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2:20 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Survey Asks OC Residents About Night Or Day Meetings

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County residents can help determine when the Oneida county board holds its meetings.

Recently,  the board directed a committee and UW-Extension to put together a survey to help resolve an ongoing debate about meeting times. Twice in the last several months resolutions came to the floor to alter the standard meeting time of 9:30 a.m on the third Tuesday to a later time.

Oneida County UW-Extension agent Tim Brown says some would like to see later in the day meetings...

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Continuing debate
10:55 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Eagle River City Council To Uncouple From Olson Library

Walter Olson Library Eagle River
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The Olson Library in Eagle River is looking for a new owner. No, the library is not up for sale, but after more than 34 years, the City of Eagle River does not want to own it any longer.

In a unanimous decision Monday evening, the council authorized the city attorney to transfer the library property to any other six municipalities that fund the operation of the library.

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Investigation Continues
4:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Human Skeleton Found Near Lake Julia

A human skeleton has been found in the woods of Oneida County.  A citizen in the Town of Pelican found the remains near Lake Julia.  The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office was notified just before noon on Monday.

Chief Deputy Dan Hess says detectives responded and did locate the skeletal remains of a human. 

“Skeletal remains were located.  Preliminary investigation indicates that it’s a suspected adult male.  It does not appear to be a recent death.” 

That means the death most likely occurred at least a year ago. 

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Vilas county steep drop
2:24 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Most Northwoods Counties See Unemployment Drop

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Lower Northwoods jobless numbers reflect a slowly growing economy and traditional summer hiring practices.

The Department of Workforce Development late last week released the local unemployment rates. Price county had the area's lowest rate at 5.6 percent. Lincoln county at 6.7 percent, Oneida at 6.9 percent, Langlade at 7.4 percent, Forest at 7.9 percent and Vilas at 8.1 percent. Iron county had the states second highest rate at 11.3 percent.

State economist Scott Hodek says businesses hurt by a slow economy and the weather saw an increase...

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Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund
2:50 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

10,000 Acres of Public Land To Be Sold

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A Democrat thinks a move last week by the Natural Resources Board to sell off 10,000 acres of state land funded by the Stewardship program is not well thought out.

 Republicans ordered the move as part of the state budget they passed a year ago. Their goal is to reduce the debt incurred by the purchase of Stewardship lands. It was noted that the ten-thousand acres represent only a small share of the one-point-eight million acres of state-owned nature lands.

The DNR's Doug Haag  says under the law, all parcels had to be located outside of project boundaries...

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College Foundation
2:38 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Record Number Of Scholarships At Nicolet College

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A record 308  scholarships for the  upcoming academic year have been awarded by the Nicolet College Foundation. The number is  nearly double the number awarded 10 years ago.

Foundation Executive Director Heather Schallock says exceptional students qualify...

"....our scholarships range from $500 up to $2,500 and they're for students in any and all of our programs...."

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300 in attendance
9:08 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Electors Say No To Torpy Park Pavilion Proposal

The pavilion vote count
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Minocqua town electors have turned down a proposal to build a new pavilion in Torpy Park.

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DNR operating order
2:54 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Two Meetings Friday On Rest Lake Dam Proposal

Two public information meetings take place this Friday in Manitowish Waters concerning the controversial operating order for the Rest Lake Dam.

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Vilas Bd. to decide
2:44 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Phelps Tries One More Time For ATV trails

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The Phelps town board has asked Vilas county for one more chance to open town and county roads to ATV's.

The board recently approved an ordinance allowing ATV traffic for a two-year trial period. The ordinance would need the approval of the Vilas county board.

Phelps town chair Colin Snook says the ordinance is largely the same proposal that the county board rejected two years ago.

"...basically what we're looking to do is make some connections as proposed to get us out on(county)_"A" and hookup with other trails in connecting counties....."

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No injuries reported
12:30 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Standoff In Rhinelander Ends After Six Hours

Law enforcement, including Special Response Team, at Pelican Street residence Tuesday evening.
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A six hour standoff with Rhinelander police and members of the Oneida County Special Response Team ended late Tuesday when a man gave himself up.

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