Government

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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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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