Government

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3:06 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

State Grants Given For School Manufacturing Training

DWD Dep. Secretary Jonathan Barry in Minocqua
Credit WXPR

A collaborative agreement between Oneida County Economic Development, Three Lakes High School and Nicolet College brings a large grant to support the development of a "Fab Lab", and related curriculum.

Department of Workforce Development Deputy Secretary Jonathan Barry and David Anderson formally presented $132,000 for the "Certifiable Employability Project" for Three Lakes at the Grow North meeting in Minocqua.

Barry says the program allows high school students to get  one-of-a-kind state-of-the art training towards getting hired right out of school..

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It Happened Near Upham
2:45 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Langlade County Drowning Under Investigation

A man has drowned in Langlade County.

Son sentenced last month
2:47 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Probation For LDF Woman Convicted On Oxy Charges

Oxycodone
Credit commons.wikipedia.org

A Lac du Flambeau woman has escaped long prison time after her son was sentenced last month to more than three years in federal prison.

Federal Judge Barbara Crabb in Madison sentenced 54 year old Lois Vetterneck to a one-year term of probation. She had entered  after a guilty plea April 2 to distributing Oxycodone.

In April 2013, confidential informants purchased Oxycodone from Lois Vetterneck and her son Brandon, on three occasions.

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Allows benefits previously denied
2:20 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Same-Sex Ruling Also Impacts Social Security Benefits

Credit en.wikipedia.org

A long-time U.S. Social Security official says the recent ruling in Wisconsin allowing same-sex marriages also has profound affects on that program.

Webster Phillips worked for Social Security for 31 years before retiring. He now is a staff member of the National Commitee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

Prior to Judge Barbara Crabb's ruling last week, Phillips says partners were not eligible for benefits others received....

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Late July election likely
2:13 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Crandon Mayor Likely To Face Recall Election

210 signatures have been gotten to recall Crandon's mayor Rob Jaeger.

A petition effort was begun by organizer Larry Alsteen who feels Jaeger is not running an open government in Crandon.

Jaeger has 10 days to review the petition and file a challenge.

City Clerk Treasurer Cindy Bradley says the matter will go to the city council, but if the petition is not successfully challenged, a recall election will take place sometime in either late July or early August.

From Northwoods Animal Hosptial
10:32 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Arbor Vitae Woman Arrested For Alleged Embezzlement

Brenda J. Wigglesworth
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

An Arbor Vitae woman has been arrested for what authorities allege is a large amount of money taken a business.
Mincoqua Police Chief David Jaeger has an update...

"...in April of 2013, it was reported to our department that a former employee had embezzled money from the Northwoods Animal Hospital located here in Mincoqua on Blumenstein Road. While investigating that theft it was found that large amounts of money were missing....."

Arrested was 47 year old Brenda J. Wigglesworth.

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Wanting to Protect Groundwater
10:02 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Oneida County To Inspect Older Septic Systems

While older septic tanks were often made out of steel, newer ones are usually concrete or plastic.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Oneida County is trying to inventory and inspect older septic systems.  Until recently the county only required regular inspections on systems built after 1980.

But Oneida County Zoning Administrator Karl Jennrich says that has changed.  The county now needs to inspect all of them. 

“ Which is kind of interesting this year, because there are individuals that we’ve contacted that don’t know anything about their septic system, that may never have had it inspected or pumped – that don’t even know what they have for a system.” 

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Hoping to Strengthen Community
3:00 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

Tribe Funds College Course At County Jail

Lac du Flambeau is helping offer college courses to inmates in Vilas County Jail. 

Lac du Flambeau Education and Workforce Development Director Joni Theobald says the program will be open to tribal and nontribal inmates.

She says it’s an effort to help inmates, who may lack higher education or workforce skills, to move forward.

“We see those correlations, of lack of college or even a lack of high school completion.  How can we help them make productive use, or start introducing that reintegration process? 

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Government
5:42 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Federal Judge Rules Wisconsin's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

A federal judge has overturned Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban.   

In her decision Friday afternoon, U.S District Judge Barbara Crabb cited the US Supreme Court’s overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act. 

Wisconsin’s Attorney General AG Van Hollen describes it as a setback and says current law remains in force. 

Van Hollen says he will file emergency motions in federal courts to stay Judge Crabb's order, in response to reports of some county clerks already issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Referendum Fails
9:35 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Votes No On ATV Trail

Lac du Flambeau tribal members have voted against a plan for an ATV trail running through the reservation.

 

A referendum failed Thursday...with 126 votes against the plan and 79 votes in favor.

 

The Lakeland ATV Club had proposed to construct an 23-mile ATV trail through the reservation. Some tribal members felt the traffic and visitors would stimulate economic development. But others were concerned about the impact of an ATV trail on wildlife and air quality.

 

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