Government

Town hall meeting in Antigo
10:12 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Johnson Sees Cyber Security, Immigration As Security Threats

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson(R-Wisconsin)
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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...."

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In court Friday
12:55 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Suspects Named in Rhinelander Meth Bust

The names of the five suspects arrested this week in Rhinelander as part of a drug bust have been released.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports the bust took place at 718 Margaret Street. Arrested were Andrea Healy, Jute Handrick, Andi Hansen, Ronald Ross, Jr. and Richard Nitschke.

No other details about the suspects were released. They made court appearances Friday  in Oneida County Circuit Court.

April 7 vote
12:48 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

White Lake Voters To Decide Again On School Funding

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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...

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Election watchdog being audited
3:31 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

LWV Of The Northwoods Backs GAB

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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.

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Driver killed Sunday
3:19 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Name Of Crash Victim Released By Vilas County

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.

DOT approval received
3:47 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Downtown Minocqua Detour Thursday Morning

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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...."

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Former development site
3:37 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Heal Creek Property Gets Three Proposals From Two Parties

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.

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Joint law enforcement effort
3:34 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Five Arrested In Rhinelander Bust

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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..."

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Republicans not so sure
4:20 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Baldwin Says Obama Tuition Proposal Will Help Economy

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin(D-Wi.)
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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.

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Council in dark about revenue loss
8:19 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Rhinelander City Council Chastises Mayor, City Adm.

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.

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