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Nicolet College Among Four
5:24 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Walker Supports Direct Technical College Funding

The state's budget surplus is likely to be used to help reduce local property taxes by more fully funding Wisconsin's Technical College system.

During a stop Friday in Rhinelander, Governor Scott Walker says the plan would give direct property tax relief by picking up the majority of technical college costs from the local levy. Walker says the action would not affect local governance....

 

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Toxic material found
1:22 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Funding For Lindey Cleanup Appears Positive Says Council Leader

Funding appears to be in the pipeline for a closed dry cleaning business that has been identified as having toxic material.

That assessment from Rhinelander City Council Finance Committee Chair Mark Pelletier. The former Lindey Cleaners building on Stevens Street has been identified as a spot that needs cleanup says Pelletier....

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Stop in Rhinelander
4:47 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Walker Says Milwaukee Staff Isn't His State Staff

Governor Scott Walker says the controversy surrounding his top aides while he was Milwaukee County Executive isn't applicable now because...he says....they aren't around anymore.

Walker says the current administrative team is effective....

"...a handful of people who no longer work with me who are out of the way of state government right now. Instead, the people I have around me are helping us to provide the largest sector job growth we've had in April through December last year...."

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Thief filed taxes ahead of victim
3:20 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Rhinelander Man Struggles To Reclaim Stolen Identity

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If you think it can't happen to you, talk to Pete Cody of Rhinelander. He's a victim of identity theft and it's taken a lot of time to repair his finances. He spoke with Ken Krall about it.

Cody says he also had to file a report with the Federal Trade Commission, all his banking institutions and he says he's holding his breath hoping nothing else bad happens.

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Garage Fire in Vilas County
4:12 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Plum Lake Blaze Consumes Two Structures

A fire near Sayner destroyed two structures and one vehicle Wednesday.  The Vilas County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call just before 11 am…reporting a garage fire at 8616 Camp Highland Road in the township of Plum Lake.  The blaze fully engulfed the garage and the vehicle inside.  The fire also spread to an adjoining mobile home.  Both structures were destroyed. 

The Vilas County Sheriff’s office responded to the fire along with crews from Plum Lake Fire, Saint Germain Fire, Boulder Junction Fire, Westside RIT and Wisconsin Public Service.

Convicted twice
3:53 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Sex Offender Moves To New Location In Oneida Co.

Steven A. Kunze
Credit Wi. Dept. of Corrections

  

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department says a convicted sex offender has been released to the community and they are providing public information on his new residence.

Steven A. Kunze was convicted in 2001 and 2006 of felony sex offenses, including second degree sexual assault and exposing genitals to a child. Kunze was placed on parole in 2013 and was living in Rhinelander. Kunze recently relocated to 3441 County Highway Q in the town of Enterprise, Oneida county.

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Planned for 2017
3:39 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

DOT Gets Public Input On U.S. 51 In Woodruff, AV

U.S. 51
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A town chairman says they will sit down as a board soon and discuss the state's construction options for U.S.51.

Tuesday evening, the Department of Transportation held a public information session on a proposed road upgrade between 3rd Street and state Highway 70 in the towns of Woodruff and Arbor Vitae. The state presented a series of options.. Minocqua had its portion redone this year. Hazelhurst in Oneida county also is in the construction cue.

Woodruff Chairman Michael Timmons says the board will meet soon...

 

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Captured in Florida
3:29 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Escapee Enters Plea, Sentencing in April

Todd Brecht
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

The convicted killer that escaped custody in Oneida County was back in court Tuesday.

54-year-old Todd Brecht walked away from the Camp McNaughton State Prison October 1st, and wasn’t located until three days later. Brecht had ridden buses and taxi cabs until he was arrested on a bus in Orlando, Florida.

Brecht appeared for a pre-trial conference with Judge Michael Bloom, where he entered a guilty plea. He will remain in the Oneida county jail awaiting an April 29th sentencing hearing.

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League of Women Voters of the Northwoods
4:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

New Website Offers Voters Local Candidate Info

Credit League of Women Voters

Jane Trotter is a spokesperson for the  League of Women Voters of the Northwoods. The League has launched a new on-line voter tool called VOTE 411 and she describes how it works.

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Central Wisconsin cities already have ban
7:46 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Rhinelander Discusses Cell Phone Ban While Driving

Rhinelander could be next
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Rhinelander could be the next community banning the use of cell phones while driving.

A committee Tuesday agreed to look into the ban over the next 30 days.

Alderman GeorgeKirby brought the request forward, saying he's concerned about safety...

 

"....we've(all) seen somebody not driving properly, not paying attention while driving...on the way here I kept track and there (were) 12 people on cellphones between my house and city hall...."

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