Government

Grace period first
6:38 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Rhinelander Bans Cell Phone Use While Driving

Banned in Rhinelander
Credit Ed Poor--en.wikimedia.org

Rhinelander has joined some central Wisconsin communities as banning cell phone use while driving.

A split city council last night voted to allow police to stop drivers from using cell phones while motoring.

Council member George Kirby asked for the ordinance. Personal injury attorney Peter Young told the council in the cases he's seen, cell use contributed to distracted driving and favored the ordinance...

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Opposition from neighbors
6:24 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Halfway House Exemption Denied By Rhinelander

Following a recommendation byRhinelander's Planning Commission, the city council Monday unanimously denied an exception that would allow a halfway house on Phillip St.

The Department of Corrections had recommended Rhinelander get a place where people with alcohol and other chemical dependencies could reside. Attic Correctional Services found a property at 835 Phillip Street, across from West Park, that met requirements. But at a public hearing several weeks ago a large number of nearby residents voiced opposition.

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Sheriff's Second-In-Command
5:14 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

New Chief Deputy Selected for Oneida County

The Oneida County Sheriff’s office has a new chief deputy.  Sheriff Grady Hartman announced today that he has selected Lieutenant Daniel Hess to fill the position.  It has been vacant since March when former Chief Deputy John Sweeney retired.  The Chief Deputy is second in command at the Sheriff’s office, and is in charge when the sheriff is absent. 

All non-tribal members
5:32 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

28 Non-Tribal Members Expelled At Lac du Flambeau

Credit ldftribe.com

28 persons have been told by Lac du Flambeau government and tribal police that they have 48 hours to leave the reservation.

None of the 28 persons who were notified are tribal members.

Tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms says this is part of an on-going crackdown on illegal activity on the reservation...

"....as a result of some on-going investigations, the tribal council acted through a resolution passed that excludes 28 individuals from either physically residing or coming onto the Lac du Flambeau reservation...."

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Chaired Speaker's Task Force
4:01 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Swearingen: Action On Schools Report Likely In Next Budget

Rep. Rob Swearingen(R-Rhinelander)
Credit Wisconsin.gov

The chair of the Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural School thinks some sought after changes asked by educators will come out of the effort. The bipartisan Task Force was put together to hear from educators and parents about the challenges facing rural schools.

Representative Rob Swearingen says after touring the state he came away with greater knowledge on the challenges facing rural schools. He says lack of broadband access hurts students, citing Eagle River area schools as an example..

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Rural Schools Task Force
3:55 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Wright Says GOP Kicking Education 'Down The Road'

Rep. Mandy Wright(D-Wausau)
Credit Wisconsin.gov

Former teacher and Assembly Democrat Mandy Wright from Wausau says the legislature had a chance to move on some recommendations from the report but majority Republicans said no.

Wright was a member of the bipartisan Speakers Task Force on Rural Schools.

She says she agrees with most of report, a couple she disagrees with, but she says the report was written in good faith. But she says the report is not specific on how to make changes. She says educators were clear what their needs are....

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Appreciates college community support
3:48 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Burmaster Says She Will Miss The Northwoods

Libby Burmaster
Credit Frederick Community College

Nicolet

College's departing president says she will greatly miss the Northwoods.

Tuesday, Libby Burmaster told staff she was returning to her hometown of Frederick, Maryland to be president of the community college there.

Burmaster succeeded Adrian Lorbetske at Nicolet in 2009. She had been Superintendent of the state Department of Public Instruction prior to coming to Nicolet. She says she loves the school and the Northwoods and enjoyed the work put in by the communities for the college...

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Minocqua Lions offer finds opposition
8:31 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

No Action But Opinions Strong On Torpy Park Trees

Torpy Park pines part of Minocqua skyline
Credit en.wikipedia.org-Royalbroil

The Minocqua town board took no action on a plan by the Minocqua Lions to build a pavilion at Torpy Park. But debate about whether to remove trees in the park brought out many opinions.

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Five years at Nicolet
4:04 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Burmaster To Leave Nicolet College For Maryland Community College

Elizabeth Burmaster
Credit Frederick Community College website

Nicolet College President Elizabeth Burmaster told staff at the college Tuesday she has accepted the presidency at Frederick Community College in Frederick, Maryland.

Burmaster was named president of Nicolet Area Technical College in 2009, succeeding Adrian Lorbetske. Burmaster is a native of Frederick.

More than 60 applicants applied for the Frederick Community College opening according to the Maryland college's website.

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State case still pending
10:18 am
Tue May 6, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Doesn't Hear Oneida Co. Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a petition from a family hoping to build a Bible camp and conference center on Squash Lake west of Rhinelander. But that likely is not the end of the legal pursuit.

The Jaros family began the effort in 2004 to get needed permits from Oneida county and approval from the town of Woodboro. They want to build a large facility on family-owned acreage.

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