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Donors Pledge $720,000 For Synthetic Turf At LUHS Field

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The Lakeland Union High School Board of Education will be asked Monday to accept a donation of $720,000 from an area couple and a charitable banking foundation to finance installing synthetic turf on the high school stadium field.

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Oneida County Board Chair David Hintz this week reminded fellow supervisors and county staff about the importance of safety in highway work zones. Hintz said there are more than 2,000 crashes in Wisconsin road work zones each year, some with fatal results.

Hintz reminded supervisors of a crash that hit close to home....

"....about 3 1/2 years ago we had a significant injury where the worker almost lost his life and is still suffering from that accident. It was a very significant accident...."

Alleged Weston Shooter Identified

Mar 24, 2017
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A Weston man has been identified as the suspect in the fatal shooting of four people just outside Wausau.

The suspect was identified  March 24  as 45-year old Nengmy Vang. Investigators said Vang had a domestic incident with his wife on Wednesday. They were going through a divorce. Police identified one of those killed as 43-year-old attorney Sarah H. Quirt Sann. She was representing Vang's wife in a divorce.

Conservationists Gather In Madison Next Week

Mar 24, 2017
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Each year in early spring, scores of conservationists, hunters, fishers and public-health officials gather in Madison for the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters' annual Lobby Day.

This year, the gathering is  Wed., Mar. 29.

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There was snow on the ground Thursday in the Northwoods but a DNR spokesperson says be careful about doing pruning on oak trees  April through July.

Every county in Wisconsin with the exception of Forest, Iron and 9 other counties have the tree disease Oak Wilt. Paul Cigan is a DNR plant pest and disease specialist....

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After several months of upward growth in Wisconsin's realty markets, February numbers were reported to be down. overall.

Wisconsin Realty Association reports home sales fell 2.6 percent in February relative to February, 2016 numbers but the median price rose 6 percent nearly $155,000 over that same period. Realtors economist David Clark says February traditionally is a down month for selling homes. He says even with the season, the number of homes for sale is dropping. In urban counties, inventories are down to 3.4 months, and in rural counties, it's over seven months.

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A U.S. House vote on the GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act prompted Wisconsin advocates of the Affordable Care Act into action this week.

The liberal advocacy group Citizen Action of Wisconsin released a report showing an older person in the Northwoods might pay up to 10 times more for coverage as corresponding tax credits go down under the GOP plan.

Dr. Robert Kraig uses as an example a 64 year old man making $26,000 a year...

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The Vilas County forestry committee gave the green light Wednesday to apply for ATV funds for 10 miles of multi-use off highway trails that would improve connections to the developing RV Park by Torch Lake south of Conover while at the same time linking communities.

"We are shovel ready for ATV's from Eagle River north to Conover and can apply now for ATV maintenance funds," according to county recreation administrator Dale Mayo who said most of the trail would be on existing snowmobile trails.

Those funds would be a 100 percent grant from the Off Road Vehicle Counsel.

Shooting Spree Near Wausau Leaves Four Dead

Mar 23, 2017

WESTON, WI  -- The Department of Criminal Investigation has confirmed that three civilians and one Everest Metro police officer were killed as a result of a deadly shooting spree on Wednesday afternoon.

The suspect is in custody and is alive. Authorities would not confirm if the suspect was injured during the arrest. The shootings took place at Marathon Savings Bank in Rothschild, Tlusty, Kennedy & Dirks Law Firm, and the Aspen Apartments in Weston.

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Another of the proposed cutbacks called for by President Trump is for what's called Essential Air Service at certain airports. That program was penciled in for elimination.

The Essential Air Service program was put into place to guarantee small communities that were served before airline deregulation maintain a minimal level of scheduled air service. The federal Department of Transportation is mandated to provide eligible communities with access to the national system.

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As the chatter continues about President Trump's proposed budget, one of the programs targeted initially for potential cutbacks is what's commonly called Meals on Wheels, or meals delivered to senior citizens.

Oneida County Director on Aging Dianne Jacobson notes Meals on Wheels is the copyrighted name of an organization that does home delivered meals, but in Wisconsin, every county is designated to have a home delivered meal program.

Jacobson says the proposed cuts could impact a portion of their budget, but it's too soon to know....

Minocqua Considers Uniform Signage Program

Mar 22, 2017
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The Minocqua Town Board is considering a proposal to post new address signs at nearly every listed property in Minocqua Township, which should help first responders more easily find those needing emergency help. If final board approval is given, the town project could cost in the neighborhood of $150,000 based on a contractor’s estimate received last year.

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The Lakeland Noon Rotary Club is hosting an event to help rebuild the Lakeland Senior Center in Woodruff.

Rotary spokesperson Sue Morris says their group is hosting an event called "Tropical Nights". The tropical-themed event is set for 6:00 p.m. April 22 at the Waters of Minocqua. Guests can dress in tropical attire, and they have a number raffle items, including gift baskets. Morris says one larger raffle item is going to be available for a larger ticket.

She says the event will not only benefit the Lakeland Senior Center but a student as well...

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The Oneida County Board Tuesday approved the formation of the Squash Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District. A lake district is different than a lake association as local residents agree to tax themselves as a form of local government to fund improvements to the lake. Squash Lake is west of Rhinelander.

Supervisor Bob Mott said the backers found enough support...

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Add Oneida County to the growing list of local governments opposed to a tax loophole which could cost residential property taxpayers more money. Called the "Dark Store" loophole, it allows big box stores to say their property tax values are half of what the local governments say they are, as they allow comparable valuation on buildings that are no longer stores, hence the name Dark Store.

The city of Rhinelander has had challenges under this loophole, the latest being with Menards.

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