Temperatures have gotten warmer above the ground, but temperatures below ground is the concern as Rhinelander and Tomahawk residents are being asked to continue running their water to avoid freeze ups.
Rhinelander City Administrator Blaine Oborn says, for now, to continue running the pencil-sized stream of water...
".....the plan of the city is to keep it running. We're still thawing and wierd things happen when it thaws, so as a precautionary measure and to avoid further freezeups, we're still advising residents to continue running their water...."
Several area school districts are getting money from a state trust fund dating back to Wisconsin's statehood.
The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands has announced that Common School Fund earnings of more than $30 million were distributed to state K-12 public schools to support libraries. The fund was established from state sales and management and doesn't involve tax money.
Executive Secretary Tia Nelson says the interest money earned from the trust fund goes to schools like Rhinelander's...
Electors in the town of Minocqua next week will decide whether the town will purchase a piece of prime real estate next to Torpy Park.
Town Chair Mark Hartzheim says they've been talking with the property owner who has set a floor price of $300,000. Hartzheim says the property owner approached the town. The property is about 26,000 square feet and has a building on it which he says is beyond renovation.
Hartzheim says the annual town meeting next week enables citizens to decide whether the town should go ahead with the sale....
Governor Walker signed a bill into law this week that began with criminal cases in Eagle River.
Senate Bill 226 adds the crime of child enticement to the forfeiture law in state statutes. It allows law enforcement officers to seize an offender's vehicle or property if used for child enticement.
Eagle River Police Chief Mark Vander Bloomen asked Representative Rob Swearingen to change the law. He says as the department investigated child solicitation in Eagle River, the law didn't allow for property seizure...
Three Oneida county board races were close after the April 1 vote, but after an official canvas, all three races stayed the same.
County Clerk Mary Bartelt gave us the results...
"....supervisory district 7, that stayed the same. Bob Mott with 186, and Dennis Schoeneck with 180. District 16, that stayed the same also. Michael Timmons with 111 and Michael Pockat with 107. Supervisor district 18, that was Lance Krolczyk and Candy Sorenson, it's 127 for Lance, and 122 for Candy Sorenson..."
A federal grant to fund the underground infrastructure along downtown Rhinelander streets looked dead as of last week, but it appears to be back on again after a meeting Monday night.
The city weeks ago was given positive indications it would get $1.6 million dollars but there was a hitch: the work had to commence next year. City officials and Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated officials want to do the work, but felt the timeline was too short to have the details worked out to do the job successfully.
A Democrat thinks little progress was made in the last legislative session to bridge the wage gap between men and women.
Representative Chris Taylor from Madison is on the Assembly Committee on Labor. She says the Republican-dominated legislature actively moved against some equal pay provisions...
"....but we also say repeals of the equal pay for women where women had access to courts for legal remedies when they weren't paid equally. That really perpetuated unfairness and had nothing to do with creating opportunities..."