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A second Democrat has announced for the 34th Assembly seat.

27 year old Matthew Michalsen is a teacher and coach at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua and serves on the Lake Tomahawk town board. He's a graduate of UW-Stevens Point.

Michaelsen says he will focus on rural economic development, shoreland zoning issues, local control, tourism, opportunities for young people, and education. He says the issue of local control for rural Wisconsin is a key issue...

Names Of Crash Victims Released

18 hours ago

The names of three persons injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon in Eagle River have been released.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports the crash happened about 5:45 p.m.on Highway 70 in front of Parson's Chevrolet. A pickup truck collided head on with a Volkswagen. The driver of the truck and a man riding in the Volkswagen were flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

The Volkswagen driver was treated at Ministry-Eagle River Memorial Hospital.

Van Stippen campaign

A Democrat who previously announced he was running for the 35th Assembly has suspended his campaign for that seat, and now says he will run in for the 12th State Senate seat currently held by Republican Tom Tiffany.

Bryan Van Stippen of Deerbrook, in Langlade county, announced the change. He says after talking with those close to him and others, he wants the Senate seat instead.

Van Stippen says the issues in both the 35th Assembly seat and the Senate seat are the same, citing jobs, local control and what he sees as an attack on our educational systems.

Picnic Spot Gets A Place At The Table At Torpy Park

21 hours ago

During summer, Torpy Park on the Island of Minocqua bustles with sun worshipers, kids climbing on playground equipment, swimmers, and young sandcastle builders. For some, though, herding hungry kids back into the minivan for a trip to a restaurant puts a cloud over the fun.

Sue Perron of Park Falls saw an opportunity to capitalize on the dilemma. She asked the Minocqua Town Board that she be allowed to open a small, café-style business in the lower level of the pavilion. Her business would be named The Picnic Spot.

Design Work To Begin On Minocqua’s New Fire Station

May 19, 2016

Plans for a new $2 million Minocqua fire station are moving forward after the town board Tuesday, May 17th unanimously approved the $180,000 contract with MSA Professional Services to design the 15,000-squre-foot building.

Missing Man Found Safe By Authorities

May 19, 2016

The elderly man who hadn't been seen for over a day has been found safe and sound.

Langlade County Sheriff's officials issued a Silver Alert for 79-year-old Gerald Mikkelson Wednesday evening. He was located shortly before midnight. Mikkelson is from Kansas but has family members in Langlade County and also in southeastern Wisconsin. He left the Polar area east of Antigo, and family members believed he was traveling to visit his sister in the Milwaukee area.

Sidewalks For Highways 45-70 Approved In Eagle River

May 18, 2016

Approval of new sidewalks on the north side of Pine Street in Eagle River will be part of the 2019 reconstruction of four lane Highway 45-70 to three lanes after the city council whittled down the Dept. of Transportation proposal by eliminating sidewalks on the south side.

A Phelps woman has been found dead on a trail in Phelps and the Vilas County Sheriff's Department is calling the death 'suspicious'.

Sheriff Joe Fath reports a 9-1-1 caller reported finding the body on a trail behind apartments in Phelps. The body was identified at 47 year old Luann Beckman. She was last seen riding her bicycle Sunday afternoon about 4;30 p.m. Fath says state experts were called in to examine the scene and report a suspicious death.

Fath says the Sheriff's office, Coroner, District Attorney and Wisconsin Department of Justice are investigating.

Reaction continues to come in to comments made by U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold during a stop Saturday in Rhinelander.

During a Q & A time with reporters, Feingold said he was out of office when the allegations of alleged prescription drug abuse were  made by a whistleblower at the Veterans Administration office in Tomah were made. His campaign office later clarified his statement. A dark money group made allegations in broadcast ads that Feingold had been notified by 2009 of a problem.

Add Oneida County to the list of suitors should the state of Wisconsin decide to move the Division of Forestry to the Northwoods.

The Oneida County Board approved a resolution authorizing a return of information to the state describing county assets for an eventual landing spot.

Forest Director John Bilogan told the Oneida County Board that any landing site in Oneida county would bring 50 higher-paying jobs to the area and have a noticeable economic impact. He says Oneida county has come built in advantages...

Welsh Enters Not Guilty Plea To Charges

May 17, 2016
Oneida County Sheriff's Department

The Oneida County man who threatened to destroy his home after a domestic dispute put in his plea yesterday. Zach Hagenbucher has more...

The explosion at a home last week is likely caused by gas.

The preliminary results from the Division of Criminal Investigation-Office of the State Fire Marshall’s investigation are that the incident at 5078 Sand Lake Road last Friday morning in the town of Sugar Camp was a gas vapor explosion. The home has a propane gas tank.

Emergency crews were called after that home exploded. Two other buildings in the area were damaged. No injuries were reported.

Democrat Russ Feingold's campaign Monday clarified statements made Saturday in Rhinelander about the Tomah VA and the over-prescribing of presciption medicine and the on-going investigation.

Feingold was quoted as saying, ""'s shameful that the Koch Brothers and Ron Johnson hiding behind them are trying to make this a political issue. This is about the death of a veteran in 2014.(By then) of course, I'd been out of office four years. I was told his office had information from Ryan Honl, the guy in the ad, as early as 2011...."

A spokesperson for the state Technical College system says a survey shows most 2015 graduates found work soon after graduating from school.

Technical College System spokesperson Conor Smyth says the placement level was high...

"....93 percent of our 2015 graduates were employed within 6 months of graduation. That percentage has not gone below 86 percent for the last 17 years...."

Next we hear from President Todd Berry of the tax watchdog group Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. That group recently did an analysis on school referendums and spending, highlighting a little noticed exemption to state-mandated revenue caps that don't need referendum approval. They noticed a rapid increase in the use of an exemption to the revenue limits for energy efficiency....

Todd Berry Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. The link to their site is here.