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Tiffany says as an OC citizen, he's concerned
5:46 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Sen. Tiffany Blasted For Local Election Tinkering

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Just before the county board election seven weeks ago, postcard sized political ads appeared in the mailboxes of four specific Oneida county board districts. The professionally produced cards had a similar message, questioning the county board supervisors positions on the sale of the former WPS building and also about the removal of dams in the county's comprehensive plan.

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Report back by September
5:20 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Night Meeting Proposal For Oneida Co. Bd. Fails, For Now

Oneida county courthouse
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The idea of holding night meetings in Oneida county has again been returned to committee.

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Challenging Petrowski
6:46 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

DeMain Declares Candidacy for 29th State Senate District

State Senator Jerry Petrowski of the 29th District will have a challenger this election.

Democrat and business owner Paul DeMain has announced he will run against the Republican incumbent.

DeMain heralds from Wausau and now lives on the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation near Hayward.  He is a member of the Oneida Nation and CEO of Indian Country Communications. 

DeMain says he’s committed to public service, job development, and small business.

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Proper disposal of sharps highlighted
4:50 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Medical Waste Can Lead To Waste Hauler Problems

Sharps container
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About nine million syringe users nationwide administer three billion injections outside of health care facilities. The DNR is hoping Wisconsin's syringe users remember it's the law to not throw them in the trash.

Barb Bickford is Medical Waste Coordinator for the DNR....

 

"....it's illegal to put sharps in the trash. They should put them in containers that are thick-walled and have screw-on caps, an official sharps container or a bleach bottle or detergent bottle. Then they should mark them with the words, 'do not recycle' or 'sharps'...."

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Third best bicycle state in U.S.
4:39 am
Mon May 19, 2014

State Agency Head Sees Growing Bicycle Use

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The Northwoods is a key point for what a state cabinet secretary says is a growing recreational and transportation area.

Wisconsin jumped to number three in the nation as a bicycle-friendly state. That ranking from the League of American Bicyclists 2014 rankings.

Northern and central Wisconsin have what are considered some of the best bicycle trails in the nation.

Last week in Tomahawk, Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb said plans are in the works to expand bicycle paths...

 

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Arrest also made in Eagle River church fire
11:47 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Road Rage Incident Leads To Arrest In Minocqua

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Law enforcement agencies were called Friday morning(5/16) as an alleged road rage incident was going on on U.S. Highway 51. The incident caused a lockdown at Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk school.

An eyewitness said a gun was allegedly pointed at another vehicle. It was reported the suspect's vehicle drove through the parking lot at M-H-LT Elementary School. School administrators conducted a preventative lockdown.

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November Constitutional Amendment vote
2:20 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Voters Could Decide Fate Of State's Transportation Fund

Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation Sec. Mark Gottlieb
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The Secretary is hopeful new funding methods will come forward for the state's Transportation fund and voters will help out the situation. Late last month, the D.O.T. revealed a $63 million dollar deficit by next year.

A variety of reasons are said to cause the deficit, including fewer driving miles by motorists and more fuel efficient vehicles. Gas tax revenue makes up a large portion of the revenue.

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Poison Meant for Predators
12:22 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Sowinskis Plead Guilty In Eagle Poisoning Case

The Sowinskis have pled guilty to illegal possession of a dead bald eagle.
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A father and son from Sugar Camp have pled guilty in federal court to illegal possession of a dead bald eagle.

65-year-old Alvin Sowinski and 46-year-old Paul Sowinski were arrested last fall after authorities found mounting evidence of animal poisoning.

A DNR Warden began the investigation in May 2007 after finding a bald eagle, crow, gray squirrel and bobcat on the Sowinski property…all dead from consuming a poison called Carbofuran.  Between 2007 and 2010 officials say they found dozens of poisoned animals, including at least two bald eagles.

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Infrastructure upgrade
5:19 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Lower Property Insurance Rates Likely In Rhinelander

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Rhinelander residents should be seeing lower rates on property insurance thanks to upgrades in the city's infrastructure.

City Administrator Blaine Oborn says an independent agency rates municipalities on things like fire protection.

Oborn says the scale is up to 9. Rhinelander had been rated at a 5, but the rating dropped to a 3. The lower the rating, the better....

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Died in Mosul, Iraq 2004
3:24 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Law Enforcement Memorial Dedicated To Stephen Martin

Dedicated to Stephen G. Martin
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A law enforcement memorial was dedicated Wednesday(5/14) at the Rhinelander Police Department, specifically remembering the life of fallen Rhinelander police Sergeant Stephen Martin.

Sergeant Martin was a veteran member of city police. He was also a sergeant in the 330th Military Police Detachment of the Army Reserve.. On June, 24, 2004, Martin and others stopped a suicide bomber trying to destroy a police training facility. Martin was critically injured and died a week later.

Mayor Dick Johns honored Martin's duty...

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