Government

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

State Law Changes Local Input On Tower Sitings

Cell phone tower
Credit commons.wikipedia.org

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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Issue Ads on Mining Controversy
4:53 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Iron County Elections Draw Outside Attention

Downtown Hurley, WI.
Credit http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8b/Hurley_Wisconsin_Sign_Iron_County_Sign.jpg

A conservative political advocacy group funded by the billionaire Koch Brothers is dipping its hand into Iron County board elections.  Americans For Prosperity has been mailing fliers to Iron County residents. 

The fliers decry the influence of wealthy radical environmentalists who oppose a mine in Iron County, and point the finger at seven candidates who are challenging county board seats in next week’s election.     

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Heroin death in Oneida county
4:46 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Lewis Sentenced To Four Years In Prison

Richard Lewis
Credit Oneida Co. Sheriff's Department

A Vilas county man will spend four years in prison for his role in the heroin death of a Rhinelander-area man in 2012.

28 year old Richard Lewis and co-defendant Jennifer Heiting , also of St. Germain, were arrested after the December, 2012 death of David Stahl. Stahl was found dead in a house in the town of Crescent from an overdose. A few weeks later Lewis and Heiting were arrested. Lewis pled guilty to First-Degree Reckless Homicide and drug delivery.

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Allegedly beat man, left him for wolves
1:31 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Jones Remains Jailed On $100,000 Cash Bond

Raymond Jones
Credit Forest Co. Sheriff's Department

 

One of six people charged with the attempted homicide of a man will continue with a high bond.

 March 13, bond for 45 year old Raymond Jones was set at $100,000 in Forest county court. He appeared via video from jail Wednesday, charged with attempted first-degree homicide, four other felonies and three misdemeanors.

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Says "Blueprint" Won't Mean Much To Most
3:26 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Northwoods Democrat Says Last Session Wasn't So Rosy

State Rep. Janet Bewley(D-74th) Ashland
Credit Wisconsin.gov

  Governor Walker has been stumping the Northwoods recently talking about his Blueprint for Prosperity. A Northwoods Democrat thinks there's a whole other side to the story that hasn't been heard. Representative Janet Bewley of Ashland...whose district includes parts of Vilas and Iron counties...says while some portions of the business community did very well in the Republican-dominated legislative session, at street level, things didn't go so well...  

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Stops in Eagle River
3:53 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Walker Signs "Blueprint For Prosperity", Tours Northwoods

Governor Scott Walker
Credit en.wikipedia.org

  Governor Scott Walker Monday stopped in Eagle River after signing his economic package. Governor Walker says he's on no tight timetable to make a decision whether to allow a multi-million dollar casino complex in Kenosha that is opposed by the Forest County Potawatomi Community. Walker told reporters the federal government took nine years to move forward on the Menominee tribe proposal at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park..  

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Part of comprehensive plan
4:34 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Rhinelander To Survey Residents On Outdoor Rec Desires

Rhinelander city hall
Credit en.wikipedia.org

  As part of a re-worked Rhinelander comprehensive plan, city officials soon will be asking citizens what they want to see for outdoor recreation. North Central Wisconsin Regional Commission planner Fred Heider says he asked the city for their recreational plans so they also could be put into the Oneida county recreational plan. He says city officials had a number of ideas...  

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Towards next Assembly session
4:11 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Assembly To Discuss Rural Education Issues

Dr. Mike Ritchie
Credit Northland Pines School District

  Educators are optimistic some key points brought out during the recent Rural School Task Force will be part of the agenda in coming legislative sessions. Northland Pines District Administrator Mike Ritchie says while it's too late for a bill this session,  as Thursday is likely the final day for the Assembly this term, he says the discussion will set the stage for a focus on three key issues. He says one idea is similar to what happens for doctors who choose to work in rural areas...  

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