Found Friday morning
7:18 am
Sun January 4, 2015

Autopsy Planned For Woman Found Dead In Vilas Co.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department is asking the public's help to determine what happened Friday evening in Presque Isle when a deceased woman's body was found.

Officers say  the naked body of  61 year old Corrine Gerster of Oshkosh, Wi. was found outside the Townhouse Store in downtown Presque Isle about 8:45 a.m. Friday.  Emergency responders reported no sign of  life at the scene. A forensic autopsy will determine the cause of death.

First payment due Jan. 31
3:24 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Another Season Upon Us: Tax Season


Oneida County Treasurer  Kris Osterman says the first installment of your real estate taxes needs to be paid by the end of January, but remember where you need to pay them. State law allows the tax bill to be paid in two installments, with the final payment due by the end of July.

Osterman says the first payment goes to your local government...

"....they have to remember they have to pay their property taxes to their municipal treasurers. So the local treasurer collects this time of year..."

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Violates residential codes
2:07 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Tourist Rooming Houses Get OC Crackdown


A growing business of renting prime recreational property has drawn a response from Oneida county.
Complaints about tourist rooming houses has led to lawsuits and actions against property owners. At issue are property owners who work a type of timeshare agreement where renters live in the home for a fee, sometimes in the range of several thousand dollars.

Most of these arrangements violate the county's zoning codes, says Planning and Zoning Director Karl Jenrich. He says renting in this manner in certain zoning districts violates the law..

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Missing since August
5:38 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Eagle River Man Missing In Alaska

Roger Yaeger
Credit Alaska State Patrol-Facebook

An Eagle River man is missing in Alaska and authorities are asking for any information to help find him.

Family members reported 72 year old Roger Yaeger of Eagle River missing. He traveled to Alaska to look at wildlife and visit.The last contact anyone has had with him was in August.

Alaska State Patrol spokesperson Beth Ipsen...

"....on August 18, staying with a family in Wasilla(Alaska), then he drove up to Fairbanks which is about 300 miles away and turned his rental car in somewhere around the 9th or 10th, and that's where he drops off the radar...."

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Northwoods still above norm
4:39 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Unemployment Rate Drops In November


As 2014 draws to a close, good news on the employment front.

The Department of Workforce Development reported last week that Wisconsin's overall unemployment rate had fallen to 5.2 percent, which is a post Great Recession low. While unemployment has dropped across the Northwoods, some of the state's highest jobless rates remain here.

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Question in some states
4:31 am
Mon December 29, 2014

LDF Tribe Not Going To Grow Marijuana


During the fall, the  U.S. Department of Justice informed federal attorneys not to stop the growing or selling of marijuana on Native American sovereign lands if the tribes choose to do so. This follows the legalization of medical marijuana or other forms of relaxed marijuana laws in some states. In those states with legalization, growing marijuana on tribal lands has been called in to question.

Wisconsin continues to enforce marijuana laws, but some have raised the question, what if the laws changed here?

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Work in Progress
4:00 am
Fri December 26, 2014

County Officials Encourage Public Comment on Mining Ordinance Draft

Iron county officials are encouraging public comment in the coming weeks on a draft metallic mining ordinance. 

An Iron County Citizen’s forum last week hosted Zoning Administrator Tom Bergman and special counsel Chris Jaekels answering questions about the document. 

Forum spokesperson Terry Daulton says their message is that public comment is welcome prior to a public hearing on a final draft. 

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Could face 10 years in prison
1:26 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Rhinelander Man Indicted By U.S. District Court

Allegedly failing to update his sex offender registration could put a Rhinelander man in federal prison for several years.

The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin reports the arrest of 58 year old Gregory Porter Tuesday night at his residence in Rhinelander.

Porter was indicted December 17 by a federal grand jury in Madison. The indictment alleged between November 2012 and April 2014 Porter allegedly traveled between Wisconsin and New Jersey, Colorado and South Carolina and allegedly failed to update his registration as required.

Other driver injured
1:24 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Three Lakes Man Dies In Two Vehicle Crash


A Three Lakes man has died from injuries sustained in a car crash Tuesday in Three Lakes.

Three Lakes Police report 75 year old Glenn C. Hoffman was driving northbound on Highway 45 near the intersection of Big Lake Road. Police report Hoffman's vehicle went out of control and crossed the centerline. His vehicle struck another vehicle driven by a woman from Watersmeet, Michigan.

Both drivers were taken to the hospital, where Hoffman died of his injuries Tuesday evening.

Police report both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

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Correction included
4:52 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Tiffany Wants Congress To Redo Endangered Species Act

State Senator Tom Tiffany(R-Hazelhurst)

Hazelhurst Republican Tom Tiffany thinks Wisconsin's federal representatives should take action following a federal judge's decision to put wolves back on the federal endangered species list. U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell  ruled that it was "arbitrary and capricious" to take gray wolves off the federal endangered species list. While Wisconsin's wolf hunt ended a few days prior to the ruling, it ended wolf hunts in the region for the future.

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