Government

Changing Education
10:18 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Going Mobile at Nicolet College

Nicolet has a plan to develop new mobile classrooms.
Credit Christopher Sessums / WXPR News

Nicolet College will put together two mobile classrooms by next year.  

The project is thanks to a grant from the federal department of labor, totaling almost three-quarters of a million dollars.  Nicolet President Libby Burmaster says the classrooms will serve as a new kind of educational platform.

“And so instead of students traveling to campus, we’re taking some of the classroom instruction to them, which is gonna make training in these credentials available to people in a whole new way.”

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Tribal Elections
9:37 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Six Seats To Be Decided in Tribal Election

It’s election day in Lac du Flambeau.  Six tribal seats will be decided: including the secretary and treasurer, plus four councilmen.  Tribal Spokesman Brandon Thoms says there are twelve total seats on the tribal council. 

“A council person has a two year term, and those terms are staggered.  So generally every year six of those seats go up for election.”

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Tribe Proactive Against Crime
10:41 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Lac du Flambeau Nets Federal Dollars for Policing

The Lac du Flambeau tribe says two federal grants will help combat crime in its community. The tribe has been awarded money for community policing totaling more than three quarters of a million dollars. The so-called COPS grants come through a federal program for tribal assistance. The larger grant will fund police equipment like hardware and uniforms. The other will pay for the hiring of at least one new person.

Tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the money will go a long way.

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Road Hazard
4:00 am
Sun September 29, 2013

Moose Appears in Rhinelander

The moose pictured above is not the one spotted in Rhinelander.
Credit Denali National Park and Preserve

Drivers may need to look out for more than just deer.  

A moose has been spotted in Rhinelander.  City Police officer Chad Brown says it was spotted by a resident about a week ago.  Responding to the call Brown tailed the moose in his squad car. He filmed the moose for several minutes.  Brown says a moose can do a lot of damage if it collides with a car.

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Practicing For An Emergency
5:40 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Emergency Managers Test the Water

Rhinelander emergency managers will be testing their ability to get water to the site of a large fire. 

Saturday officials will be testing a response system called Mutual Aid Box Alarm system or MABAS. Oneida County Emergency Management Director Ken Kortenhof says fire department crews will gather at the Rhinelander Airport.

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Government
6:25 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Drug Arrests In Forest County

Andrew Phillips
Credit Forest County Sheriff's Department

Two arrests during an early Wednesday raid at a residence in the town of Laona. Forest county deputies and Crandon Police arrested 37 year old Andrew Phillips and 19 year old Taylor Labarge when authorities came with a search warrant shortly after 2:00 a.m.


Phillips and LaBarge were arrested for delivery and possession of cocaine, possessing marijuana and keeping a drug house.


Authorities indicate more arrests are likely.

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Had face attempted homicide
4:38 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Teen Pleas To Amended Charge In Stabbing

A Lac du Flambeau teenager has entered a plea to reduced charges concerning the stabbing of his mother's boyfriend.


17 year old Christian Soulier was arrested in January after an incident at his mother's boyfriend's home in Forest county. The victim was said to have been stabbed four times.


In court Tuesday Soulier pled no contest to an amended charge of aggravated battery. Soulier's attorney Suzanne O'Neal said Soulier could be waived back into juvenile court, but she waived that possibility to move forward with the amended charge.

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Tours Northwoods
3:46 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

State PSC Chair Says Broadband A Public-Private Effort

PSC Chairman Phil Montgomery
Credit wisgov.state.wi.us

Developing better high-speed internet in the Northwoods must be a public-private partnership...so says the Chairman of the state utilitiy regulator, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.

While more highly populated areas often have sufficient broadband access, many rural areas have very slow internet if it's available at all. A group in Three Lakes is promoting the efforts of that town to show how they were able to get access to most of their residents.

PSC Chair Phil Montgomery says the way faster internet will get to underserved areas is through local action...

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August shooting in Rhinelander
12:12 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Alsteens Bound Over For Trial

Marcus Alsteens
Credit Oneida county

A Rhinelander man has been bound over for trial for the shooting of a relative.


23 year old Marcus Alsteens is charged with attempted first-degree homicide for the August 12 incident at a home he shared with his uncle, Justin Alsteens. Police allege a fight over doing housechores led to the shooting.

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Investigation Still In Progress
6:41 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Missing Woman's Remains Found; Cause of Death TBD

Vilas County authorities are still waiting to determine cause of death for a woman whose remains were found in the woods last week. 55-year-old Sandra Schinke of Sayner went missing in 17 months ago in the Northern Highland Forest.  Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says forensic evidence helped make the positive ID.

“The teeth were intact in the jaw at the scene as part of the remains.  So we utilized a forensic anthropologist and dental records that we had obtained from Mr. Schinke when his wife went missing.”

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