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Part of statewide arrests
3:44 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Weston Man Allegedly Caught In Sex Sting Bound Over For Trial

Paul Loucks
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A Weston man has been bound over in Oneida county as part of a large police sting operation concerning on-line sex solicitation of minors.

Dubbed "Operation Aegis", police arrested 24 men earlier this month around Wisconsin, with two arrests in Rhinelander. 38 year old Paul Loucks was  charged with alleged Child Enticement and Use of A Computer to Facilitate a sex crime. Also arrested in Rhinelander was 37 year old Ted J. Wasson of Rhinelander.

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Says Treasurer job is not needed
4:02 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Adamczyk Says He Wants To Get Elected, Then Lose Job

Matt Adamczyk
Credit Adamczyk campaign

The Republican candidate for state Treasurer says he will do the same thing other candidates have said about the job. He wants to win the election so the voters can eliminate the job.
36 year old Matt Adamczyk of Wauwatosa....

"...one of five candidates running and I'd like to be your next state Treasurer and hopefully the last..."

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Less than two weeks to election
3:31 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Lots Of Folks Voting Early Say County Clerks

Credit en.wikipedia.org

The number of voters coming to clerks offices to cast absentee ballots continues to be brisk.

The period to vote absentee began October 20 and clerks from around the state report many people are opting to vote before election day.

Oneida County Clerk Mary Bartelt says the town clerks have been busy with early customers...

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Once eyed as an industrial park
3:21 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Heal Creek Property To Be Sold By Oneida County

Oneida county has put 272 acres of land up west of Rhinelander up for bids.

The Heal Creek property is on the east side the Northwood Golf Course, owned by the city of Rhinelander.
At one time the county invested more than $500,000 in developing what was called a 'green' industrial park, designed for light manufacturing. The park never got off the ground, and earlier this year the county board decided to sell the property.

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Langlade County Traffic Collision
11:10 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Three Vehicle Accident Near Antigo Injures Four

Three vehicles were involved in an accident north of Antigo that injured four people and closed Highway 45 for over five hours. 

The Langlade County Sheriff’s office received several 911 calls reporting the accident at around 2:45 Wednesday afternoon.

It happened between County Highways B and C, about seven miles north of Antigo.

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Bicycle vs. commercial vehicle
9:24 am
Thu October 23, 2014

UPDATE: Arrest Made After Minocqua Bicyclist Dies In Early Thursday Collision

Credit en.wikipedia.org

A Minocqua cyclist has died after colliding with a commercial vehicle, and its driver has been arrested.

Minocqua Police report 55 year old Robin A. Kuzel died at the scene of the crash just before 3 a.m Thursday on U.S. Highway 51 south in Minocqua.

The driver of the commercial vehicle was 28-year-old Adam B. Lynch from Delavan, Wisconsin who was uninjured.

Lynch is being held at the Oneida County Jail pending charges of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, reckless driving causing great bodily harm and inattentive driving.

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Health care eating seniors incomes
3:32 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

COLA Not Very Fizzy For Seniors: SS Advocate

A poster for the expansion of the Social Security Act.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

A group advocating the strengthening of Social Security and Medicare says Wednesday's announcement of a small increase in cost of living benefits signals trouble for Seniors.

The Social Security Administration announced a 1.7 percent cost of living adjustment. The National  Committee To Preserve Social Security and Medicare was quick to note the increase falls far short of keeping up with increasing health expenses.

Dan Adcock from the group compares the average $20 per month increase to the cost of health care...

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Counties in Northwoods Join
8:08 am
Wed October 22, 2014

County Referendums To Give Direction on Badgercare

Several Northwoods counties are among those hosting an advisory question on next month's ballot about whether the state should accept federal money to help pay for Badgercare.

The Walker administration has not accepted the money saying with the federal budget deficit, the money could be taken away leaving the state to pick up the costs.

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County Board of Supervisors
4:32 am
Tue October 21, 2014

OC Corp. Counsel To Give "Primer" On Open Meetings/Records

Oneida county courthouse
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Oneida County Corporation Counsel Brian Desmond will tell Oneida County Board this morning about the latest information regarding the state's open meetings and open records laws.

While the legislature exempts itself from some of the provisions, it passed a strict law forcing local governments to conform to public notification of meetings and records requests.

Corporation Counsel Brian Desmond says the goal is to make sure the board complies with the law. He says they have many new members this year and wants to make sure they understand the law...

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A few saw more money
2:01 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

State Aids Drop For Many Northwoods Schools

Dr. Mike Richie District Administrator Northland Pines
Credit Northland Pines School District

The impact of dwindling state school aids in the Northwoods is shown in a recent Department of Public Instruction report.

Many  schools received substantial hits in revenue.

Rhinelander schools saw their aid drop $565,000 to just over $3 million dollars, the sixth highest percentage drop in the report. Wabeno had the fourth highest percentage drop, though the dollar total was lower, at $41,000. Tomahawk lost nearly $300,000, Many districts not in the Northwoods saw their revenue increase. Three Lakes lost $9.200 and Phelps about $1,500.

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