On line investigation
3:17 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Ironwood Man Pleas No Contest To Child Enticement

An Ironwood man has entered a plea to a charge of child enticement in Oneida County Court.

26 year old Benjamin Lahti entered a no contest plea Friday(9/19) morning.

In March of 2013, state and county law enforcement officials posed as a 15 year old girl and responded to an on-line ad Lahti had posted. According to the criminal complaint, Lahti sent sexually explicit messages and a graphic photo to the fake girl. He traveled to Minocqua to meet the girl, but instead was greeted by law enforcement officials who arrested him.

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Public transportation option
4:37 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Vilas Board To Vote On Transit Commission Tuesday


The Vilas county board Tuesday will vote whether to join a transit commission for Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties.

Oneida County Department on Aging Director Dianne Jacobson says the idea that began years ago  to provide more public transportation options. She says there is movement toward that goal...

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U.S. District Court
5:41 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Rhinelander Woman Charged With Federal Gun Felony

A Rhinelander woman has been charged in federal courtin Madison will illegal weapon possession.
    Federal court officials say  28 year old    Bonnie T. Wolff   is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  The indictment alleges that on August 17,  she possessed a 5.56 mm rifle and ammunition.
        If convicted, Wolff faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.  The charge against her is the result of an investigation by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Hitting Standards for Education
3:57 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

School Report Cards Give Northwoods Solid Marks

This year marks the third that the state has issued schools a report card evaluating various aspects of performance.
Credit Basheer Tome

Most public schools are meeting or going beyond state expectations in the Northwoods.

School report cards released each September look at how students are doing in reading and math, attendance and graduation rates.  There are also categories that measure student improvement, and how schools are closing performance gaps between demographics. 

In Crandon, District Administrator Jim Asher says schools did better than state averages in student growth and closing the gap categories...and but still need work on some academic indicators.    

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Law enforcement, environment
3:53 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Prescription Meds "Take Back" Set For September 27


The next event to get prescription medications off the street is happening next week across the Northwoods.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration sponsors the 9th annual Take Bake event through local law enforcement agencies.

Lt. Teresa Hook from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department outlines what happens...

".....any medications you no longer need or have expired you can take to these locations, leave them there, and we will dispose of them..."

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Election looming
3:33 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Local Clerks Scramble To Keep Up Voter ID Changes


Two groups are asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its decision to let Wisconsin require voters to show photo I-D's at the polls on November fourth.

 The Advancement Project and the American Civil Liberties' Union were among those opposing the I-D law in lower courts.  A spokeswoman for the Advancement Project tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel it's asking the entire 10-member federal appellate court in Chicago to shut down the law again -- at least until the courts can rule on whether it's constitutional.

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League of Women Voters of the Northwoods
3:39 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Voter Registration Sites Set For National Observance

Credit Tom

The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is participating in National Voter Registration Day next week and have set up several spots for people to register.

Chapter President Yolan Mistele says the day is a way to celebrate voting in our country...

".....locally we will be setting up our shops at various places in the communities . Two libraries,   Nicolet College and also the Senior Center in Rhinelander..."

Mistele say at the Rhinelander and Minocqua public libraries volunteers will be helping citizens use the state voter registration system.

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Not formally invited
4:29 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Swearingen Says Forum A "Political Stunt"

Rep. Rob Swearingen(R-Rhinelander)

Republican state Representative Rob Swearingen thought last week's forum on education had other motives...

" have a retiring Senator....along with a freshman Representative from the Wausau area. So coming up into the 12th Senate District or the 34th Assembly district appears to be a political stunt...."

Swearingen is talking about Republican State Senator Dale Schultz and Republican Mandy Wright from Wausau. Both legislators held a forum on rural school funding in Rhinelander.

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Currently leads Chippewa Falls library
10:39 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Rhinelander District Library Names New Director

Credit WXPR

The Rhinelander District Library Board has selected a new Director.

Board President Jan Baer made the announcement....

"....we have hired a new library Director and that person's name is Virginia Roberts. She is currently the Director at the Chippewa Falls Public Library. But she wants to come closer to family who live in the general area here..."

Former Director Ed Hughes left in May for a library job in Mississippi.

Baer says Roberts has extensive experience and degrees for the position...

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Forum in Rhinelander
9:48 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Legislators Say Wisconsin's Public Schools In Serious Trouble

State Senator Dale Schultz(R-Richland Center)

Wisconsin public schools are facing a  crisis, that  message delivered by two state legislators in a presentation given in Rhinelander Thursday evening.

In a show of bipartisan concern, Republican State Senator Dale Schultz and Democrat Assemblywoman Mandy Wright are taking their message around the state, in an effort to explain the situation and motivate citizens to challenge their legislators to work together to address what's seen in rural Wisconsin as an unfair school funding system.

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