Government

County Won't Budge on Camping Limit
3:48 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Iron County Votes to Evict Harvest Camp

The Harvest Camp, or Harvest Education Learning Project, has been in existence since last spring.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Iron County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to close the Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp Thursday night, saying residents are violating a 14-day camping limit on county forest land. 

About 30 people attended the meeting, most speaking in support of what’s officially called the Harvest Education Learning Project, or HELP Village.  An hour of public comment was followed by an hour in closed session, where county supervisors consulted with legal counsel.  A motion to close the camp passed 13 votes to 0, with two members absent. 

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Campaigns in Rhinelander
5:12 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Westlund Says Duffy Talks One Way Here, Votes The Other

Kelly Westlund(D-Ashland)
Credit Westlund For Congress

  The Democrat challenging Congressman Sean Duffy says what Duffy says in the district and how he votes are two different things. Kelly Westlund of Ashland appeared Thursday for a breakfast meeting in Rhinelander...  

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Conference call with reporters
5:04 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Sen. Johnson Heading To Ukraine This Weekend

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson(R-Wi.)
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  Republican Ron Johnson has joined fellow U.S. Senator Democrat Tammy Baldwin in calling for more forest management in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. In a conference call with reporters Thursday,  Johnson says the impacts of below-limit cutting is affecting the northern economy... 

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Two juveniles detained
4:49 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Six Persons Arrested In Forest Co. For Att. Homicide

Raymond Jones
Credit Forest Co. Sheriff's Department

  Six persons... four adults and two juveniles, have been arrested for the attempted murder of an unidentifed person.   The Forest County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant Wednesday in the town of Wabeno. They arrested 45 year old Raymond Jones. He will likely face 1st degree attempted homicide charges, along with 8 other charges including strangulation and suffocation. Also charged as party to the same offenses were 38 year old April Jones, 21 year old Justine A. Bey, and 18 year old Samantha B.S. McClellan.

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Walker asks for decision delay
3:42 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Potawatomi Tribe Asks Govenor To Make Casino Decision

Casino activity
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  A tribal spokesperson supports a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel editorial last weekend asking Governor Walker to make a decision soon on a new $800 million casino complex in Kenosha county. The Menominee Nation is requesting a new casino be built at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park. While nine Wisconsin tribes back the proposal, two do not: the Ho-Chunk tribe and the Forest County Potawatomi Community. Both tribes have gambling facilities off reservation.

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Event Thursday
3:00 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Nicolet College Offers Help For Adults To Attend College

Nicolet Area Technical College
Credit Nicolet College

  Going back  to school as an adult can be daunting. Nicolet College in Rhinelander is hosting an event Thursday designed to help people return to education. To help adults upgrade skills  or train for an entirely new career,  Nicolet is holding a Returning to Learning event from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday in the University Transfer Center on the Nicolet College Campus. Career Coach at Nicolet, Teri Phalin says adult students will find many people to help them...  

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Ten of Fifteen Seats Contested
5:15 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Iron County Group to Host Candidate Forums

Contested county board elections in Iron County have given rise to a series of candidate forums. 

The Iron County Citizen's Forum is organizing the two nonpartisan debates inspired by the League of Women Voters format. 

Organizer Terry Daulton says the controversy over a proposed iron mine has engaged more people in local politics.

“It’s very unusual to have this many people running. And it’s actually brought a lot of people into the fold thinking about what are the things our county is doing – so I think it’s actually energized the public a little bit.”

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Senate voting on matter Tuesday
3:11 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Local School Leader Favors Scheduling Flexibility

Supt. Kelli Jacobi
Credit Rhinelander School District

  The Wisconsin Senate is voting on a bill  tossing out the 180 day requirement for schools to hold classes.   Classes would still have to be held for certain numbers of hours -- but schools could hold longer days to get those hours in.  The issue came to the forefront in January, when most Wisconsin schools were closed for at least four days due to the coldest winter in two decades.

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Online survey
1:50 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Extension Survey Asks Oneida Co. Residents Likes, Dislikes

An Oneida county lake
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  Oneida County UW-Extension is asking county residents to fill out a survey about what they think about living here. Extension leader Erica Brewster says rather than have formal meetings, they've put a series of questions on a website called "Survey Monkey". She says they're hoping to take the pulse of Oneida county residents...  

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Lindey Cleaners
1:39 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Downtown Rhinelander Clean Up Site Moving Toward Parking Lot

A future parking lot
Credit WXPR

  The city of Rhinelander would like to clean up the  former Lindey Cleaners in downtown Rhinelander and should they get ownership, they would like to remove the building. The city council voted Monday to authorize working toward a grant to build a parking lot on the site. The city could eventually get ownership of the property for back taxes through foreclosure.  The federal Environmental Protection Agency would like to remove solvents and underground tanks underneath the Stevens Street property. City Administrator Blaine Oborn gave an update...  

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