1:41 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Suspects Identified In Stolen Credit Card Incident

One of the two suspects apprehended in connection with use of a stolen credit card was scheduled to appear in Oneida County court Monday.  Breianna Persike was arrested on December 18th, and another suspect Andrew Washburn was arrested the following day.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s office says the two are believed to have entered an unlocked home in the middle of the night, and stolen a purse containing cash and a credit card. 

Wausau Police helped make the arrests. 

9:10 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Muskego Man Dies in Forest Co. Snowmobile Crash

A 22 year old Muskego man has died in a Forest county snowmobile crash.The Sheriff's Department reports the man was snowmobiling along the shoreline of Roberts Lake in the town of Freedom.Deputies were called about 1:30 a.m Saturday morning. When they arrived they found the man had crashed the snowmobile into a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Forest County Medical Examiner.The investigation into the crash continues and the man's name will be released when all relatives are notified.

Federal taxes up
3:41 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Tax Bills Arrive, News Mixed Says Tax Watchdog


Wisconsin's state and local tax burden fell a small percentage of personal income this year, but the total tax burden rose about one percent because the federal government is collecting more taxes.

 Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance President Todd Berry says for decades they've looked at the total tax bill people pay....

"....bottom line is in terms of all the taxes we paid, our burden relative to the income of the state went up from a little over 30 percent to a little over 31 percent of income...."

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Public helped locate suspects
9:58 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Pair Arrested For Alleged Stolen Credit Card Use

Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Two persons have been arrested in connection with using an alleged stolen credit card.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports Andrew C. Washburn and  Breanna M. Persike, both of  Wausau, were arrested.

Lieutenant Terri Hook  says the public's input led to the arrests. Washburn and Persike will be scheduled for court appearances.

The investigation is continuing.

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Replaces Diesel
3:40 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

State Urges More Compressed Natural Gas Use


The state is hoping to attract truckers and others using Diesel fuel to an alternative: compressed natural gas.

"....a very clean, affordable fuel. It's terrific for business owners because it lowers their fuel costs by fifty percent..."

That's State Energy Office spokesperson Stephanie Marquis talking about CNG.

She says there's also another key benefit...

"'s a very clean, affordable fuel. It's terrific for business owners because it lowers their fuel costs by about 50 percent...."

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Take vets to Washington, D.C.
3:26 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

New TSA Rules Help Honor Flight Attendees

National World War II Memorial

Veterans participating in the Never Forgotten Honor Flight trips will have fewer airport hassles during their memorial viewing mission, thanks to something included in the spending bill passed recently by Congress and signed by the President this week.

The Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, instituted security checks after the
9-11 attacks that are physically challenging for many elderly or disabled people, such
as removing belts, shoes, and going through pat-downs before boarding airplanes.

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Work at embassies
4:55 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Brown To Leave UW-Extension For U.S. Service

Tim Brown
Credit Tim Brown

Oneida County UW-Extension is losing two members as one of them has been hired to by the State Department to work in U.S. embassies overseas.

Community Resource Development agent  and department co-chair Tim Brown and his spouse, Kim Brown will be leaving next month. Kim Brown is  coordinator of Nutrition Education Program for Oneida and Langlade counties.

Tim Brown talks about his new job...

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Referendum suggested
4:47 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

County Asks Kwik-Trip For More Time On Land Purchase

Credit WXPR

Oneida county is asking Kwik-Trip for an extension until May 1 concerning a major property purchase on Rhinelander's west side.

In special session Tuesday, the board asked for the extension concerning relocating the Highway Department shops to county land near the Highway 8 bypass.

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Decision to Come in January
4:35 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Northland Pines School Board Discusses Proposal to Combine Grades 7-12

The Northland Pines School Board met last night to discuss the proposal to move the 7th and 8th grades into the high school next year. A dozen community members weighed in with passionate opinions and prepared statements, coming down evenly for and against. Those in favor of the proposal called for people to trust the school board, such as 3rd and 4thgrade teacher Gretchen Yagow:  

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Monday morning
4:04 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Victim Identified in Conover Fire

Vilas county authorities have released the name of the person killed early Monday near Conover.

The Vilas County Coroner's office says 84 year old Kathryn Bauer of Conover died in the blaze. The Sheriff's office was called at 3:23 Monday morning to 3179 US 45. When fire units arrived, the residence was fully engulfed.

No cause of the blaze has been determined, but there are no indications the fire is suspicious.

The investigation is continuing.

Conover firefighters were assisted by Plum Lake and the Eagle River fire departments.