Government

Bills signed in Tomahawk
6:26 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Gov. Walker Signs Bills Promoting ATV's in Wisconsin

Walker signing ATV bills in Tomahawk 6/21
Credit WXPR

Governor Walker signed two bills in Tomahawk Friday afternoon promoting ATV use and outdoor recreation.


The first bill allows kids at least 12 years of old to ride an ATV/UTV on private land with property owner consent and if accompanied by an adult.


The second bill establishes an off-road vehicle council within the DNR. The council will make recommendations on trails, grants and other issues.


Walker says both bills will help promote the sport...

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One killed, two injured
8:50 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Vilas County Traffic Fatality

One person died, two others injured from a Thursday traffic crash in Vilas county.

Changes in permit times
3:12 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

New Mine Permit Process Underway

Penokee Hills
Credit Joel Austin

The state's new faster permitting process for mining is being seen as Gogebic Taconite has submitted a plan defining five areas they would like to test for minerals.


The company is hoping to open a miles-long open pit mine in Iron and Ashland counties in what's known as the Penokee Hills.


DNR hydrologist Larry Lynch says the company submitted the two plans...

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Swearingen, Wright differ
2:50 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Assembly Budget Has Sharply Different Viewpoints

Rep. Rob Swearingen(R)-Rhinelander
Credit Wisconsin legislature

Republicans were pleased, Democrats disguted as the Wisconsin Assembly passed the bi-ennial state budget on Wednesday. Two freshmen legislators had vastly different views.


34th District Republican Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander was surprised that minority Democrats pulled more than 200 amendments to the document that governs state spending for two years...

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Vote Next Week In Wausau
2:32 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Poll Shows Public Opposed Wolf Hunt Numbers

Credit International Wolf Center

A new survey is helping opponents of a wolf hunt in Wisconsin before a vote next week in Wausau.


A poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research and the Humane Society of the United States finds by a margin of 8 to 1, state residents oppose trophy hunting and trapping of wolves. By a 9 to 1 margin they also opposed using dogs to hunt wolves.


Howard Goldman is the Minnesota Director for the Humane Society of the U.S., and is a member of the Wisconsin Wolf Stakeholders Group for three years....

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Dies at home after short illness
10:38 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Vilas Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich Dies

Frank Tomlanovich
Credit Courtesy Lakeland Times

A Northwoods law enforcement leader has died.


Vilas County Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich died Wednesday night at his home after a short illness. A press release from Vilas county says Tomlanovich was surrounded by his family. He was 61 years old.


Sheriff Tomlanovich was employed by Vilas county for 34 years having started in the Eagle River police department. He was a patrol deputy for nearly 15 years and was promoted to Detective Sergeant in 1994, serving in that capacity for 16 years. He was elected Sheriff in 2010.

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Trust Fund Monies
3:15 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Rhinelander Awarded $2 Million For Redevelopment

Credit wikimedia.org

The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands has approved more than $2 million in state trust fund loans for 7 city projects.


Three of the news loans refinance existing debt, while four involve tax incremental districts, including the downtown upgrade project.


Board Executive Director Tia Nelson says this array of loans help fund local economic development...

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Shots fired in house
11:26 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Schaller Avoids Prison For February Incident

Forrest Schaller
Credit Forest County Sheriff

An Armstrong Creek man has avoided prison time but will be jailed for a February incident at his home in Forest County.

A first-degree attempted homicide charge was dropped against 52 year old Forrest Schaller. Schaller was arrested after gunshots were fired February 3 at a Dallman Road residence. Two people were found unhurt in the home.

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Date stays the same
12:14 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

OC Board Sets Flexible Meeting Times

The Oneida County board has approved the option of having flexible meeting times.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The long-festering issue of meeting times for the Oneida county board was addressed Tuesday...for the time being.

Citizens have asked the board to hold night meetings. The board routinely meets the third Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. as spelled out in county bylaws. Some felt the meeting times cut out workers from running for the board and attending meetings. The board earlier rejected night meetings, but left the door open to have some flexibility concerning scheduling meetings.

Administration committee chair Dave Hintz....

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Demographics
5:00 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Northwoods' Aging Population Grows More Rapidly

A local UW-Extension agent says the population shift toward more older residents in Wisconsin is even more pronounced in the Northwoods.The U-S Census Bureau says 14 percent of the state’s population was 65-or-older as of last July. That’s .7 percent more than in the 2010 Census. Wisconsin had an estimated 824,500 seniors as of last July. That includes 124,000 who were 85-or-older – an increase of 6,000 during the previous two years. Also, Wisconsin’s percentage of senior citizens is larger than the national figure of 13.7  percent.

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