Government

City leaves, towns to step up?
8:48 am
Wed July 9, 2014

More Meetings Possible On Eagle River-Library Split

Olson Library Eagle River
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Last week, the City of Eagle River closed the door on the Olson Memorial Library, imposing an August 15th deadline for finding a new fiscal agent and a new owner.

City officials and members of the council seem convinced the library’s board of trustees and its fund-raising foundation are bungling the expansion and renovation project by not following state law.

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Vilas, Forest counties
6:01 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Homicide, Child Porn Cases In Northwoods

A Manitowoc man charged with 13 counts of Possession of Child Pornography has reached a plea bargain with the state in Forest County Circuit Court.

55 year old John Lang was charged nearly a year ago after a state Department of Justice investigation.

The criminal complaint says Lang allegedly kept images of children engaging in explicit sexual conduct. The charges stem from May, 2007 in the town of Wabeno.

The investigation began with an individual in Arkansas that led investigators to Lang by checking internet connections.

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Open-pit mine bill
10:40 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Conservation Group Gives Northwoods Legislator Low Grades

Open-pit iron ore mine
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One Northwoods legislator has gotten low marks from a conservation group.

The League of Conservation Voters each year rates how the legislature votes on conservation-related issues. League Program Director Anne Sayers says overall it was a mixed session for conservation. She says half  of the pro-conservation bills supported by them were signed into law. Conservation interests were successful three-fourths of the time in halting what they saw as anti-conservation measures. Sayers says this shows public pressure can change things..

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Gun control not answer says Kippers
3:05 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

School Safety Key Education Issue: WEAC Leader

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Increased safety following the many tragic incidents at schools across the nation is a priority,  says a state teacher's union leader.

A Racine physical education teacher, Betsy Kippers in President of the Wisconsin Education Association Council. Speaking from a national meeting last week, Kippers says educators across the country want to find workable safety solutions, but were disappointed Congress didn't act....

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Says Income Security Key Issue
2:29 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Westlund Walks The 7th Congressional District

Kelly Westlund
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Friday she worked four Fourth of July  parades  located in the 7th Congressional District.  She walked Rhinelander's holiday parade among them.

Democrat Kelly Westlund of Ashland is challenging incumbent Republican Sean Duffy from Weston for a seat in Congress.

Westlund says she's been talking about a variety of issues...

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Deficit in Medicaid fund
9:42 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Report Decries Not Taking Federal Medicaid Money

A report by the Democratic-leaning Citizen Action of Wisconsin challenges Governor Scott Walker's refusal to accept federal Medicaid money for BadgerCare has resulted in higher health insurance costs here than elsewhere.

During a media call with reporters this week, Citizen Action Director Robert Kraig said with increased transparency from Obamacare, they were able to gather data  on what other states are paying versus here. He says three conclusions came out of the data..

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Embezzlement from Northwoods Animal Hospital
3:12 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Arbor Vitae Woman Bound Over For Trial

Brenda J. Wigglesworth
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A former office manager at Northwoods Animal Hospital in Minocqua has been bound over for trial.

47 year old Brenda J. Wigglesworth of Arbor Vitae is charged with theft from a business over $10,000. The criminal complaint says  Wigglesworth allegedly started writing improper checks in 2008. She was employed at the animal hospital until 2013. Investigators say the amount of money allegedly improperly written to her is in the tens of thousands of dollars.

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Another committe, county board need to approve
5:10 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Vilas Committee Signs Off On Phelps ATV Request

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In 2004, Vilas county voters said they did not want the county to allow ATV trails on county lands and forests. Two years ago, the town of Phelps approved an ordinance allowing the ATV's on town roads, but needed approval by Vilas county to use county road "A", a key route. The county board rejected Phelps' request then.  Recently the town board approved a similar request as the one two years ago and again forwarded it to Vilas county.

One of two Vilas county committees has approved the town's request and sent it onto the other.

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Visiting the Northwoods
4:35 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Walker Says Science Should Decide EPA's Mining Involvement

Governor Scott Walker spoke at a luncheon Wednesday hosted by the Oneida County Republican party.
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Governor Scott Walker says he hopes the EPA won’t intervene based on political reasons to stop an iron mine permitting process from moving forward. 

Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes have asked the federal agency to step in before the state DNR or the Army Corps of Engineers reviews a proposed mine in the Penokee Hills.  The tribes say water quality and fisheries protected by treaty rights are at stake.

Stopping in Rhinelander today, Governor Walker said state laws offer strong environmental protections.

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Foul play not suspected
3:12 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Human Remains Near Rhinelander Identified

The skeletal remains found near Rhinelander earlier this week have been identified.

The Oneida County Sheriff's office says the remains are  Steven Boron of Oneida county. He was 54 years old at the time of his death. Boron was reported as absconding from his probation and parole in May, 2013.

Officials say no foul play is suspected in Boron's death.

The remains were discovered in a wooded area near Lake Julia in the town of Pelican. The Sheriff's department and the Medical Examiner are investigating circumstances surrounding Boron's death.

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