Government

Following Frank Tomlanovich's Death
12:00 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Gov.Walker Seeks Vilas Sheriff Applicants

Governor Walker has asked for applications for appointment to the vacant sheriff's job in Vilas county.


Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich died last week after a short illness.


 


The new sheriff will begin serving upon appointment and will complete a term ending January 5, 2015.


An applicant must reside in Vilas County at the time the appointment becomes effective.


More information can be found on Governor Walker’s website: www.walker.wi.gov.

Could serve 80 percent of town
8:40 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Minocqua Joins In Study For VC-LDF Internet Upgrade

Minocqua from above
Credit thepointhouseinn.com

The Minocqua town board has agreed to pay $34,000 to join in a feasibility study that could lead to high-speed Internet availability within most of the town.


But there are no guarantees.

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Price county
12:31 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Motorcycle Crash Victim Named

Price county officials have released the name of the motorcycle crash victim Monday in the town of Lake.


The driver was identified as 71 year old Gary Cooley of Park Falls.


The sheriff's department reports Cooley's motorcycle went out of control on county road "E" about 1 p.m. The motorycycle was traveling west when it veered off the road and overturned.


Cooley was taken to a Marshfield hospital where he died Tuesday.

Charges in federal court
11:14 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Rhinelander Man Charged with Mail Fraud, Identity Theft

A Rhinelander man has been charged in federal court with three counts of mail fraud and one count of identity theft.


42 year old John E. Henricks the third is the owner of Custom Collision...a Rhinelander auto body repair shop and three vehicle-towing businesses, Rick's Towing, Tom's Towing and Hodag Towing.

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Info session planned in Rhinelander
3:32 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Veterans Get Online Access To Medical Records

Veterans will soon have round-the-clock online access to their medical records.
Credit Ed Schipul

Veterans will have access to their medical records and other services around the clock and the VA will be in Rhinelander early next month to explain it.

Sherry Aichner is the MyHealtheVet coordinator for the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

Aichner says the program gives Internet-connected veterans quick access...

 

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Driver dies in Marshfield
3:13 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Motorcycle Fatality In Price County

A motorcyclist has died in a Price county traffic mishap.


Sheriff Brian Schmidt reports the crash happened early Monday afternoon on County Road "E" in the town of Lake.


The driver was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. The unidentified driver died Tuesday at St. Joseph's.


Deputies say the driver was westbound on County "E" when the motorcycle veered off the road and overturned in a field.


Names will be released later.

Public Assistance Fraud
3:10 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Antigo Woman Charged With Welfare Fraud

An Antigo woman is facing a felony charge in Oneida county of Public Assistance fraud after investigators allege she was given $22,000 more dollars in benefits than she had coming.


33 year old Nicole Young made an initial appearance Wednesday in Oneida County Circuit Court.


The criminal complaint says Young was living at a residence in Hazelhurst and allegedly obtained food stamps while making false representations. The alleged fraud lasted from 2008 through 2012.

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Consultant warns against micromanagement
3:54 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Vilas Board Gets ACT 10 Update

ACT 10 protests in 2011
Credit Flickr

You might have noticed that your county board is going through major change.

The impetus for the change stems from implementation of Act 10, the controversial legislation enacted into law two years ago that bans most public employee unions in Wisconsin. The legality of the law will be decided by the state Supreme Court. In the meantime, counties are struggling to handle their vastly increased responsibilities.

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Products look like candy containers
2:22 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Tobacco Companies Shift Tactics From Smoke To Candy

Open containers of candy cigars
Credit cigarettesreporter.com

An anti-tobacco advocate says the public might have relaxed about smoking in public, but tobacco companies continue to target youth.


The Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition held a "Lunch and Learn" session to talk about the change in corporate tobacco marketing techniques. Many tobacco products are made to look like candy. With fewer adults smoking, the goal, say anti-tobacco advocates is to get younger people interested in tobacco.

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Extra money proposed
11:02 am
Tue June 25, 2013

State Legislator Says Budget Will Help Northern Schools

State Senator Tom Tiffany(R-Hazelhurst)
Credit WXPR

State Senator Tom Tiffany says the biennial budget that passed the legislature last week has some positives for northern Wisconsin.

The Senate approved the Assembly-passed plan early Friday and sent it to Governor Walker.

Tiffany says the $68 billion spending plan will help northern schools...especially those districts within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest... hit with declining enrollments. The budget moves money from towns and provides money to the school districts within the forest...

 

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