Government

Doesn't get paid for council meetings
1:35 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Glitch In Rules Discovered For Rhinelander Mayor's Pay

Rhinelander city hall
Credit royalbroil/commons.wikimedia.org

What Finance committee chair Mark Pelletier calls a "glitch" has been discovered concerning how Rhinelander pays its mayor.


The part-time mayor gets paid $1,000 a month, plus travel expenses when he or she is representing the city, plus per diem for committee meetings attended, same as council members. While the mayor doesn't vote during committee meetings, he or she gathers in the information. The mayor is often the point person with the public.


But Pelletier says one very important meeting has been left off....


 

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Religious freedom vs. local control
8:51 am
Tue September 10, 2013

U.S. 7th Circuit To Hear Oneida County Case

Squash Lake, Oneida county
Credit lakeplace.com

A federal appeals court is hearing an Oneida county case involving a local government's ability to regulate private property designated for religious purposes.


 

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Mistake leads to arbitration hearing
7:36 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Health Costs Put Hurdle In Way Of Rhinelander Dist. Library

Credit Natalie Jablonski-WXPR

The Rhinelander city council has voted to send the Rhinelander District library's budget to the town partners for arbitration.


Library Director Ed Hughes told the council while preparing the budget, they noticed they should have been paying more for health insurance...


 



"...we were caught last year by surprise. We weren't covering some people that needed to be covered by insurance. It was an honest mistake, but it's costing us $40,000 to $42,000 a year..."

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Began in 2006
4:06 am
Sat September 7, 2013

No Rhinelander Deer Hunt This Fall

Lunch time!
Credit westernviews.us

No deer hunt in the city of Rhinelander this year. Last week a city committee recommended that the hunt not take place this year.


The deer find Rhinelander to be hospitable with plenty of cover, gardens and flowers to eat, and few predators. They also proved to be a traffic hazard with several car-deer accidents reported. The city council approved the first antlerless, in-city, bow-and-arrow hunt in 2006, and it has been held most years since then.

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Manufacturing and Agriculture are key
4:05 am
Sat September 7, 2013

Revenue Sec. Says As Economy Grows, More Tax Revenue

Wisconsin Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler
Credit revenue.wi.gov

Governor Walker's Revenue Secretary says more tax incentives will provide for a growing economy.


Secretary Rick Chandler spoke Friday to the quarterly meeting of Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation at Treehaven near Tomahawk.


Chandler says the tax credits are designed to promote more jobs...


 

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Korean War vintage
12:14 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Hand Grenade Found In Vilas County, Detonated

Korean War era hand grenade
Credit blog.timesunion. com

An old Korean-War vintage hand grenade was detonated by the area bomb squad Thursday after the explosive was discovered at Arbor Vitae.


Incoming Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says the live grenade was found on property at Old Highway 51 Road by the Hiwatha Trailer Resort.


Fath says a former resident at the resort apparently had owned the device and it was in a storage facility. He says it was found by a current resident...


 

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Succeeds Frank Tomlanovich
12:08 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Fath To Become Vilas County Sheriff On Sunday

Vilas County squad car

Governor Scott Walker has named long-time Vilas County Chief Deputy Joe Fath as the county's new sheriff.


Fath succeeds Frank Tomlanovich who died in June after a brief illness. Tomlanovich was elected as sheriff in 2010.


Fath says he is excited to begin, but challenges await...


 



"....I'm excited with my new position and the some of the duties I'm going to be involved with. Obviously we face some challenges ahead of us, particularly with the budget..."

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Local bank accounts
5:46 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Scam Reported In Eagle River

Credit co.vilas.wi.us

Eagle River Police Chief Mark Vander Bloomen is warning area residents of another scam in the region.


This time, people are getting phone calls or texts that there are problems with their account at a local bank...


 

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Charged With Attempted Homicide
5:04 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Alsteens Declared Competent To Stand Trial

Marcus Alsteens

A Rhinelander man charged with attempted homicide has been found competent to stand trial.


23 year old Marcus Alsteens was arrested August 12 after a relative had allegedly been shot  at Alsteens' Rhinelander home.


State psychologist Dr. Michael Galli interviewed Alsteens at the request of the Public Defender's office to determine his ability to understand proceedings to help in his own defense. Public Defender Maggie Hogan agreed with Galli's findings...


 

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Too many hoops to jump through
5:35 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Eagle River, Library Pass on Community Development Block Grant

Mayor Jeff Hyslop
Credit eagleriver.govoffice2.com

Too many hoops to jump through has prevented the city of Eagle River and the Olson Memorial Library representatives from applying for a Community Development Block Grant.


Eagle River Mayor Jeff Hyslop says everyone agreed Tuesday night during a special meeting the grant process was too burdensome...


 

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