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Two people dead in separate incidents
4:51 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Two Fatal Accidents Claim Lives in Vilas County

A 34-year-old Pewaukee man was killed in a snowmobile accident Saturday in Plum Lake Township --off of Birch Spring Road near Sayner.

Vilas County investigators say Jason Ringle fell off a snowmobile and was struck by another snowmobile in his group.

It was the first snowmobile-related death recorded in Wisconsin this year.  

The accident remains under investigation by Vilas County authorities and the DNR.

Wisconsin recorded three snowmobile-related deaths in December.  

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Father, son sentenced Monday
3:32 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

More Sentencing In LDF Oxycodone Distribution Arrests

A father and son who entered guilty pleas in October to distributing Oxycodone on the Lac du Flambeau reservation are going to federal prison.

54 year old Thomas Old Coyote was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison and his son, 30 year old Ryan Old Coyote will spend two-and-a-half years in prison. Thomas Old Coyote was sentenced for distribution , and Ryan was sentenced for using wire communication via Money Gram as part of the distribution scheme.

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Education first says Chief
3:07 am
Mon January 12, 2015

More Vigorous Enforcement of Cell Phone Ban Possible

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Rhinelander is one of a handful of Wisconsin communities that bans cell phone use while driving. That ordinance went into effect last June.

Police Chief Michael Steffes says the department did limited enforcement, focusing initially on getting the word out and educating drivers...

"....between signage, notifying the media and working with the media and giving verbal warnings as officers encounter people on the phone, particularly if they were demonstrating other aspects of inattentive driving..."

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Kenosha casino
8:20 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

Potawatomi Might Sue Over BIA'S Casino Decision

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The U-S Bureau of Indian Affairs has rejected an agreement which called for the Forest County Potawatomi to be reimbursed by the state for any losses at its Milwaukee casino when another casino is opened less than 50 miles away. 

Governor Scott Walker still has until next month to approve or deny the proposed off-reservation casino the Menominee Nation wants to open.  The Potawatomi plans to sue, saying the courts should reinstate the deal which would force the state of Wisconsin to pay them 100-million dollars if the second casino project moves forward. 

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Wide margin in House
4:58 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Duffy Votes In Favor Of Keystone XL Pipeline

Congressman Sean Duffy(7th-Wisconsin)
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A showdown with President Obama is possible, as the House of Representatives approved the controversial Keystone XL pipeline Friday(1/9/15) by a 266-153 margin. 28 Democrats joined majority Republicans to pass the measure.

 Earlier, the Nebraska Supreme Court allowed the pipeline through that state after a new course away from environmentally sensitive areas was drawn up. The proposed pipeline would first go to Nebraska then south to the Gulf Coast.

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6 of 8 allegations tossed
8:56 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Walters To Keep Her Job As Oneida Co. VSO

Walters(r) next to her attorney Brian Bennett and a full gallery at the Oneida County Courthouse.
Credit WXPR

Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters will keep her job but will  face possible discipline after the full county board rejected firing her.

Human Resources Director Lisa Charbarneau brought 8 allegations to the board.

The hearing lasted more than 10 hours.

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No Foul Play Suspected
2:32 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Details Emerge After Presque Isle Death

A woman found dead in Presque Isle on Friday was walking a neighbor’s dog home the night that she died.

After leaving her residence behind the Townhouse Store Thursday night, 61-year-old Corinne Gerster did not return home. 

Her body was found the next morning with some marks and injuries, and her clothing had been torn off. 

Vilas County sheriff Joe Fath says the man she was living with is not under investigation. 

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Found in Vilas county
4:40 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Oshkosh Woman Died Of Natural Causes: Sheriff

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No foul play is suspected in the death last Friday(1/2/2015) of an Oshkosh woman found naked in downtown Presque Isle.

Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath reports pending lab and toxicology reports, the death of 61 year old Corrine Gerster of Oshkosh was from natural causes. Fath says no foul play is suspected.

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Also on Transportation, Tourism
4:38 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

Swearingen To Chair Key Committee

Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander), 34th Assembly Dist.
Credit Wisconsin.gov

State Representative Rob Swearingen(Wi-34) thinks he can get much done after he was named to Chair the Assembly State Affairs and Government Operations committee.

Last session, the Rhinelander Republican was vice-chair of State Affairs and Government Operations. He says he hopes both parties can work together to cut expenses and save taxpayers some money.

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Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund and LWCF
4:27 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

Public Monies Crucial To Conservation: Steffes

Jump River, Wisconsin
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A retired DNR real estate and land protection employee says preserving Wisconsin's open spaces should remain as a key goal for all citizens.

Dick Steffes spent 39 years with the DNR. He successfully used the state Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund and appreciated the federal Land And Water Conservation monies to buy large tracts of land for public use, be it walking, forest products or hunting. He was key in the purchase of The Great Addition in 1999, where the state added tens of thousands of acres for public use.

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