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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Forest County Crash
11:12 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Forest County

A passenger on a motorcycle has died in a Forest county crash and the driver critically injured.

The Sheriff's Department reports the motorcycle driven by a 24 year old Appleton man went out of control on state Highway 55 north of Argonne. The motorcycle left the highway and struck a tree. The driver and a 20 year old woman who was a passenger were transported to a Marshfield hospital by helicopter where the woman later died.

No other information, including the names of those involved in the crash, have been released by Forest county officials.

$12 million
4:24 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Record Timber Sales On State Lands

A Wisconsin forest in the fall

Timber sales on state lands have produced a record $12 million to support habitat management, recreation and other offerings.

Chief state forester Paul DeLong says the the sales total is 9 percent higher than the year before. He says the timber sales are part of the master plans for the state lands and produce specific results...

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Two vehicle crash
5:16 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Victim Identified In Oneida Co. Fatal Crash

The name of the victim of  an Oneida county traffic accident has been released.

The Sheriff's Office reports  54 year old Daniel W. Boehm of Plover died at the accident scene.

The Sheriff's department received a call of a crash on Highway 51, a mile south of county "L" in the town of Nokomis Friday morning.

A preliminary investigation found a truck towing a trailer and a car driven by Boehm collided.

Two found to be non-compliant
3:28 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Sex Offender Registry Sweep In Vilas County

A sweep by federal, state and local law enforcement found a low number of registered sex offenders in Vilas county to not be living where they are supposed to be living.

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Former treasurer of Jaycees
11:13 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Former Woman of the Year Sentenced For Theft

The former treasurer of the Eagle River Jaycees has been jailed and ordered to pay back all the money she allegedly took from the organization.

Court records indicate Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal Nielsen Wednesday sentenced 38 year old Michelle Albaugh to six months in jail and a number of conditions for the theft of $16,000 from the Eagler River Jaycees. Albaugh also will spend five years on probation.

One of the conditions she must meet is writing a letter of apology to the Jaycees and to have the apology published in the Vilas County News-Review.

Mid-October return
10:49 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Flag To Fly Again In Downtown Rhinelander


In 2012, a large American flag was raised on a new cell tower in downtown Rhinelander. The flag was part of a deal to allow AT&T the right to build the large tower. The flag has had it's problems over time, mainly getting wrapped up around the tower or ripping.

Mayor Dick Johns announced recently an agreement has been reached with the company to raise the flag again in October. Johns says the company found a special bracket which they hope would eliminate earlier problems....

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Forest county sub-committee
10:03 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Off-Road Park Change Request Moves Forward


A Forest County Board sub-committee has moved forward a request to have more review whether to allow a large off-road park.

The Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park, Inc. would like to develop the miles- long park on land that the county would buy to develop the facility.

The sub-committee agreed to send to the full Forestry committee a question whether to amend the county's 15 year Comprehensive Land Use Plan to include an off-road park.

Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park  President John Schnoor says they are looking for a clearer direction from Forest county...

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Streetscape project
7:24 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Rhinelander Downtown's Remake Goes To City Council

Gary Becker and Suzanne Vincent
Credit WXPR

If all goes as presented, within three years, Rhinelander's downtown will have a new look that promoters hope will last for half of a century.

Months of planning and public meetings ended last night with a final presentation to the public and city council  about Rhinelander's Streetscape project.

The project will be roughly from the Wisconsin River on the west to Stevens Street on the east and Frederick street to the north. It would redesign the above-ground appearance of the downtown after the city does a major reconstruction of the below ground infrastructure.

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Tourism continues to grow
3:44 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

2,000 Jobs In Oneida County From Tourism


The impact of tourism on Oneida county's economy was outlined Tuesday in a presentation to the Board of Supervisors.

Dana DeMet, who heads the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce also is President of the Oneida County Tourism Council..

" spent $185 million dollars in Oneida county in 2013. That's more than $5,000 for every man, woman, and child within our county. It accounts for  over 2000 full-time equivalent jobs (here), and if we take it to a state level, one of every 13 jobs is tourism related..."

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