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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Main artery into downtown
4:58 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Phillip St. In Rhinelander Closed For Two Weeks

Beginning Wednesday( 10-8-2014) drivers in Rhinelander will need to note one of the main streets across a bridge will be closed for about two weeks.

Public Works Director Tony Gilman says work is beginning on  Phillip Street between the intersection with Maple Street and the Phillp St. bridge. He says they will be raising and lowering the street to eliminate a jarring bump from a rail crossing....

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Federal, state local investigation
4:51 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Two Forest County Jailers Arrested On Multiple Charges

Two Forest County Correctional Officers and a spouse of one of them have been arrested on numerous state and federal charges.

District Attorney Charles Simino and Sheriff John Dennee report the arrest of Jeanie Pitts and Melvin Donek, both employed as jailers and Pitts' husband Richard.

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Assessing Thousands of Miles of Roads
3:01 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

CNNF Looks Into Road Use, Sustainability

Managers for the Chequamegon Nicolet want to know which roads are important to people.
Credit U.S. Forest Service

The Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest wants to find out how people are using its roads…and whether the system is sustainable.

It’s doing a study to find out how people are using the nine thousand miles of Forest Service road…that range from paved surface to gravel or dirt trail. 

Chequamegon Nicolet spokesperson Hilary Markin says road budgets are going down while maintenance costs are going up.  That has led to a growing list of overdue projects.

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General Election Day
4:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Voters Head to the Polls

Lac du Flambeau will elect a new tribal President Tuesday. 

The two candidates for the position that got the most votes in the primary are Joseph G. Wildcat, Sr. and Henry “Butch” St. Germaine, Sr. 

Current President Tom Maulson did not make it past the primary. 

Candidates for vice president that will appear on the ballot are Mike Allen, Sr. and Melissa Christensen. 

There are also several council member seats open, and eight candidates who will appear on the ballot. 

Preparing for the Unexpected
5:15 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Mole Lake to Plan for Emergencies

The Sokaogon Chippewa Community is developing a plan to prepare for natural disasters or other emergency scenarios near Mole Lake.    

The tribe has received a $45,000  grant from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to put together a task force…which met for the first time this week. 

Environmental Director and task force member Tina Van Zile says the tribe doesn’t have much in place in terms of emergency management, and the plan will help coordinate existing agencies. 

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Body found in Forest County
5:09 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Man Charged In Stephanie Low's Death

A  man has been charged by the state for the death of a Marathon county woman whose body was found in a shallow grave in Forest county.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's office announced first degree murder and other felony charges against 34 year old Kristopher Torgerson, who is listed as living in a secure detention facility in Boscobel, Wisconsin.

The charges were found in Marathon county. Torgerson is also charged with attempted armed robbery,  and hiding a corpse .

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Search likely to go until July
5:05 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Nicolet College President Search Gets Underway

Credit Nicolet College

The process began Tuesday that is likely to result in a new full-time president at Nicolet Area Technical College next summer.

College Board member Ron Zimmerman is on the search committee...

"....what are the things we're trying to accomplish, what's the time line for those things to get a new president. Our goal is to have a new president by the July time frame..."

Zimmerman says that is the start of the next fiscal year. He says part of the reason for a long process is because the college is going through an accreditation  process...

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Motorcycles especially vulnerable
4:33 am
Tue September 30, 2014

October-November Peak Time For Car-Deer Crashes


This is the time of the year when deer become the most active and that means drivers, especially people on motorcycles, need to be extra alert.

The DOT's safety expert David Pabst says the crashes often happen during specific times..

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