Government

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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Construction
4:00 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Kemp St. Construction May Disrupt Traffic Flow

Construction is coming soon to Rhinelander's Kemp Street.
Credit Grant Hollingworth

A main artery into Rhinelander will be closing soon and will be shut down for several weeks.

The city of Rhinelander is doing new utility lines and will extend the work down Kemp Street. Kemp is the southernmost of three bridges over the Wisconsin River in Rhinelander.

Water and Wastewater Superintendent Tim Kingman gives us an update as to closure dates.

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Affordable Housing
4:00 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Grants Set to Boost Local Housing Initiatives

More than $2 million has been awarded to this area to improve housing conditions.

The state Division of Housing spokesperson Stephanie Marquis says the money in this area is part of $15 million administered through the state for the federal Community Development Block Grant program. The program is designed to provide money to address affordable housing and community development.

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Swearingen bill passes Assembly
3:55 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Bill Adds Child Enticement To Property Forfeiture List

34th Assembly Rep. Rob Swearingen
Credit Wisconsin legislature

Bi-partisan support emerged for a bill authored by state Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander.


Swearingen's bill would allow authorities to sieze the personal property or vehicle used in the crime of child enticement. Child enticement would be added to the list of crimes where forfeiture of property would be allowed.


Swearingen says the bill originated from a Northwoods incident...



"....in Eagle River, in  Vilas

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Northwoods Democrat objects
2:39 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Assembly Ups Campaign Contributions

Rep. Janet Bewley D-Ashland
Credit Wisconsin legislature

A Northwoods Democrat doesn't like a Republican action in the Assembly Wednesday boosting campaign contributions for Wisconsin state candidates.


Majority Republicans pushed for a doubling of allowable campaign contributions by individuals. Donors to statewide candidates could give 20-thousand-dollars per cycle, two-thousand to Senate candidates, and a-thousand to Assembly hopefuls. Those limits would be automatically adjusted for inflation in the future. A voice vote was held.

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Safety and insurance issues
11:37 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Committee Postpones ATV Decision On County "A"

ATV's(file)
Credit Kruusamägi

Whether to allow ATV's in Three Lakes to use busy county road "A" will return to a county committee after they decided they needed to find out more information.


The town board in Three Lakes approved the use of town roads. Other lesser-traveled Oneida county roads are open to ATV use, but Highway Commissioner Freeman Bennett says he has concerns about allowing ATV's on "A". The committee has given Bennett the authority to regulate whether county roads should be open to ATV's, but he says the county "A" corridor between Sugar Camp and Three Lakes is different..

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Government
3:37 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Block Grant Turned Down For Eagle River

Credit Governor's office media

It looks like a block grant sought by fundraisers hoping to improve the Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River won't happen this year. Eagle River Mayor Jeff Hyslop says the city was informed the grant sought by the city for the library was not approved by the feds...

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Grants help expand opportunities
1:36 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

NATC Budget Passes With No Levy Increase

Nicolet budget approved
Credit Flickr

The Nicolet College Board of Trustees has passed a budget for next year that keeps the total tax levy the same as last year.


The local levy stays the same at $20.8 million.


College President Libby Burmaster says they were able to cut one and a half positions from the staff and hold the levy. They have cut 22 staff positions since 2010-11.


She says they were able to find outside dollars...

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Nearly decade long cases ending
12:34 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Popenhagen Reaches Plea Agreement

A decade-long Oneida county embezzlement case is nearing a conclusion.


41 year old Michelle Popenhagen of Arbor Vitae entered into a plea agreement Tuesday.. She pled no contest to three counts of misdemeanor theft from her former employer, Save More Foods of Minocqua as presented by Assistant Attorney General Michael Schaefer...



"...three counts of misdemeanor theft by employee, commonly known as embezzlement. Those offenses have offense dates of 2003 and 2004 as well..."

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Brown Street
9:54 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Consultant Hired To Look At Rhinelander DT Study

Brown Street
Credit Natalie Jablonski

The Rhinelander city council has hired a firm to do a downtown economic development and Brown Street Streetscaping study at a cost of $32,000.


The council hired Vierbicher Associates of Reedsburg to do the work.


Council member Mark Pelletier said the consultant will look at a number of aspects of re-doing Brown Street...


"....this is just the first step. The $32,000...we're looking at as $5,000 stormwater, $5,000 water, $5,000 sewer and $15,000 grant and grant application..."

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