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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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Monday Morning Blaze
5:43 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Officials ID Fire Victim

A victim in a fatal fire earlier this week has been identified by forensic autopsy as 24-year-old Seth J. Fehr of Tomahawk. 

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department responded to the call early Monday morning.  The residence at 3892 Woodland Trail in Cassian was completely in flames when firefighters arrived. 

Three others escaped from the house.  One was flown to a Madison burn center for treatment. 

Working With Vilas County
3:44 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

LDF Gets State Grant For Drug Court

Brandon Thoms, Lac Du Flambeau Tribe Director of Public Relations
Credit Brandon Thoms

The Lac du Flambeau tribe has been given $130,000 for a drug court designed to keep offenders from jail.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's office announced the award this week from the Treatment Alternative and Diversion Program. The program addresses non-violent offenders at higher risk of re-offending.

Tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the tribe applied for the grant last November...

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Woman and unborn child
3:36 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Eagle River Man Charged With Attempted Homicide

Andrew Lee Rosner
Credit Vilas County Sheriff's Department

An Eagle River man is facing attempted homicide charges in connection with an alleged stabbing incident Saturday.

28 year old Andrew L. Rosner of 4060 Deerskin Road was arrested in the alleged knifing incident. The victims were taken to a Marshfield Hospital for treatment.

Sheriff Joe Fath says Rosner made an appearance Wednesday in Vilas County Court....

"...the District Attorney has charged Andrew with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide. One to the girlfriend, and one for the unborn child..."

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Town of Cassian fire
3:13 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Autopsy To Determine Identity Of Fire Victim

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An autopsy is being done to positively identify the victim of a Monday afternoon house fire in the Oneida county town of Cassian.

Oneida County Sheriff's officials report the fire at 3892 Woodland Trail...north of Tomahawk. The home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

Lieutenant Dan Hess says further investigation on the body of the victim is being done...

 

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Public School Choice Time
2:38 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Open Enrollment Period Begins

School districts hope more students enroll there, as it brings more state resources.
Credit Christopher Sessums

Open enrollment begins this week.  Wisconsin families have the option of enrolling their kids in any public school district, even if they live outside its boundaries.  

  For some districts open enrollment brings more revenue, while for others it draws resources out of the area. 

Northland Pines right now is losing about 70 students, but has a net positive gain with around 85 coming in.   District Administrator Mike Richie says they’ve been on the positive end of the equation since 2010, and he keeps a close eye on the numbers. 

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School Closed Unexpectedly
5:28 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Heat Problems Resolved at Central

In Rhinelander, Central Intermediate School is scheduled to be open Tuesday after Monday's unexpected closing.  School District officials say part of the school’s electrical system failed, affecting the heat in the building. 

Staff became aware of the problem around 6 am and called WPS. 

But the announcement software designed to alert parents of school closings also malfunctioned.  Rhinelander Schools Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says parents were notified late.

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No alcohol or smoking during pregnancy
4:38 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Folic Acid Critical To Preventing Birth Defects

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An easy to take vitamin supplement can dramatically lower the chances that a child is born with health problems. Every four minutes a baby is born in the U.S. with birth defects.

Oneida County and other health departments were involved during January with National Birth Defects Prevention Month.

 

Brenda Husing, Registered Dietitian and Lactation specialist says there are ways for pregnant women to cut the risk of birth defects...

 

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