Other fiscal questions remain
2:30 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Rural Schools Likely To See More Money


Roughly half of Wisconsin's students live in rural areas, going to schools that are increasingly in need of cash to meet needs.

A Department of Public Instruction official says it appears Governor Walker's upcoming budget will give some fiscal relief to districts in some areas, but not all the information is available.

DPI spokesperson John Johnson says two areas, sparsity aid and transportation, appear to be  recommended for more funding. Sparsity aid is sent to school districts with wide geographic areas to help pay for increased costs...

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Northwoods remains above average
2:21 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

NW Jobless Numbers Mixed In Latest State Report

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While unemployment in the Northwoods is lower everywhere than one year ago, some of the states' highest rates remain in counties in this region.

State reported  local numbers for December  show Iron county with the highest rate in the state at 10.4 percent, Vilas fourth highest at 9.4,  Oneida at 8.3, Forest at 8 percent, Lincoln at 7 percent, Langlade at 6.8 percent, and Price with the region's lowest number at 4.9 percent.

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Cutting State Funding
4:33 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Democratic Senator Bewley Says Walker's UW Plan Burdens Students

Democrats are blasting Republican Governor Scott Walker’s plan for cutting the UW system’s funding, while adding flexibility down the road.

Walker wants to reduce state funding for the university system by 13 percent over the next two years.  UW would be allowed to raise tuition without state approval, but not until 2017. 

Democratic Senator Janet Bewley of northern Wisconsin’s 25th District says that will ultimately hurt students. 

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Grant funded
4:35 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

VC Program Approved To Help Cut Truancy

Grant money will help implement a new program to help cut down on truancy in Vilas county.

The Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved  an ordinance allowing Vilas county court to order a truant into an after-school program should funding be available.

Supervisor Mark Rogacki explains...

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School choice means more dollars for some
4:28 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Open Enrollment Period Approaches

Open enrollment begins next week for public schools in Wisconsin, meaning students can apply to go to school in a district other than the one they live within. 

Districts hope for higher enrollment, which brings more state dollars. 

Rhinelander Schools typically see more kids enroll out than come into the district.

But Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says the district does significant outreach about what enrollment can offer.

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Worth could be $1 million
4:25 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Supervisor Wants Dozens of VC Lots Put Up For Sale

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Vilas county board supervisor Jerry Burkett is a long time Eagle River area realtor. Burkett made a presentation at Tuesday's board meeting for the county to look at selling off dozens of parcels that are under county control, most of which have been forgotten.

Burkett says he spent more than 100 hours putting together the report. As an example,  one lot near the wastewater plant is owned by the county. He says the view of the plant isn't the most enticing, but...

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Thousands Affected Friday
11:30 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Outages Resolved in Gogebic County

Authorities still aren’t sure what caused a power outage in Gogebic County, Michigan, that left almost 3000 residents without electricity. 

The outage happened at about 6 pm on Friday, affecting the entire city of Wakefield as well as Bessemer and nearby areas.   

As Gogebic County Emergency Manager James Loper describes, two warming shelters were set up in response to the outages. 

“One in Bessmer for Friday night, and then we opened the municipal building in Wakefield. We had approximately 35-40 people take advantage to warm up, get something to eat.” 

Says communication is key
5:35 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Ritter To Retire From Vilas County Invasive Species Post

Ted Ritter
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Vilas county's long-time Invasive Species Coordinator will be retiring next month and he says while progress has been made in fighting invasives, challenges remain.

Ted Ritter has been at the job for a little over 10 years. He says the majority of his job evolves around aquatic invasives. He says since 2004, the public knowledge of aquatic invasives has grown dramatically....

"...I'm happy to say after 10 years, public awareness of aquatic invasive species is now up through the roof and climbing...

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Judge's ruling Friday
7:14 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Squash Lake Religious Camp Issue Stays In Oneida Co.

Oneida County Circuit Judge Michael Bloom has dismissed most motions brought by a family hoping to develop a conference center and religious retreat on Squash Lake. But a key point remains after Bloom's decision and the case will continue in Oneida County court.

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Blames former Gov. Jim Doyle
5:23 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Gov. Walker Rejects Kenosha Casino


Governor Scott Walker said he was protecting Wisconsin taxpayers -- not his national political standing -- when he rejected the 800-million dollar Kenosha casino.  Walker announced his long-awaited decision Friday,  just one day before he's scheduled to appear with other possible G-O-P White House candidates in Iowa.  The gathering comes about a year before next January's Iowa presidential caucuses. 

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