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3:44 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

State Of The Tribes Highlights Differences, Goals

Menominee Nation Chairperson Laurie Boivin(left)
Credit menominee.edu

The new leader of the Menominee Nation told Wisconsin lawmakers that while deep differences exist on many issues, including the environment, cooperation is the goal.

While not directly addressing a proposed Kenosha casino by the Menominee Tribe....which is opposed by the Forest County Potawatomi Community... Chairwoman Laurie Boivin says dialog with the state concerning gambling compacts is positive for both sides...

 

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Department of Social Services
2:28 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Propane Help For Lower-Income Residents Offered

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Business has been brisk at the Oneida County Department of Social Services office as they try to get relief to qualifying persons heating with propane.

Support Programs Supervisor Amy Mayo says people who think they qualify for financial help paying for propane should see them..

 

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Before the state Assembly
2:12 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Bill Sets Up Procedures To Keep Guns Away From Domestic Violence Suspects

A pro-peace sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd at the U.N. in New York.
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A bill...authored by state Assembly Republicans ... would establish a clear method for people served with domestic violence injunctions to surrender their weapons. Current law requires people to surrender their weapons if an injunction is approved by a judge, but the method to do the surrender has been ambiguous.

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Oneida county
8:48 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Sowinski Farms Fined $100,000 For Poisoning Eagles, Animals

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A father-and-son who run a large Oneida county potato farm will pay 100-thousand dollars in restitution, for the poisoning deaths of two bald eagles and 70 other wild animals.

65-year-old Alvin Sowinski and his 46-year-old son Paul of Sugar Camp have made a plea deal on federal charges of illegal bald eagle possession. They'll have separate plea hearings on May 8th before Magistrate Stephen Crocker in Madison. U-S Attorney John Vaudreuil said wildlife poisoning cases are extremely rare. He has only prosecuted one-or-two of them in the last 30 years.

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Past town resistance to plans
4:57 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

DOT Schedules U.S. 51 Meeting for Woodruff-AV

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The Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting later this month to look at construction of U.S. 51 in Woodruff and Arbor Vitae.

While work in Minocqua happened last year, Woodruff and Arbor Vitae officials have questioned the D.O.T. plans.

DOT spokesperson Kristin McHugh says they want to talk about the current and future needs of the federal route...

 

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Rhinelander has many freezeups
4:49 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

More Freezeups Leads To More Water Running

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As of Wednesday morning, the city of Rhinelander was running about 30 jobs behind as water pipes continue to freeze in the city.

The extended cold snap has caused many problems along some of the city water mains. Last week the city asked property owners to let their water trickle. But that amount proved to be not enough says Mayor Dick Johns...

 

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Bomb Squad Called In
5:31 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

UPDATE: Courthouse Reopens After Suspicious Bag Found

The Oneida County Courthouse was closed Monday afternoon after authorities found an unidentified black bag on the first floor.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Oneida county courthouse opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday, after being evacuated Monday during a bomb scare.  

A black duffel bag was found outside the Social Services department on the buildings first floor.

According to a press release from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department the bag was found at approximately 10 a.m on Monday, and attempts to identify the owner were unsuccessful. 

The Oneida/Marathon County Bomb Team was called in to examine the bag, and the building was evacuated pending further investigation.  

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Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance reports
4:02 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

County Sales Tax Generally Effective For Property Tax Relief

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The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance in Madison looked over 12 years of data beginning in 2000. The county sales taxes came into vogue in the 1980's as a way to offset rising property tax rates.

Spokesperson Dale Knapp says the collections did little to offset property taxes. He said some counties found a reliable revenue stream, but for most others, it wasn't that good...

 

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Sentence far longer than recommendation
3:01 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

England Sentenced To Jail For Misconduct In Office

Traci J. England
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Oneida and Forest County's former Medical Examiner will spend a year in jail as part of a plea bargain to end a case that has lasted more than two years.

47 year old Traci England was arrested in January, 2012 after a sheriff's detective heard her talking about bringing home parts of autopsied bodies to train a cadaver dog, referring to it as a 'doggie bag'. England had no authorization to take the parts.

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Forest County proposal
6:03 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

Off-Road Park Draws Opposition At Public Hearing

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A proposed 10,000-acre off-road vehicle park in Forest county drew opposition at a Saturday public hearing in Laona, along with calls for a referendum.

About 60 people attended the first gathering called by the Forest county board.. A private non-profit organization, Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park, Inc wants to develop the large facility but has not produced on the record details where the park would be located, saying it could be in seven possible locations.

One speaker asked a series of questions to the four committee members present...

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