Government

Loosens regulations on hard surfaces
3:11 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

NRB Approves Shoreland Zoning Changes

Grindstone Lake, Sawyer county
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The state Natural Resources Board has approved changes in Wisconsin's shoreland protection laws that a DNR spokesperson says make them better for landowners.

The state updated the regulations in 2010 for the first time since the 1960's. The changes were met with resistence by local zoning administrators who said they were going to be costly and difficult to implement.

 

Russ Rasmussen, an administrator in the DNR's water division, says the update clarifies hard surface regulations concerning runoff. He outlines the changes...

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Plan under review
1:55 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Mine Sample Plan Submitted To DNR

Taconite pellets
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The mining company has submitted it's revised plan to sample iron ore at a mine site in the Penokee Hills, and a DNR spokesperson says they've identified the remaining issues.

The initial plan for Gogebic Taconite's desire to mine the large site in Iron and Ashland counties involves submitting what's called a Bulk Sampling Plan.

DNR spokesperson Larry Lynch says the agency has determined specific permits will be needed...

 

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Oneida county case
11:37 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Bible Camp Rehearing Request Denied By Court

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The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago has denied a rehearing on a decision against a family hoping to build a bible camp and conference center on Squash Lake.

The Jaros Family has tried for nearly a decade to build the facility on family owned land in the town of Woodboro, Oneida county. Oneida county and the town of Woodboro, along with the Oneida County Board of Adjustment have all denied needed permits.

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Deadline Approaching
4:55 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Decision Time Nearing for Mascot Bill; Opponents Want Veto

The Great Lakes Intertribal Council is calling on Governor Scott Walker to veto legislation regarding race-based mascots.  The bill makes it harder for a person to file a discrimination complaint against a school mascot.  It would require a petition of signatures and then proof of discrimination to get a mascot changed.

Michael Allen is director of the Great Lakes Intertribal Council.  He says the rule changes would encourage stereotyping of Native people. 

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Former Oneida County Administrator
1:33 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

La Du-Ives Takes Over Marathon County Jail

After months of turmoil and searching for a new administrator, the Marathon County

Jail again has a permanent leader.

Sandra La Du-Ives was selected by Marathon County to run the jail, which has been

experiencing several problems that climaxed with the assault of two corrections officers

by an inmate last winter.

La Du-Ives was the Deputy Administrator for Oneida County’s jail, and has spent the

last eight months as their Administrator after her supervisor, Kaye Juel, died with her

husband in a February house fire.

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Must follow judge's orders
1:24 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Teen Avoids Prison Time In Stabbing Incident

A Lac du Flambeau teen has avoided prison time in connection with the stabbing of his mother's boyfriend.

17 year old Christian Soulier had entered a no contest plea to amended felony charges concerning a January incident at his mother's home in Forest county. He initially had been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, but entered into a plea agreement with the state in return to a guilty plea to lesser charges.

V.A. and private sector
1:18 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Veterans Without Dental Ins. Can Join New Program

Veteran getting dental care
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Veterans have another dental option as part of their VA healthcare.

V.A. spokesperson Brad Nelson says they're now offering dental isnurance at reduced premiums. He says veterans now get comprehensive dental benefits if they meet stringent eligibility standards, including total disability. But Nelson says the majority of veterans don't have full care. He says the VA has contracted with private companies MetLife and Delta Dental to provide insurance. He says the VA website has a link...

 

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Hoping to Prevent Accidents
5:42 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Law Enforcement On Lookout for Drunk Holiday Driving

Vilas and Oneida County Sheriff’s Departments are stepping up drunk driving patrols starting this weekend.  The statewide Booze and Belts campaigns also targets drivers and passengers not wearing seatbelts. 

Vilas County Captain Russ Kennedy says grants from the state Department of Transportation pay for deputies to work overtime, targeting drunk driving and unbuckled seatbelts. 

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Alleges city improperly tossed tent. agreement
3:25 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

City Union Files Suit Against City of Rhinlander

A city of Rhinelander union has filed suit against the city, accusing it of rejecting what had been considered a tentative agreement.

The suit alleges the city illegally struck down the agreement that was reached in December, 2012.

 

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Cost savings or living up to a contract?
5:15 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Eagle River, Town of Lincoln, DOT Battle Over Street Lights

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City officials in Eagle River and the Vilas county town of Lincoln are upset with the Department of Transportation about lighting along highways. The state says it's a matter of keeping past agreements and safety.

In Eagle River, in city areas officials think are "over lit" they have turned off 27 lights. A couple of lights were turned back on after people complained. But local governments would like to save more money by turning off some of the lights along the state-maintained roadways.

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