st annual Venison Feed is always held the Friday before the opening of the gun deer season in Wisconsin. More than a thousand hungry hunters attend to eat venison burgers and enjoy the hunt.

Last year, Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett was crowned the first Venison Queen.

This year, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp gets the honor...

Town of Three Lakes

Three Lakes residents will have to vote again whether to finance upgrades of the Demmer library and the town offices. Tuesday was the town budget meeting where electors vote on the budget.

That portion of the meeting had been noticed properly and the budget was acted on. Also that night, motions were passed to allow the town to get the money to upgrade the Demmer library and the town offices.

As Town Chair Stella Westfall says, it was discovered there were procedural problems with the votes for the buildings, so another meeting needs to be called...

Changes Passed For Vilas County-Tribal Committee

Nov 17, 2016

In a split 17 to 3 decision, the Vilas County Board of Supervisors  expanded and changed the membership and purpose of the county-tribal concerns committee adding language the committee will be strictly advisory with no authority to determine policy with respect to county government and cannot enter into any agreements, contracts, or expend any county funds.

Membership will be equal between the county and Lac du Flambeau tribe with county representation reduced from five to three and tribal representation increased from two to three.

Stengl To Be Sworn In Thursday On Minocqua Town Board

Nov 16, 2016
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The Minocqua Town Board and town clerk Tuesday picked Minocqua businessman Bill Stengl to fill the supervisor post left vacant when Bryan Jennings died Sept. 8 from injuries suffered when he was struck by lightning.

Antigo Police report a shooting last week that injured a four year old boy.

Police report they were called last Thursday evening after a four year old boy received a gunshot wound to the head.

The child was airlifted to Marshfield where he remains in the intensive care unit. Police officials report they are treating the shooting as accidental.

No other information was released.

The City of Rhinelander and the School District of Rhinelander have an agreement to use existing softball and baseball fields after passage by the city council Monday.

The School District approached the city earlier this year about constructing a new ball field at Pioneer Park, now the site of the Hodag Farmer's Market and the Oneida County Fair. In discussing the issue, the city discovered they had no formal contact in place for the school district to use the ball fields.

Committee chair Sheri Belliveau....

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Local governments are putting together their budgets for next year and the city of Rhinelander came up with a pleasant surprise.

Like many municipalities, the city struggled to keep services during the Great Recession when property values were plummeting. Taxes rose because of the loss of revenue.

But this year City Council Finance committee chair Mark Pelletier says something interesting happened. He says the budget went up slightly, but it shouldn't be seen in the city's portion of the tax bills...

A Northwoods state Senate Democrat says there are some points of agreement with the Walker Administration concerning the economy, but differences remain.

Janet Bewley of Mason was at the the Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit last week in Minocqua. She reacted to a speech given by Governor Scott Walker where Walker outlined a need for rapid development of high speed internet in the Northwoods...

A key point of emphasis in Governor Scott Walker's speech last week in Minocqua centered on the need for getting everyone in the Northwoods access to high-speed internet.

The state has been providing grant assistance to business to put service in rural areas.

" goal in this budget cycle is to have the resources, doing it in conjunction with the federal resources. In the second(federal grant) round, Wisconsin was one of the top states in terms of what was awarded. Take the federal resources, state resources and blanket the state...."

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Governor Scott Walker unveiled a new $10 million dollar program designed to help get more workers to businesses, here in the north and other rural areas.

Walker spoke at the Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit in Minocqua Thursday.

The plan is called the Rural Economic Development Initiative, designed to help businesses create more jobs in rural areas for low and moderate income persons. The second component supplies housing for people to work in an area. Walker says this will help alleviate a growing worker shortage. The third component ties to worker training.

Scocos Reminds Public Of Veterans Sacrifices

Nov 10, 2016
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Veterans Day began as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance of the day, and November  11 became a national holiday in 1938.

Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans–living or dead–but observes special notice to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

Wisconsin Secretary of Veterans Affairs John Scocos says all Americans owe veterans a big thanks...