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.
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...
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.”
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...
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..."
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....
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.