Government

UW-Extension project
3:16 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Learn About the OC Board, Then Attend A Meeting

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The public is invited to the Oneida county courthouse next week to find out how county government works, then watch it in action.

The Oneida county board is hosting it's annual budget meeting next Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the courthouse in Rhinelander. This is a change from other years with a night meeting scheduled. There have been three votes to hold more county meetings at night, and this will be the first.

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Town Seeks Exemption from Nonmotorized Rule
3:10 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Conover Will Meet With DOT To Discuss Bike Trail Options

A plan for a bike trail from Conover to Phelps is in question, with some advocating for allowing ATVs on part of it.
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The Conover town board is looking at options for allowing both ATVs and a bike trail downtown.  At Wednesday night’s special meeting, town board members decided to sit down with the state Department of Transportation. 

Federal funding lined up for the current trail plan would allow only non-motorized use in the summer, and snowmobiles in the winter.

Vilas County officials want the town to allow multiple uses, including ATV access, on part of the railroad grade near downtown Conover. 

Town Supervisor Karl Jennrich says local business owners support a compromise.

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Assembly Democrat Moves to Senate
4:35 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Bewley Beats Deutsch to Take Sen. Jouch's Seat

One of the closer races on Election Night was the 25th Senate District, a seat vacated by longtime Democratic Senator Bob Jauch. 

Democrat Janet Bewley won the seat, after serving two terms in the state 74th Assembly District. 

Bewley says she’s committed to representing everyone within the Senate district, which is the largest in the state.

“It takes a lot of rubber from tires, a lot of shoe leather, but that’s exactly what I’m willing to do, to follow in Bob’s footsteps, and represent all of these good working people of the north.” 

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Other bill approves hunt
3:53 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Michigan Voters Say No To A Wolf Hunt But Hunt Still Likely

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Michigan voters Tuesday clearly backed not hunting wolves in Michigan, but wolf hunt supporters say the votes mean little, as a hunt has been authorized for March.

One measure removed the wolf from the state endangered list and classified it as a game species. The other empowered the appointed Natural Resources Commission to decide whether wolves should be hunted. The outcome of Tuesday's election voids both laws. But the Legislature passed yet another wolf hunt bill this summer that  remains in effect.

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Walker Re-Elected
12:01 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Republicans Win Big In Midterm Elections

Republicans won major victories in statewide contests on Election Day.  

Unofficial election night totals indicate Republican Governor Scott Walker will serve another term, as will Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch.  Meanwhile incumbent Democrat Secretary of State Doug La Follette will stay on in the position.

Republican Brad Schimel will be the state’s Attorney General, beating Democrat Susan Happ. 

Republican Matt Adamcyk will be Treasurer.

In the 7th U.S. Congressional District, incumbent Republican Sean Duffy beat Democratic challenger Kelly Westlund.

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Received about 2 percent
11:56 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Shidell Stumped State Hard To Win Treasurer's Post

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Rhinelander resident Jerry Shidell worked hard to take his message "hire me, then fire me" across Wisconsin to become the next state Treasurer.  While he didn't win the election, Shidell says he got his message out.

Shidell garnered about 2 percent of the vote as a Libertarian candidate.  In an earlier interview, Shidell said  he would work to get the Treasurer's job eliminated. He says the job duties have almost entirely been stripped away.  

Tuesday, Shidell said he thought his campaign made an impact...

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Greening Wins Langlade Sheriff
11:51 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Voters Reject White Lake School Referendum

Voters in the Northwoods followed statewide trends for most elected offices, and showed a strong preference in most referendum questions.

White Lake school district voters again rejected exceeding state spending limits. The vote was 430-405 against more money for the school district.

In Langlade county, Sheriff William Greening held off a strong challenge by Joe Stegall. The unofficial total was Greening 4,268, Stegall 4,100.

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Trial delayed
3:43 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Plea Possible In Minocqua Embezzlement Case

Brenda Wigglesworth
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

The case against an Arbor Vitae woman for allegedly embezzling tens of thousands of dollars might be moving toward a resolution.

47 year old Brenda Wigglesworth is charged with two counts of theft from a business setting of more than $10,000. Wigglesworth was the office manager at the Northwoods Animal Hospital in Minocqua. Investigators  allege she did not always deposit all the cash from daily transactions. Other irregularities  were also allegedly discovered.

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Polls Open Till 8
2:41 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Poll Workers Report High Turnout So Far on Election Day

Crescent Town Hall had a steady stream of people voting during the day Tuesday.
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The polls are still open on this Election Day until 8 pm, and poll workers in the Northwoods have been reporting higher than average turnout for a midterm election.

Crescent Town Resident Judy Kingsbury was helping out at the polls Tuesday at the Crescent Town Hall.  She says there’s been a constant stream of people all day. 

“I think it’s even higher than the last time.  Not as high as a presidential election, but as you see, we’ve had people coming in steady since 7 o’clock this morning.” 

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Eagle River resident
3:13 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Green Party Candidate On 7th Congressional Ballot

Voters tomorrow will see a third person on the ballot running for the 7th Congressional seat. The Republican and Democrat are well-known, but an Eagle River area man would like you to consider him.

Lawrence Dale is running as a Green Party candidate for the seat currently held by Republican Sean Duffy and also challenged by Kelly Westlund.

Dale has a keen interest in promoting farming as a way to improve a chronically stagnant northern Wisconsin economy...

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