U.S. Senator Ron Johnson says there appears to be an emerging consensus in the nation's capitol that cyber security should be a priority.
The Republican from Oshkosh chairs the Senate Committee on Homeland Security. He says the level of cyber attacks on the U.S. is alarming..
".....the hacking of SONY, the hacking of the Central Command's Twitter site, those are just a couple of examples of the cyber attacks the private sector and government websites are incurring, literally millions of times a week. Cyber security will be a top priority...."
The White Lake school board is hoping the third time is a charm, as they voted Thursday night to ask voters in April to exceed state-mandated revenue limits.
Referendums asking for $250,000 for three years were twice narrowly defeated last year. District Administrator Bill Fisher says the board Thursday night unanimously approved asking voters this time for $300,000 per year for five years.
Fisher says after the latest referendum was defeated, they cut several programs, but a further rejection could lead to an end point...
The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods has given it's support to an agency under legislative review.
The Government Accountability Board was created as a non-partisan administrator of elections. They have been criticized for uneven performance. GAB officials this week defended their actions, saying they are understaffed and have had to deal with numerous recall elections, among other increasing duties.
Representative Dean Knudson of Hudson would like to overhaul the board enabling some partisan members.
The name of the St. Germain woman killed Sunday afternoon from a traffic crash in St. Germain has been released.
The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports 72 year old Peggy A. Sorensen of St. Germain died.
Reports indicate the vehicle was traveling east on STH 70 and drove through the intersection of State Highways 70 and 155 prior to entering Saint Germain Boulevard. The vehicle then left the roadway and collided with a tree. Sorensen was the only occupant of the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. No other details were released.
Traffic in downtown Minocqua will be re-routed Thursday morning as a large crane will fill one block doing installation work.
Minocqua town chair Mark Hartzheim says one of the larger commercial buildings downtown, the Gaslight Square has a number of large HVAC units on their roof, and three of them have failed...
"...they need to get those replaced. One of the issues they've had, the way the alleys laid out, there's so many overhead utility lines that a crane is not able to access the rooftop from the rear...."
Oneida county has opened two, and possibly three bids from governments or organizations interested in the Heal Creek property on Rhinelander's far west side.
The county and the Economic Development Corporation spent $520,000 in an effort to construct a 'green' business park on the 272-acre property. When no development took place, the county board asked for bids to buy the property immediately east of the Northwood Golf Course.
Five persons have been arrested in Rhinelander as part of a joint law enforcement effort to crack down on distributing methamphetamine.
Oneida County Lieutenant Terri Hook tells us more about the bust...
"....North Central Drug Enforcement Group, along with the Oneida County Sheriff's office, the Rhinelander Police Department, the Vilas County Sheriff's office and the Wisconsin Department of Justice executed a search warrant in the city of Rhinelander for the use, manufacturing and distribution of a controlled substance, specifically methamphetamine..."
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin thinks President Obama's plan to make the first two years of community college free will help spur on the economy. But the fate of the idea is unknown in an opposite party majority in the Senate and House.
The proposal would make the first two years of college free and universal like public K-12 education. The federal government would pick up 75 percent and the state 25 percent.
An angry Rhinelander city council last night reprimanded both the City Administrator and Mayor for withholding key information that impacted the council budget process.
Expera Specialty Solutions asked the state Department of Revenue last year to have it's paper mills in Mosinee and Rhinelander reassessed. The new numbers had a 4.6% impact on the city's revenues. But that information was withheld by Mayor Dick Johns and City Administrator Blaine Oborn until just days before the council was to vote on this year's budget.