Too much money to traditional political parties
3:20 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

McCabe Says The Public Needs To Form A "First Party"

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A new book calls for the forming of not a third political party, but what the author calls a "First Party" to bring about reforms to what he calls a broken political system.

Mike McCabe is Executive Director of the non-partisan  watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. His book is called "Blue Jeans in High Places: The Coming Make Over of American Politics". McCabe says he senses a majority of Americans have become discontented with government run by both major political parties...

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Fast Forward program
3:27 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Manufacturers Sought By DWD For Worker Training


A former long-time Minocqua area resident is an assistant Deputy Secretary at the state Department of Workforce Development. He thinks there soon will be more workers to help fill a jobs gap for skilled manufacturers.

David Anderson was in the Northwoods recently to let businesses know more training money soon will be available through the "Fast Forward" program...

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Narrow the choice of candidates
5:59 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Voters To Host Primary Election


Voters go to the polls today in Lac du Flambeau to narrow down the list of candidates  on the primary ballot for the fall election.

Three persons are challenging incumbent President Tom Maulson. Beverly LaBarge, Henry "Butch" St. Germain, Sr., and Joseph Wildcat, Sr. are on the ballot.

For tribal Vice-President, three candidates include Mike Allen, Sr., Melissa Christiansen, and Ruben(Wayman) Santiesteban.

31 candidates are running for 12 positions on the tribal council.

Polls are open from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the William Wildcat community center.

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Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund
5:48 am
Tue September 2, 2014

St. Germain Electors To Vote Wed. On Land Purchase

Electors in the Vilas county town of St. Germain will vote Wednesday whether to have the town purchase 237 acres that adjoins town property.

Integrys Energy Group, the parent of Wisconsin Public Service, is offering the land for purchase.

Town Chair Walt Camp says the purchase price is just under $500,000, but the state Knowles-Nelson  Stewardship fund is available for about half for the purchase. Camp says this is a rare opportunity for St. Germain...

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Critics say measure circumvents vote
4:16 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Michigan In Debate Over Wolf Hunt, Referendums


As Wisconsin is preparing for its second wolf hunt,  Michigan residents are protesting a move by that state's legislature that some feel is designed to preempt two November referendum questions.

This week the Republican-led state House approved a law that allows the state to name games species and establish hunting seasons without the Governor's signature. This could signal a second U.P. wolf hunt.

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Phone calls threatening action
3:14 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Vilas Officials Warn Of New IRS Scam


Vilas county residents have been getting phone calls from scammers and an official says hang up and call law enforcement.

Lieutenant Carl Gauger from the Sheriff's Department outlines what residents have been receiving...

"....they usually ask for a person by name. It's frequently just the first name. When they get that person on the phone, they advise them they are in deep trouble for not paying their taxes and they have to pay now or they're going to be arrested or prosecuted...."

Lt. Gauger says that is not how law enforcement does business...

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One car crash
4:27 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Woman Killed Near Merrill Tuesday Identified

Authorities have released the name of a person killed Tuesday on Lincoln county road "G" near Merrill.

The Sheriff's Department reports 30 year old Jamie L. Berna of Wausau died in the one-vehicle accident near French Ridge Road.

Berna was eastbound on "G" when her vehicle left the road and hit a stump.

A passerby found the accident scene about 6:00 a.m. Tuesday. Berna was dead at the scene. Pine River emergency departments also responded.

Deferred prosecution if meets conditions
2:18 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Road Rage Suspect Enters No Contest Plea

Michael Schettino
Credit Oneida County

A Woodruff man accused of pointing a gun during what was described as a 'road  rage' incident has a chance to have charges against him dropped if he follows court guidelines.

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Local jail with many conditions
2:04 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Woman Avoids State Prison Time For Homicide

Credit Forest County

A Wausau woman charged with allegedly running over a child in a driveway has avoided prison time but will spend time in local jail. But she has to follow strict guidelines or go to prison.

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Voters Won't Weigh In This Fall
11:09 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Vilas County Approves ATVs on County Highway A in Phelps

ATV use on Vilas County property has been controversial, with most residents voting against the idea in 2004.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Vilas County is likely to see ATVs on some stretches of county property.

The Vilas county board voted 14-5 last night to approve an ordinance which will allow the town of Phelps to use a section of County Highway A to extend town ATV trails.  The decision effectively overturns a 2004 referendum vote in which a majority wanted no county ATV trails, as well as a subsequent county board resolution banning ATVs on county properties and roads.

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