Government

Deer Donation Program
2:29 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Extra Deer Help Feed The Hungry

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Generous hunters during and after the upcoming Wisconsin deer hunt can help the hungry across the state.
The DNR's Deer Donation Program is now in it's 14th season.

Biologist Dan Hirchert coordinates the program. The effort was begun with cooperation from meat processors in the region. 70 counties participate in the program. He says hunters donate a legally harvested deer through the meat processors to go to local agencies like food pantries....

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Too costly
2:53 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Nicolet Trustees Say No To Printpak Building

Nicolet College library
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Nicolet College won't be accepting a gift of the former Printpak building in Rhinelander.

The Board of Trustees Monday night voted not to pursue the gift offer from the large manufacturer to have Nicolet College take over Printpak's former building on Kemp Street.

Printpak recently moved to a 203,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility on Rhinelander's east side.

Nicolet Board Chair Ron Zimmerman says  they thanked Printpak for the offer to locate a college facility in the former building but Zimmerman says the numbers didn't add up....

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April 15, 2015 advisory referendum
7:54 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Rhinelander Voters To Advise On Premier Resort Tax

Rhinelander city hall
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Next April, Rhinelander voters will see an advisory referendum  whether the city should petition the legislature to become the next community with a Premier Resort Area Tax.

The question asks whether the city should levy one-half cent on a dollar sales tax on tourist-related  items.

The money raised could only be used to upgrade infrastructure, namely city streets. The city could like to fix Lincoln Street from Oneida to Eisenhower Parkway, Stevens Street, Boyce Drive and Oneida Avenue, totaling some $2 million dollars.

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Widespread Among Students
1:31 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

No Criminal Charges in Student Photo-Sharing Incident

Authorities won’t be filing criminal charges against Rhinelander students who shared explicit photos on cell phones. 

The joint investigation by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and the school district has concluded most of the sharing happened outside of school hours and property. 

Several students who did share photos while at school were given a one-day suspension, while those participating in athletics also served game suspensions as required by the athletics code. 

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Busy times for center
5:14 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Funding Returned For Humane Society Adoption Center

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The Oneida County Board Wednesday evening restored $5,000 to the Oneida County Humane Society budget that was proposed to be cut. The funding restored the annual contribution by the county to $40,000. The city of Rhinelander also contributes roughly $60,000. The Humane Society runs the animal shelter, now known as the Oneida County Humane Society Adoption Center.

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One of top three in Wisconsin
4:34 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Potawatomi Tribe Recycles At High Rate

Single-stream recycling and twice-weekly pick-up has helped the Potawatomi recycle more than 560 pounds of material per person each year.
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The Wisconsin DNR is giving an award to the Forest County Potawatomi Community for having one of the three highest rates of recycling in the state in 2013. The tribe recycles more than 500 pounds of material per person per year.

The Forest County Potawatomi’s per capita rate of recycling is more than twice the state average of about 240 pounds. 

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Latest broadband grant
9:55 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Minocqua Area To Get Wireless High Speed Internet

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After getting four competitive grant awards last year to expand higher-speed internet in the Northwoods, another grant will expand broadband service in the Minocqua area this fiscal year.

Dr. Tithi Chattopadhyay from the Public Service Commission says seven awards totaling a half-million dollars are being given out for the next fiscal year, including a $46,000 grant for Oneida county. That is the only broadband grant from the state for this region this year as part of the state's Broadband Expansion grant program.

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Militarization of police or life saver?
9:48 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Armored Vehicle Purchase Approved By OC Board

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A better revenue picture helped Oneida county supervisors put together a 2015 budget at the first night meeting held by the board in many years. But it all didn't go smoothly.

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$50,000 cash bond set
2:56 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

St. Paul Man Charged With Woodruff Armed Robbery

Byron Kendall Lewis
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A St. Paul man is being held in Oneida county on a high cash bond, charged with armed robbery as a repeat offender.   43 year old Byron Kendall Lewis was arrested about 10:00 p.m. Sunday evening in Minocqua.

The Krist Oil convenience store in Woodruff was  robbed about two hours earlier by a man who allegedly showed the clerk a handgun. A tip led police to arrest Lewis at Trig's 70 West Center in Minocqua.
At an initial hearing in Rhinelander, Judge Patrick O'Melia asked Lewis about his past...

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Cause of fire undetermined
12:02 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Fire Stops School In Prentice Until Next Week

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Prentice School District Administrator Randy Bergman says he hopes to have school back in session Monday after a fire broke out Tuesday. The fire at the Price county facility forced cancelation of classes for the rest of the week...

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