Government

Full city council has final decision
6:36 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Rhinelander AODA Facility Exception Denied

Neighbors listening to CBRF proposal at city hall
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The city of Rhinelander's Planning  Commission has rejected a request to place an 8-bed Community Based Residential Facility at 835 West Phillip St, across from West Park. But the rejection is only advisory, and the final decision will go to the full city council.

60 people attended the meeting, with only one person speaking in favor of the facility.

The state Department of Corrections recommended another alcohol and drug abuse treatment facility in Rhinelander. The state contracted with Attic Correctional Services to provide the program.

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Absentee ballots key
3:28 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Two Write-Ins Win Oneida Co. Seats; Other Recounts Possible

Absentee ballots from another election
Credit Matthew Johnson The Uptake

Two write-ins were elected to the Oneida county board Tuesday after no one filed during the standard time for the spots that were vacated by retiring supervisors.

Greg Berard in District 2, city of Rhinelander and Jack Martinson from the town of Lynne and Minocqua did not run again. In District 2, Rhinelander alderman Tom Kelly declared as an official write in and won the county supervisory seat with 17 votes. Lisa Zunker from the town of Lynne won the seat with 40 write-in votes, defeating another write-in candidate Jay Christgau from Minocqua.

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WXPR interview
2:51 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Burke Questions Gov. Walker's Job Numbers

Mary Burke(D-Wisconsin)
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The likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate thinks voters should look at what she says are the real numbers regarding job growth in Wisconsin and not the numbers being used by the current job holder.

In an interview with WXPR, Burke touched on her jobs initiative.."Invest For Success" which she says is based on creating jobs in all parts of the state..

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All age groups promoted
2:54 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Northwoods Coalition Wants More Immunizations

Polio vaccination in 1957
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A coalition is hoping to increase the number of immunizations across the Northwoods. Northwoods Immunization Coalition formed in 2005 to provide what a spokesperson says is accurate information.

Laurel Dreger at the Vilas County Health Department says county health departments and providers from several Northwoods counties are involved.. The group wants to decrease the vaccine preventable diseases in several age groups..

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Many local races
4:10 am
Tue April 1, 2014

It's Election Day

Election Day 1922
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The first Tuesday in April brings Wisconsin voters to the polls for the spring election.

There are many local races on the ballot today.

In Forest county, a judge  will be elected between incumbent Leon Stenz and challenger Robert Kennedy, Jr. In White Lake, voters will decide whether to exceed state mandated revenue limits for three more years.

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Exceed state revenue limits
4:24 am
Mon March 31, 2014

White Lake Voters To Decide On School Referendum

One school district in the Northwoods has a referendum on tomorrow's spring ballot Tuesday.

White Lake school district in Langlade county is asking voters to spend $250,000 above the state-imposed cap limits each of the next three years. If approved, that referendum would replace a three-year, $200,000 request approved in 2011.

District Administrator Bill Fisher says voters in the district have a track record of supporting this type of referendum.....

 

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Current, past judges contend
4:19 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Charges, Rebuttals In Hotly Contested Forest Co. Judge Race

Forest Co. courthouse
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The past and current judge would like the next term leading circuit court in Forest and Florence counties.

Incumbent Leon Stenz is being challenged by Robert Kennedy, Jr. whom Stenz defeated in 2008. Kennedy won election in 2002 . Kennedy has been in private practice.

Kennedy says during his term, he made the county more money in revenue than Judge Stenz...

"...I was a better manager"...

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Vilas Co. debates state control
5:11 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

State Law Changes Local Input On Tower Sitings

Cell phone tower
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How would you react to the construction of a communications tower near your home?

Before the Wisconsin legislature changed the rules, you could have voiced your thoughts at a public hearing BEFORE the tower went up.

That’s no longer the case, as confirmed by Vilas County Corporation Counsel Martha Milanowski at Tuesday’s meeting of the Vilas county board of supervisors:

 

"...it may not be something we agree with, but it is something we must follow...."

 

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Downtown Revitalization
5:02 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Rhinelander Hopeful For USDA Grant For Downtown

Downtown Rhinelander facing east
Credit Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. and the city are in the planning stages for a projected $8 million makeover of the streets and infrastructure downtown within two years. The first bit of funding for the effort might be coming in.

City Administrator Blaine Oborn said they've heard from the Department of Agriculture...

 

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Burmaster named as finalist
4:55 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Nicolet College Trustees Consider Possible Transitional Plan

The Nicolet College Board of Trustees has begun talking about the process they would take should they need to hire a new president.

Nicolet College President Libby Burmaster has been listed as a finalist for the president's position at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois. She had been a finalist for the presidency of Edgewood College in Madison. Edgewood College this week announced Dr. Scott Flanagan, a vice-president at the school, as it's president.

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