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Oneida county crash
4:37 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Motorcycle Crash Victim Dies

One of the two motorcyclists injured in a crash last weekend north of Tomahawk has died.


The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports 50-year-old Benjamin J. Guite, Sr. of Merrill died Wednesday at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. The second motorcyclist, 49 year old Lynette A. Haman of Elkhorn, Wisconsin was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. Her condition was not released.

Decent Grades
3:57 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Northern Schools Fare Well By State Standards

Report cards are out for all Wisconsin schools and districts.
Credit Basheer Tome

School report cards are in, and Northwoods school districts are on track or exceeding expectations. 

The statewide performance report ranks schools on measures like student achievement, attendance and college readiness. Schools get placed in one of five categories between "failing" and "significantly exceeding expectations."

Northland Pines schools in Eagle River was rated as "exceeding expectations". District Administrator Dr.  Mike Richie says the numbers are positive.

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Committee to be formed
8:33 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Nicolet College Board Postpones LRC Decision

Peter Christiansen Dental Clinic where Nicolet College Board meeting was held
Credit WXPR

The Nicolet College Board of Trustees has voted to postpone a decision on sending proposals to remodel the Learning Resources Center to the state for review.


Meeting last night in Lac du Flambeau, the board decided it was better to put a community committee together to decide the best course of action.

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Moved to November meeting
3:12 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

No Decision On Boathouse Roof Change

A Northwoods boathouse
Credit topix.com

A resolution that would allow flat roofs on boathouses in Oneida county was postponed at Tuesday's county board meeting.


Planning and Development chair Scott Holowinski asked for the postponement after department Director Karl Jenrich heard from the DNR....


 



"....we submitted it to DNR to comment on the rule and Karl, this morning, got an email(from the DNR) with some changes that the committee should talk about before we debate this. So what I'd like to do is table this...."


 

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Joins other county boards
3:00 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

OC Board Asks For More National Forest Cutting

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Credit fs.usda.gov

The Oneida county board has joined other counties asking the U.S. Forest Service and Congress to make changes in policy allowing more cutting in Wisconsin's national forest and other forests.

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First meeting in Rhinlelander
4:02 am
Sat September 14, 2013

Swearingen To Chair Legislative Panel On Rural Schools

Rep. Rob Swearingen (34th Assembly) Rhinelander
Credit legis.wisconsin.gov

State Representative Rob Swearingen has been asked to Chair the Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools.


The Rhinelander Republican was appointed by Speaker Robin Vos to study issues like schools financial stability, declining enrollment and transportation needs that are unique to most rural school districts.


He says he went along with a group of Rhinelander school officials to Madison several weeks ago to talk to legislators and officials about rural school problems...


 

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FCC to rule
4:01 am
Sat September 14, 2013

Loss Of Landlines Feared In Rural Wisconsin

Credit electronics.howstuffworks.com

A bi-partisan group of legislators is pushing a bill to require telephone companies keep land lines instead of dumping them for only cellphone coverage.


Talking from a landline on her farm in the hills of western Wisconsin, the bill's author...State Senator Kathleen Vinehout says at her place, cell coverage is spotty, just like across much of northern Wisconsin. Consumers with only one phone company had protections up to two years ago...


 

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Public hearing this week
5:08 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Bill Would Allow Bake Goods To Be Sold Like "Pickle Bill"

Credit lafayetteurbanministry.org

Four years ago the Wisconsin legislature loosened restrictions on selling canning at places like Farmer's Markets. It was called the "Pickle Bill". Now a move is on to allow baked goods to be sold in a similar way.


The Assembly's Small Business Development Committee heard testimony this week on a bill allowing the selling of homemade baked goods like breads, muffins and cookies without the usual permit.

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Still faces possible long prison term
4:53 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Attempted Homicide Charge Dropped For Crandon Man

A Crandon man has had an attempted first degree homicide charge dropped, but still could see substantial time behind bars.


22 year old Dakota Tuckwab was one of six men charged in Forest countyfollowing a melee at a Mole Lake home in February of 2012. A man and a woman were lured to the home. The man escaped out a window after being beaten and stabbed, while the woman escaped out of a room in which she was tied up.

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City council approves
6:12 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Snowmobiles On Eagle River Streets For First Time

Credit sno-eagles.org

For the first time ... snowmobiles will operate legally within the City of Eagle River, officially known as the Snowmobile Capital of the World. ..


Tuesday night, the Eagle River City Council passed a snowmobile ordinance that establishes rules and routes for operating snowmobiles within the confines of the city.


Ken Storms, president of the Sno-Eagles snowmobile club, the driving force behind the ordinance:


 



"....I think it was a very good move and we're very please it did get passed...."

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