Rare recall
1:27 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Crandon Mayoral Recall Today

Voters in Crandon go to the polls today to determine who will be mayor after a successful recall effort was initiated.

Incumbent mayor Rob Jaeger is being challenged by Dennis Rosa.

A petition drive gathered more than 200 signatures to ask for the recall. The petition cited political differences with Jaeger. After some confusion as to the process, the election was set for today.

Crandon City Clerk Cindy Bradley has details on today's vote...

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Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
5:51 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Grant Helps Tribal Business Start Ups and Education

Leading into the Bad River reservation on U.S. 2

The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council has picked up a federal grant to help promote financial literacy and to help tribal  entrepreneurs get businesses started.

Jeff Muse is a Deputy Director at the Council. The USDA competitive grant is for just under $100,000....

"....the money is used to work with individual tribes and also tribal members for education purposed in financial literacy and to be support for tribal members who may want to start up their own business...."

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County board to decide
5:44 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Vilas Judge Wants County To Lobby For Another Vilas Judge


A Vilas County Circuit Court judge laid out the case last week that the county board should lobby for a second judgeship there.

At the county board meeting, Judge Neal Nielsen said though a core of the balanced government between legislative, administrative and judicial, the entire court system in Wisconsin takes up a small percentage of the state tax dollar…

“that figure is astonishingly low. Most people wouldn’t recognize it. As I said, that’s 85 cents of every 100 dollars of state tax revenue goes to the courts…”

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Counties work to keep service
6:22 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

State Limited In Helping Keep Rail In Rural Areas: Secretary


The state's top Transportation official says there isn't much the state can do when private firms decide to abandon rail line.

Secretary Mark Gottlieb was asked by members of the Northwooods Rail Transit Commission meeting in Rhinelander Friday to outline what can be done to halt, for example, the abandonment of the Canadian National railway line between Crandon and Argonne. He says since the railroads were deregulated, it becomes a private business choice...

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Iron County rate second in state
6:14 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Unemployment Down In Most Of Northwoods


Iron county has the state's second highest unemployment rate, but other Northwoods counties saw a marked drop in unemployment caused by summer hiring.

The state unemployment numbers released late last week find  Iron county's rate at 11.2 percent, the same as one month ago, and also the same rate as a year ago. Forest county was fourth highest, down 1.3 percent from a year ago, now at 8.3 percent, Langlade county is at 8 percent, Lincoln and  Vilas counties are at 7.2 percent, Oneida is at 6.9 percent, and Price county has the lowest area rate at 5.7 percent.

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Says seniors are often targets
4:31 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

A.G. Candidate Wants A Senior Advocate

Attorney General candidate Jon Richards(D)
Credit Larry Lee

One of three Democrats running to be the next state Attorney General would like Wisconsin's growing older population to have an advocate.

Former legislator Jon Richards says the Senior Advocate position in the Department of Justice is needed...

"....“I’m calling for the creation of a senior citizen advocate in the Department of Justice. A senior citizen advocate will be able to work with local law enforcement to make sure that we catch and punish people who are preying on our seniors.”

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Three Vehicle Accident
5:06 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Update:(7/25)Fatal Traffic Crash Kills One, Injures 14 in Arbor Vitae

A three-vehicle crash on Highway 51 in Arbor Vitae has left one person dead and fourteen injured. 

The Vilas County Sheriff’s Office got the 911 call just after 10 am Thursday. 

A 67-year-old Minocqua woman driving north was struck by another vehicle in the same lane, driven by a 49-year-old woman from Woodruff.

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Record crop in 2013
4:38 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Large Cranberry Production Puts Pressure On Prices

A record crop

Wisconsin cranberry producers set another record in 2013 but an industry spokesperson says that many cranberries in the market puts financial pressure on growers.

Wisconsin growers produced more than 6 million barrels of cranberries last year to once again lead the nation. Tom Lochner from the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association says the record production last year reflects producers investments...

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Sec. Stepp to attend ribbon cutting
3:46 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Ceremony Saturday To Open Vilas Co. Bike Trail

Northwoods bike trail
Credit Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce

Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp will take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday for a new stretch of Northwoods bike trail.

The Manitowish Waters Bike Trail ceremony takes place Saturday at 1 p.m. at the wayside at the intersection of Vilas county roads "H" and "K".

The ribbon cutting concludes the completion of an 8-mile stretch of the approximately 45-mile-long trail connecting Manitowish Waters and Boulder Junction.

Northern Highland American Legion State Forest Superintendent Steve Petersen says the new trail segment has some unique features....

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Pending county boards approval
3:24 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

More Northwoods Public Transporation Options Possible


The county boards in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties will soon vote whether to form a Transit Commission in the Northwoods. It could mean more transportation options for all citizens.

Oneida County Department on Aging Director Dianne Jacobson says the three county departments  have had transportation for elderly and disabled citizens for many years. But a Transit Commission could be grant funded and provide rides for anyone.

Jacobson says after years of discussion, action could happen next month...

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