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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More interest in running for seats
12:21 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Survey Shows Residents Prefer Later OC Board Meetings


While the sample size wasn't as large as desired, none-the-less, a majority of respondents say they would like to have the Oneida County Board of Supervisors hold meetings in the evenings.

After several discussions and votes about having later meetings came to no change, the board voted to have Oneida County UW-Extension agent Tim Brown set up an online survey...

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Meeting Tuesday night
10:41 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Eagle River Closer To ATV's In City


Eagle River officials are moving closer to allowing all-terrain vehicles…ATV’s…to operate in the city.

     The common council Tuesday night appointed Alder Kim Schaefer to work with Town of Lincoln officials on developing routes for ATV’s.

  Mark Kirby of Three Lakes, president of the Nicolet ATV Club, presented a plan that would route ATV’s between Dyer road and downtown Eagle River on the Three Eagle Trail.  The ATV’s would cross highway 70 at Sundstein road and follow city streets to Riverview park, where they would cross the bridge on the snowmobile trail.

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Vouchers key issue
5:37 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Forum Thursday in Rhinelander On School Funding

Rep. Mandy Wright(D-Wausau)

Two state legislators are coming to Rhinelander Thursday evening to hold a public forum on school funding.

Republican State Senator Dale Schultz of Richland Center and Assembly Democrat Mandy Wright of Wausau will discuss how current and possible future funding changes affects rural schools.

Wright says a proposal to greatly expand the school voucher program could put more pressure on public schools...

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Donation made to city
7:35 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Rhinelander Skateboard Park Getting Revived


A donation will enable the unused skate park behind the Rhinelander police and fire building to once again open.

Many years ago, a skateboard park was built just off the downtown. The park at Phillip and Alban streets has sat idle for a time. At last night's city council meeting, council member Sherri Belliveau said  a citizen came forward with a donation...

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Road Repairs Needed
3:00 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Days After Storm, Clean-Up Efforts Still Underway

Trees small and large came down in northern Wisconsin during a major storm last week.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Days after an intense storm system ripped through northern Wisconsin…county road crews are still working to clean up the damage.

Oneida County Highway Commissioner Freeman Bennett says the biggest problem was fallen trees, but county-maintained roads were clear by the end of the day Thursday. 

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Storm Floods Roads
5:27 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Flooded Roads in Minocqua-Woodruff Drying Out After Torrential Rains

Only large puddles remain Thursday afternoon, after downpours earlier in the day overwhelmed storm drain systems and flooded roads in Minocqua-Woodruff.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Many communities experienced flooded roads during Thursday's storms.


In the Minocqua-Woodruff area, traffic was shut down in both directions on Highway 51 north of Highway J for about five hours.


Construction in the area has been ongoing, and crews have been in the midst of replacing the storm drain system.


Dan Erva, Project Manager with the DOT, says one reason for the dramatic flooding was that the rain overwhelmed the temporary drain in place during the construction project.



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Town of Lynne site
7:05 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

OC Committee Says No To Another Mining Presentation

Oneida county courthouse

The Oneida County committee considering having a person talk before the full county board about the possibility of the Lynne mine said no yesterday.

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