The City of Rhinelander has been given preliminary approval for money to help build a bike trail, known at the Chamber of Commerce Trail.

Late September, the city received notice of preliminary funding, pending meeting some other DNR requirements as City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner explains...

"....the Stewardship application for the Chamber of Commerce Trail has been tentatively selected. It will include $135,000. A 50-50 grant with work to start in 2016....."

The state Senate Committee on Economic Development and Commerce is holding a meeting this afternoon at Nicolet College to hear about economic development.

This is the second in a series of roundtables held by the committee around the state. The committee is chaired by Republican Richard Gudex of Fond du Lac.

The ranking Democrat on the committee, Julie Lassa of Stevens Point says the committee will hear from invited persons from around the region...

The Sokaogon Chippewa Community held it's primary election Saturday(Oct.3) for two positions on the tribal council.

For the  general election next month, for the Council 1 seat, incumbent Clinton Fox will be challenged by Sarah McGeshick.  For the Council 2 position, James G. Polar,Sr., the incumbent, will face Ronald W. Quade.

Voting on Tuesday, November 3 will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Sokaogon Tribal Housing Office in Mole Lake.

Three people are in custody in connection with a burglary Sunday in Arbor Vitae.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports an alarm went off early Sunday at the Brandy Lake BP store on Highway 51. Responding officers found a door shattered and several items inside the store were allegedly stolen. In reviewing surveillance video, deputies found three suspects and a vehicle.

At 5:00 a.m., about 90 minutes later, the Iron County Sheriff's Department stopped a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car and took three people into custody.

Recent  stories that some major road improvements in Wisconsin might have to be scaled back has brought a call to change how transportation is funded. In the current budget, the state anticipated borrowing to get the work done due to a shortfall in the state transportation funds. Republicans scaled back the borrowing in the budget.

Democrat Senator Jon Erpenbach from Madison says the legislature should look at raising the gas tax a nickel and then return to an automatic small increase in the gas tax each year, first brought in by then-Republican Governor Tommy Thompson.


More than $11 million dollars has been returned by the state to property owners who had unclaimed property.

The Department of Revenue program uses the agency's tax records to locate owners. Spokesperson Stephanie Marquis says the database matching program has been successful...

Yet another expression of displeasure with a state budget action to restrict counties from regulating shoreland property.

Last week the Oneida County Board voted to ask the legislature to remove language in the budget bill changing the state's shoreland zoning regulations.

Proponents, like Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst, said it helped regain property rights and gave the rules uniformity, as all counties would follow less-stringent DNR guidelines.

The name of the bicyclist killed in a traffic crash last week was released Saturday.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department says 41 year old bicyclist Conor Reardon of Eagle River died in the crash.

A 71 year old Eagle River woman was the driver of the vehicle. The crash happened east of Eagle River on state Highway 70 Wednesday evening. Reardon died at the scene.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A 48 year old Arbor Vitae woman has been jailed for admitting to embezzling $10,000 from a local animal hospital.

Oneida County Judge Patrick O'Melia sentenced Brenda J. Wigglesworth to 9 months in the county jail and five years probation. She was given Huber work release privileges.

Wigglesworth was working for Northwoods Animal Hospital in Minocqua when they hired an independent accounting of their books in 2013. They discovered some irregularities which a Sheriff's Department investigation confirmed.

County Bottles Request, Back To Minocqua

Sep 18, 2015

An Oneida County panel is giving Minocqua officials another chance to review a proposed water bottling plant in Minocqua and the conditional use permit that’s needed.

Minocqua businessman Trygve (Trig) Solberg and fellow investor Robert Rynders wanted to draw water from a well in Presque Isle and truck it to Minocqua for bottling. However, after learning doing so would violate terms of the Great Lakes Compact they abandoned that water source.

Marshfield Clinic Request Denied By Committee

Sep 18, 2015

Oneida County officials have turned down a request for an expansion of Marshfield Clinic's facilities in Minocqua.

The county's Planning and Development Committee voted 3-2 against issuing a conditional use permit for the expansion. The medical group wants to build a new 17,000 square foot building that would serve as a recovery center and skilled nursing facility. The new facility would allow Marshfield Clinic to perform surgeries on their own property, rather than using the surgery center at Howard Young Medical Center which is operated by Ministry Health Care.

The Wisconsin State Patrol has released the name of the person killed in motorcycle crash Friday south of Tomahawk.

The victim was 75 year old Robert Berger of St. Francis, Wisconsin.

Deputies report Berger's motorcycle went out of control about 3:30 p.m. as he was northbound on U.S. 51 near the 225 exit. The motorcycle went into the median then crossed over into the southbound lanes. Berger was ejected from the motorcycle. He later died at a Tomahawk hospital.

The investigation into the crash continues.

A  bill that the sponsor says will help rural ambulance services is one step closer to a vote in Madison.

Representative Jeff Mursau says his bill would change the regulations required for volunteer ambulance services across Wisconsin. He says he's spoken with emergency medical service providers in lightly-populated areas and they are struggling to keep service going....

"....they said one thing that would really help is instead of having two EMT's in a squad to transport, to be able to switch that to one EMT and one emergency responder...."

Oneida County Humane Society

A spokesperson for the Oneida County Humane Society is hoping the county will consider raising the dog license fee to help pay for the shelter's work.

The county has agreed to pay $40,000 to the group to work with the many animal control issues. The county and city of Rhinelander contract with the group to care for animals.

A wide majority of students attending Nicolet Area Technical College receive some form of financial aid.

There has been talk recently of students across the country with large financial aid bills. Recently, President Obama has proposed a $60 billion plan to provide two years of community college for free, to help lower student debt.

Nicolet's Director of Financial Aid, Jill Price....

"....for students taking six credits or more it's somewhere between 70-75 percent of our students get some form of financial aid...."