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As elections head toward a decision next month, the airwaves and mailboxes are filling wih advertising from sometimes mysterious groups running 'issue ads' which are thinly masked advocacy for a particular candidate. This is often called 'dark money'.

A U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2010 allowed these groups to exist with limits.  A recent Wisconsin court decision removed another legal barrier in the process.

Eagle River Man's Death Justified, DOJ Finding

Oct 15, 2016

No criminal charges will be filed against four law enforcement officers involved in the killing of an Eagle River man in late July.

The state Justice Department said it found that the officers acted properly and did not break any laws when 26 shots were fired -- and one bullet hit 50-year-old Scot Minard, who died in a police standoff near Merrill when he ignored orders to drop his shotgun.

A federal grand jury has indicted three persons for drug trafficking on the Mole Lake Reservation in Forest County. U.S. Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad says 43 year old Anthony Quintana, 39 year old Karen Quintana of Weston, and 39 year old Diana Alvarado from the Town of Nashville in Forest County were named in the indictment. According to the indictment, the three defendants conspired to distribute more than 150 grams of methamphetamine and oxycodone in the Mole Lake area.

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The President of the University of Wisconsin System stopped in Rhinelander Friday to reach out amidst a changing education climate in Wisconsin.

President Ray Cross says he is touring state K-12 schools. Cross says the reality is the UW-System no longer can operate as an individual entity and must collaborate more with local schools and business in the future....

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Much attention has been made about the growing opioid and heroin addiction problem in the U.S.

Oneida county law enforcement agencies are joining in the semi-annual Prescription Drug Takeback Day being held October 22.

Captain Terri Hook from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department says that office and three others in Oneida county will be involved. Federal law enforcement sponsors the take back, funding local law enforcement efforts to bring in unused medications...


A nationally-recognized historian and supporter of Hillary Clinton stopped in Rhinelander Thursday to stump for the Democratic presidential candidate.

Dr. Allida Black has written four books about Eleanor Roosevelt and is considered an expert on the nation's 32nd First Lady and is a friend of Clinton's, the 42nd First Lady. Black says she first met Clinton in 1992, and says the public and private person are very different, saying she is the 'most unknown known person in the United States'...

The name of a person killed Monday in a Price county traffic crash has been released.

The driver of a sport utility vehicle died at the scene when struck head on by a vehicle. The other vehicle was fleeing a Price County Sheriff's deputy.

Julie Petty of Catawba was the driver of the SUV. A deputy had stopped a pickup truck for speeding. When the deputy was pulling behind the pickup truck, the driver fled at a high rate of speed. The pickup truck unexpectedly swerved into Petty's path.

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Governor Scott Walker met with Oneida County, Rhinelander, and school officials Tuesday for his 64th listening session to Wisconsin counties. Meeting with reporters after the session, Walker had little to say about his former Republican Presidential opponent Donald Trump and Trump's loss of Republican endorsements following the release of audio about women...

Walker says his goal in the next two-year budget is to expand broadband beyond what the federal government is providing to three local service providers....

The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is encouraging candidates to fill out their profiles on the Vote website and hopes the public takes a moment to check it out.

An attorney with seven years experience as a Corporation Counsel in Adams County, Jack Albert of Wisconsin Rapids, will be offered the position of Vilas County Corporation Counsel.

That position is is expected to become vacant when current Corporation Counsel Martha Milanowski is likely elected District Attorney next month. After the primary election, Milanowski is unopposed.

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Three Davenport Street business owners complained Monday night about the slow reopening of that street as part of the downtown Streetscape project.

Aaron Schultz, Jeanne Pederson and John Stoehr all complained that the extended work on the street caused extreme financial difficulties.

Schultz, owner of Big Daddy's hoped the city would provide better communication to local businesses when delays happen...

Two persons died in a Price county high-speed chase and crash Monday.

The Wisconsin State Patrol reports a Price County Sheriff's deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding on Highway 13 about 11:00 a.m. The driver pulled over to the side of the road. As the deputy pulled up, the driver sped off at a high rate of speed and a chase began. The vehicle abruptly pulled into the southbound lane, striking another vehicle head-on. Both drivers were alone in the vehicles and were killed in the crash.

The crash happened on Highway 13 at Dama Road near Phillips.

The increasing number of identity thefts and scams prompts the Wisconsin Homeland Security Council to provide all computer users with a series of tips to lower the risk of cyber crime.

Tod Pritchard from the state Department of Military Affairs says one common way crooks get to your digital info is through an innocent looking link...

"....they're trying to get you to click on that link, and unfortunately, sometimes that link is basically an entre to get into your computer to send you malware and start doing nasty things...."

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Three men were arrested by Forest County authorities last week allegedly harvesting a marijuana grow near Armstrong Creek.

A 51 year old Waukesha man, a 32 year old Milwaukee man and a 35 year old man from Big Bend were arrested allegedly harvesting the plants. Inside a nearby residence deputies found marijuana, cocaine and drug devices.

All three are being held at the Forest County Jail on charges of Manufacturing THC, Possession with Intent to Deliver and Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of Cocaine.

A second ethics complaint brought against Rhinelander city council member Steve Sauer has been dropped, but another complaint against him and another member will be heard next month on another matter.