Setting ballots for April election
9:59 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Primary Election Results From Tuesday

Two well known names in Minocqua town government will face off in April for town chairman. That result and others during Wisconsin's primary election Tuesday.

Incumbent Minocqua town chairman Mark Hartzheim and town board member Billy Fried were the top vote getters yesterday. Hartzheim had 313 votes to Fried's 123. Loren Susor was eliminated. Hartzheim and Fried will face off in April.

In Vilas county, Washington town chair Jim Spring will be challenged by Ken Anderson in April.

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Three projects
4:55 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Northwoods Projects Get State Building Commission OK

Walleyes from the hatchery
Credit Lisa Gaumnitz-Wisconsin DNR

Three projects were given funding Tuesday by the state Building Commission.

The Art A. Oehmcke Fish Hatchery in Woodruff received construction money to continue the state's Walleye Initiative where larger walleye fingerlings are grown.

The Building Commission also approved pavement repairs at the Trout Lake Headquarters in the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest.

The design report and authority to expand the Copper Lake School Segregation Unit at the Lincoln Hills juvenile facility at Irma.

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Kwik-Trip proposal also in mix
4:29 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Night Meeting In May Likely For Heal Creek Decision

Heal Creek
Credit Natalie Jablonski WXPR

Two key issues before the Oneida County Board are coming to a head, and scheduling what could be some marathon meetings isn't done yet.

What to do with the Heal Creek property west of Rhinelander and how to proceed with the offer by Kwik-Trip of LaCrosse to buy the current county Highway shops are running in parallel through the process. The Heal Creek land next to the Northwood Golf Course has competing proposals to either sell all or part of the land to Hodag Sports Club or a joint proposal from the city of Rhinelander and town of Crescent.

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Could lead to changes
4:20 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Oneida Board Signs Off On No Further VSO Sanctions

Oneida County VSO Tammy Walters
Credit submitted photo

The full Oneida County Board Tuesday went along with a committee recommendation and approved no further discipline for Veterans Services Officer Tammy Walters.

Walters faced a hearing last month where 8 charges were brought against her after an investigation was conducted by Human Resources Director Lisa Charbarneau.

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Light turnout expected
4:38 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Voters Go To Polls In Wisconsin's Spring Primary


  It's Primary Election Day in Wisconsin. In this election cycle, the towns and school boards have positions open.


While a light turnout is expected, some places could see higher turnouts. In Minocqua, there's a primary for town chair. Incumbent chairperson Mark Hartzheim is being challenged by town board supervisor Billy Fried and Loran Susor, a town employee and firefighter. There are several other races in the region.

Several area school boards also will be trimming the number of candidates today.

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Tax to help pay for infrastructure
8:05 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Info Session On Premier Area Resort Tax Finds Concern

Mayor Dick Johns(r) listening at an information session Monday night at Rhinelander city hall on Premier Resort Area Tax.
Credit WXPR

The Rhinelander city council got an earful from area business persons last night as the city held the first information session about a possible Premier Area Tax.

Three cities, including Eagle River and two villages in Wisconsin already have this tax. It allows the city to assess an extra one-half of one cent on a dollar for tourist related purchases.The money can only be used to improve infrastructure, like crumbling streets.

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2003 death of Kenneth Wells
4:05 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

High Cash Bond Set For Rhinelander Man Charged With Homicide

A high cash bond was set for a Rhinelander man charged with the 2003 death of a man whose body was found floating in the Wisconsin River.

Oneida County Circuit Judge Michael Bloom set a cash bond of $100,000 for 40 year old Shannon J. Wolf.

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$1.1 million not declared
6:20 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Michigan Woman Sentenced For Northwoods IRS Probe

A Michigan woman will spend time in prison for filing a false 2008 tax return. But more than a million dollars are in question.

63 year old Rebecca Hoff of Ironwood was sentenced in federal court in Madison Wednesday to 15 months in prison.

City and Town Proposal Draws Support
5:04 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Committee Takes No Action on Heal Creek Proposals

Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Oneida County Land and Records Committee will take more time to consider bid proposals for the Heal Creek property near Rhinelander.  The committee wants to give competing parties more time, in case of a compromise. 

About 50 people crowded a committee meeting room at the Oneida County Courthouse Tuesday, to weigh in on what to do with the 270-acre Heal Creek property.

The county is selling the land after plans to turn it into a business park stalled. 

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Town hall building
3:35 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Three Lakes Town Board To Pick Design Firm

Downtown Three Lakes

The Three Lakes town board next week will continue the process that could eventually mean a new look for the town offices.

Town chair Stella Westfall says they've received bids from four firms to look at whether the current facility next to the  E.U. Demmer  Memorial Library should be renovated or a new building be constructed. She says initial conversations indicate renovation or rebuild will cost about the same. A decision point is nearing..

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