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Later this month, volunteers will be combing the Northwoods looking for people who are homeless.

The semi-annual Wisconsin Statewide Point-In-Time Count is scheduled for January 27. the Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness ..or N*WISH Continuum of Care... will be joining homeless coalitions around the state in completing a local count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Locally, Lori Hallas describes the effort...

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Northwoods legislators are holding listening sessions next week across the region.

State Senator Tom Tiffany's 12th Senate District covers three Assembly Districts. Tiffany will be appearing with the state representatives at locations within their boundaries next week.

Tiffany and State Representative Rob Swearingen will be meeting the public next Monday, January 23...

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The City of Rhinelander has picked up more than 500 responses so far to survey asking for input on roadway options to complete the city's "Streetscape" program next year.

Public Works Director Tim Kingman says they got through the first construction downtown, with the final touches to be done this coming summer, including repaving. But Kingman says during the pause in construction over the winter, they wanted to find out from the public their thoughts, primarily about making downtown Rhinelander's Brown Street one-way....

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The administration at Lakeland Union High School is recommending the school board take a conservative approach to renovating the outdoor sports complex in order to protect the district’s fund balance from being drawn down to a critical level.

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Tuesday, Governor Walker delivered the annual State of the State address. We're going to hear next a response from a long-time state Senate Democrat Jon Erpenbach about the proposals presented by Governor Walker. He spoke with Ken Krall...

Long time state Senate Democrat Jon Erpenbach with a response to Governor Walker's State of the State address.

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The Rhinelander City Council has proposed a few changes in its portion of a contract involving the Rhinelander District Library.

This is a backdrop to ongoing negotiations between the library and the towns of Crescent, Newbold, Pelican and Pine Lake and the city that form the joint support and operational funding for the library. At this week's meeting, council member Alex Young says the towns have proposed some changes in the contract, he says based on how much new construction happens in the towns and city...

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What started out as a "not to exceed $10 million" for an addition to the Vilas County courthouse will now cost at least $11.1 million if the extra costs are approved by the full county board Jan. 24.

The first increase of $450,000 was made last June to add a full second story even though half may not be used for years. A maintenance garage attached to the current maintenance building rather than a new garage across the street would add $98,000.

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Tuesday afternoon, Governor Scott Walker gave the annual State of the State address to the Wisconsin legislature and guests.

Among the key points: Walker says he will continue to help rural schools...

Walker says he will increase the budget for broadband expansion...

Gov. Walker says they will help to meet a transportation budget shortfall which has left roads in need of repair....

Walker discussed more emphasis on a technical college degree...

We'll have the Democrats response to Walker's address Wednesday

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The Rhinelander City Council is exploring the idea of hiring a part-time City Administrator.

During a discussion Monday night on the process of hiring a new administrator, a member of the audience came forward to propose the city not hire another full-time administrator, but rather look at a part-timer, and he suggested he would be available if called on.

Retired attorney Keith Kost approached the council, offering his services as an administrator...

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A Rhinelander man has been identified as as the person killed in the town of Stella east of Rhinelander Saturday evening.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports 60 year old Mark Mohr died in the crash.

The Sheriff's Department says Mohr's vehicle was traveling northbound, crossed the road and and rolled over in the south bound ditch, coming to rest in some trees. A sheriff's deputy on patrol came upon the crash scene on Highway 45 near East Stella Lake Road.

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A Tripoli man was sentenced to prison Friday in Oneida County Circuit Court for his role in a shooting incident last April at his residence.

60 year old Kenneth Welsh entered no contest pleas in September to a count of endangering safety and operating a firearm while intoxicated.

Judge Michael Bloom sentenced Welsh to three years in state prison, giving him credit for 262 days he's been jailed.

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Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek recently fined a committee chair and also mandated open meetings training for the full Oneida County Board.

The Lakeland Times filed an open meetings complaint against the Labor Relations and Employee Services committee for allegedly talking about items that were not posted on the meeting agenda.

The Lakeland Times reported Committee Chair Ted Cushing had to pay a $25 fine and every county board member was mandated to attend seminar on open meeting.

Non-Motorized Boats Looked At For Registration Fees

Jan 5, 2017
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The DNR is proposing some increases for fees like hunting and fishing licenses and non-motorized recreational items like kayaks.

The D-N-R's fish and wildlife account is running out of money and that money is needed for wildlife management and law enforcement. Ninety percent of the funds comes from hunting, fishing and trapping license fees.

DNR officials say a steady decline in sales of hunting licenses in recent years has played a major role in a nearly five-million dollar shortfall.

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WXPR's Ken Krall talks with UW-Stevens Point Political Science Chair Dr. John Blakeman about Republican leadership in Congress and the legislature and the political 'ground game'....

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