The town of Three Lakes is in the initial stages of looking at the town's airport.

The town board Tuesday discussed applying for a grant says town chair Stella Westfall. She says to be eligible for state DOT grants, they have to have a survey to present. The last survey done at the airport was completed in 1977...

" this hearing we had, kept the same airport layout plan and just updated the date to 2015 so we would be eligible for grant money to get a survey done and update the airport layout plan. So we're stepping through hoops, basically...."

Antigo School District residents got a chance Tuesday to hear from district officials about school facilities options.

The presentation laid out many options, some going back 20 years says District Administrator Dr. Donald Childs says. He says the informal meeting was a way to show the public the complexity of the situation. He says they will be putting cost estimates to the options and the positives and negatives of each option...

"....and get that down to two or three truly viable programs the community has an understanding of..."

Minocqua Water Bottling Permit Heads To County

Aug 19, 2015

People living near a proposed water bottling plant in Minocqua want more than verbal assurances that its operation won’t create excessive noise or pollution.

More than a dozen people who live along nearby Hill Lake showed up at Tuesday’s town board meeting seeking detailed information about the manufacturing process.
While some said it would be a modern plant,  Fred Petters asked for more documentation..

The four and a half hour search for a missing 87-year-old Arbor Vitae woman has come to a close. The Vilas County Sheriff Department reports Ardyce Koski was found near the shoreline of Vandercook Lake around 5:30 Tuesday morning.

Deputies report that Koski lost her way while on a walk. She was last seen by a neighbor Monday night walking down Snyder Road. The neighbor noticed around midnight that Koski still had not returned. Her dog was barking and her house doors were unlocked with the interior lights still on.

State Senator Tom Tiffany  met opposition to changes in state shoreland zoning regulations while attending the Oneida county board meeting.

He faced sharp questions from board members, then about a dozen members of the public about taking local control away from counties and weakening water protections. Many in the audience questioned Tiffany putting in a motion late in the budget process that takes away the ability of counties to regulate beyond less stringent DNR rules.

Tiffany said it was balancing property rights versus government regulations...

The DNR and Department of Transportation unveiled a new eagle license plate design last week that replaced the Badger design, making it a novelty item. Beginning today drivers will be able choose between the new plate and the 20 year old timber wolf design.

According to the DNR the bald eagle was removed from the endangered species list in 2007, and Species Management Chief Owen Boyle says the new design will highlight that recovery. He says funds raised by the sale of the specialty plates goes towards the DNR’s effort to continue to restore native plants and animals.

While many think the two principal political parties are about as far apart as they have been in decades, Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson says he has sought common ground in a committee he chairs.

The U.S. Senator recently stopped in Minocqua. He says as chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee, he says he first sought points where both sides could agree on issues. He says they've moved 49 bills for consideration. He says it's a philosophy he learned in private business....


Following a five-year decline, the current market value of all taxable property in Wisconsin rose for the second consecutive year, rising 2.4 percent  in 2015. However, at $490 billion, values remain almost $25 bil­lion below the 2008 market peak, according to a soon-to-be-released report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.

While southern Wisconsin appears to be recovering, Alliance spokesperson Dale Knapp says northern Wisconsin values are lagging. He thinks the demographics in the Northwoods are playing a part in the lower property values..

A well-known Eagle River area business was severely damaged by fire early Monday.

Eagle River Fire Chief Pat Weber reports they were called at 3:30 a.m. to Horant's Garden Center on West Pine Street. Weber says there were reports of a small explosion then  a fire. He says when the department arrived, the building was fully engulfed.

Tammy Baldwin's office

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is hoping a bill she introduced late last month will have a lasting impact on veteran's programs.

Speaking in Rhinelander last week, Baldwin talked about the Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act. The veteran died after allegedly being prescribed too many opiates at the VA Hospital in Tomah....

"....frankly, this case is not unique. There's an over reliance across the country and the VA so I introduced the Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act in consultation with Jason's family..."