Decision next month
3:52 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Potawatomi File Suit Against BIA Decision


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.

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Help available
3:43 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

IRS Cutbacks Means Fewer Tax Forms At Libraries

Credit Demmer Memorial Library

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...."

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Police say routine seach
11:11 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Lockdown At Rhinelander High School

K-9 unit

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.

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Opposition to BID
3:06 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Petition Drive Nearing Completion For Rhinelander Downtown BID

Looking north in downtown Rhinelander
Credit WXPR

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.

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Presidential authority on Executive Orders
11:53 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Sen. Johnson Case Before U.S. Appeals Court

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....

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Left over feeling from Walter's hearing
4:52 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

OC Board Turns Down Job Reclassification For Two Positions

Oneida county courthouse

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.

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Alcohol a Factor in Most
1:20 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Minocqua Man Dies In Newbold Snowmobile Crash; Snowmobile Fatals Rise to Seven

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.

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Death of Kenneth Wells
1:16 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Woman Charged in 2003 Drowning Death Of Uncle

Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A woman attacked by her former husband on Sutliff Avenue in Rhinelander has now been charged as party to the death of her uncle in 2003.  

Latoya Wolf made an initial appearance in court Tuesday.

In 2003, Kenneth Wells' body was found in the the Wisconsin River. Wells death was labeled as a drowning and the manner of death undetermined.

But as Rhinelander Police Chief Mike Steffes explains, new information has come forward.

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Both Non-Fatal
1:45 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Authorities Report Two Snowmobile Accidents Last Week

Oneida County authorities say a snowmobiler escaped serious injuries in a collision with a car.  The crash happened in the Town of Pelican, southeast of Rhinelander, about 1:20 Sunday afternoon.  

Lieutenant Terri Hook says the snowmobiler failed to stop at a stop sign and was hit at low impact by a homeowner backing out of the driveway.  

The snowmobiler was cited for failing to stop.  The rider’s name wasn’t released.
The person had injuries which were not life-threatening and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

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Open Q & A sessions
4:03 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Tiffany, Three Representatives To Hold Listening Sessions


Northwoods legislators are holding listening sessions beginning today across the 12th State Senate District.
Senator Tom Tiffany will join  Assembly Representatives over the next several days.

Tiffany will join Republican Mary Czaja this afternoon at the Tomahawk public library at 2:45 p.m., with a stop at 5:00 p.m. at Merrill city hall. January 24th they will be at Antigo city hall.

Tiffany will join Representative Rob Swearingen January 23 in Eagle River, Minocqua and Rhinelander that day and with Representative Jeff Mursau in Crandon on January 26.

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