Government

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
Credit rhinelander.k12.wi.us

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

Credit glitc.org

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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Shooting in Rhinelander
11:47 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Alsteens Pleads Not Guilty

Marcus Alsteens
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A Rhinelander man charged with attempted homicide charge has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

24 year old Marcus Alsteens was arrested after a September 13 shooting incident at a home on Mason Street he shared with a cousin. Justin Alsteens was hospitalized but is recovering.

Alsteens is charged with attempted first degree homicide, aggravated battery, negligent handling of a weapon and injury by negligent use of a weapon, all charges have an additional domestic abuse provision.

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State Education Awards
4:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Local Schools Recognized for Achievement

Wisconsin's School Superintendent is giving awards to 167 schools.
Credit Lyn Lomasi

Several Northwoods schools are receiving state awards for student performance and improvement.  

Wisconsin School Superintendent Tony Evers will honor those schools at a statehouse ceremony Tuesday at noon.  North Lakeland Elementary and Crandon Elementary are both being recognized for high progress. 

Crandon Elementary principal Jamee Belland credits improvements in reading and math to the school’s use of classroom data.  She says it helps teachers tailor curriculum to students at different levels. 

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Peak color approaching
4:44 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

State, County, Local Facilities Open During Fed Shutdown

Wisconsin parks open
Credit destination360.com

While facilities in the national forests are shutting down due to the government funding stalemate, a DNR spokesperson says state, county and local recreational facilities remain open.

That's the word from Paul Holtan who says the public has been calling to check on whether state-owned areas were open...

 

"....all of our state parks, trails, are open, our campgrounds are open. Our fisheries and wildlife are all open, so we're

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Left a work detail Tuesday
11:36 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Inmate Sought After Leaving Camp McNaughton

Todd Brecht
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Authorities continue to search for an inmate who walked away from the Camp McNaughton State Prison in Lake Tomahawk Tuesday evening.

54 year old Todd Brecht walked away from a job site on Highway 70 in Vilas county.

Oneida County Sheriff Grady Hartman says Brecht is 5'6" tall, 160 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Camp McNaughton is a minimum security facility. Authorities say if you have any information on Brecht to call your local law enforcement agency.

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775 votes cast
9:21 am
Wed October 2, 2013

LDF Officers And Council Members Elected

Credit Lac Du Flambeau Tribal Communications

Lac du Flambeau tribal voters yesterday elected four of eight candidates to the tribal council and elected a secretary and treasurer.

The top four candidates for the council were Henry "Butch" St. Germaine with 363 votes, Alice Soulier with 330 votes, Betty Jo Graveen with 323, and Eric Chapman, Sr. with 292.

Jamie Armstrong defeated Vicki Doud for Secretary and Mary Peterson defeated Barry LeSieur(lah-soor) for Treasurer. There were a total of 307 write-in votes in all races that did not affect the outcomes.

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Changing Education
10:18 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Going Mobile at Nicolet College

Nicolet has a plan to develop new mobile classrooms.
Credit Christopher Sessums / WXPR News

Nicolet College will put together two mobile classrooms by next year.  

The project is thanks to a grant from the federal department of labor, totaling almost three-quarters of a million dollars.  Nicolet President Libby Burmaster says the classrooms will serve as a new kind of educational platform.

“And so instead of students traveling to campus, we’re taking some of the classroom instruction to them, which is gonna make training in these credentials available to people in a whole new way.”

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