Government

Casino decision nearing
8:32 am
Thu December 4, 2014

State Might Be On The Hook With New Gambling Agreements

Under a new agreement signed Monday, the state would guarantee that the Potawatomi tribe does not lose money from a proposed competing casino in Kenosha.  However, the Walker administration's attorney on the matter says the governor does not have the power to create annual spending obligations like that. 

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$846,000 awarded
3:08 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Sokaogon Chippewa Community Gets Large Housing Awards

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Two awards from the Federal Home Loan Bank in Chicago will enable the construction of a large amount of affordable housing units in Forest county.

The Affordable Housing Program awarded two grants totaling  $846,000 to the Mole Lake  Sokaogon Chippewa Community. Jeff Ackley is the Sokaogon Housing Director and Tribal Program Administrator. He says the money will help offset the costs of two development projects. He says one grant will convert the Mole Lake Motel  into  supportive residence building...

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More rural transportation options
4:50 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Northwoods Transit Commission Forms

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A  group met Tuesday in Rhinelander and from that meeting could spring more transportation options for the Northwoods.

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On and Off Reservation
4:47 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

LDF Seeks Foster Families For Respite Homes

Lac du Flambeau is recruiting foster families on the reservation and other parts of Vilas County.

Family Services Manager Kristin Allen supervises the tribe’s foster care licensing program.

She says the program is especially in need of families to provide short-term respite homes. 

 “And respite homes are families that are willing to provide a weekend or evening for some of our foster homes – so that if they want a night out or a weekend for a family getaway, things like that – that they would be allowed that time alone.”

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Still need to cut $100,000
1:50 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Expera Reassessment Causes Rhinelander Budget Re-do

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A last minute change in property values caused the Rhinelander city council to do some fast work to put out a 2015 budget.

The council Monday night approved a budget but more adjustments need to be made. Finance committee chair Mark Pelletier says they came into the meeting keeping the levy the same as last year. A recent reassessment of the Expera paper mill property by the state caused a scramble to balance the budget...

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15,000 winter attractions
7:31 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Fall? Winter? Both! Tourism Sec. Optimistic

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No matter how much you plan, Mother Nature often finds a way to change things. So it goes for the Department of Tourism.

Secretary Stephanie Klett says fall travel activities were changed when the cold snap and snow cover moved into Wisconsin in the last two weeks.

"....winter came a lot earlier than normal this year. There are great winter events all through out the state, now apparently November, December, January and February. Go to travelwisconsin.com  We have 15,000 events and attractions that are listed..."

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Bridging Gap Between Vets and Resources
4:58 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Federal Grants to Help Northern Wisconsin Homeless Veterans

State officials have a new plan to help connect homeless veterans in northern Wisconsin with social services and other resources. 

Federal grants totaling 1.2 million dollars over the next three years…will go to fund a new Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program. 

Veterans Affairs Grant Specialist Kelly Laabs says it’s trying to help homeless veterans access programs that provide things like housing or healthcare.    

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Deer Donation Program
2:29 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Extra Deer Help Feed The Hungry

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Generous hunters during and after the upcoming Wisconsin deer hunt can help the hungry across the state.
The DNR's Deer Donation Program is now in it's 14th season.

Biologist Dan Hirchert coordinates the program. The effort was begun with cooperation from meat processors in the region. 70 counties participate in the program. He says hunters donate a legally harvested deer through the meat processors to go to local agencies like food pantries....

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Too costly
2:53 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Nicolet Trustees Say No To Printpak Building

Nicolet College library
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Nicolet College won't be accepting a gift of the former Printpak building in Rhinelander.

The Board of Trustees Monday night voted not to pursue the gift offer from the large manufacturer to have Nicolet College take over Printpak's former building on Kemp Street.

Printpak recently moved to a 203,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility on Rhinelander's east side.

Nicolet Board Chair Ron Zimmerman says  they thanked Printpak for the offer to locate a college facility in the former building but Zimmerman says the numbers didn't add up....

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April 15, 2015 advisory referendum
7:54 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Rhinelander Voters To Advise On Premier Resort Tax

Rhinelander city hall
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Next April, Rhinelander voters will see an advisory referendum  whether the city should petition the legislature to become the next community with a Premier Resort Area Tax.

The question asks whether the city should levy one-half cent on a dollar sales tax on tourist-related  items.

The money raised could only be used to upgrade infrastructure, namely city streets. The city could like to fix Lincoln Street from Oneida to Eisenhower Parkway, Stevens Street, Boyce Drive and Oneida Avenue, totaling some $2 million dollars.

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