Most LUHS Students Do Well In ACT Testing

Feb 2, 2016

About half of Lakeland Union High School’s Class of 2016 tested proficient or advanced in English language arts based on their ACT college admissions exam scores, the school board learned recently. But results of the test taken also show many are struggling with mathematics compared to other students statewide.

For the first time ever, all public school juniors across Wisconsin took the ACT test last March, said Director of Curriculum Rob Way.

It appears that southwest Wisconsin, the state's mid-section, and Lake Superior will get the brunt of the Groundhog Day snowstorm that's moving in.

The National Weather Service says the snow and strong winds will begin at mid-to-late morning in the western half of the state -- and some places could get freezing rain late Tuesday(2/2/16) before it snows again Wednesday.

It's time to file taxes, and a state Department of Revenue spokesperson says filers need to be wary of someone trying to steal their money electronically.

Spokesperson Stephanie Marquis says about 85 percent of all state tax filings are online. She says the Department of Revenue's system has never been compromised...

Legislature Favoring Private Municipal Water Owners

Feb 1, 2016

A state Senate panel has endorsed a bill that could make it easier for private investors to own public water utilities in Wisconsin.

The G-O-P measure was endorsed on a three-to-two party line vote, and it now goes to the full Senate after the Assembly earlier approved a similar bill. Right now, private out-of-state firms can buy public water supplies, but affected voters must approve the deals in referendums.

The bill from Assembly Republican Tyler August of Lake Geneva would make referendums optional.

While parts of Wisconsin are seeing very low unemployment numbers, 5 of the 15 highest numbers of unemployment come from Northwoods.

Preliminary December 2015 rates decreased or remained the same in 68 of Wisconsin's 72 counties compared to rates in December 2014. The latest rates ranged from 2.9 percent in Dane to 8.7 percent in Iron. lsewhere in the Northwoods, Vilas had the state's fifth highest rate at 7.8 percent, Forest at 7.2, Oneida 6.2, Langlade 5.9, Lincoln 4.9 and Price at 4.7 percent.

Final Pre-Referendum Meeting Held At Northland Pines

Jan 27, 2016

The final public information meeting on a proposed $3.9 million Northland Pines school district referendum for the next three years set for a vote Feb. 16 was held at the high school in Eagle River with four members of the public present.

Two resolutions to expand the Vilas county courthouse narrowly passed the county board this week.

An original resolution for $16 million dollars was amended after the board decided not to add the additional space for another courtroom at this time.

The board adopted a resolution first funding two phases of the expansion, known as 1 and 1B, at a price of more than $10 million. That would add just under 36,000 square feet for that cost. The board needed a two-thirds majority to pass that resolution which it did 15-4.

Nicolet Area Technical College

Students have another option to raise money for classes at Nicolet College as the college Foundation is accepting online scholarships now through February 26.

Foundation Executive Director Heather Schallock says they expect to award more than 250 scholarships....

"....for most of our scholarships we require a 2.5 cumulative GPA. There are a few scholarships that require a higher GPA, but for the most part, that is accurate. We also have part-time scholarships for students enrolled in part-time credits...."

Legislation has been proposed in Madison that would make some broad changes in how the state and counties administer local veterans services.

Among the provisions, it would allow counties the option to keep the current arrangement for a County Veteran Service Officer, or not have a local officer and go into a consortium with other counties. Currently the CVSO's are mandated by the Wisconsin statutes in each county. It would allow non-veterans to be that CVSO and eliminate several duties now done locally and put them under the direction of the state.

Energy Saving Projects Approved By LUHS

Jan 26, 2016

The Lakeland Union High School Board has selected a Milwaukee company to act as a general contractor to oversee nearly 40 projects that could save the district $65,000 in energy savings each year for the next two decades.

The district spends over $330,000 annually for electricity and natural gas bills, as well as for related maintenance.

Business Services Director Greg Kopp explains why the timing is right to do the projects:

A second of three public information meetings on the proposed $3.9 million Northland Pines school district referendum for the next three years scheduled for a vote Feb. 16 was held last night at the Land O' Lakes elementary school before a small group of school employees and three members of the public.

Next month high school seniors and others have a chance to get instant help filling out the forms needed to apply for college financial aid.

Each winter, College Goal Wisconsin is held at a number of places around the state.

Nicolet College is hosting a session on February 27 at the Learning Resources Center. A few days earlier, February 24, a session is scheduled at the Education Center in Lac du Flambeau.

Nicolet College Director of Financial Aid, Jill Price, says by going to these sessions, many questions about financing your schooling can get answered...

The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is inviting citizens to a forum involving the 22 candidates for the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors. League spokesperson Jane Trotter says the event is designed for the public to meet and ask questions of the candidates...

"....its non-partisan as county board seats are non-partisan. There are 22 seats open. It's an opportunity for them to meet their constituents..."

Trotter says the audience will submit questions and there also will be questions on specific issues...

Rhinelander Police Department

The chance for Rhinelander citizens to see first hand what city police officers do is again open to the public.

The Rhinelander Citizens Police Academy is accepting applicants for the next class. Police Chief Michael Steffes says this is the ninth annual academy. The academy begins February 25 and runs through April 21. Steffes says participants get an inside view of law enforcement's daily activities...

A regional anti-drug unit...the Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group... has picked up federal money through the state of Wisconsin to fight heroin and opioid abuse here.TheDrug Enforcement Group is from seven different counties and 26 agencies.

Oneida County Chief Deputy Dan Hess says the two year grant for $52,000 will help continue the fight against a growing heroin and opioid problem...

"....we've been seeing a lot of heroin cases in our area. We hope this will be effective in curbing this type of behavior...."