Regional Planning doing study
3:26 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Study Looks At OC UW-Extension-Conservation Staffing Levels


Oneida county is conducting a staffing and services needs study for the University of Wisconsin-Extension office and for the Land and Water Departments.

North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission is doing the study.

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Cause of fire undetermined
2:56 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

One Person Dead In Conover Fire

One person has died in a house fire early Monday  near Conover.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports getting a call at 3:23 a.m. concerning a structure fire at 3179 U.S. 45 in the town of Conover.

Reports say fire units first on the scene found the residence to be fully engulfed upon arrival. The fire was put out and one person was found dead in the residence.

Conover, Plum Lake and Eagle River Fire Departments responded.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by state and local officials.

Seventh and Eighth Grades May Move to High School
11:09 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Petition Asks Northland Pines To Drop School Consolidation Plan

A petition has gathered over 900 signatures asking Northland Pines to drop its plan to consolidate 7th and 8th grades into the high school.
Credit Emily Bright

Parents have a chance to hear more about a controversial plan to move Northland Pines middle school students to the high school.  An informational session is scheduled Monday night at 6:30 pm at the Northland Pines high school.

A petition asking the Northland Pines school board to stop all plans to combine grades 7 and 8 with high school students has garnered more than 900 signatures. David Eliason --a St. Germain business owner and father of two—was one of the people involved in creating the petition. 

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Large police sting
1:52 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Ironwood Man Jailed For Child Enticement

An Ironwood man has been sentenced for child enticement in Oneida County Circuit Court.

25 year old Benjamin Lahti has been sentenced for child enticement.  Judge Michael Bloom placed Lahti on 5 years probation.  As a condition of that probation Lahti is to serve 1 year in county jail, register as a sex offender, undergo treatment, provide a DNA sample, maintain employment and pay all court costs.   Lahti pleaded no contest to the charge of child enticement on September 19.

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No injuries reported
11:30 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Fire At Fort Wilderness

Three town fire departments responded to a fire north of Rhinelander Thursday afternoon.

Fire destroyed a barn at Fort Wilderness Camp on Spider Lake Road. Reports indicate no injuries were reported. The fire is believed to have started from a piece of machinery in the building.

The building was heavily damaged.

Fire departments from Newbold, Cassian and Crescent battled the blaze.

Cut from his yard
4:14 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Pelican Lake Tree Farmer To See His Tree In Capitol


A Pelican Lake tree farmer will be on hand Friday  as a tree from his yard becomes  the main Christmas tree at the state Capitol in Madison.

The tree lighting will be at noon in the Capitol rotunda.

Dennis and Kim Schoeneck donated the 40 foot high balsam...

"....I actually cut it and I delivered it. It's pretty overwhelming. I had no idea what I was in for and now the gap left by where the tree was was right on my driveway so it's an everyday reminder that I will have to plant another one...."

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Also waiting on Kenosha Casino
3:54 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Walker Unclear On Right-To-Work Support

Gov. Walker at the Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit
Credit WXPR news

Governor Walker gave the opening address to a two-day Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit in Minocqua.

Walker says the state is in the midst of an economic turnaround, saying there are nearly 80,000 jobs on the state job site. He says it isn't a matter of jobs, but of training a workforce to meet the needs of those jobs.
Speaking to reporters,  Walker deflected whether he will sign potential right-to-work legislation, saying he wanted to focus on other priorities...

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Casino decision nearing
8:32 am
Thu December 4, 2014

State Might Be On The Hook With New Gambling Agreements

Under a new agreement signed Monday, the state would guarantee that the Potawatomi tribe does not lose money from a proposed competing casino in Kenosha.  However, the Walker administration's attorney on the matter says the governor does not have the power to create annual spending obligations like that. 

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$846,000 awarded
3:08 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Sokaogon Chippewa Community Gets Large Housing Awards

Credit Kim Swisher/Brandon Thoms

Two awards from the Federal Home Loan Bank in Chicago will enable the construction of a large amount of affordable housing units in Forest county.

The Affordable Housing Program awarded two grants totaling  $846,000 to the Mole Lake  Sokaogon Chippewa Community. Jeff Ackley is the Sokaogon Housing Director and Tribal Program Administrator. He says the money will help offset the costs of two development projects. He says one grant will convert the Mole Lake Motel  into  supportive residence building...

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More rural transportation options
4:50 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Northwoods Transit Commission Forms


A  group met Tuesday in Rhinelander and from that meeting could spring more transportation options for the Northwoods.

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