Government

August 27 meeting
4:05 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Meeting set for U.S. 51 Reconstruction in Hazelhurst, Cassian

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The DOT has set a public hearing date for later this month to take comment on the proposed reconstruction of U.S. 51 in Hazelhurst and Cassian.

Minocqua's portion of the road work is being done this year. Hazelhurst to the south of Minocqua and Woodruff to the north have both challenged the DOT concerning plans in those towns, as has Arbor Vitae in Vilas county.

DOT Project Leader Forrest Van Asten says the meeting will give the state input... 

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Strong support at public hearing
3:49 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Snowmobiles Likely on Eagle River Streets

Snowmobile to appear on streets
Credit sno-eagles.org

Eagle River has a registered trade-mark as the snowmobile capital of the world. Yet for all the years--decades in fact--that snowmobiling has been the backbone of the city’s winter economy, snowmobiles have not been allowed to operate on city streets.

That’s about to change.

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September court date set
3:43 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Plea Deal Likely In Forest County Stabbing Case

A plea deal is nearing completion for a Lac du Flambeau teen charged in Forest county with attempted first-degree homicide and two other felonies.

17 year old Christian Soulier was charged in January after a man was allegedly stabbed at Soulier's mothers home. The victim recovered.

At a final pre-trial hearing in Crandon Tuesday, District Attorney Charles Simino asked to delay any action... 

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Man Sustains Gunshot Wound
2:02 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Man Shot in Rhinelander Remains Critical

Rhinelander Police Captain Ron Lueneburg gave a press briefing on Monday night's shooting incident.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The victim in a Monday night shooting in Rhinelander remains in critical condition.  

The 49-year-old male received a single gunshot wound in the abdomen.  Police responded to the incident at a residence on Mason Street at 7:45 pm.  The wounded man was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander, and was later airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. 

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20,000 visitors to Rhinelander
7:41 am
Tue August 13, 2013

City Gives Oneida County Fair Leaders A Thank You

Credit UW-Extension

The Rhinelander city council has given a tribute to a successful 2013 Oneida County Fair.


The fair is held at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander and finished 10 days ago.


Rhinelander Mayor Dick Johns Monday night gave Fair Coordinator Nancy Gehrig, also representing many volunteers, a plaque to say job well done...


 



"...whereas Nancy Gehrig and many, many fair volunteers gave so much time and effort to make the 2013 Oneida County Fair a booming success...and we really mean that..."

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Rhinelander city council action
7:26 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Downtown Revitalization Planning Grant Approved

Rhinelander city council 8/12
Credit Ken Krall

The effort to update Rhinelander's downtown got a boost last night as the city council approved going after federal dollars administered by the state.

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Preparing for the Worst
6:17 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Airport Tests Emergency Response

Fire crews work to put out a simulated fire the runway at the Rhinelander Airport.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Public safety workers got a chance to test their emergency preparedness in a mock exercise today at the Rhinelander Airport.  Crews simulated a response to an airplane engine catching fire while taxiing.

On the airport tarmac, a test plane is lit on fire several times, so different fire crews can practice putting it out.  During the course of the exercise, emergency response teams arrive, make sure the scene is safe, and practice tending to possible victims.  Rhinelander Assistant Fire Chief Tom Waydick says it’s an important chance to practice working with other emergency crews.

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Government
6:21 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Three Lakes Plans For Fire Chief Stipend

Three Lakes has a volunteer fire department.
Credit B Garrett

Three Lakes plans to pay its fire chief starting next year - at least a small amount.  

An outgoing volunteer fire chief went before the town board this week to request that future fire chiefs get a small stipend to cover travel and other incidental costs.  Town Chair Stella Westfall says the budget committee still has to decide how much that stipend will be.

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Education
5:58 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Rhinelander School Accepting Voucher Applications

A Rhinelander Catholic school is hoping to take part in the state’s expanded school voucher program.  Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School is one of 48 schools statewide that registered for the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program.  It allows low-income students to attend private or religious schools using a state-funded voucher.  Nativity Catholic School Principal Shirley Heise says it’s an opportunity for some families to afford a faith-based education. 

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Reducing Preventable Traffic Deaths
5:01 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Clamping Down on Drunk Driving

Wisconsin has a goal of zero preventable traffic deaths, such as those from alcohol-related crashes.
Credit Robert Lachenman / Works Progress Administration, 1936

Local law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on drunk driving.  It’s Wisconsin’s annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, running for two and a half weeks between August 16th and September 2nd.  

Lieutenant Dave Jaeger of the Minocqua Police Department says officers will be extra vigilant during this time.

“They’ll be doing more traffic enforcement.  You know, you keep a closer eye.  And you’re out there conducting more traffic contacts in an effort to eliminate or at least cut back on people making the wrong decision.”

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