Small Business Roundtable
3:26 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Lt. Governor Says Many Hurdles Exist For Businesses

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch
Credit WXPR Ken Krall

Wisconsin's Lieutenant Governor sat in on a Small Business Roundtable in Rhinelander Tuesday.

Several area business owners discussed a series of on-going concerns including state and federal regulations...the lack of skilled workers in some trades...and more high-speed internet.

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch says the majority of new hiring comes from small businesses....

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Says city funding has changed
7:34 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Rhinelander City Attorney Phil Parkinson To Retire

Phil Parkinson
Credit WXPR Ken Krall

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..."

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Increasing debt from borrowing
4:00 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Tax Watchdog Group Criticizes Transportation Fund Borrowing

WTA President Todd Berry
Credit Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

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...

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Milwaukee man
3:22 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Name Of Crash Victim Released


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.

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Both refused medical treatment
1:29 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Two Arrested After ATV Crash Near Tomahawk

ATV driver

Two Tomahawk area ATV drivers were arrested Thursday after both of their vehicles collided near Tomahawk.

A Lincoln County Sheriff's deputy reported seeing the pair westbound on county "A" at the U.S. 51 intersection. The deputy lost sight of the operators but found them crashed at Moodig Road.

The report indicates both drivers lost control at the Moodig intersection, with the first driver trying to turn sharply and losing control and the second driver crashing into the first ATV.

Both operators...Ronald J.

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Airlifted to Wausau
8:57 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Man Injured Early Thursday Near Tomahawk



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.

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Budget Woes
2:36 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Democrats Critical of Budget, School District Cuts

While Governor Walker is traveling the state touting the benefits of the recently signed state budget, Democrats say the document promotes Walker's friends while leaving many behind.

In a prepared address, Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca says the budget forgets much about Wisconsin's past.

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Stops in Rhinelander Tuesday
2:00 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Walker Says Budget Will Help All Taxpayers

Walker at the Rhinelander Chamber
Credit Ken Krall WXPR

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..."

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Higher Education
4:00 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Nicolet Anticipates Increasing Numbers

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.” 

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Police Chief says no heroin found
4:00 am
Sat June 29, 2013

More Searches Likely in Lac du Flambeau

Credit Lac du Flambeau Chamber of Commerce

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...

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