Vilas Ambulance Service Losing $250,000 a year

Sep 9, 2016

Ambulance service to residents of Eagle River and the towns of Lincoln, Washington, and Cloverland was discussed with Ministry Health Care and municipal representatives with the current contract being extended for another year.

Pete Rondello

An issue with a boiler at Rhinelander City Hall caused the evacuation of the building after carbon monoxide was detected.

Rhinelander Fire Department personnel report going to city hall Friday morning.

A spokesperson says one person was transported to St. Mary's Hospital by ambulance.

A large fan was being used to vent the carbon monoxide from the basement. Most employees returned to work by 11 a.m.


The City of Rhinelander began the process of gathering public input on the future of Rhinelander's parks Thursday. Community members sat at tables providing input that facilitator Myles Alexander of Oneida County UW-Extension organized to help the city Parks, Buildings and Grounds committee begin the process of updating it's Master Plan...

"....four particular questions that we're going to be asking about...funding, your priorities, how you think the process should happen for deciding priorities, and what you think needs to happen...."

A verified complaint has been filed at the Oneida County District Attorney's office against two members of the Rhinelander City Council alleging they violated a gag order put in place by the council and against Wisconsin statutes.

An emergency meeting was called by the council Tuesday where a resolution was passed ordering everyone in city government to not talk publically about the firing last month of City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner. Aschenbrenner had indicated in media reports she was considering a lawsuit against the city.

Town Board Approves Minocqua Fire Station

Sep 7, 2016

The Minocqua Town Board on a 3-1 vote Tuesday, Sept. 6th approved a new fire station costing no more than $3.4 million to replace the aging station located downtown on the Island of Minocqua. But it’s not a done deal yet. The electorate will vote on the proposal at a special town meeting in mid-October. Their vote will be binding.

Last year, they approved spending $375,000 to buy land south of the Island for the new station.

School District of Rhinelander

A recent effort to get school supplies to kids in need has proven to be such a success promoters would like to double it next year.

The Northwoods United Way 'Stuff the Bus' was held at the Rhinelander WalMart.

United Way Executive Director Nancy Sattler says the idea was for shoppers to buy an extra school item and donate it...

"....we parked the bus outside and had a banner on it We were encouraging people through the banner and other advertising....when they buy school supplies, they buy two and give one to the bus...."

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A shooting early Wednesday has led to charges against an Oneida county man.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports the arrest of Timothy Evenson from the Town of Nokomis.

Officials report shortly before 1 a.m. they were called that Evenson had a hand wound from a gunshot.

Another person at the residence also sustained injuries. Both were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening wounds. Evenson was arrested for intoxicated use of a firearm, 2nd degree reckless endangering safety, and endangering safety by reckless use of a firearm.

Two Rhinelander City Council members who voted against the termination of former City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner have come out saying Aschenbrenner was not given a fair chance and appear to be defying a council gag order passed Tuesday.  The city council passed a resolution putting a gag order on all city employees about the matter. A joint statement signed by council members Steve Sauer and Tom Gleason was distributed to the media after an city council meeting Tuesday.

After primary election voting yesterday in Lac du Flambeau, the current tribal President will not be on the ballot for the tribe's upcoming general election.

Joseph Wildcat, Sr. was the top vote getter for the President's post, followed by Greg "Biskakone" Johnson. Those two candidates defeated four other candidates, including current President Henry "Butch" St. Germaine and former chair Tom Maulson.

For Vice-President, John "Goober" Johnson, Sr. and Charles "Gus" Theobald won the primary.

An Eagle River man involved in an armed standoff last month in the Vilas County town of Washington will enter pleas to 1st degree recklessly endangering safety and going armed while intoxicated on September 26 after a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

The Wisconsin State Patrol has released the names of the person killed and another injured in a car crash near Hurley Monday morning.

Killed in the one-vehicle crash was 67 year old Patricia Anne O'Riley of Bolingbrook, Illinois. A passenger in the 2003 Nissan was 32 year old Nathan P. O'Riley also from Bolingbrook. Nathan O'Riley was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Emergency loans are available for farmers in Florence, Forest, Vilas and Iron counties from the July flooding in northern Wisconsin.

Tom Brandt is the Farm Service Agency's Farm Loan Chief. He says the lower interest loans are designed to help farmers recoup losses caused by Mother Nature...

" goes to the actual operators of the farm. You have to be farming to qualify for one of these loans. It's to help them get back on their feet from losses they might have suffered from one of these disasters...."

One person has died in a single vehicle crash Monday morning near Hurley.

The Wisconsin State Patrol reports a 2003 Nissan with two occupants was northbound on U.S. 51 at Russell Brothers Road in Iron county.

The driver was a 67 year old woman from Bolingbrook, Illinois and died in the crash. The vehicle hit gravel on the shoulder of the road and rolled over.

A 32 year old male passenger, also from Bolingbrook, Illinois was injured, but had non-life threatening injuries. Both people were using seat belts.

Vilas county has the highest amount of Social Security spending in Wisconsin given it's population, according to the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, based in Washington D.C.

The advocacy group has a report detailing how much money is spent by people on Social Security in a given area. Max Richtman is President of the organization. He says it's been long established the economic impact Social Security makes in communities. But he says their new report shows it has an even larger impact as recipients spend the money they get for daily living expenses...

The November election date is two months away, and a state Division of Motor Vehicles Administrator says if you need an ID to vote, it's better to get one now rather than wait.

Kristina Boardman says most voters have all the ID they need with a driver's license or Wisconsin ID. But if you still need one, she says you can get one for free at the DMV offices near you....