Government

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
Credit deanbakerphotography.com

  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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Average increase: $8 a month
8:42 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

City Asks PSC For Water Rate Increase

The Rhinelander city council has voted 6-2 to ask state regulators for a 30 percent increase in water rates.  Officials say, if approved, it could mean about $8 more per month for the average utility user. A study found the water utility losing money, and the increase was needed to get the utility back on sound financial footing. Council member Alex Young said this past budget cycle,  the council  took money from the utilities to put into the city's general fund to help it balance...  

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500 freeze ups
8:39 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Mayor Asks To Keep Water Running

Rhinelander utility worker recently thawing pipes along Stevens St.
Credit WXPR

  The warmer weather    Monday could lead Rhinelander residents to stop running their tap water to prevent freeze up. Mayor Dick Johns says you should still keep running your tap water. He says the surface might warm up some, but where the pipes are located is still very cold...  

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Eagle Cove Camp and Conference Center
8:33 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Family Files Oneida County Case To U.S. Supreme Court

The family hoping to build the Eagle Cove Camp and Conference Center on Squash Lake west of Rhinelander has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case. The Jaros family asked Oneida county and the town of Woodboro in 2004 to construct a religious based facility on family property. The request was rejected at the town, county and Board of Adjustment level. Appeals were rejected in U.S. District Court in Madison and most recently  by the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago. In each U.S.

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Campaigning in Northwoods
5:17 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Richards Questions A.G.'s Office Work in Milw. Co. Probe

Jon Richards(D-Milwaukee)
Credit Wisconsin.gov

  A Democrat running for Attorney General says he would have been more aggressive in pursuing investigations into what went on in the Milwaukee County Executive's office when Scott Walker was in charge. Jon Richards of Milwaukee is a legislator and lawyer. He stopped in Rhinelander recently on a campaign swing. Richards says  Republican Attorney General  J.B.

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Discussion at Nicolet College
5:03 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Property Tax or Sales Tax To Fund Schools?

Revenue Sec. Rick Chandler in front of Nicolet College image
Credit WXPR

Two Walker administration officials have been touring the state getting feedback on what residents would like to see  to improve the business climate and lower taxes. Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler talked with Northwoods residents Friday at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. Kleefisch says property taxes paying for schools is dealt with in different ways in other states....  

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Roundtable at Nicolet College
4:42 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Kleefisch, Chandler Talk Tax Reform In Rhinelander

Lt. Gov. Kleefisch, Revenue Sec. Chandler at Nicolet College
Credit WXPR

Two top state officials met face-to-face with local residents to talk about ways the state can lower the tax burden. A fact-finding event, both officials said that input would be part of a report they will file. Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler met with business, non-profit, education and economic development representatives, among others. Chandler said Wisconsin has fallen to the tenth highest taxed state in the nation. He says the Republican administration would like tax reform to be a main component when building a better business climate...  

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Fewer Officers, Higher Spending
4:49 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Wisconsin Spends More on Local Policing

Per capita in Wisconsin, municipal spending on policing is increasing.
Credit Edward Kimmel

Wisconsin municipalities spend more than the national average on policing, a new report finds.  The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance finds communities spent an average of $288 dollars per person in 2011 – the 12th highest rate in the nation. 

Stephanie Rubin, policy research analyst for the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, says that spending went up more than 18 percent between 2007 and 2011. 

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