Federal immigration and criminal charges are pending on residents of Mexico and Central America involved in an Eagle River bar fight January 20.
Eagle River Police Chief Mark Vander Bloomen says they were called to a bar fight at BBT's tavern in downtown Eagle River. An Eagle River man was engaged in a fight with four men, with one of them allegedly pointing a .45 caliber handgun at a person.
Vander Bloomen says this evolved into more than an investigation into a bar fight. They followed tire tracks to a residents at 906 Walnut Street.
The fire that severely damaged a Rhinelander mobile home was caused by a heater trying to thaw pipes.
Fire Chief Terry Williams reports they were called Tuesday afternoon to 329 Woodland Heights Terrace...
".....when we arrived on scene, the rear half of the mobile home was on fire. What had happened was the residents were using a kerosene fired torpedo heater underneath the mobile home to thaw out frozen water pipes...."
Opposition grew to the governor's budget proposal to borrow one-point-three billion dollars for highway projects, instead of raising taxes-and-fees for them. Speaker Robin Vos repeated his concerns about building up the state's debt. Still, Vos said new money has to be found to pay for necessary roads. Hazelhurst Senator Tom Tiffany said the transportation funding plan gives him the "biggest heartburn" of anything in the two-year, 68-billion dollar budget.
Three persons arrested last October after an investigation of the Forest County Jail made court appearances.
59 year old Jeanie Pitts of Crandon and 63 year old Melvin Donek of Argonne are charged with Misconduct in Public Office, theft and other charges. They were jailers at the time of their arrests. Pitts' husband, 59 year old Richard Pitts, is also charged with receiving stolen property.
Jeanie Pitts faces 7 felonies and two misdemeanors, Donek one felony and three misdemeanors, and Richard Pitts faces three felonies.
For many years, Mike McCabe headed the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, an organization primarily devoted to allowing people without large money to continue to have a seat at the political table.
McCabe no longer heads the organization, but has written a book titled "Blue Jeans In High Places, The Coming Makeover Of American Politics". His book raises questions about the current state of politics, the failings of both major parties, and a blueprint for a different future.
McCabe will be in the Northwoods this weekend. He talked with Ken Krall about the book.
Oneida county is weighing an offer from Kwik-Trip to purchase the county shops on Rhinelander's west side for a private development. The county is weighing different options, including renovating the current facility or building a new plant off the Highway 8 bypass.
Later this month, the public along with students and staff at Nicolet College will get a chance to talk with finalists for the President's job.
Board of Trustees chair Ron Zimmerman also chairs the presidential search team. He says they recently reduced the candidate list from 21 down to five. The finalists will be on campus February 17 and 18. The candidates will first meet with the board...