The Potawatomi Indian tribe filed suit today, to try-and-reverse the federal government's rejection of possible state tax payments if a competing casino is approved for Kenosha.
Back in November, state officials agreed to guarantee state payments to make up for whatever money the Potawatomi loses as a direct result of the proposed Menominee Hard Rock Casino in Kenosha. The U-S Bureau of Indian Affairs turned down the arrangement earlier this month. In its lawsuit, the Potawatomi said the bureau exceeded its authority.
Funding cutbacks at the Internal Revenue Service mean fewer tax documents at one local library.
E.U. Demmer Director Erica Brewster says the IRS has informed them fewer tax forms will be available at the library....
"....we're only going to have Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040 EZ supplied by the IRS to us. So if you're in need of the instruction booklet, or any of the schedules or any other forms those will not be supplied to libraries...."
An administrative lockdown took place this morning(Thursday) at Rhinelander high school for a routine search done by area law enforcement.
Lieutenant Terri Hook from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department...
"....this morning(1/22/15) at approximately 9:00 a.m., there was an administrative lockdown at Rhinelander high school. Periodically Rhinelander high school and the Oneida County Sheriff's office conduct random administrative searches of the school property...."
Hook says the school district requests these lock downs.
Business owners petitioning to disband Rhinelander's downtown Business Improvement District are nearing a trigger point that could mean the end of the district.
Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. began in 2006 as a majority of business owners were concerned the cash-strapped city government wanted to sell downtown parking lots and agreed to an extra assessment. Board President Dan Kuzlik says a few business owners have a large portion of the district. He says for every dollar invested, $13 dollars return. He says each year, about 19,000 people come to the downtown during events.
The federal appeals court in Chicago heard arguments Wednesday on U-S Senator Ron Johnson's effort to revive his lawsuit against Obama-care. The Wisconsin Republican challenged a requirement that members of Congress and their official staffers use the federal purchasing exchanges for their coverage.
Prior to a town hall meeting Saturday in Antigo, Johnson said he wants to look at Presidential authority....
Earlier this month, the Oneida County Board went through a 10 hour session to determine whether Veteran Service Officer Tammy Walters should be dismissed. Following the marathon session, Walters was not dismissed for eight allegations, but will face possible discipline on two of them. But the lingering effects of that tension-filled day came to the surface again Tuesday when the board met in regular session. The board considered a new pay grade for the county lawyer and Human Resources Director, as recommended by a study done last year.
A Minocqua man has died in a town of Newbold snowmobile crash.
The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports last Wednesday they investigated a snowmobile crash near Highway 70. The caller told the dispatcher the man was injured on the trail and his snowmobile was in the woods.
The operator of the snowmobile, 45 year old Jesse Wiesendanger of Minocqua, died Monday from injuries sustained in the crash. The Sheriff's Department says it appears alcohol was a factor in the crash.