After more than 30 years with the city of Rhinelander, Phil Parkinson will retire as City Attorney December 31.
The Rhinelander city council last night approved Parkinson's resignation, effective the end of the year. Parkinson began his job in 1980. He says the job has evolved to the present day, but says "it's time" to retire....
"....I'm ready to spend winters in some place warmer than northern Wisconsin..."
New state budget plans to borrow almost $1 billion to pay for proposed transportation programs is sending a fiscal warning.
The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance President Todd Berry says borrowing to pay for transportation projects accounts for 16 percent of road revenues compared to 6 percent ten years ago. He says Governors and legislators transferred money to the general fund when the transportation fund was flush, leaving the state needing to borrow to finish projects...
The Vilas County Sheriff's office has identified the victim of a fatal crash as James Luedtke. Only one vehicle was involved in the Fourth of July accident that occurred just before 7:00 p.m. in the town of Presque Isle, near the intersection of County Highways P and W. The driver, 22 year old Luedtke from Milwaukee, was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
A 24 year old man has received serious injuries after falling off a golf cart early Thursday morning.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department reports a call around 2:30 a.m. to Chapman Cove Road in the town of Bradley. Deputies found the man fell off the moving cart while operating on private property. The victim suffered neck and face injuries. He was first taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk, then airlifted to Aspirus Wausau Hospital. His name and identity were not released.
Governor Walker stopped in Rhinelander Tuesday promoting the recently signed $68 billion state budget.
Walker said the key from his view was the budget provides tax relief...
"...if you're a taxpayer in the state of Wisconsin, there's about a billion dollars worth of tax relief...everybody who pays income taxes is going to see the rates go down. That's important for all of us as consumers..."
Nicolet College is expecting a higher enrollment this fall. President Libby Burmaster says that’s been the trend for the past few years.
“Because having a college credential and the higher level of job skills that come along with higher education is one of the best ways to get ahead. Especially right now as area employers in a wide variety of fields are looking for the skills and the knowledge that they’re going to need in the workplace.”
The Lac du Flambeau Chief of Police says more arrests are coming. Last week, "Operation Pandora" was launched by several law enforcement agencies on the reservation to stem the tide of synthetic and pharmaceutical drugs being sold.
Dozens of people were arrested as warrants were served.
Police Chief Bob Brandenburg says they achieved some objectives, but not others...