Government

Funding restored
3:28 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Tourism Spending Makes Money: Reed

Lara Reed
Credit With permission starjournalnow.com

As the Oneida County Board recently wrestled to balance its 2014 budget, a proposed cut would have struck $10,000 from the county tourism council's budget.

Rhinelander Chamber Director Lara Reed said cutting the promotional budget for tourism could hurt the local economy as tourism revenue generates tax base...

 

"....travelers in Oneida county spent $185 million dollars(this year)...that's $5,193 dollars for every man, woman and child in the county. Traveler spending supports 2,070 full-time equivalent jobs..."

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Former Rhinelander teacher
3:11 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Juergens To Be Sentenced Next Month

Joshua Jueregens
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

The former Rhinelander high school English teacher will enter a plea next month to several charges related to an alleged theft, drug possession and growing marijuana.

Joshua Juergens' attorney Maggie Hogan and District Attorney Michael Schiek said at a hearing in Rhinelander Thursday that Juergens will enter a plea December 5 and be available for sentencing.

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Eve of Wisconsin deer hunt
4:10 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

DNR Leader Says Agency Wants More Public Input

Credit dnr.wi.gov

  Saying he's the eyes and ears in this region for the state DNR Secretary, the Northern Region Director held office hours in Tomahawk. He says they will be doing more of this type of interaction with the public.

 

John Gozdzialski met with the public at Tomahawk city hall. He says city of Tomahawk officials talked about what they needed in upcoming projects, but also heard from other members of the public...

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Committee recommends remodeling
6:45 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Nicolet Board To Consider Possible LRC Remodel Referendum

Nicolet College LRC building
Credit campusexplorer.com

No decision was made, but a work team has recommended a possible referendum involving three projects deemed critical and five other projects at the Nicolet College LRC building.

The Board of Trustees assembled the team this summer after a proposal arose to use the maximum allowed borrowing authority without a referendum to remodel parts of the Learning Resources Center. When opposition to that approach surfaced, the work team met to recommend a course.

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More arrests likely
3:14 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

16 People Arrested In Forest County Drug Sting

Sheriff John Dennee
Credit forestcountysheriff.org

16 people have been arrested and three more are being sought in connection with an undercover drug investigation in Forest county.

Sheriff John Dennee reports confidential informants allegedly purchase marijuana, cocaine, and prescription meds from county residents and people not in Forest county.

Nine of the suspects are from Crandon ...Steven Polar, Laurie Olds, Kyler Williams,Mackenzi McGhesick, Candice Holmes, Alexander VanZile, Ahshoni Daniels, Tonya Malone and Jodie Burnett. Two others are from Wabeno.. John Powless and Sheenah White.

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Parkinson to retire in December
1:49 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Miljevich Named As Rhinelander City Attorney

After 33 years, Rhinelander will have a new city attorney beginning next month.

The city council Monday night hired Carrie Miljevich of Rhinelander to succeed Phil Parkinson. Parkinson began as city attorney in 1980 and is retiring next month.

Mayor Dick Johns says Miljevich is qualified for the position..

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Higher assessment replenishes fund
6:25 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Rhinelander Holds Line On City Budget

Rhinelander city hall
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

A higher than expected city assessed value  has helped the Rhinelander city council  keep a flat property tax level and also help its depleted general fund.

The council passed an option which holds city taxpayers bills flat for the city's portion of the bill. But after the state reported in with the city's property value, it enabled the council to still hold the tax rate the same, but helped the city replenish a depleted general fund. The fund had been tapped during the recession to keep tax increases down.

City Administrator Blaine Oborn...

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Elcho, Antigo possible
3:53 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Another Northwoods Schools Task Force Meeting Possible

Credit wisconsinsfuture.org

The Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools has had two meetings to date, including one in Rhinelander. The task force has a way for those interested in the issue to follow what is happening.

Task Force Chair Rob Swearingen from Rhinelander said they recently had their second meeting in Elroy, not far from Wisconsin Dells. Swearingen says they heard similar concerns there as the first session in Rhinelander, but some differences as well. He says they've found a way to let the public know what's going on...

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Look at Northwoods resources
3:01 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

AUDIO: WXPR Program Focuses On Alzheimer's Disease

From left, Julie St. Pierre, Dr. Chris Koeppl, Ken Krall, Jim Brust
Credit Peg Arnold-WXPR

November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month. WXPR gathered a panel of experts to talk about the disease.  

Hear the full one-hour broadcast below:

One of the panelists is Dr. Chris Koeppl, Director of the Northern Wisconsin Memory Diagnostic Center at Ministry Medical Group in Rhinelander.

He says people should prepare for the possibility of getting Alzheimer's as they would other issues...

 

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Delay up to a year
9:03 am
Sun November 17, 2013

Backups Slow Northwoods Veterans Claims

Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters
Credit Oneida county

Northwoods veterans are likely facing delays in their medical claims.

Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters says a decision to transfer the processing of disability claims at VA facilities in other states to Wisconsin to eliminate a backlog means recent claims by Northwoods veterans will have to wait...

 

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