Government

Local bank accounts
5:46 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Scam Reported In Eagle River

Credit co.vilas.wi.us

Eagle River Police Chief Mark Vander Bloomen is warning area residents of another scam in the region.


This time, people are getting phone calls or texts that there are problems with their account at a local bank...


 

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Charged With Attempted Homicide
5:04 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Alsteens Declared Competent To Stand Trial

Marcus Alsteens

A Rhinelander man charged with attempted homicide has been found competent to stand trial.


23 year old Marcus Alsteens was arrested August 12 after a relative had allegedly been shot  at Alsteens' Rhinelander home.


State psychologist Dr. Michael Galli interviewed Alsteens at the request of the Public Defender's office to determine his ability to understand proceedings to help in his own defense. Public Defender Maggie Hogan agreed with Galli's findings...


 

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Too many hoops to jump through
5:35 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Eagle River, Library Pass on Community Development Block Grant

Mayor Jeff Hyslop
Credit eagleriver.govoffice2.com

Too many hoops to jump through has prevented the city of Eagle River and the Olson Memorial Library representatives from applying for a Community Development Block Grant.


Eagle River Mayor Jeff Hyslop says everyone agreed Tuesday night during a special meeting the grant process was too burdensome...


 

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Proposed Iron-Ashland County Mine
4:54 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Testimony Whether To Change Law For Mining Safety

State Senator Tom Tiffany(R-Hazelhurst)
Credit wisconsin.gov

Hours of testimony in Madison whether to allow an exemption to the state's Managed Forest Law that would allow Goegebic Taconite to close up to 4,000 acres by a proposed mine site.


Senator Tom Tiffany's bill that would enable "GT" to deny access on land that otherwise would allow public access. One mining protester was arrested earlier this year at the mine site after a group stopped by to protest. Some damage occured.


During the hearing, Tiffany said he was concerned about safety...


 

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Oct 1 General Election
9:10 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Lac du Flambeau Primary Election Results

Credit Lac du Flambeau Chamber of Commerce

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa held a primary election yesterday for contested positions for Secretary, Treasurer and tribal council. The winners include:


For Secretary...Jamie Armstrong and Victoria A. Doud.


For Treasurer...Barry LeSieur and Mary Peterson.


Candidates who will be on the October ballot for tribal council include....Terry "Fred" Allen, Eric Chapman, Sr.,Betty Jo Graveen,Alice K. Soulier,Henry "Butch" St. Germaine, Sr.,Joseph G. Wildcat, Sr.,Vivian "Luci" Wolfe, and Racquel Zortman-Bell.

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Back to School
4:00 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

As Classes Begin, Superintendent Hopes for Smooth Transport

As school buses prepare to roll out, Rhinelander District Schools Superintendent Kelli Jacobi hopes for a smooth first day.
Credit Don O'Brien

It's time for the first day of school.  

Rhinelander School District Superintendent Kelli Jacobi plans to visit all district schools in the first two weeks of classes.  She’s hoping school bus logistics will run more smoothly than last year. 

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Missing since February
3:25 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Remains Found Near Antigo Identified

Langlade county officials have released the identity of a person found dead west of Antigo August 22nd.


Sheriff Bill Greening reports the skeletal remains were identified through dental records at 77 year old Leonard Allen Peth of Antigo. The remains were found at Western Road and Hazel Road just west of Antigo.


Sheriff Greening says the Langlade County Coroner has ruled the cause of death as undetermined, although no foul play is suspected. Peth was last seen in Antigo in February of 2013.

More than a million dollars to be cut
3:17 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

OC Board Begins Debate On Projected Deficit

Supervisors Sonny Paszak(L) and Greg Berard and the rest of the Oneida County Board in special session 9/3
Credit WXPR

The Oneida county board has begun what could be some tough budget meetings.


Administration committee chair David Hintz says the county is looking at a $1.1 million deficit out of a $50 million routine budget.


Some department heads were called in to talk about capital projects including more road building, fixing problems in county buildings and aging equipment that needs updating among others. Buildings and Grounds Director LuAnn Brunette said the projects for that department could be in the neighborhood of $500,000 alone if the board went ahead with them.

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A Convenient Location
4:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

School Lends Space to Sheriff's Department

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department is opening a new office station at an elementary school.  Deputies will use a room at the Northwoods Community Elementary School as a stopping point to take care of administrative tasks.  No suspects will be brought to the location.  County Sheriff Grady Hartman says the new office on Highway K will help the department have a stronger presence on the west side of the county. 

“We get a high call volume especially around Highway 51.  And we needed a place where the officers could stop or take care of personal business.” 

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Recent labor actions
4:03 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Spokesperson: Labor Day Has New Meaning

Pullman strike image
Credit lib.niu.edu

Labor Day for many is a day off from work or school. But for people active in today's labor movement, it's a day to pause and reflect.

Dean Einerson of Rhinelander is a member of the Northwoods Labor Solidarity Group. He attended a rally in Wausau last week as fast food workers rallied for higher pay. He says the continuity of worker needs from the 19th century to today is similar...

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