Government

Greening Wins Langlade Sheriff
11:51 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Voters Reject White Lake School Referendum

Voters in the Northwoods followed statewide trends for most elected offices, and showed a strong preference in most referendum questions.

White Lake school district voters again rejected exceeding state spending limits. The vote was 430-405 against more money for the school district.

In Langlade county, Sheriff William Greening held off a strong challenge by Joe Stegall. The unofficial total was Greening 4,268, Stegall 4,100.

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Trial delayed
3:43 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Plea Possible In Minocqua Embezzlement Case

Brenda Wigglesworth
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

The case against an Arbor Vitae woman for allegedly embezzling tens of thousands of dollars might be moving toward a resolution.

47 year old Brenda Wigglesworth is charged with two counts of theft from a business setting of more than $10,000. Wigglesworth was the office manager at the Northwoods Animal Hospital in Minocqua. Investigators  allege she did not always deposit all the cash from daily transactions. Other irregularities  were also allegedly discovered.

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Polls Open Till 8
2:41 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Poll Workers Report High Turnout So Far on Election Day

Crescent Town Hall had a steady stream of people voting during the day Tuesday.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The polls are still open on this Election Day until 8 pm, and poll workers in the Northwoods have been reporting higher than average turnout for a midterm election.

Crescent Town Resident Judy Kingsbury was helping out at the polls Tuesday at the Crescent Town Hall.  She says there’s been a constant stream of people all day. 

“I think it’s even higher than the last time.  Not as high as a presidential election, but as you see, we’ve had people coming in steady since 7 o’clock this morning.” 

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Eagle River resident
3:13 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Green Party Candidate On 7th Congressional Ballot

Voters tomorrow will see a third person on the ballot running for the 7th Congressional seat. The Republican and Democrat are well-known, but an Eagle River area man would like you to consider him.

Lawrence Dale is running as a Green Party candidate for the seat currently held by Republican Sean Duffy and also challenged by Kelly Westlund.

Dale has a keen interest in promoting farming as a way to improve a chronically stagnant northern Wisconsin economy...

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Alternative Education Opportunities Grow
1:00 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Montessori Charter School Set to Open Next Year

Montessori learning relies on a hands-on and child-centered approach.
Credit Pixabay

A new Montessori school is set to open next year in St. Germain. The district is taking applications starting next week.

The Northland Pines Montessori Learning Center will span 4K through second grade, with 3rd and 4th grade to be added in 2016. When paired with the new project-based learning program SOAR in Land o’Lakes, students will soon have the opportunity to attend 4K through 12th grade in an alternative learning environment.

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Stopped in Rhinelander
12:10 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

Burke, Happ, Westlund Make Final Campaign Swing Here

Mary Burke
Credit WXPR news

Three Democrats hoping to win state or federal jobs Tuesday stopped in Rhinelander Saturday morning.

Candidate for Governor Mary Burke says she optimistic heading into the vote..

"....I can't wait to get to work as Governor as we have so much  potential here in Wisconsin and if we just put the politics aside, focus on common sense, focus on strong growing communities, that people get that fair shot...."

Attorney General candidate Susan Happ outlines her priorities..

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Final Days Before Election
8:32 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Walker Campaigns In Northwoods With NJ Governor Chris Christie

A crowd of about a hundred people gathered on an icy Friday evening to support Governor Scott Walker.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Governor Scott Walker campaigned in the Northwoods this weekend.  He had some help from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. 

Temperatures may have been low but spirits were high as Walker supporters stood outside for nearly two hours braving the icy air. 

Governor Scott Walker spoke Friday evening outside the Rhinelander headquarters of logging equipment maker Ponsee.

Walker emphasized his track record on jobs and the economy, and blasted what he called negative attack ads coming from his opponent. 

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19 counties and Kenosha
4:46 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Badgercare Referendum On Tuesday's Ballot

19 counties and the city of Kenosha will be hosting an advisory referendum question on Tuesday's ballot  concerning federal funds for Medicaid or Badgercare.

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Downtown Rhinelander
4:41 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

The Flag Flies Again On Large Downtown Cell Tower

The flag on the AT&T tower Halloween afternoon
Credit WXPR news

With a stiff northerly breeze to unfurl it in full Friday, both the city and AT & T  are hoping the problems concerning a large flag on a cellphone tower in downtown Rhinelander is over.

As part of an agreement with the city to put the large commercial tower downtown, AT & T agreed to mount a large American flag. After several ill-fated attempts, it appears the problems discovered in prior attempts have been fixed.

AT&T spokesperson Eric McGrath...

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Rhinelander appearance
4:13 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Duffy Talks Tax Reform, ISIS During Campaign Stop

Congressman Sean Duffy(R-7th Wisconsin)
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Fresh off a Wednesday debate with Democratic challenger Kelly Westlund, incumbent Sean Duffy says the next Congress will begin a long list of issues, with the top one being tax reform.
The 7th District Republican stopped by Rhinelander for a campaign stop Wednesday. Duffy says much depends on the make up of  the U.S. Senate, but he has a list of issues...

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