Senator, Forest Service Chief
5:08 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Baldwin, Tidwell Talk Forest Management in Northwoods

U.S Senator Tammy Baldwin(D-Wi.)
Credit WXPR

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin brought U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell to Rhinelander and Forest county to see if a bridge could be built regarding harvesting trees in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Baldwin and Tidwell listened to a group of northern Wisconsin business representatives, environmental groups, tribal foresters,  hunters, educators, state and county forestry officials. The message was clear from several stakeholders: they need to cut more wood in the Chequamengon-Nicolet National Forest to keep the health of the forest and resurrect a dying economy.

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Debate Held in Mercer
1:55 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Northern Wisconsin Candidates Voice Support, Skepticism of Mining Project

Local residents packed the hall next to the Mercer Public Library Monday night.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Candidates for northern Wisconsin’s 25th state Senate District and 74th Assembly District sparred this week at a debate held in Mercer. Much of the debate centered around a proposal for an iron mine in the Penokee Range.

Democratic Representative Janet Bewley of Ashland is competing against Republican Dane Deutsch of Rice Lake…for a seat that has long been held by retiring Democratic Senator Bob Jauch.

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Helps pay for infrastructure
3:49 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Premier Resort Tax To Come To Rhinelander City Council

Heading into Oneida county

One idea to raise revenue for the city of Rhinelander appears to be on long-term hold, but another idea resurfaced at the city council meeting Monday.

An idea to charge $500 to all drivers involved in traffic mishaps requiring city response has met resistance and was recently tabled within the city Finance committee. But City Administrator Blaine Oborn said during a report to the council  a proposal to name Rhinelander as a premier resort tax area will return to the table...

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Two-year agreement
9:03 am
Tue October 14, 2014

New Rhinelander-Humane Society Agreement Aids Center


A two-year contract has been approved between the city of Rhinelander and the Oneida County Humane Society  continuing  the Society's  operational leadership of the adoption center.

The city council Monday night approved a revised contract which gives the Humane Society all operations of the Animal Shelter beginning January 1, 2015, including staffing and operating costs.

A number of other  changes were approved by the council, including the city picking up any amount of maintenance and repair over $1,000 to a maximum of $11,000 per year.

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Dept. of Justice grants
3:41 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Nearly $800,000 In Grants Help LDF Police, Youth


Two  large grants have been received by the Lac du Flambeau tribe.

A nearly $391,000 Department of Justice grant will help the tribal police department with a community-oriented policing initiative...says Chief Robert Brandenburg...

"....a policing officer and a sexual assault investigator's position that's funded through the COPS office. In the past they've funded two school liaison positions. The Lac du Flambeau tribe has now taken over those positions in their funding...."

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Likely to go to arbitration
7:12 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Rhinelander Rejects Proposed Library Budget Increase

Credit Rhinelander District Library

The city of Rhinelander has rejected a proposed budget  increase  for the Rhinelander District Library and the matter will likely go to arbitration.

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Statewide Investigation
4:05 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Two Arrests in Online Child Enticement Investigation

Two men have been arrested in Rhinelander on charges related to online child enticement. 

38-year-old Paul Loucks of Weston and 37-year-old Ted Wasson of Rhinelander were arrested last Thursday and Friday as part of Operation Aegis, a statewide investigation led by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

It targeted online predators who solicit children to engage in sexually explicit content.

Undercover operations used Craiglist to communicate with the suspected predators. 

Appellate Court Puts Burden of Proof On State
3:19 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Tribes Celebrate Night Hunting Rule Reversal

Many perceive deer hunting at night to be unsafe, but the tribes say it's been done responsibly for decades.
Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

Wisconsin’s Chippewa say they’re confident that an appeals court ruling last week will open the door to safe and responsible night hunting in ceded territory. 

The Wisconsin DNR hasn’t allowed deer hunting at night outside of reservation boundaries, and a federal judge has twice upheld the restriction out of concern for public safety.  But last week an appeals court in Chicago ruled the opposite and sent the case back to U.S. District Court, saying the state hasn’t provided proof that night hunting is dangerous. 

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U.S. Supreme Court halts voter ID
1:18 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

PUNT! County Clerks Scramble Again On Voter ID


Perhaps county clerks in Wisconsin feel a bit like a political football, but the U.S. Supreme Court action tossing out Wisconsin's Voter ID law for the November election puts clerks back where things were, a time or two ago. The High Court voted 6-3  Thursday.

Vilas County Clerk David Alleman...

"....I informed all the municipal clerks in Vilas county that implementation of Voter ID is delayed for an indefinite period and it will not be enforced for the November 4th fall election..."

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16 year old girl used as prostitute
3:52 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Woman Avoids Prison For Child Enticement

A Rhinelander woman has a big incentive to follow the rules or face a lengthy prison term.

46 year old Carrie Steinmetz of Rhinelander was sentenced late Tuesday in Oneida County Circuit Court. She faced charges of human trafficking and child enticement felonies and other  charges. Steinmetz and three other men were arrested in May after one of the men allegedly brought a 16 year old girl to Rhinelander to act as a prostitute.

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