Ken Krall en Northwoods Home Sales Off, Prices Up <p>The intense winter weather hurt Northwoods home sales in March, but prices continue to rise. An economist thinks it shows the housing market is recovering.</p><p>The Wisconsin Realtors Association monthly sales and price report shows a price rise of 14 percent in the Northwoods from a year ago, but sales were off about 100 units in the 18-county area from a year ago.</p><p>Economist David Clark noted the above average price rise here, but said statewide, it was just about 2 percent....</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Ken Krall 17345 at Northwoods Home Sales Off, Prices Up Trout Stocking Continuing Prior To May 3 Opening <p>While much of the focus has been on the state's Walleye Initiative to put more survivable-sized walleyes into lakes and rivers, another large scale fish stocking effort is underway.</p><p>The DNR reports more than 316,000 catchable size trout are being stocked in waters across the state.</p><p>DNR state fish production manager Dave Giehtbock says the snow and cold slowed the trout stocking this year, but they should be ready by the fishing opener May 3....</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:58:49 +0000 Ken Krall 17359 at Trout Stocking Continuing Prior To May 3 Opening No Action On Sex Offender Restrictions In Three Lakes <p>The Three Lakes town board has decided not to take any action for now on a proposed ordinance regulating where state officials house sex offenders.</p><p>The board heard testimony from Department of Corrections representative Sue Klemann. She says there are 23,140 registered offenders in Wisconsin with two living in Three Lakes. She says there are a long list of restrictions on offenders and they are tightly monitored...</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:28:18 +0000 Ken Krall 17322 at Forest Co. Potawatomi Tribe Highlights Alternative Energy <p>The Sustainability Fair is held each year on Earth Day in Rhinelander. The fair is designed to showcase Northwoods organizations working toward a sustainable environment.</p><p>One of the displays Tuesday at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander featured the Forest County Potawatomi Community. Their Sustainability Coordinator, Tansey Smith, says Earth Day and sustainability are everyday...</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:19:17 +0000 Ken Krall 17311 at Forest Co. Potawatomi Tribe Highlights Alternative Energy Hughes To Leave Rhinelander Library <p><font size="2">&nbsp;</font><font face="Times New Roman"> </font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman">&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman">The Rhinelander District Library will be looking for a new director.</font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman">Ed Hughes says he will be leaving Rhinelander to take a job in Hernando, Mississippi...</font></p><blockquote><p><font face="Times New Roman"><i><u>"....the library is called First Regional Library. It's a big, 5-county library system..."</u></i></font></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:09:09 +0000 Ken Krall 17298 at Hughes To Leave Rhinelander Library Rhinelander One Of 49 Communities Given Designation <p>Rhinelander was selected as one of 49 communities across the U.S. as a national Earth Day recepient by the Department of Agriculture. As part of the designation, the city received a total of $3.7 million in grant and lower-interest loans to upgrade sewer and storm water systems.</p><p>USDA Rural Development State Director Stan Gruszynski presented Mayor Dick Johns with an award recognizing the city's initiative toward improving water quality...</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:39:25 +0000 Ken Krall 17292 at Rhinelander One Of 49 Communities Given Designation Take Back Saturday Removes Meds From Wrong Hands <p>The eighth annual Take Back Initiative is this coming Saturday at locations around the Northwoods. The event is sponsored by the DEA and locally, members of law enforcement will be accepting unused drugs of most types during the collection times.</p><p>Detective Terri Hook from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department says the goal is to get unused medicines away from the potential of misuse...</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Ken Krall 17157 at Take Back Saturday Removes Meds From Wrong Hands Key Meeting April 30 For The Look Of Rhinelander's Downtown <p>The public is invited to a meeting next week which could determine the look of downtown Rhinelander for generations to come.</p><p>Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated and the city of Rhinelander are planning to renovate the downtown streets in 2016 and 2017. The city is expected to receive a grant this week to help fund the underground upgrade of Brown and other streets. Downtown Rhinelander is working with a firm to design a new downtown look called a Streetscape.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:23:00 +0000 Ken Krall 17156 at Key Meeting April 30 For The Look Of Rhinelander's Downtown New Law Allows Use Of State Trails Anytime <p>One of the many bills signed recently by Governor Scott Walker allows people to be out later on state funded trails. State trails are posted under the same hours as state parks.</p><p>One of the bill's authors...State Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander...says he was approached by Democrat Eric Genrich from Green Bay. Genrich was looking for support and Republican Swearingen said it was a good idea. Genrich says people in the Fox Valley use the trails to commute to and from work, and Swearingen says trail use flexibility would also work in the Northwoods...</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Ken Krall 17155 at New Law Allows Use Of State Trails Anytime Possible Highway 55 Designation As Scenic Byway <p>State Highway 55 could become the state's fifth Scenic Byway corridor. A meeting Wednesday, April 23, &nbsp;in Mole Lake will enable the public to see what is in the works.</p><p>The program is administered by the Department of Transportation. Highways with historic and scenic corridors are considered. If adopted, the stretch of Highway 55 north from Menominee county through Forest county to the Michigan line would be known as the the Wolf River-Nicolet Scenic Byway.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:10:00 +0000 Ken Krall 17154 at Possible Highway 55 Designation As Scenic Byway