Wisconsin's death total so far this snowmobile season has been half of last year's total, but even with the lower numbers, a DNR official says the cause often is too much alcohol. Most of the snowmobile drivers killed this winter have had blood alcohol levels nearly 3 times the legal level.
The Wisconsin Taxpayer's Alliance reports a dramatic shift in how Wisconsin's technical colleges are funded. The legislature moved more than $400 million into the technical college system this school year. It also could mean a governance shift to more state control.
A committee given the responsibility to consider discipline for Oneida County's Veteran's Services Officer has recommended no further discipline.
A day-long evidentiary hearing was held last month on allegations against Tammy Walters. When the 8 allegations were heard, the county board voted two of them worth possible future discipline and dismissed the other 6. One was improperly giving a security card to a volunteer for emergency duty who at one time was an employee of the office, and the other allegation was using profanity in public.
Next April, Rhinelander voters will see an advisory referendum whether the city should petition the legislature to become the next community with a Premier Resort Area Tax.
The question asks whether the city should levy one-half cent on a dollar sales tax on tourist-related items. The money raised could only be used to upgrade infrastructure, namely city streets. The city could like to fix Lincoln Street from Oneida to Eisenhower Parkway, Stevens Street, Boyce Drive and Oneida Avenue, totaling some $2 million dollars.
A man missing since last Tuesday in northern Wisconsin was found dead over the weekend. Vilas County officials said Michael Larson's exposure to the cold may have been a factor. An autopsy is planned to determine how the 29-year-old Conover man died. After Larson disappeared, friends and relatives feared he might be in danger -- as he was possibly under the influence of drugs and could not care for himself. Vilas County sheriff's investigators said they found Larson's body on Saturday afternoon during a ground search of a wooded area hear his home.
The Rhinelander Police Department is again offering a chance for 12 participants to see the life of a police officer up close.
The 8th annual Citizen's Police Academy begins March 5 and runs for eight weeks. As Police Chief Michael Steffes says most participants don't become police officers, but they discover the background an officer has to know to be successful...
The Partners In Forestry Cooperative based in Vilas county is challenging an effort to sell off county-owned tracks of land. A proposal by county board member and realtor Jerry Burkett is to sell many parcels that he said were odds and ends of county land.
In an editorial, Joe Hovel from Conover says the proposal could end up damaging the county forest and possibly costing jobs. In the section called large parcels, Hovel says much of that land under review abuts other county land, and selling it could speed the fragmentation of the forest...
A petition passed by some Rhinelander businesses members has received enough support to ask the city to dissolve the Business Improvement District.
A BID district enables municipal property owners to tax themselves a little more and use the money to make improvements. To end a BID, property owners have to show that owners with more than 50 percent of the valuation want the BID district dissolved. That happened late last week, when Rhinelander business owner and petition starter Jerry Shidell presented the needed signatures to city government.