Government

Former WPS building an option
12:17 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

OC Board Wrestling With Department Space Needs

Former WPS building in Rhinelander
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Too many questions remain, so the Oneida county board has moved to have a committee study more options for the former WPS building on Davenport Street. At issue is just what should be done with space needs for the UW-Extension, and Land and Water Conservation Departments now housed at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

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Some opposition at public hearing
7:51 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Rhinelander Allows Up To Four Chickens

Example of a backyard coop
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Rhinelander has joined at least two other area communities in allowing small numbers of chickens, but the approval has restrictions.

Jen Van Order asked the city a few months ago to change laws to allow up to 4 hens, no roosters in confined space. She has worked with city officials on the proposal. During a hearing at last night's council meeting, she says hens are less loud than barking dogs and, she says, cleaner. Property owners would need a special permit...

 

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Q & A session
8:11 am
Sat October 12, 2013

Public Information Meeting Tuesday On Obamacare

St. Augustine's Church in Rhinelander is hosting a public information meeting on the Affordable Care Act Tuesday

Kevin Kane from Citizen Action of Wisconsin will field questions about how the plan...sometimes known as ObamaCare.... at St. Augustine's Guild Hall on Pelham Street in Rhinelander Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Beginning October 1, the public could begin making choices regarding the Wisconsin Health Exchanges. Kane will discuss the mechanics of the plan and those sponsoring the event say it is not designed to debate the pros and cons of the law.

Government
6:25 am
Sat October 12, 2013

Victim Identified In Price County Drowning

Price county authorities have identified the victim in a Wednesday drowning.

Sheriff Brian S. Schmidt reports 76 year old Thomas Hollar of Manitowoc was reported missing on Letourneau Lake in the town of Flambeau.

Hollar's body was recovered by divers on Thursday.

The investigation into Hollar's death continues.

Complaint alleges $22,000
4:53 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Antigo Woman To Trial For Alleged Benefits Fraud

An Antigo woman was bound over for trial in Oneida county circuit court on two felony charges of public assistance fraud greater than 10 thousand dollars.

33 year old Nicole Young of Antigo was charged in June after an Oneida County Department of Social Services review and a sheriff's department investigation allegedly found Young had received assistance to which she might not have been entitled.

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New offer made
3:42 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Duffy Says He Would Support Temporary Debt Ceiling Increase

Congressman Sean Duffy(R-7th) Wisconsin
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Republican leaders in the U.S. House have offered President Obama and the Democrats a proposal to extend the U.S. debt ceiling until around Thanksgiving.

In a conference call with reporters Thursday, Wisconsin 7th District Republican Congressman Sean Duffy said the G.O.P. is making an effort to stave off what could be a financially catastrophic default...

 

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Budget frozen for next year
3:16 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Towns, City Reject Rhinelander Library Budget Increase

Rhinelander District Library
Credit Natalie Jablonski-WXPR

No increase in budget could result in fewer employees and reduced hours at the Rhinelander District Library.

The government partners voted no to a $40,000 increase during an arbitration hearing this week. If the towns of Newbold, Pine Lake, Crescent, and Pelican, along with the city of Rhinelander object to a proposed budget, they can ask for a hearing. . The government partners voted against the increase. Oneida County also helps with funding. Hughes says the library's budget is close to $900,000.

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Asbestos found in building
4:58 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Rhinelander Moving Forward On Former Lindey Property

Credit WXPR news

The former Lindey Cleaners in Rhinelander could eventually be leveled and more parking put in it's place.

That outcome started in motion this week when a Rhinelander city committee approved the money to hire consultants to look at what needs to be done to clean up the long-time dry cleaning company property. City Administrator Blaine Oborn says there could be more than one environmental problem at the site...

 

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Public welcome
2:31 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Rural School Task Force Meets First In Rhinelander

Rural Task Force meeting at RHS
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Rhinelander  will host the first of four statewide public hearings on the future of rural schools.

Chaired by state Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander, the task force was called by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to look at challenges unique to rural education.

Swearingen says the Task Force is the result of a visit to the Capitol by Rhinelander school district representatives. He said the visit made an impression on Voss...

 

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Changes way to oppose use of images
3:58 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

GLITC Opposes Changes In School Mascot Law

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The Wisconsin legislature is considering changes to a law that could soften rules concerning racially-based mascots and logos at schools. The bill would require a school district have at least ten percent of the district's members support the change. The bill also puts the burden on the person filing the complaint to prove that the mascot or logo proved harmful, and give a 120 day time limit to the process.

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